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Leading Digitally, the Admin 2.0 Webinar Series

Curriculum Integration
 
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A Very Different Kind of School
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Michael Simkins talks with Milton Chen, senior fellow and executive director emeritus of The George Lucas Educational Foundation about his book, Education Nation and his ideas about what the school of the future needs to be.

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Amazing Leaps and Bounds
The National School Boards Association T + L conference brings many shining leaders to share their visions for a 21st century education. One leader from Baltimore County Public Schools was named a 2008 “20 to Watch” honorary— one of 20 emerging leaders in education technology. In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL’s director, Rowland Baker, got a chance to sit down with Ryan Imbriale, the assistant principal at Perry Hall High School. Ryan shares his triumphs, such as his role in helping to integrate multimedia projects school-wide. He also discusses his concerns with some policies that can inhibit progress.

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Based on a Review of Relevant Research
Looking for a quick path to relevant research on technology and education? Here is a shortlist of excellent research summaries. You'll find this very helpful in updating or creating a technology plan to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation or applying for grants (e.g. EETT).

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Becoming a Connoisseur of Technology Integration
Here you'll find the PowerPoint, handout, and additional references for Michael Simkins' presentation, "Becoming a Connoisseur of Technology Integration," presented at the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, Anaheim, California, March 19, 2007.

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Breaking Down Boundaries with Blended Teaching and Learning?
In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rob Darrow addresses how teaching and learning online can break down barriers between teachers and students. A variety of research studies over the past five years have defined “blended learning.” Do you wonder what exactly blended learning really looks like? You will leave this presentation knowing the difference between technology enhanced, blended, and online teaching and learning, and how to promote it in your organization.

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California Middle School Standards Matricies and Electronic Learning Resources (ELRs)
This Excel® template is designed to help administrators and teachers quickly find an ELR by English-Language Arts standard as well as providing you an easy-to-view representation of the standards. The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) has gathered several ELRs. All of these have been reviewed for effectiveness and relevance to their appropriate grade level and content standards. This template will help you integrate technology in a standards-based curriculum.

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Cell Phones on Campus: Are they driving you crazy?
In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL cadre members Bob Blackney and Kelly Calhoun share their perspectives on the kinds of things we need to consider in crafting campus cell phone policies.

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Changing Teacher Practices with Interactive Whiteboards
In this TICALevision episode Megan Power, a kindergarten teacher at Del Sur Elementary School in Poway Unified School District demonstrates how she uses an interactive whiteboard and a classroom response system in her kindergarten and former 1st grade classroom. You will be amazed how simple these tools are to use. Megan also shares a variety of strategies you can bring to your teachers.

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Collaborative Virtual Worlds and Education
In this Radio TICAL episode, PARC research scientist Michael Roberts offers some examples and suggests how 3-D virtual environments might be particularly useful for triggering student interest in science and technology.

Deploying Technology: A Teacher Centered Approach
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, see the process used to identify and fulfill teacher technology needs in the Fayetteville ARRA project. From the initial steps of inventory and needs identification through the procurement procedures to deployment and training, hear how FPS and the Special Education team was able to upgrade seventy classrooms in fourteen buildings throughout the district. Over a million dollars of technology was successfully placed in a little over one year’s time.

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Discovering Their Own Way—Students Using Technology to Help Their Community
In this Radio TICAL episode, hear Lindsey and Morgan, two high school seniors from a small rural farming community in Harrisburg, Arkansas share how The Environmental And Spatial Technology (EAST) Project has prepared them to be life-long learners and active community members. They also discuss projects they have worked on including a water conservation project that resulted in saving the farms thousands of gallons of water.

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Education 3.0 - Buzzword, fad, or salvation?
Michael Simkins presented this session on Education 3.0 at the TICAL 2011 conference in Little Rock, AR and again, in a "new and improved" version at ISTE 2011 in Philadelphia. Included was a guided tour through concepts about the future of learning as well as some current examples such as Khan Academy and the School of One. This link will take you to the slides as well as all the programs and people Michael referenced.

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EETT Spotlights
Looking for some good examples of what teachers and students are doing with the support of funding from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program? These examples, compiled by the California Department of Education, include models of professional development and technology integration.

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Equity and Literacy with Free Electronic Textbooks
In this Radio TICAL Episode Rowland Baker speaks to California's Secretary of Education Dr. Glen Thomas about California's electronic textbook (ebook) initiative. Dr. Thomas provides an overview of the program and where to find more information.

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Exemplary Uses of Technology in Education
David Weksler has been involved in educational technology at the grass roots level for years. In this Radio TICAL episode, Michael Simkins picks his brain about how far he feels we’ve come—or not come—in terms of integrating technology in truly exemplary ways.

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Facebook for School
This condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference will provide administrators with an overview of the use of Facebook as a powerful social networking tool to connect stakeholders with the vision and mission of your school. In this session participants will learn the importance of using social media to connect with the community, how to do it safely, and see practical examples of Facebook Fan pages from the perspective of a teacher, building level administrator, and superintendent.

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GenYES Students and teachers planning together
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Michael Simkins interviews Sylvia Martinez, President of GenYES. Sylvia talks about the project’s original program for bringing students and teachers together to co-plan technology-infused lessons as well as a newer program, TechYES, which offers a unique project-based learning approach to certifying middle school students as technologically literate.

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Going Paperless: Diverse Learning with iPads and Apps
In this TICALevision episode you will hear from the headmaster/principal, teachers, and students at Monte Vista Christian School in Santa Cruz County. This school was one of the first schools to implement iPads for one-to-one teaching and learning. Learn how the iPad is helping their school go paperless, engage students in active learning and promote autonomous learning with a variety of educational apps.

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Google Apps at Bryant School District
Google Apps provides many productivity and management tools including Mail, Calendar, Docs, and more. In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will see how Bryant School District in Arkansas has implemented Google Apps, a free service provided by Google for free tools and applications administered by your school or district. Two administrators from Bryant share some of the effective Google Apps being used in Bryant.

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High School Diploma Student Course Plan
This Excel® template is designed as a keep track sheet for students in alternative high school diploma programs. These programs include Adult Education, Continuation, Independent Study, and home schooling.

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Horizon Report - Summary of 2007 Edition
This summary of the 2007 Horizon Report was prepared by TICAL Cadre member Sandra Miller and TICAL staff member Jason Borgen. Michael Simkins narrates. The report describes new and emerging technology that can be used as tools for learning.

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Introduction to Moodle
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will learn about Moodle, an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Moodle is popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. See how Moodle is used across a broad range of career and technical courses to develop in-depth learning content and also how Moodle is used as a support for face-to-face teaching and learning.

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iPoddy Training on Flip Out Friday's
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you are introduced to Kindergarten students who are actively involved in the creation and production of podcasts. Come learn how they utilize the flip camera, 3 iPods and one Mac computer to transform the classroom into a digital-age learning environment.

Leading and Learning with 1:1 Laptops
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, see how a secondary teacher engages students, enhances instruction, and increases learning on a daily basis in a 1:1 computing environment. Learn how to transform a traditional classroom in to a 21st Century collaborative environment with the use of netbooks.

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Leading, Learning, Achieving -The Realities of the Digital Age for Educators
In this Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, Hall Davidson discusses what effective leadership means in the Digital Age and the profound implications of making the transition from print textbooks to dynamic digital resources. Hall provides many examples of the superiority of digital learning materials and relates them to the "SAMR" model.

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Learning and Living in an Online World
Internet use has changed. Increasingly, our students are using the Internet for social purposes, not simply to look up information or buy things. School administrators have to worry about more than filtering out inappropriate content; they have to add cyber safety to the course of instruction. In this episode of Radio TICAL, Susan Brooks-Young offers ideas for how you can meet these safety challenges without giving up valuable instructional uses of the Internet.

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Learning for Life in Our Times
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Michael Simkins interviews Bernie Trilling about some of the key ideas in his book, 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

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Leave No Child Technologically Illiterate
In this first Radio TICAL episode to feature members of TICAL’s Arkansas leadership cadre, Karli Saracini interviews Cathey Wilcox on the topic of technology literacy and the No Child Left Behind requirement that every student be technologically literate by the end of eighth grade.

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Mini Computers for Every Student in the Classroom
In this Radio TICAL episode, Arkansas cadre members Harry Dickens, John Calaway, and Jim Yeager speak to George Lieux, an Arkansas cadre member and technology integration specialist at Forth Smith Public Schools about his districts one laptop per child program including how it was funded, how the district provided professional development, how teachers have changed the way they teach, and how the program will be expanded in the future.

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Mobile Technology for Learning
Trying to get a handle on mobile technologies for learning? Mobile is where it's at. Check out TICAL's Mobile Technologies for Learning mind map. You'll find planning support, apps, sample policies, devices, and uses.

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Pioneers on the Oregon Trail
Eleven years ago, Jim Scoolis took the helm of Monarch Grove Elementary School in Los Osos, California. Designed to be the district’s “technology model,” the newly built school was fully wired and offered then state-of-the-art equipment. The only trouble was few teachers were using the stuff. In this Radio TICAL episode, Jim recounts the “journey West” he and is staff made as they moved from e-mail to simulations—and how they overcame the obstacles they encountered along the way.

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Podcasting in Education
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Arkansas cadre member Belinda Kittrell interviews fellow cadre members Tommy Tyler and Karen Eoff. Tommy talks about how Monticello School District is experimenting with podcasting to help meet the learning needs of more students. Karen describes Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative’s TechCamps.

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Preparing Students for Their Future—Not Our Past
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Rowland Baker interviews Dr. David Thornburg. Dr. Thornburg is well known in the field of educational technology. In this informal discussion, Dr. Thornburg shares how he came to be involved in educational technology in the first place, and what he sees are the most pressing demands of the future including project-based learning and STEM education.

