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Technology and Learning Web Site

In this online version of the print magazine, Technology & Learning, you will find articles, webinars, blog posts, and more. I like the site because there is a great deal of general information about a broad range of topics.

Quick Take: Blogs

This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of a blog and how they are used. She provides other resources to assist you in developing a classroom, school, or special project blog.

Landmarks for Schools

This site offers online tools and links to teaching and learning resources. Two areas that are especially noteworthy are Class Blogmeister and Citation Machine. Educators may use Class Blogmeister to create classroom blogs, and Citation Machine is a great tool for teaching students how to properly cite print and online resources.

Using Flip Cameras in your Classroom

Jolene Anzalone is the Educational Computing Strategist at Escobedo Middle School in Las Vegas, NV. In this blog post she discusses why the Flip camera is a valuable resource for middle school classrooms, gives an overview of how to use the camera, and makes suggestions for classroom activities. She also provides a link to a tutorial on how to use Windows MovieMaker to edit Flip videos.

Quick Takes

Use these 4-5 minute presentations to quickly gain a better understanding of the variety of tools on the World Wide Web including blogs, social networks, and wikis.

Free Technology For Teachers

Richard Byrne provides highly-effective free resources for teachers daily on his blog, Free Technology for Teachers. Richard does not just list resources, he gives teachers ideas about using the resources he lists on the blog. There is something for educator. There is a link on his blog that makes it very easy to setup a service to receive daily updates on his blog posts.

Official Google Docs Blog

Stay on top of changes and improvements in Google Docs by subscribing to the official Google Docs blog. Brought to you by the developers at Google, the blog is a quick and easy read.


Edublogs hosts hundreds of thousands of blogs for teachers, students, researchers, professors, librarians, administrators and anyone and everyone else involved in education. Edublogs are completely free, and come with 20MB of free upload space (easily extended to 5 GB as a Supporter) and a heap of great features.

11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

According to the Standards, teachers must teach and students must learn using relevant technology that students will need to succeed beyond high school. Catilin Tucker, a well known educator and blogger, provides several effective and free technology tools that can be used in the classroom. Great resources to share with your teachers.

Discovering Assistive Technologies

This free, self-paced tutorial introduces you to the amazing range of technology that makes it possible for someone with a disability (physical, sensory, or learning) to interact with a computer. As you move through the five modules, you will learn about people who use assistive technologies on a daily basis to be able to blog, communicate, and surf the Web. Along the way you may start thinking about people in your own life that can benefit from assistive tech! A project of the California School Libraries Association.

10 Google Forms For the Classroom

This blog post provides you with 10 different examples of how Google Forms can be used in the class for assessment, surveying, evaluations, and reflections. You can view the forms from this teacher or get a copy for you to share with your teachers. These forms seem to be mostly for elementary/middle schools, but you can copy the existing forms and modify to fit your needs. Included are spelling test form, getting to know you form, and reading record form, and learning success form.

Web 2.0 and School Administrators

Wondering if Web 2.0 tools could be useful to school administrators? Visit this blog written by Susan Brooks-Young. Be sure to check out the many relevant links found in the sidebar.


Read/WriteWeb is written by Richard MacManus. The blog focuses on the convergence of Web 2.0 and New Media. Although it is not an education blog per se, administrators can learn a great deal about these new technologies by subscribing to and reading this blog.

Coming of Age (eBook)

Fourteen well-known educators from around the world contributed to this eBook, which provides practical information about using the Internet in education. Much of the text deals with new Web 2.0 tools including blogs, wikis, and podcasting. The book is free and educators are encouraged to share the file with colleagues.


In this blog, TICAL cadre members share pertinent thoughts about technology and education.

e-learning 2.0- how Web technologies are shaping education

Written by Steve O'Hear, this two-part blog article provides an overview of a variety of Web 2.0 tools. O'Hear also includes many examples of educator use of these tools.


This social networking site caters to educators. Free registration is required. Once you've joined you have access to a blog, a member profile, and special interest groups.

Dangerously Irrelevant

Scott McLeod is the coordinator of the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University. In his blog, Dangerously Irrelevant, McLeod addresses a variety of issues that impact school leaders. Not all posts are specifically technology based, but all deal with the challenges faced by 21st century school administrators.

Blogging Superintendents

eSchoolNews now has a channel on YouTube. This link leads to a video clip in which two district superintendents discuss how they are using blogs to communicate with staff and the community.

