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Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT2)

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow - Today (ACOT2) is a collaborative project to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school. ACOT2 assumes as its starting point that time-honored yet outmoded approaches to education and education reform must be replaced with new and creative ways of thinking about designing learning environments for this generation of students. With a 30-year history of delivering innovative technology and education solutions, Apple has initiated ACOT2 to articulate and demonstrate powerful design principles focused on improving education in America.

Environmental and Spatial Technology Program - EAST

The Environmental and Spatial Technology Program, better known as the EAST Initiative, is a project-based service learning model that uses technology as a starting point to develop creative, open minded, innovative, problem-solving students. Started at one Arkansas school in 1996, the program has grown rapidly and is now being implemented in over 98 schools in several states.


ReadWriteThink provides educators and students with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction through free, Internet-based content. Established in 2002, it is a partnership between the International Reading Association (BRA) and the National Council of Teachers of English (NOTE) with additional support from the Verizon Foundation. Resources include lessons related to the standards for both associations. Web resources and highly creative, interactive student materials are offered as well.

Weebly for Educators

Weebly for Education is a free website creator that allows educators to create websites. The drag & drop website editor is stunningly simple to use, and appropriate for use with students of all ages. Weebly enables your students to express themselves creatively using a variety of multimedia features, all within a protected environment that you control. Weebly was named one of TIME's 50 Best Websites of the year.

The Bottom Line: Financing Online/Blended Programs

In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rob Darrow addresses the question "How do schools finance online or blended learning programs in California?" One time and ongoing costs need to be identified in order to develop a sustainable model for an online or blended learning program. The components that need to be financed should be identified in the planning process and incorporated into a long range plan. Examples will be shared of what needs to be financed and how to do it. Creative financing can help in providing students new learning opportunities without boundaries.

Social Media Toolkit by Chicago Public Schools

This web page is a toolkit of resources—video, documents, and links to other sites—for principals who want to use social media to connect with their school communities. At some CPS schools, staff members and parents are working together with their principal on using social media; these resources are for you, too! Also included is the highlighted creative and effective social media use by CPS schools in a "Social Media Trailblazer" video series.

Top 7 Ideas to Promote Digital Citizenship for School and Distrct Leaders

Looking for ideas to promote digital citizenship? Thinking of innovative ways to stay in compiance with eRate laws relating to integrating digital citizenship within the curriculum? This one-page document provides creative ways to get your entire school or district as well as all stakeholders involved in teaching and learning with digital citizenship and cybersafety.

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

With Scratch, you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Great for students to learn coding with no knowledge of coding languages.

Building Community Through Digital Media & Story

In this Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, Thom Dunks shared suggestions for harnessing the creative power of multimedia stories and blending a variety of desktop digital media tools with mobile device apps (iPad, iPhone, & iPod apps). Educators have inspirational stories to tell. School leaders can take advantage of easy-to-use multimedia tools and strategies to communicate their vision, build community, and provide high visibility leadership in technology. (Archived recording; you may need to download software in order to view it.)

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