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Promoting Technology Integration School-Wide
Learn about research on the diffusion of innovations and its implications for how to facilitate the diffusion of technology integration, or other reforms, across classrooms in your school.

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Q and A with Sylvia Martinez - Invent to Learn
In spring 2015, the ISTE Administrators PLN did a book study of Invent to Learn - making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom, by Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager. Sylvia joined Michael Simkins and members of the book study for an informal question and answer session in which she talked about such things as what got left on the "cutting room floor," the maker movement, and and how the book came about in the first place. Listen to the recording of the session.

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Quick Take: Podcasts
This 7-minute Quick Take discusses podcasting. You will learn what a podcast is, how to locate podcasts for teaching, learning, and professional development, and how to create your own podcasts.

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Quick Takes: Content Curation Using LiveBinders
The Internet offers a boundless supply of digital resources, but what to do with links once found so they can easily be accessed later? This Quick Take focuses on a simple tool that educators can use to make digital resource management easy to do. Three questions are addressed during this 6-minute presentation: “What is a content curation?,” “Why use LiveBinders?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

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Quick Takes: eBooks
In this Quick Take tutorial you will get an overview of eBooks, eBook Reader and their potential in education

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Quick Takes: Flip Cameras in Education
In this quick take presentation you will learn about Flip cameras and ways they can be used to enhance instruction. You will also see some examples of digital media and videos produced by teachers, administrators, and students.

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Quick Takes: Mini-Notebooks
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of mini-notebooks and how they are used. She provides other resources to assist you in developing best practices for using these cost-effective mini computers.

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Quick Takes: QR Codes in Professional Development
In this Quick Take tutorial presentation, Susan Brooks-Young walks you through the benefits of using quick response (QR) codes in education. You will learn about creating your own QR codes and learn the variety of ways they can be used in promoting digital tools.

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Quick Takes: Web-Based Presentations
This 5-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of a variety of web-based presentations and how they are used. She provides other resources do that you and your students can create presentations on the Internet.

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School Improvement as a Function of Engaged Students, Revivified Teachers, and an Involved Community
In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.

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Showcasing Innovation
In this Radio TICAL episode hear staff and Arkansas cadre members interview three recipients of the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) grant share their success stories. This episode was recorded at the annual EETT showcase in little Rock, Arkansas in the spring of 2008. Interactive whiteboards, distance learning programs, and using handhelds for one to one computing are highlighted.

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Stepping Stones Across the Digital Divide
Read about a unique program in San Mateo County, California that uses technology to foster educational equity among elementary school, Hispanic females.

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Student Created Videos and Project-Based Learning
These videos are created by students to show how they utilize and/or believe in technology. Each video exemplifies student mastery of project-based learning and video production. TICAL resources are highlighted below each video to assist you in locating resources relating to the content.

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Student Cyber Safety
Concerned about cyber safety? TICAL Cadre members Gabe Soumakian, Skip Johnson, Sheila Grady, and John White share three specific web resources to inform administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the community on how to provide a safe and secure environment when using the Internet.

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Students as Technicians (Part 1 of 2): Improving School Climate
In this TICALevision episode, Silicon Valley middle and elementary school MOUSE Squads share how their student technology support programs have motivated and empowered students, teachers, and staff.

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Students Managing Their Own Learning With The Khan Academy
In this TICALevision video Covington Elementary School in Los Altos School District shares how they are using the Khan Academy to supplement their 5th grade math program since Spring 2011. This unique opportunity, to pilot the videos, activities, questions, and data area, assists students in setting their own differentiated goals, provides teachers instantaneous data, and creates a collaborative learning environment for all.

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Students Using Technology in a Common Core Age
This presentation from Dennis Deets at the Leadership 3.0 Symposium is designed to give administrators an overview of the role educational technology will play in the California Common Core Standards (CCCS). Topics covered include: CCCS student learning expectations relevant to web based research and publication, CCCS assessment needs and student internet access, and in smaller part, various other topics from disruptive innovation to open-access as they pertain to CCCS. This presentation will help district leaders build an educational technology vision that is grounded on student learning in a time of CCCS.

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Technology in Fort Smith
Michael Simkins shares his January 2005 visit to Fort Smith Public Schools in Arkansas where teachers and their students are making some innovative efforts to integrate technology, especially handheld computers, to teach to state standards.

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Technology Trends: Past, Present, and Future
In 1995, TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller queried a broad range of experts about how, by 2005, technology was likely to affect the content of the school curriculum and the delivery of instruction to students. These thinkers included policy makers, futurists, and educators. Her analysis of what they had to say formed the basis of Sandra’s doctoral dissertation. In this Radio TICAL episode, Sandra shares three of the most important predictions and reflects on the extent to which each has—or has not—come to pass.

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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.

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The Countryside Experience
Becci Gillespie is superintendent-principal of Pleasant Grove Joint Union School District, a single-school, K-8 district in a rural area 25 miles from Sacramento, California. Rural for now, that is. Big plans are in the works to build a whole new community within the district, complete with ten to twelve new schools! In this Radio TICAL episode, Steve Kay interviews Becci about how she worked with her staff to increase their use of technology and her hopes of maintaining the good things about her small district as it grows to many times its current size.

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The Knight's Vision on Reform
In this Radio TICAL episode hear Sir Ken Robinson, an internationally-renown expert in creativity, share his visions relating to educational reform following his keynote address at the 4th Annual TICAL Arkansas Conference. He discusses the importance of bridging practice, policy, and theory to help promote creativity in the schools. He provides anecdotes and analogies to help us better understand the approach to standardizing and customizing education. He also discusses his various experiences with educational systems worldwide.

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The Minnetonka Story: Using Technology to Personalize Education
TICAL cadre members Bob Blackney (CA) and Marianne Hauser (AR) had the opportunity to visit the Minnetonka Public Schools in Minnesota in May 2007 to see how the district secured $45 million in technology funding and is using it to personalize education through technology integration. Bob and Marianne share what they observed and learned in these two quick-paced, narrated presentations.

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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)
The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books. In this TICALevision episode principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!

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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 2 of 2)
In this second part of a TICALevision episode you will see how El Crystal elementary school has been able to sustain the eCAP program, a take home audiobook program, for several months. You will hear how principal Skip Johnson and his teachers set-up a training program where the upper grade students trained the younger students. You will also see how easy it is to quickly add audiobooks to the iPods. Lastly, you will hear some ideas Mr. Johnson has to extend this program in the future.

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Vicarious Learning: Developing Cultural Literacy Through Global Collaboration
In this Radio TICAL episode, Vicki Davis, the IT Director and technology teacher at Westwood Schools in Camilla, GA and a national speaker talks with Rowland Baker about several global collaborative projects she helped create (Flat Classroom Project, NetGen Project, Digiteen Project, and Eracism Project) how these have assisted students in developing cultural literacy and 21st century skills.

Data-Driven Decision Making
 
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A Collaborative School Embracing Digital Media
In this TICALevision episode, hear from Jennifer Wildman and her staff at Landmark Elementary School in Pajaro Valley Elementary School on how integrating Flip cameras have increased teacher effectiveness by providing teachers with videos of their classrooms which aides in the critical evaluation of each others’ methods.

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A Data-Driven Organization's Approach to Assessing The Quality of Program Delivery
Jim Cox explains the difference between outcome and process data and explains how process information can be used to examine program delivery.

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Changing Teacher Practices with Interactive Whiteboards
In this TICALevision episode Megan Power, a kindergarten teacher at Del Sur Elementary School in Poway Unified School District demonstrates how she uses an interactive whiteboard and a classroom response system in her kindergarten and former 1st grade classroom. You will be amazed how simple these tools are to use. Megan also shares a variety of strategies you can bring to your teachers.

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Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand
In this TICALevision episode, Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school. Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.

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Data Analysis with Excel
Need to collect and analyze California Standards Test data? Check out these easy-to-use templates developed by Michael Nunn, consultant with CTAP 11, Los Angeles County Office of Education.

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Data Teams
In this Radio TICAL episode, San Jose Unified School District managers Bill Erlendson and Marcy Lauck share a new way to facilitate data-driven decision making.

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Data-Driven Decision Making
Cadre members Devin Vodicka and John White, principal in Los Angeles Unified, collaborated on this presentation which provides an overview of the basics, free resources, and links to useful resources to improve the use of data as a tool for improving teaching and learning.

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Data-Driven Decision Making and Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR)
Many vendors are offering various technology tools to support data-driven decision making. In this short article, John Cradler provides a nice overview of just what's necessary for data-driven decision making to be successful and how CLRN's reviews of electronic learning assessment resources (ELAR) can help administrators with the task of choosing among competing products.

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Data-Driven Organizations: What Do They Look Like?
Jim Cox shares his vision of what constitutes a data-driven organization. He takes the reader beyond standardized test scores and the importance of causal information. Although this article was written several years ago, the information presented still holds true today.

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Don't Make a Million Dollar Mistake
Instructional materials purchases are generally the largest annual purchases school districts make. Often, districts have too many products to review and too little time to review them carefully. Research has shown that only 54% of the instructional materials that claim to be 100% aligned actually are. For that reason alone, districts, on average, have half a million dollars worth of unused instructional materials. Does yours? In this webinar, Jackie Lain, president of Learning List, shared effective practices to help districts stretch their instructional materials funds and avoid purchasing materials that ultimately go unused or do not deliver as promised.

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Dropping Out of School is One of the Key Social Challenges of Our Time
This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!

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EdTechProfile's Radio TICAL Interview
EdTechProfile is one of the statewide educational technology services (SETS) funded by the California Department of Education and provided free of charge to California public schools. In this episode, Steve Kay talks with Brian Dunsmore, EdTechProfile’s director, about ways you can use EdTechProfile in your technology planning process.

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EETT Spotlights
Looking for some good examples of what teachers and students are doing with the support of funding from the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) program? These examples, compiled by the California Department of Education, include models of professional development and technology integration.