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School

Meriwether Lewis Elementary School's web site is a model for how to build a simple yet powerful school web site using multiple blogs. There's one for the home page, one for the principal Tim Lauer, one for classroom notes, et cetera. Take a look!


California's K-12 High Speed Network (K12HSN) has created a suite of Web 2.0 tools specifically designed for educators to create and share content. Tools already implemented or in the planning stages include file sharing, blogs, wikis, messaging, and video upload. The goal is to encourage educators to utilize the latest web technology and tools, while simultaneously addressing concerns about appropriate content and online safety. Managers of the site verify that anyone who applies for membership is, in fact, a teacher or other educator.

UMPC Portal

This blog is a good place to find the latest news about Ultra Mobile PCs (UMPCs). Frequent updates about various new products will help keep you up-to-date on this rapidly changing field.

ACSA-PARC Intern Blog

Teams of California Administrators have had the opportunity to participate as Interns at the Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) for several years. PARC is world-famous for their high levels of collaboration, innovations, and technology inventions. This blog was developed to capture reflections and implications of the Intern experience. School leaders can download presentations that would be useful for personal and professional development. Check it out!

Creating Conversation Using a Principal’s Blog

In this Radio TICAL episode, Jim Scoolis, principal in San Luis Coastal Unified School District and TICAL cadre member has recently started a blog at his school to help create conversation regarding homework, school policies, and other school related topics. Steve Kay, professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University speaks with Jim about his new medium of pushing his school through the 21st century. Jim shares the simple way he started and how he is trying to stimulate conversation amongst all stakeholders in his school.

Social Networks — A Framework of Tools (Part 1 of 4)

Part 1: The Genesis of Social Networks in Education In the first of four radio TICAL interviews, Steve Hargadon, creator of the social networks Classroom 2.0, The CUE Community, and many others shares how he got involved in assisting educators in using social media—first with blogs and then with social networking and virtual meetings. You will hear how Steve’s vision for using social networks in education came to be.

Taking Control of Email

This blog has been developed by TICAL cadre member Devin Vodicka to assist school leaders to better manage email, reduce information overload, increase efficiency, and improve personal satisfaction. You will find successful best practices and some solutions used to help leaders manage email overload.

Web 2.0 Is the Future of Education

This narrated presentation by Steve Hargadon discusses the various uses of Web 2.0 applications in education including wikis, blogs, and social networks. This presentations was originally presented as a keynote address for the Knowledge Bank online conference and stemmed from a comprehensive blog post of the same title which is also available here.


Twitter is a free social media service often referred to as a ‘micro-blog.’ Like a traditional blog, users post messages that readers can comment on. Unlike a blog, these posts or ‘Tweets’ consist of just 140 or fewer characters- no more than a sentence or two. Educators are experimenting with use of Twitter in classrooms, during meetings, and even to support home/school communication.

Twitter in Plain English

This video clip runs about two and one-half minutes and provides an easy-to-understand overview of Twitter. Appropriate for personal use, you can also share with staff and parents who might be curious about what micro-blogging is all about.

Cool Cat Teacher Blog

This blog provides educators great resources, ideas, and inspiration. Created by Vicki Davis, a teacher an IT director Georgia, Vicki shares her passion for helping students learn through project-based learning.

1 to 1 Schools

This blog by Scott McLeod provides resources, success stories, videos, news, and more relating to 1:1 computing programs. Whether you are interested in a laptop, netbook, or handheld program, this is a great place to start gathering information about ubiquitous computing.

47 Alternatives to Using YouTube in the Classroom

This is a blog post by Richard Bryne that helps teachers who want access to videos, but are frustrated with the blocking of YouTube at their school site. Check out all the options!

Trung Le - Fast Company Blogs

Trung Le is the lead designer for Cannon Design's education group and advocates for building design and schools that allow for student inquiry and imagination. He is known for incorporating multiple intelligence and learning styles into educational environment design and learning spaces. This resource provides several articles he has written on educational design.

100 useful search tools

This is a list of 100 different tools to search the Internet. Search tools to search listserves, images, blogs, and all types of media and resources.

Mind/Shift How we Learn

KQED blog, a part of the NPRnetwork on How We Learn. Sections grouped under Culture, Tech Tools, Research and Learning Methods. Blog Entries include: The Future School Day, Testing iPads in the Classroom, Three Trends That will Shape the Future of Curriculum.


Voki is a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.

Differentation Daily

Blog by educator, Paula Kluth, created with daily posts on specific strategies for differentiation.

Will the iPad 2 Make the Grade for Classroom Usage?

