Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership

 
School Services of California

http://www.sscal.com

School Services Provides a variety of services to school primarily in the finance area. They also provide support for legislative efforts. They produce a daily report on the State level activities specifically related to education.
 
SchoolMessenger

http://www.schoolmessenger.com

SchoolMessenger is a system commonly used to inform families of school activities by calling the family phone number with a pre-recorded message, but it also can be used when you need to have emergency communication with all families in just a few minutes.
 
Software Implementation Toolkit

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/borgen/#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.
 
Streamlining Lesson Plan Collection Using Google Docs and the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/borgen/index.html/#siop

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.
 
Student Created Videos and Project-Based Learning

http://www.portical.org/student_created_videos.html

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.
 
Student Cyber Safety

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/soumakian/index.html#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.
 
Students as Technicians (Part 1 of 2): Improving School Climate

http://www.portical.org/tv/students-as-technicians-part-1-of-2/110.htm

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.
 
Surviving an E-rate Audit

http://www.portical.org/stories/surviving_erate_audit.html

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.
 
Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 1 of 2

http://www.portical.org/tv/systemic-improvement-using-netbooks/78.htm

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

http://www.portical.org/tv/systemic-impro…ks-part-2-of-2/86.htm

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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