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Fighting Data with Data: The educational and political benefits of disaggregated data
In this article, Jim Cox discusses how school administrators can respond to external criticism of test scores with additional data gathered at the site or within the district. Although this article was written several years ago, the principles discussed still hold true today and are worthwhile for school administrators to review and share.

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Google Form Template: Bullying Report Form
Use this template with Google Forms to embed in your website or elsewhere for students to use any device to report acts of bullying. The report sheet provides administrators access to quantitative reports on the types of bullying that has been reporting. Also allows for simple comparison during different time intervals and to quickly search for previous offenders. Great way to have students report bullying in a non-confrontational way.

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Google Form Template: Learning Management System (LMS) Feedback Survey and Evaluation
As you begin to transition to online or blended learning in your school/district or just want to provide teachers the opportunity to create a paperless learning environment selecting the right LMS can be a daunting task as there are pros and cons for each. Use this survey and evaluation form developed by the Oxnard Union High School District to strategically qualitatively and quantitatively determine the pros and cons of each including teaching and learning functionality as well as layout, ease of use, and ubiquitous access.

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Google Forms Template: Classroom Referral, Dean's Office, and Behavior Intervention Form
Use this Google form template from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity by sharing the URL with your teachers. No more paper referrals for students to take with them to the office. Once a teacher completes the form online, office staff will have access to the behavior. Or, clerical staff can enter data from the paper onto the digital form. This form provides an easy way to search for students, teachers who submitted referrals, and quick access to common misbehaviors. Detailed tutorial provided.

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Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form
Courtesy of Kern Kelly and Fred Johnston,use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate. Feel free to modify to fit your district's standards. All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and a second sheet has been created to quickly printout the results for the teachers and your records. Simply use the "hide column(s)" function in Excel to only show the specific teacher you want a printout for.

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Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form with Disaggregate/Aggregate Data
Use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate, and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs). All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and several other sheets are also provided that will automatically disaggregate and aggregate the data based upon teacher, teacher standards, observer and much more!

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Google Forms Template: SBAC/CAASPP Debrief Survey
Use these Google Form Templates developed at the San Mateo County Office of Education with support from the CISC Online Learning Collaborative Subcommittee (OLCS)as an option to access data from the relevant stakeholders including students, teachers/test administrators, and administrators. These templates can be used county/region-wide or just in a district or site. Questions relating to testing environment, preparation, and devices are all included.

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Google Forms Template: SBAC/PARCC Teacher Reflection Survey
Use this Google Form to quickly obtain feedback once you have completed student testing. You can view the results by simply clicking on the “Form” menu and selecting “Show summary of responses.” The data can be used to assist your site or district’s next steps in preparing staff and students for future assessments.

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Google Forms Template: School Climate Survey -- Analyzing Teaching and Learning, Safety, Relationships, and Institutional Environments
With this Google Form template you can survey three different stakeholder groups, students, teachers, and parents, to access data relating to school climate. You will see where perceptions lie within each stakeholder group and make a plan to improve school climate. The data dissagregates into four areas relating to school climate: teaching and learning, safety, relationships, and institutional environments. These areas correlate to research published by the National School Climate Center

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Google Forms Template: Teacher self-assessment on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS·T)
With this Google form template you can survey your teachers to determine how well they perceive their use of technology in the design and implementation of their lessons.

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How A Data-Driven Organization Deals With Aligning Assessment Measures to Local Standards (One of the greatest barriers to becoming a proactive Data-Driven Organization)
In this article Jim Cox explains how to determine whether or not an assessment tool and the curriculum being taught are actually aligned.

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How to use Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR) Web site
This tool was designed by the ELAR staff to assist you in navigating the Web site. It was prepared for beginning to advanced users of data-driven resources in hopes of helping you make decisions based on data. This document is broken down by concept, where to find the resource on the site, and a direct URL link.

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Identify Program Elements to Improve Student Achievement (AOP Form)
The Analysis of Process (AOP) worksheet will assist you in the identification of elements of a school program that can help you improve student achievement. This tool is referenced in the article "A Data-Driven Organization's Approach to Assessing The Quality of Program Delivery" written by Jim Cox and available online in Portical's Expert Opinion area. A template for the worksheet and a sample are available in HTML and PDF formats.

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Instructional Program Summary
This Excel® template is designed to help administrators determine the instructional hours being spent in each content area. This template will also graph the data so you can see how content areas (Language Arts, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies) are prioritized by your teachers.

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Just for the Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Best Practices
This 15-minute presentation will explain the many resources and specific practices collected from high performing school across the country found on the free, online data and school improvement system called Just for the Kids-California. You will be walked through the Best Practices area of the Web site and even be shown how to assess your own school, district, and/or classroom to assist you in data-driven decision making.

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Just For The Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Presentation
Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.

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Lesson Plan Collection Form Using the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model
Collecting lesson plans from teachers can be a tedious task, but it is a great to see how teachers how engaging students, differentiating learning, integrating technology, and implementing a variety of instructional strategies and assessments. This Google Form Template will allow you analyze lesson plans and identify SIOP strategies being implemented and where there may be gaps in instructional practice. It provides a searchable database to quickly search for key strategies as well as providing an anonymous list of lesson plans stripping out the teachers' names to share with staff and the larger school community if you wish.

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Managing Assets and Data
In this Radio TICAL episode, Dan Neville, Technology Specialist with Arizona’s Kyrene School District, shares how his district is using technology for more effective asset and data management. He gives examples that range from wireless devices that improve the accuracy of textbooks and equipment inventories to tools for collecting data from lots of sources in one place for analysis and interpretation.

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Measuring 21st Century Skills
"There is a gaping hole in our educational system for measuring those things that lend themselves less to immediate and direct measurement.” So says Certiport President and CEO David Saedi. In this interview with TICAL co-director Michael Simkins, David describes a formative assessment tool his company developed for use with employees that might serve as a model for developing similar tools in K-12 education.

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Organize and Chart Student Scores
An Excel template that can be used to enter and analyze student assessment data. For more information on how this template was first developed and used, see Using Technology to Make Sense of Data by Dan Ryder, here on the Portical web site.

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School Improvement as a Function of Engaged Students, Revivified Teachers, and an Involved Community
In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.

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School Supply Request Form
Do you still have teachers submitting requests for supplies or room scheduling through email or paper forms? How are you keeping track of teachers’ usage? This Google Form template is a simple form to send to your staff in which they can enter equipment, supplies such as paper, markers, paper clips, pencils, projector bulbs, cables, etc. and quantities they need. You can then have support staff review the list and send supplies down immediately. You can then keep track on teacher usuage all on one spreadsheet. Also included are room requests so you can work with staff to schedule rooms such multipurpose rooms, library, and more!

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Students Managing Their Own Learning With The Khan Academy
In this TICALevision video Covington Elementary School in Los Altos School District shares how they are using the Khan Academy to supplement their 5th grade math program since Spring 2011. This unique opportunity, to pilot the videos, activities, questions, and data area, assists students in setting their own differentiated goals, provides teachers instantaneous data, and creates a collaborative learning environment for all.

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Survey Templates Ready to Administer Using Google Forms
These Microsoft Excel files were created to provide you quick access to surveys you can administer in your school or district using Google Forms (a subset of Google Docs). You can either obtain a direct copy of the survey to send to your participants immediately OR you can load the original spreadsheet into Google Docs and create the survey from the spreadsheet.

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Track Legislative Bills and Information
The Official California Legislative Information Web site is maintained by the Legal Counsel of California. This downloadable tip sheet,available as a PDF, will assist you in locating and tracking legislative bills and information for California.

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Tracking Arkansas Legislative Bills and Information
TICAL Arkansas cadre member Phoebe Bailey developed this simple step sheet to help you take advantage of the General Assembly web site to locate and track pertinent legislation.

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Using Technology to Make Sense of Data
Using scores from a district-wide writing assessment as an example, Dan Ryder explains how to use a simple database and spreadsheet to manage and analyze student assessment data.

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Using Web 2.0 Tools at School
The January-February 2010 issue of ACSA's Leadership magazine features an article on using Web 2.0 tools at school written by Michael Simkins and Randy Schultz. Get access to the article, take the TICAL Web 2.0 survey, and view survey results from over 300 participants.

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Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program: A short introduction
A result of the state's Microsoft settlement, California's Education Technology K-12 Voucher Program is a major source of technology funding. TICAL cadre member Stephen Vaughn prepared this brief guide to help administrators understand some of the key features of the program.

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Financial Planning 101
In this 9-minute narrated presentation, Susan Brooks-Young shares practical lessons learned about effective financial planning for school or district technology plans. Topics include laying the groundwork for sustainable funding, total cost of ownership, and value of investment.

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New Programs Funding Calculator
2006-2007 was a great year for funding special projects, that is if you know the strings attached, how the funds are calculated and if you qualify. How does an administrator figure out what monies are available this year for technology projects? Here is a great resource created by our friends in the Arvin Union School District, Bakersfield, CA. Calculations, explanations and more can be found on this user friendly spreadsheet. Impress you business department with the amount of knowledge gained from this resource. Knowledge is power. Post 2006-2007, use this as a template for creating your own customized version with current year data.

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School Supply Request Form
Do you still have teachers submitting requests for supplies or room scheduling through email or paper forms? How are you keeping track of teachers’ usage? This Google Form template is a simple form to send to your staff in which they can enter equipment, supplies such as paper, markers, paper clips, pencils, projector bulbs, cables, etc. and quantities they need. You can then have support staff review the list and send supplies down immediately. You can then keep track on teacher usuage all on one spreadsheet. Also included are room requests so you can work with staff to schedule rooms such multipurpose rooms, library, and more!

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Technology Funding Sources for Schools
Looking for technology funding? This page offers a few key links to help you know what technology dollars are available from government, foundation, and corporate sources.

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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.

