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Future Ready Schools

http://futureready.org/

Future Ready is a free, new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.
 
Future Ready Superintendents Technical Working Group

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhdwy3ASoEfkxg7chKoExz03iTW2E9xvl

On May 28th, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education welcomed district superintendents and digital leadership from around the country to a Technical Working Group. This first of its kind event was crucial to the department’s efforts to engage the community of Future Ready educators and learn how to better support districts in their transition to digital learning. This YouTube playlist includes eight short videos that capture aspects of the discussion.
 
Gaming Can Make a Better World

https://www.ted.com/talks/jane_mcgonigal_gaming_can_make_a_better_world?language=en

Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how in the TED talk.
 
Get Into the Act of Closing the Achievement Gap

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/get-into-the-act-of-closing-the-achievement-gap-2/120.htm

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.
 
Global Education Resources

http://www.globaledresources.com

A comprehensive Lesson Study resource, with best practices resources, templates, and other tools from Makoto Yoshida's company. There are lots of free resources, and great information on effective lesson study.
 
Going Paperless

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/going-paperless/146.htm

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.
 
Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form with Disaggregate/Aggregate Data

http://portical.org/tools/gf/index.html#obscomp

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!
 
Google Forms Template: SBAC/PARCC Teacher Reflection Survey

http://portical.org/tools/gf/index2.html#sbac_parcc_teacher_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.
 
Google Forms Template: School Climate Survey -- Analyzing Teaching and Learning, Safety, Relationships, and Institutional Environments

http://www.portical.org/tools/gf/index2.html#climate

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
 
Google Forms Template: Teacher self-assessment on the National Education Technology Standards (NETS·T)

http://www.portical.org/tools/gf/index.html#netst

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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