Blog author Audrey Watters explores the pros and cons of use of iPads in the classroom in this post that appeared on the ReadWriteWeb blog on March 2, 2011.

11 Sample Education BYOT Policies To Help You Create Your Own

Blog post that provides same policies to review if you are looking at beginning a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in your school or district. Whether you are just beginning to look at mobile learning or are ready to begin allowing student to bring their own technology, these examples can assist in your next steps.

Innovation Day Blog

Geoff Belleau shares his thoughts and reflection on the first Innovation Day at Crystal Middle School including videos and links to resources.

Common Core & Ed Tech

This blog site created by educators provides practical, proven tools to engage students in technology while meeting Common Core Standards. Resources include tools, student examples, and more!

Bill Gates's School Panopticon

In his Radio TICAL interview (January 2014), David Reilly refers to a “trans-modernist” pedagogy based on “flipping” the panopticon paradigm--Jeremy Bentham's concept that was popularized by Michael Foucault in the late 20th-century. In this first of a two-part post in his Education Week blog Reality Check, Walt Gardner sees a striking resemblance between the panopticon and Bill Gate’s dream of training a video camera on every teacher.

Four Strategies For Beginning A Virtual PLC

Thinking about starting your own personal learning community (PLC)? In this October 2014 blog post, ASCD emerging leader Kenny McKee shares four strategies to help you get going.

5 visionary lessons from beyond the world of ed tech

Elements of a shared vision for instructional technology integration may include new ideas we can glean from the cutting edge of other fields. Read this blog post to see if an idea from one of these thought leaders sparks your interest.

School Leaders: Guiding Teachers into the Digital Age

Leadership is important in education, particularly when it comes to digital learning. This blog posts offers a six-step model school administrators can use to become "technology masters."


Mark Anderson has developed ICTEvangelist, a place for him to record thoughts, ponderings, findings and exciting things all related to teaching and learning and technology. Mark provides a British perspective on education and technology. His blog was shortlisted in 2015 for the UK Blog Awards.

Putting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning

In this guest blog post, TICAL cadre members Devin Vodicka and Gabe Soumakian discuss why they, along with thousands of other superintendents across the country, have taken the Future Ready Schools Pledge and what it means for their districts' efforts to implement digital learning.

Engaging Your School Community Through Social Media

Edutopia article outlining how to use social media to promote and engage your school community. Covers your website, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, YouTube, Blogs. Gives specific examples and tips to using each one.

Learning and the Brain

Since 1999, Learning and the Brain has been bringing neuroscientists and educators together to explore new research on the brain and learning and its implications for education. This is a commercial site but check out the L&B Blog; it's a great, free resource on the topic.

What are the 21st-century skills every student needs?

This blog post argues that there is a widening gap between what 21st century skills students are being taught and what they actually need to learn.

What is Personalized Learning?

iNACOL's goal is to help K-12 education become an institution that embraces student-centered, next generation learning for our students. This blog post offers a clear introduction to personalized learning and how it can be leveraged to help iNACOL achieve its goal.

20 Collaborative Learning Tips And Strategies For Teachers

Educators agree that it's important for students to engage in collaborative learning activities for a variety of reasons. However, teachers often struggle with designing effective collaborative learning lessons. This blog post offers 20 strategies administrators can share with teachers that will help them in their planning.

Leveraging technology to increase parent involvement in your schools

Educators commonly discuss leveraging technology to improve student performance. But what about leveraging technology to increase parent involvement as well? This blog post features several suggestions for reaching out and engaging parents of students of all ages.

In support of Community Partnerships in STEM

This blog post discusses the importance of engaging partners from the tech sector in STEM programs. It includes an 8-minute video presentation.

Budget and Resources: Digital Learning Framework

This blog post from the Metiri Group provides an overview of budget and resources in the context of digital learning.

What Federal Education Budget Cuts Mean for Edtech

We have a new administration and a lot of changes. What's in store for ed tech programs and professional development? This blog post from EdSurge look at some possibilities for the near future.

Why Social and Emotional Learning Is Essential for Students

This blog post from Edutopia explains why Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important part of students' education.

13 Powerful SEL Activities

This blog post from edutopia offers a baker's dozen of activities teachers can employ to help students learn SEL skills.

Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed

This blog post from edutopia describes apps that can be used to help studets with special needs learn SEL skills.

14 Resources to Bookmark for Digital Literacy

This 2016 blog post from the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education provides just what it says: links to some key resources on digital literacy that include overviews, curriculum materials and assessment tools.


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