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The Minnetonka Story: Using Technology to Personalize Education
TICAL cadre members Bob Blackney (CA) and Marianne Hauser (AR) had the opportunity to visit the Minnetonka Public Schools in Minnesota in May 2007 to see how the district secured $45 million in technology funding and is using it to personalize education through technology integration. Bob and Marianne share what they observed and learned in these two quick-paced, narrated presentations.

Operations and Maintenance
 
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Average Enrollment and Projection Template for K-3 Class Size Reduction
Are you an elementary school administrator wondering how close the classrooms are from full capacity? This Excel® template will help you determine your school's compliance towards Class Size Reduction by calculating average daily enrollment (if your Student information System does not). It will also project the number of days that are needed to move students from one class to another in order to become compliant. This template will save you hours and will lower your anxiety in meeting requirements.

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Bell Schedule and Instructional Minutes
These scheduling templates contributed by cadre member Chris York will help create your bell schedule whether you are starting from scratch or already have an existing schedule to work with. Each Excel® template automatically calculates the passing or recess time per day, the amount of time school is in session per day, and the total annual minutes of instructional time. You can ensure you are meeting the state’s or district’s requirements. The template also gives you the option to enter your articulation/collaboration schedule and minimum day schedule.

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A Collaborative Principal: In and Out of Program Improvement and a Recipe for Success
In this Radio TICAL episode, Rick Fitzpatrick, principal at Rother Elementary School in Enterprise Elementary School District shares how his school has exited program improvement. He provides specific strategies he uses to facilitate the change process including gathering teacher input on a variety of topics and allotting frequent staff collaboration time. Rick also highlights his school’s continual analysis of data as well as celebrations that are held in the community.

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Buying an LCD Projector
Buying new projectors for your school or district? Take a look at this 2-page tutorial created by TICAL cadre member Bob Blackney. He provides you resources and expert advice on LCD vs. DLP projectors, brightness, warranty, bulb life, focal length, portability, wireless, management, and control. Once you are finished reading this you will have the expertise needed to buy a projector.

CAASPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation
Here is a collection of resources to assist school site administrators start to prepare for the administration of next generation Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). While emphasis is placed on California’s CAASPP (formerly CalMAPP)/SBAC assessments, this document is relevant to all CAT programs. Though this list is not exhaustive, it should provide school and district administrators with a foundation in order to start the planning process toward the implementation of the field test.

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Cell Phones on Campus: Are they driving you crazy?
In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL cadre members Bob Blackney and Kelly Calhoun share their perspectives on the kinds of things we need to consider in crafting campus cell phone policies.

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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.

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Distance Learning Through Video
In this TICALevision episode, You will see Adrienne Sadovsky, a history teacher helping students understand culture in the early 20th century using a video conferencing unit. Teaching out of an office at the Southwest Educational Cooperative in Monticello, Arkansas, she reaches several schools. She is equipped with a video conferencing unit hooked up to her computer while students sit in a classroom with a proctor and a video conferencing unit. Now, students in smaller sized districts are able to enroll in AP courses and electives they were never offered before.

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Exploring Electronic Textbooks
Starting to give serious thought to moving from traditional to electronic textbooks? TICAL consultant Bev Blaylock has collected several examples, case studies, and other resources you'll want to review.

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Finding, Hiring, Training, Keeping a Quality Technology Staff
Finding, hiring, training, your technology staff�and keeping them once you've got them on the job�is one of your key operations and maintenance challenges. In this Radio TICAL interview with Stephen Kay, TICAL cadre member Tim Landeck shares some of the ways he has successfully faced this daunting task.

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Going Paperless
In this Radio TICAL episode, Gabe Soumakian, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource in Burbank Unified School District got a chance to speak with Stephen Kay for a second time regarding how Burbank USD is implementing several programs to assist their district’s 21st century vision. In this episode Gabe shares the various ways the district is transitioning to a paperless environment for documents, student and personnel records, and surveying.

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iCanHelpline - Social media helpline for schools
iCanHelpline is a free (as of October 28, 2015) service where schools and districts can call or email to get help in resolving problems that surface in social media – problems such as cyberbullying, sexting and reputation issues involving students, staff or anyone in the school community. In this brief webinar, Anne Collier, founder, and Matt Soeth, helpline manager, share how the service works and how your school or district can take advantage of it.

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Internet and Media Publishing Consent and Waiver Form
These templates in both Spanish and English can be downloaded, modified, and printed to obtain parental consent for students who publish their work and/or photos and videos online. A signed consent form allows the school or district to also publish photographs and videos of students.

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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Technology Recommendations
Use this to document to assist your district in developing goals relating to innovation and technology focusing on 21st Century learning outcomes for students and other stakeholders. The document lists separate Goals, Actions, Technology Recommendations, and TICAL Resources in each of the eight priority areas. This document can assist you in developing goals that insure digital access, communication, and curricula. The TICAL Cadre assisted in these recommendations to insure relevant and thoughtful considerations for digital-age learning and Common Core implications.

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Managing Assets and Data
In this Radio TICAL episode, Dan Neville, Technology Specialist with Arizona’s Kyrene School District, shares how his district is using technology for more effective asset and data management. He gives examples that range from wireless devices that improve the accuracy of textbooks and equipment inventories to tools for collecting data from lots of sources in one place for analysis and interpretation.

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Operations and Maintenance Online Resources
In this 19 minute narrated presentation, Techmasters, Inc. consultants Van Wilkinson and Bev Blaylock share online resources for a facility’s operations and maintenance department. Topics include technologies, emerging technologies, and web sites relating to leadership, software, and products.

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Opportunities for New Learning Experiences at Stanford
In this Radio TICAL episode, you will hear about Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University. This facility provides a collaborative, student-centered learning space for students and teachers in all disciplines. This learning center was developed from a vision and partnership between Stanford and philanthropic efforts from Sweden. Bob Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services was one of the founders of the spaces. Mr. Smith shares the genesis of this innovative learning space that has been used as a model across the globe for K-12 learning that focuses on creativity and collaboration.

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Quick Take: Podcasts
This 7-minute Quick Take discusses podcasting. You will learn what a podcast is, how to locate podcasts for teaching, learning, and professional development, and how to create your own podcasts.

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Quick Takes: Web-Based Presentations
This 5-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of a variety of web-based presentations and how they are used. She provides other resources do that you and your students can create presentations on the Internet.

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School Business Applications
In response to a question from one of our TICAL members, we created an informal survey to get a sense of what applications are being used for school business purposes (e.g. accounting, payroll, purchasing, human resources) as well as how satisfied people are with the applications in use. We collected responses between July 19, 2008 and August 8, 2009. While only 32 people responded to the survey, their comments are quite useful.

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Software Implementation Toolkit
In this 15-minute narrated presentation, Jason Borgen summarizes the Software Information Industry Association's Software Implementation Toolkit to help educational institutions implement worthwhile software in a systematic way. The toolkit provides users with several worksheets that are beneficial for any implementation process. This presentation also provides you with a link to the actual 55-page document.

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Student Cyber Safety
Concerned about cyber safety? TICAL Cadre members Gabe Soumakian, Skip Johnson, Sheila Grady, and John White share three specific web resources to inform administrators, teachers, parents, students, and the community on how to provide a safe and secure environment when using the Internet.

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Students as Technicians (Part 1 of 2): Improving School Climate
In this TICALevision episode, Silicon Valley middle and elementary school MOUSE Squads share how their student technology support programs have motivated and empowered students, teachers, and staff.

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Technology and H.R.
For Gabe Soumakian, assistant superintendent of human resources at Burbank Unified School District, the human resources function is about more than hiring and processing employment; it's about building capacity and keeping skilled employees in the district. In this interview with Steve Kay, Gabe shares some of the ways he has put technology to work in support of human resources.

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Web 2.0 Tools for Busy Administrators
In this 11 minute presentation, author and consultant Susan Brooks-Young provides a quick overview of what Web 2.0 is and then shares a concrete example of how a group of educators in Northern California used an on-line group, a wiki, and a "web-top" word processor to help them complete a collaborative planning process.

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A Reflection from SBAC Field Testing
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Tim Landeck, and Harendra Goonetilleke. Hear from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District Director of Technology Services and other technology team members about this year’s SBAC Field Test - what worked and what were the challenges for this district of 20,000 students. The district performed testing on a variety of devices including Chromebooks and PCs. They will share some testimonials from students, teachers, and site administrators relating to the entire process from student accounts, device management and setup, and cycling students through the testing window. Learn from their trials and tribulations and interact with others to share your experiences to help smooth out the SBAC experience the next time around!

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A Walk in the PARC
In this Radio TICAL episode Steve Kay talks with TICAL cadre members Tim Landeck and Jim Scoolis about their experience as interns in the Palo Alto Research Center(PARC)program.

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Baby Boomer Sups Meet Millennial Principals
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Jay Greenlinger talks about what he learned by studying the relationships between baby boomer superintendents and their millennial generation principals. Nice insights on how to tailor leadership and support strategies.

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Based on a Review of Relevant Research
Looking for a quick path to relevant research on technology and education? Here is a shortlist of excellent research summaries. You'll find this very helpful in updating or creating a technology plan to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation or applying for grants (e.g. EETT).

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Building Capacity
When Karen Eoff was setting up Tech Camps for the Southeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, her goal was to build capacity among staff and students to use multimedia tools to enhance education. At first, she was stymied; she could not find instructors for the Tech Camps. No one had the expertise she needed to lead this professional development experience. Listen to this episode of Radio TICAL to hear how Karen solved her problem by tapping pools of expertise distributed among her staff and students.

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Buying a Document Camera
Do you know what to look for when buying document cameras? This 2-page guide will walk you through the technical specifications without leaving you stumped. Whether you are purchasing projectors for the entire school or replacing some individual projectors you will be ready to speak with vendors.

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Certiport Monthly Feedback Form
Developed by Certiport, a technology certification company, this form is a tool the company uses internally to develop critical skills and behaviors in its own workforce. Certiport President and CEO David Saedi has given TICAL permission to share the form as an example of one way to measure certain 21st century skills.

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Classroom 2020: A New Approach to Space and Design
In this TICALevision video episode, you will visit Redwood High School, one of the schools in Tamalpais Union High School district where they built a Classroom 2020 which provides a high degree of flexibility for instructional use and digitally equipped with some of the most productive tools for student engagement and personalized learning. The principal, teachers, and a student share the significance of using a classroom like this to increase student success focused on classroom design.

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Classroom Observations: Digital data observation in the palm of your hand
In this brief, narrated presentation, TICAL cadre member Kevin Silberberg discusses how a handheld computer can facilitate and even transform the process of classroom observation.

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Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand
In this TICALevision episode, Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school. Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.

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Collaborative Virtual Worlds and Education
In this Radio TICAL episode, PARC research scientist Michael Roberts offers some examples and suggests how 3-D virtual environments might be particularly useful for triggering student interest in science and technology.

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Common Core - What every administrator needs to know
What does every administrator need to know about Common Core State Standards? For its forum at the 2013 conference, ISTE’s special interest group for administrators (SIGAdmin) invited selected members to answer that question is a concise “Ignite-style” presentation. In each of these 5 to 10 minute videos an educational leader shares his or her experience and advice.

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Creating Innovators Discussion
We all recognize the need for innovation in education, but how do you create innovators to do the innovating? The ISTE Administrators Network chose Creating Innovators for its 2016 book study. The culmination was a Q & A with Tony Wager, the book’s author. Unfortunately, Tony lost his internet connection shortly after joining the discussion, but the participants continued to discuss their reactions to the book and the various thoughts it provoked.

Deploying Technology: A Teacher Centered Approach
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, see the process used to identify and fulfill teacher technology needs in the Fayetteville ARRA project. From the initial steps of inventory and needs identification through the procurement procedures to deployment and training, hear how FPS and the Special Education team was able to upgrade seventy classrooms in fourteen buildings throughout the district. Over a million dollars of technology was successfully placed in a little over one year’s time.

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Developing a Learning Community For One Laptop Per Child Implementation
In this TICALevision episode, George Lieux, Technology Integration Specialist at Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas shares a program that was recently implemented in the district. Several classrooms, from 2nd grade to 12th grade, received a mini-notebook (UMPC) for every student in the classroom. As the lead technology professional development trainer, George highlights how he trains the teachers virtually to model the use of the laptops and to promote project-based learning.

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Distance Learning Through Video
In this TICALevision episode, You will see Adrienne Sadovsky, a history teacher helping students understand culture in the early 20th century using a video conferencing unit. Teaching out of an office at the Southwest Educational Cooperative in Monticello, Arkansas, she reaches several schools. She is equipped with a video conferencing unit hooked up to her computer while students sit in a classroom with a proctor and a video conferencing unit. Now, students in smaller sized districts are able to enroll in AP courses and electives they were never offered before.

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Earn While You Learn (EWYL)
How do practicing teachers acquire complex new teaching skills, such as those necessary to take full advantage of new technologies to improve student learning? The Earn While You Learn (EWYL) program at the Krause Center for Innovation is a model professional development program that provides one solution.

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Equity and Literacy with Free Electronic Textbooks
In this Radio TICAL Episode Rowland Baker speaks to California's Secretary of Education Dr. Glen Thomas about California's electronic textbook (ebook) initiative. Dr. Thomas provides an overview of the program and where to find more information.

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Facts and Myths of the Next Generation Assessments
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Bob Blackney. Coming in 2015, The traditional Standards Test will be abandoned and a new test will be taking its place. But what does this mean? What will it do to our API? I heard that it is taken on a computer! What can I do to prepare my class, my school or district? These questions and other myths, legends, and other outright tales will be revealed.

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From Substitution to Redefinition: Reshaping Your Educational Program
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Geoff Belleau and Randy Kolset. Learn about the forces influencing technology changes in society and schools today. Gain a better understanding of the Big Picture as well as some practical ideas to start implementing on Monday, including how to use the "SAMR" model to help guide your journey from merely substituting technology in the existing classroom to redefining your entire program.

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GenYES Students and teachers planning together
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Michael Simkins interviews Sylvia Martinez, President of GenYES. Sylvia talks about the project’s original program for bringing students and teachers together to co-plan technology-infused lessons as well as a newer program, TechYES, which offers a unique project-based learning approach to certifying middle school students as technologically literate.

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Get Into the Act of Closing the Achievement Gap
In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL’s Director Rowland Baker spoke with California State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and Administrator of the CDE’s Middle and High School Improvement Office (MHSIO) Rozlynn Worrall about Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII). They highlight this innovative web portal, developed by the MHSIO, that assists educators in lowering dropout rates, closing the achievement gap, and ensuring success for students in the middle grades.

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Getting Teachers to Use Technology
Trying to make technology happen at your site? Motivating teachers to use technology can sometimes be a challenge. TICAL cadre members Jim Scoolis, Becci Gillespie, and Lisa Gonzales share tried and proven steps you can take to get more of your teachers using technology more of the time.

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Google FormEmailer Script Step Sheet and Tutorial
This document will walk you through how to Use the FormEmailer Script with Google Forms for Automatic emailing of data. Whether you use Google Forms for classroom walkthroughs, event registrations, parent surveys, lesson plan collection, etc. you can have the data automatically formatted in an email to the respondent and any other stakeholders of your choosing with the script.

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How to use Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR) Web site
This tool was designed by the ELAR staff to assist you in navigating the Web site. It was prepared for beginning to advanced users of data-driven resources in hopes of helping you make decisions based on data. This document is broken down by concept, where to find the resource on the site, and a direct URL link.

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Implementing a Learning Management System (LMS): Culture of Collaboration to Meet College and Career Readiness
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Dr. Gabe Soumakian, Puneet Sharma, and Jane Mintz. The Oxnard Union HSD is gearing up to implement a new LMS system and will share the process for selection, implementation, and rolling out with the teachers and staff to ensure that students are using 21st Century skills.

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Introduction to Moodle
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will learn about Moodle, an Open Source Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Moodle is popular among educators around the world as a tool for creating online dynamic web sites for their students. See how Moodle is used across a broad range of career and technical courses to develop in-depth learning content and also how Moodle is used as a support for face-to-face teaching and learning.

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Leading a Culture of Innovation
The first Leadership 3.0 Symposium was held April 10-12, 2008 in Millbrae, CA. Sir Ken Robinson, world renowned creativity expert, delivered the keynote address. Watch the video excerpts. Some of the topics he discusses are human talent, unprecedented literal revolution, rethinking what it is to be educated, reform or transformation, who will "own" the 21st century?, and the power of human imagination.

Leading Edge Certification
Leading Edge Certification (LEC) is a national certification program in educational technology and curriculum innovation. Created by an Alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies, LEC is the first national certification program of its kind, and is platform and vendor neutral. There will be five (5) areas of certification offered by LEC including, Online Teacher, Administrator, Classroom Teacher, Teacher Librarian, and Leading Educator (Professional Developer.

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Leading, Learning, Achieving -The Realities of the Digital Age for Educators
In this Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, Hall Davidson discusses what effective leadership means in the Digital Age and the profound implications of making the transition from print textbooks to dynamic digital resources. Hall provides many examples of the superiority of digital learning materials and relates them to the "SAMR" model.

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Learning for Life in Our Times
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Michael Simkins interviews Bernie Trilling about some of the key ideas in his book, 21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times

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Making Machines that Can Learn
In this Radio TICAL episode, hear about fascinating work being done to design machines that “learn” and what educators might learn about learning from the process.

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Millennials in the Middle
Trying to develop teacher buy in for integrating technology? In this episode of Radio TICAL, Dr. John Lincoln White, TICAL cadre member and principal of Mulholland Middle School in Van Nuys, California describes a multi-year effort to enlist his entire staff to integrate technology to engage his "millennial" students in standards-based learning. And it paid off! Since launching the technology effort in 2001, Mulholland has increased 205 API points.

Minding The Gap: Baby Boomer Superintendents’ Leadership and Support of Millennial Principals
"Minding The Gap: Baby Boomer Superintendents’ Leadership and Support of Millennial Principals" is Jay Greenlinger's doctoral dissertation. He discusses his study and its implications in a Radio TICAL interview.

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Mini Computers for Every Student in the Classroom
In this Radio TICAL episode, Arkansas cadre members Harry Dickens, John Calaway, and Jim Yeager speak to George Lieux, an Arkansas cadre member and technology integration specialist at Forth Smith Public Schools about his districts one laptop per child program including how it was funded, how the district provided professional development, how teachers have changed the way they teach, and how the program will be expanded in the future.

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Mobile Technology and the Common Core—Strategies for Addressing ELA Standards
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Susan Brooks-Young. As a school administrator, you know that professional development is a critical piece in successful implementation of the Common Core State Standards. Your teachers have access to mobile technologies like tablets and laptops. How can you leverage this access to help teachers implement ELA standards in your school or district? This 45-minute webinar offers an overview of a professional development program in Arkansas where teachers of grades K-8 are using multiple mobile technologies and free or low-cost apps and web-based tools to address ELA standards through student-created e-books and screencasting.

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Name That Badge: Micro-credentials and educator professional development
Educators earn credentials at the beginning of their careers, but they learn new skills every day. A micro-credential system provides teachers with the opportunity to gain recognition for skills they master throughout their careers. In this recorded webinar, Karen Cator, President and CEO of Digital Promise, provides you with an “executive summary” of the concept of badges and micro-credentials, what they accomplish, and how to implement them.

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NCLB Highly Qualified Teacher Essentials
This presentation by TICAL cadre member Gabe Soumakian is designed to help administrators and teachers learn more about the Highly Qualified Teacher requirements under the 2001 No Child Left Behind Act.

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On the Cusp of a New Convergence
In this January 2014 episode of Radio TICAL, David Reilly describes a new convergence he already sees unfolding his his district. The key ingredients? New technology, common core standards, implicit curriculum, and a new, "trans-modern" pedagogy that puts the student center stage and casts the rest of us in supporting roles.

ON[the]LINE Webinar: Be Upstanding!
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Merve Lapus, Common Sense Media. Addressing cyberbullying & digital citizenship in your schools.

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ON[the]LINE Webinar: Building Your Resources and Network - Finding the Best Information on the Web
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Elizabeth Calhoon, Santa Clara County Office of Education. Find the best of the web for resources, policy issues and reliable resources, while building your network through curation and collaboration.

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ON[the]LINE Webinar: Privacy, The Cloud and Public Education: What Must You Do?
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Gretchen Shipley and Mark Williams, co-chairs of the eMatters Practice Group at Fagen Friedman & Fulfros. As districts adopt cloud-computing services to achieve their educational objectives and maximize new technologies, they transfer increasing quantities of student information to third-party providers, and often without requiring basic privacy protections. As a result, school districts may fall short of federal privacy standards and of community expectations for children’s privacy. Hear from legal and policy experts the steps that can be taken to help ensure strong data security measures are in place to protect student and employee privacy and proper limitations are set to prevent commercial data mining.

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ON[the]LINE Webinar: Technology Policies: Shift Your Paradigm
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Gretchen Shipley and Mark Williams, co-chairs of the eMatters Practice Group at Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost. Given that technology is changing faster than fashion, it is prudent your district's process for adopting policies be modified to consider technology across all areas of operation. From hiring practices to evaluation, records retention to academic integrity, policies across all areas of district operation should consider technological implications.

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ON[the]LINE: A California 21st Century District Initiative
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Dr. Kelly Calhoun and Elizabeth Calhoon. There is a burden being carried by CA school districts, each struggling individually with how to manage technology policies and guidelines appropriately for the future. This initiative, which has been providing resources to California districts for over a year does the following: Explores and establishes principles to guide the process; Establishes a suite of resources to support 21st century school districts/COEs, including: policies (adoptable or locally modifiable using est. principles), best practice codes of conduct samples, guidelines, and much more! All recommendations are supported by legal consultation, with California School Boards Association's blessing. This session will highlight the building of the initiative and how integral partners were brought into the process to provide a central space for all districts to use in one very large state with a plethora of individual district needs. In addition, we will highlight the resource itself and take participants on a "tour" of the resources available to anyone in education. All the resources have been vetted through the ON[the]LINE steering committee, which includes in its partners: Computer-Using Educators (CUE), California State Boards Association (CSBA), Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Common Sense Media, TICAL, and others. Participants will walk away from this session have a blueprint for success for an initiative of a similar nature in their environment, as well as resources they can always return to later.

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Podcasting in Education
In this episode of Radio TICAL, Arkansas cadre member Belinda Kittrell interviews fellow cadre members Tommy Tyler and Karen Eoff. Tommy talks about how Monticello School District is experimenting with podcasting to help meet the learning needs of more students. Karen describes Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative’s TechCamps.

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Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers
Radio TICAL interview with Dr. Randy Schultz, Associate Professor, CSU Bakersfield.

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Principals, New Teachers and Technology
In Principals, New Teachers and Technology, Bruce Duncan, Director of Technology at the New Teacher Center at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shares information on what principals can expect of new teachers in the way of technology skills and how principals can support new teachers as they learn to use technology in the school context. Includes specific examples from California's Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.

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Quick Take: Real Simple Syndication (RSS)
This 7-minute Quick Take by Derry Lyons provides a brief overview of a Web 2.0 tool known as RSS. Derry explains what RSS is and how you can use it.

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Quick Take: Social Networks
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It explores the social networking phenomenon. Susan provides some common social networks including Ning, Flickr, and TeacherTube.

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Quick Take: Apple's iPod Touch in Education
In this 6-minute narrated presentation Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of the iPod Touch and how it can be used in and out of the classroom for learning and management purposes.

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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.

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Quick Take: Simplifying Web Page Addresses
In this Quick Take, Jason Borgen walks you through two free services, TinyURL and Bitly. You will see how to take long Web addresses and make them much shorter so you can easily share with others.

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Quick Take: TPACK Framework for Technology-Supported Instruction
In this Quick Take, Susan Brooks-Young answers the questions: “What is the TPACK framework?,” “Why use TPACK when planning instructional activities?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

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Quick Take: Web 2.0
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It provides an overview of various Web 2.0 tools that help users participate and interact on the Web.

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Quick Take: Wikis
This 4-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. It provides an overview of how wikis are used to edit live content on the Internet. Susan provides examples and resources.

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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.

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Quick Takes Tutorials: Your Online Presence is a Digital Tattoo by Susan Brooks-Young
One of the concerns related to students' overuse of screens is that children and teenagers are sharing a great deal of personal information, intentionally or not. This Quick Take focuses on how educators and parents can help children establish an appropriate online presence and addresses three questions: “What is a digital tattoo?,” “How can educators help students manage digital tattoos?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

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Quick Takes: Google Forms
This Quick Take shows you how to use Google Forms, a subset of Google Docs, to gather survey data for your data-driven decisions. You will learn how to create your own Google Form and distribute an unlimited amount for free!

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Quick Takes: Content Curation Using LiveBinders
The Internet offers a boundless supply of digital resources, but what to do with links once found so they can easily be accessed later? This Quick Take focuses on a simple tool that educators can use to make digital resource management easy to do. Three questions are addressed during this 6-minute presentation: “What is a content curation?,” “Why use LiveBinders?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

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Quick Takes: Creating a Facebook Page for Your School Community
In this Quick Take, you will see examples of some school and district Facebook pages used successfully to communicate to the broader community. Some of the features of Facebook posting is defined, and you will be walked through how to create your own school and/or district Facebook page including proper settings to maximize your reach. Keywords: social media, Facebook, Communication

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Quick Takes: eBooks
In this Quick Take tutorial you will get an overview of eBooks, eBook Reader and their potential in education

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Quick Takes: Google Docs
This Quick Take provides you an overview of the Google Docs application suite which allows you to collaborate on one document, spreadsheet, and presentation. You will be able to quickly use Google Docs to boast your productivity as well as find classroom examples for your teachers.

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Quick Takes: Google Search Beyond Novice
In this quick take presentation will show a variety of ways to search Google to maximize your research. Learn all about advanced search, filtering results, scholar search, and much more.

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Quick Takes: QR Codes in Professional Development
In this Quick Take tutorial presentation, Susan Brooks-Young walks you through the benefits of using quick response (QR) codes in education. You will learn about creating your own QR codes and learn the variety of ways they can be used in promoting digital tools.

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Quick Takes: Tablet Devices in Education
In this Quick Take Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of tablet devices (such as iPads and Android) that enable users to listen to audio files, watch videos, access the Internet, and use a variety of educational applications. Tablets are key in learning with mobile devices.

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Quick Takes: Twitter
This 6-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of the microblogging service called Twitter and how it can be used in educational settings.

School Leader Development: Building 21st Century Schools
As part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Program, this CD is a workshop treasure. Use this material with boards of education, groups of administrators, business officials and even students! You are actively involved in writing reflections on the material which builds a workable plan in the end. The goal? To help school leaders prepare our students for the world that has changed. Our students have changed, our world has changed. Have our schools changed? Participants are exposed to educational experts who speak on change, vision, curriculum, leadership, 21st century skills, and more. For a preview, contact Kevin Silberberg.

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Social Media Handbook For Administrators
Use this 11-page document to get an overview of using social media in a leadership role. Also use the tool to pull talking points with staff and stakeholders to develop a communication and professional development plan using social media. Included are resources, research, tools, and templates.

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Step Sheets
Looking for a tutorial on programs such as Microsoft Office? Chris York, Director of Technology for Del Norte Unified School District, developed these step sheets to help his staff be more productive. You can download and use them as well. Titles include: Beginning Word, Creating Tables, Mail Merge in Word, Excel Quick Start Guide, Using AutoFilter in Excel, Using Publisher, and PowerPoint 101. These tools are useful for administrators, office staff, and classroom teachers.

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Strategies for Managing Digital Resources: Simple Tools for Curating Content
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Susan Brooks-Young. Finding digital resources is easy. Managing them can be another story. Busy educators need easy-to-use online tools they can use to collect, organize, and share resources with colleagues, students, parents, and members of the community. This is particularly true as educators seek to reorganize resources around the CCSS. Attend this 45-minute webinar to learn about content curation and tools you can use immediately to get better organized.

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Streamlining Lesson Plan Collection Using Google Docs and the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model
In this 9-minute tutorial, Jason Borgen steps you through setting up a Google Account, uploading the Excel SIOP lesson plan template, and sharing the template with all your teachers. Now you will be able to collect lesson plan submissions from your teachers on one paperless form, as well as giving you and your teachers the opportunity to quickly view lessons and assess which SIOP strategies are being used. The lesson plan template is also provided here.

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Student Created Videos and Project-Based Learning
These videos are created by students to show how they utilize and/or believe in technology. Each video exemplifies student mastery of project-based learning and video production. TICAL resources are highlighted below each video to assist you in locating resources relating to the content.

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Surviving an E-rate Audit
In his first-hand account, Tim Landeck, Technology Director and TICAL cadre member shares his positive and negative experiences with e-rate auditors and provides some expert advice to those who may want to prepare for the audit.

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Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 1 of 2
Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, AR, implemented a 1:1 program with netbooks in several junior high and high school classrooms to create a more student-centered and project-based focus. Spearheaded by the district’s Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two part TICALevision episode, professional development director, Dr. Kathleen Cates, discusses the intensive professional development program, teachers share how the netbooks (mini laptops) encourage student engagement, and you will see students learning at their own pace.

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

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Technology That Works—Past, Present and Future
Michael Simkins, Devin Vodicka, and Lisa Gonzales collaborated to write "Leveraging Technology to Transform Our Schools" which appeared in the January-February 2009 issue of ACSA's Leadership magazine. This page lists links to the programs mentioned in the article.

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The Countryside Experience
Becci Gillespie is superintendent-principal of Pleasant Grove Joint Union School District, a single-school, K-8 district in a rural area 25 miles from Sacramento, California. Rural for now, that is. Big plans are in the works to build a whole new community within the district, complete with ten to twelve new schools! In this Radio TICAL episode, Steve Kay interviews Becci about how she worked with her staff to increase their use of technology and her hopes of maintaining the good things about her small district as it grows to many times its current size.

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The Great Eight: Designing Effective Tech Training for Teachers
An experienced trainer, Rick Fitzpatrick shares eight tips for staff development planners to consider when preparing workshops for teachers. Linking training to improving test scores and meeting the needs of the teachers where they live are just the first two.

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The Hedgehog and Technology
In this Radio TICAL episode, Ceres USD superintendent Walt Hanline shares his passion for Jim Collins’ book Good to Great. Walt believes it is the best book related to his profession that he has ever read! In particular, he talks about the “hedgehog concept” and technology’s role as an accelerator. This is an example of when it makes sense to apply business practices to education.

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TICAL Conference Presentation Summaries
These videos were created and narrated by presenters at the 2011 TICAL Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. Each presentation was condensed from a 60-minute face-to-face presentation to this online version. These videos can be used to access professional development and key ideas on how technology is being used by school leaders to increase productivity, leadership, and student achievement.

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TICAL's Top 10 Original Content for Principals
This list of resources were developed by TICAL cadre and staff to streamline your leadership and management tasks. These resources are considered the most popular on the TICAL web site. These resources include time planning templates, cyber safety tutorials, bell scheduling templates, and much more. A print version is also available to handout in your meetings.

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Time Planner
Whether you’re planning a 90-minute staff meeting or a five-day workshop, this easy-to-use Excel template will help you allot time among the various topics and activities you want to include. Enter your starting and ending times; then, as you add each item, the worksheet automatically calculates how much time you’ve used and how much you have left. Contributed by TICAL Arkansas cadre member George Lieux.

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Top 14 Web Resources for Ed. Leaders of 2014
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Lisa Gonzales and Devin Vodicka. Tune in to hear about the top 14 technology resources of 2014. Websites and apps that are free, easy-to-use, and very practical will be highlighted during this session. Learn about new tools and explore new ways to use some of the more popular resources. This webinar builds on the popular series of articles and workshops that have been presented annually since 2010.

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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)
The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books. In this TICALevision episode principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!

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Using Multimedia to Present to a School Board
In this narrated presentation, TICAL cadre member Stephen Vaughn walks you through what to do and what not to do when presenting information to a school board or any group of stakeholders. You will hear some key strategies to focus on when designing a PowerPoint slide presentation.

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Year 2 of an 1:1 with iPads
Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Tim Landeck, and Harendra Goonetilleke. Put Apple iPads into the hands of 35 free and reduced lunch population middle school students in a 24/7, one-to-one implementation to enhance their algebra studies. What do you get? A more than 30% increase in students becoming proficient and/or advanced on end-of-year testing and much more! Tune in to this webinar to hear about Pajaro Valley Unified's struggles and successes with this iPad implementation.

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A Collaborative School Embracing Digital Media
In this TICALevision episode, hear from Jennifer Wildman and her staff at Landmark Elementary School in Pajaro Valley Elementary School on how integrating Flip cameras have increased teacher effectiveness by providing teachers with videos of their classrooms which aides in the critical evaluation of each others’ methods.

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Acceptable Use Policies
One in a series of brief, narrated slide presentations by Harvey Barnett, Senior Research Associate at WestEd. This presentation is 9 minutes long and focuses on why your school needs an acceptable use policy (AUP) and what it should contain. A printable version is also available.

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Align Technology with School Improvement
Join TICAL cadre member Kevin Silberberg as he makes a case for the importance of aligning the use of technology with your overall school improvement efforts. Use this short narrated presentation for your own leadership development or as a discussion starter at a principals' meeting.

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Backwards Mapping Tool
Backwards mapping can be a very effective strategy for confronting all sorts of educational challenges. This simple, Windows®-based tool walks you through the basic steps of backwards mapping from defining your end goal to developing a basic action plan.

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Based on a Review of Relevant Research
Looking for a quick path to relevant research on technology and education? Here is a shortlist of excellent research summaries. You'll find this very helpful in updating or creating a technology plan to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation or applying for grants (e.g. EETT).

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Buying a Document Camera
Do you know what to look for when buying document cameras? This 2-page guide will walk you through the technical specifications without leaving you stumped. Whether you are purchasing projectors for the entire school or replacing some individual projectors you will be ready to speak with vendors.

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Buying an LCD Projector
Buying new projectors for your school or district? Take a look at this 2-page tutorial created by TICAL cadre member Bob Blackney. He provides you resources and expert advice on LCD vs. DLP projectors, brightness, warranty, bulb life, focal length, portability, wireless, management, and control. Once you are finished reading this you will have the expertise needed to buy a projector.

CAASPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation
Here is a collection of resources to assist school site administrators start to prepare for the administration of next generation Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). While emphasis is placed on California’s CAASPP (formerly CalMAPP)/SBAC assessments, this document is relevant to all CAT programs. Though this list is not exhaustive, it should provide school and district administrators with a foundation in order to start the planning process toward the implementation of the field test.

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California Middle School Standards Matricies and Electronic Learning Resources (ELRs)
This Excel® template is designed to help administrators and teachers quickly find an ELR by English-Language Arts standard as well as providing you an easy-to-view representation of the standards. The California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) has gathered several ELRs. All of these have been reviewed for effectiveness and relevance to their appropriate grade level and content standards. This template will help you integrate technology in a standards-based curriculum.

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CalMAPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation Checklist
This resources provides administrators resources in implmentation and administration of the next generation, Computer Adaptive Testing (CAT). While emphasis is placed on California’s CalMAPP/SBAC assessments, this document's resources are relevant to all CAT programs. Though this list is not exhaustive, it should provide school and district administrators with a foundational list in order to start the planning process toward the implementation of the field test.

Deploying Technology: A Teacher Centered Approach
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, see the process used to identify and fulfill teacher technology needs in the Fayetteville ARRA project. From the initial steps of inventory and needs identification through the procurement procedures to deployment and training, hear how FPS and the Special Education team was able to upgrade seventy classrooms in fourteen buildings throughout the district. Over a million dollars of technology was successfully placed in a little over one year’s time.

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Developing a Learning Community For One Laptop Per Child Implementation
In this TICALevision episode, George Lieux, Technology Integration Specialist at Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, Arkansas shares a program that was recently implemented in the district. Several classrooms, from 2nd grade to 12th grade, received a mini-notebook (UMPC) for every student in the classroom. As the lead technology professional development trainer, George highlights how he trains the teachers virtually to model the use of the laptops and to promote project-based learning.

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E-mail Protocol and E-mail Etiquette for Effective Communication
In this presentation cadre member Gabe Soumakian focuses on e-mail protocol and etiquette to improve effective communication. He shares proper ways to send group e-mails, manage your e-mails, and how to identify spam.

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EdTechProfile's Radio TICAL Interview
EdTechProfile is one of the statewide educational technology services (SETS) funded by the California Department of Education and provided free of charge to California public schools. In this episode, Steve Kay talks with Brian Dunsmore, EdTechProfile’s director, about ways you can use EdTechProfile in your technology planning process.

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Empowering Instruction: Leadership for Mobile Learning (Part 1)
In this Radion TICAL episode, Lucy Gray, the project director for the Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN) shares some key findings and approaches to mobile learning. She discusses her global work and research including analyses of schools and districts that are successfully implementing mobile learning programs.

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Empowering Instruction: Leadership for Mobile Learning (Part 2)
In this second part of a Radio TICAL interview with Lucy Gray, the project director for the Leadership for Mobile Learning Initiative sponsored by the Consortium of School Networking (CoSN), you will be introduced to the next generation of mobile learning and best practices for implementation including communication to the larger community.

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Ethical Use of Technology and Internet Safety For Your Technology Plan
In this 10 minute presentation, Harvey Barnett shares information and resources about cyber safety and ethical use including plagiarism, copyright, and file sharing. These are important topics to include in your technology planning process. In fact, they are now required in California after the passage of Assembly Bill 307.

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Facebook for School
This condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference will provide administrators with an overview of the use of Facebook as a powerful social networking tool to connect stakeholders with the vision and mission of your school. In this session participants will learn the importance of using social media to connect with the community, how to do it safely, and see practical examples of Facebook Fan pages from the perspective of a teacher, building level administrator, and superintendent.

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Gabe Soumakian Talks about Future Ready Schools
In this episode of Radio TICAL, cadre member Gabe Soumakian, Superintendent of Oxnard Union High School District, gives a quick introduction to Future Ready Schools, shares some of the ways his district is working to become future ready, and offers a few words of advice to other educators who may want to take the Future Ready Pledge.

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Going Paperless
In this Radio TICAL episode, Gabe Soumakian, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource in Burbank Unified School District got a chance to speak with Stephen Kay for a second time regarding how Burbank USD is implementing several programs to assist their district’s 21st century vision. In this episode Gabe shares the various ways the district is transitioning to a paperless environment for documents, student and personnel records, and surveying.

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Going Paperless: Diverse Learning with iPads and Apps
In this TICALevision episode you will hear from the headmaster/principal, teachers, and students at Monte Vista Christian School in Santa Cruz County. This school was one of the first schools to implement iPads for one-to-one teaching and learning. Learn how the iPad is helping their school go paperless, engage students in active learning and promote autonomous learning with a variety of educational apps.

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Google Apps at Bryant School District
Google Apps provides many productivity and management tools including Mail, Calendar, Docs, and more. In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, you will see how Bryant School District in Arkansas has implemented Google Apps, a free service provided by Google for free tools and applications administered by your school or district. Two administrators from Bryant share some of the effective Google Apps being used in Bryant.

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Google Form Template: Bullying Report Form
Use this template with Google Forms to embed in your website or elsewhere for students to use any device to report acts of bullying. The report sheet provides administrators access to quantitative reports on the types of bullying that has been reporting. Also allows for simple comparison during different time intervals and to quickly search for previous offenders. Great way to have students report bullying in a non-confrontational way.

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Google Form Template: Learning Management System (LMS) Feedback Survey and Evaluation
As you begin to transition to online or blended learning in your school/district or just want to provide teachers the opportunity to create a paperless learning environment selecting the right LMS can be a daunting task as there are pros and cons for each. Use this survey and evaluation form developed by the Oxnard Union High School District to strategically qualitatively and quantitatively determine the pros and cons of each including teaching and learning functionality as well as layout, ease of use, and ubiquitous access.

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Google FormEmailer Script Step Sheet and Tutorial
This document will walk you through how to Use the FormEmailer Script with Google Forms for Automatic emailing of data. Whether you use Google Forms for classroom walkthroughs, event registrations, parent surveys, lesson plan collection, etc. you can have the data automatically formatted in an email to the respondent and any other stakeholders of your choosing with the script.

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Google Forms Template: SBAC/CAASPP Debrief Survey
Use these Google Form Templates developed at the San Mateo County Office of Education with support from the CISC Online Learning Collaborative Subcommittee (OLCS)as an option to access data from the relevant stakeholders including students, teachers/test administrators, and administrators. These templates can be used county/region-wide or just in a district or site. Questions relating to testing environment, preparation, and devices are all included.

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Google Forms Template: SBAC/PARCC Teacher Reflection Survey
Use this Google Form to quickly obtain feedback once you have completed student testing. You can view the results by simply clicking on the “Form” menu and selecting “Show summary of responses.” The data can be used to assist your site or district’s next steps in preparing staff and students for future assessments.

Leading and Learning with 1:1 Laptops
In this condensed presentation from the TICAL Conference, see how a secondary teacher engages students, enhances instruction, and increases learning on a daily basis in a 1:1 computing environment. Learn how to transform a traditional classroom in to a 21st Century collaborative environment with the use of netbooks.

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Learning and Living in an Online World
Internet use has changed. Increasingly, our students are using the Internet for social purposes, not simply to look up information or buy things. School administrators have to worry about more than filtering out inappropriate content; they have to add cyber safety to the course of instruction. In this episode of Radio TICAL, Susan Brooks-Young offers ideas for how you can meet these safety challenges without giving up valuable instructional uses of the Internet.

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Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Technology Recommendations
Use this to document to assist your district in developing goals relating to innovation and technology focusing on 21st Century learning outcomes for students and other stakeholders. The document lists separate Goals, Actions, Technology Recommendations, and TICAL Resources in each of the eight priority areas. This document can assist you in developing goals that insure digital access, communication, and curricula. The TICAL Cadre assisted in these recommendations to insure relevant and thoughtful considerations for digital-age learning and Common Core implications.

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Mini Computers for Every Student in the Classroom
In this Radio TICAL episode, Arkansas cadre members Harry Dickens, John Calaway, and Jim Yeager speak to George Lieux, an Arkansas cadre member and technology integration specialist at Forth Smith Public Schools about his districts one laptop per child program including how it was funded, how the district provided professional development, how teachers have changed the way they teach, and how the program will be expanded in the future.

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Mobile Technology for Learning
Trying to get a handle on mobile technologies for learning? Mobile is where it's at. Check out TICAL's Mobile Technologies for Learning mind map. You'll find planning support, apps, sample policies, devices, and uses.

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Opportunities for New Learning Experiences at Stanford
In this Radio TICAL episode, you will hear about Wallenberg Hall at Stanford University. This facility provides a collaborative, student-centered learning space for students and teachers in all disciplines. This learning center was developed from a vision and partnership between Stanford and philanthropic efforts from Sweden. Bob Emery Smith, Director of Technology Services was one of the founders of the spaces. Mr. Smith shares the genesis of this innovative learning space that has been used as a model across the globe for K-12 learning that focuses on creativity and collaboration.

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Planning for 1:1
In this Radio TICAL episode hear Eileen Lento, K-12 education strategist at Intel, talk about some of the critical aspects of the planning process for moving to anytime, anywhere, anyway learning in a ubiquitous, one-to-one computing environment.

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Planning for Funding and Budget
Harvey Barnett explains key factors to consider when you develop a budget for your technology plan.

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Planning for Technology
In this collection of brief, narrated slide shows, Harvey Barnett shares key information and strategies to inform and guide your technology planning process. Topics include relevant research findings, financial issues, total cost of ownership, professional development, and others.

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Primer on Copyright Law and Fair Use
In this narrated slideshow, attorney Melissa M. McGann explains just what copyright is and how to determine if a use of a copyrighted work is fair use or not. Part of TICAL's Legal Issues series.

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Quick Take: Apple's iPod Touch in Education
In this 6-minute narrated presentation Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of the iPod Touch and how it can be used in and out of the classroom for learning and management purposes.

School Leader Development: Building 21st Century Schools
As part of Microsoft's Partners in Learning Program, this CD is a workshop treasure. Use this material with boards of education, groups of administrators, business officials and even students! You are actively involved in writing reflections on the material which builds a workable plan in the end. The goal? To help school leaders prepare our students for the world that has changed. Our students have changed, our world has changed. Have our schools changed? Participants are exposed to educational experts who speak on change, vision, curriculum, leadership, 21st century skills, and more. For a preview, contact Kevin Silberberg.

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Software Licensing
In this narrated slideshow, attorney Melissa M. McGann explains how to ensure that the software in your district is used legally and ethically by staff and students. Part of TICAL's Legal Issues series.

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Students as Technicians (Part 1 of 2): Improving School Climate
In this TICALevision episode, Silicon Valley middle and elementary school MOUSE Squads share how their student technology support programs have motivated and empowered students, teachers, and staff.

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Surviving an E-rate Audit
In his first-hand account, Tim Landeck, Technology Director and TICAL cadre member shares his positive and negative experiences with e-rate auditors and provides some expert advice to those who may want to prepare for the audit.

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Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 1 of 2
Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, AR, implemented a 1:1 program with netbooks in several junior high and high school classrooms to create a more student-centered and project-based focus. Spearheaded by the district’s Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two part TICALevision episode, professional development director, Dr. Kathleen Cates, discusses the intensive professional development program, teachers share how the netbooks (mini laptops) encourage student engagement, and you will see students learning at their own pace.

Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 2 of 2
In this TICALevision epipsode final part of two, Fort Smith Public School's stakeholders share how a 1:1 (one to one) program has impacted hundreds of students and teachers in the district and some of the lessons learned along the journey. Professional development director Dr. Kathleen Cates shares costs and funding specifics about the initiative. Also, a principal, teachers, and students share how the program has motivated them to achieve greatness.

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Taking Control of Email Presentation
In this narrated presentation Devin Vodicka provides a sequence of steps and offers resources that will help school leaders to take control of email, increase their efficiency, and improve their effectiveness. You will be free of email overload after you view this presentation.

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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.

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The Future of Ubiquitous Computing – Zero Cost Licensing with Open Source
In this Radio TICAL episode, the Director of CoSN’s K-12 Open Technologies Initiative, Steve Hargadon, shares an overview and the benefits of adopting open source software in your schools.

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TICAL Recommended Mobile Apps. For Administrators (iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Droid)
This is a growing list of mobile application recommendations by practicing educational leaders. They are organized by category and can be relevant for iPads, iPods, iPhones, and/or Android OS. You can filter out any specific criteria by clicking on the drop-down arrow showing (All) and selecting an appropriate criteria. Have your own apps to recommend? See below the list to complete the short form.

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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.

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Tracking Arkansas Legislative Bills and Information
TICAL Arkansas cadre member Phoebe Bailey developed this simple step sheet to help you take advantage of the General Assembly web site to locate and track pertinent legislation.

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Transitioning A School Gmail Account to a Personal Account
Chris York developed this tutorial to assist employees who are leaving the district to have access to emails and information stored in their district-provided Gmail Account. This can also be used to migrate existing emails from your personal Gmail account to a school or district email account.

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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)
The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books. In this TICALevision episode principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!

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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 2 of 2)
In this second part of a TICALevision episode you will see how El Crystal elementary school has been able to sustain the eCAP program, a take home audiobook program, for several months. You will hear how principal Skip Johnson and his teachers set-up a training program where the upper grade students trained the younger students. You will also see how easy it is to quickly add audiobooks to the iPods. Lastly, you will hear some ideas Mr. Johnson has to extend this program in the future.

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Using Twitter to Highlight Classroom Effectiveness
In this presentation, TICAL cadre member Kevin Silberberg shares how, as superintendent, he uses a cell phone and Twitter to communicate his positive classroom observations to the community.

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Web 2.0 Tools for Busy Administrators
In this 11 minute presentation, author and consultant Susan Brooks-Young provides a quick overview of what Web 2.0 is and then shares a concrete example of how a group of educators in Northern California used an on-line group, a wiki, and a "web-top" word processor to help them complete a collaborative planning process.

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What to do with all those morning emails?
In our inaugural TICALevision episode, TICAL Director Rowland Baker speaks with Principal in Fresno Unified Jack Jarvis on how he manages email amongst all his other duties in Fresno Unified. Jack shares his simple strategy that is effective.