Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership


Turnitin is a fee-based online writing resource for educators and students. Students upload writing assignments for various kinds of review, feedback, and evaluation. One intriguing feature of the service is that it seeks to discourage plagiarism by comparing student papers for original content.
U.S. Census Bureau

Need up-to-date statistics for a grant, evaluation report, or position paper? The U.S. Census Bureau Web site offers finance data for elementary and secondary public school systems. The data are available in downloadable files and tables you can view, and are listed by year.
UMPC Portal

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

Congress has asked the FCC to create a National Broadband Plan. Within that plan, Congress has called for an examination of the National Purposes of Broadband ("if we build it, what's it good for?"). This site is devoted to the questions of the national purposes for the education system in the US and includes education from Pre-Kindergarten through Graduate studies. You can contribute, share, brainstorm, vote, and see examples of effective use of broadband in education.
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.
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.
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.
Waterford Institute

This organization provides research, curriculum, and software to assist students in learning to read. Assessment are also provided to assist your school or district in making data-driven decisions.

Exchange Pointe International has developed an excellent set of school and classroom climate surveys for online administration and provides immediate survey results in colorful, easy-to-interpret charts and graphs. Teachers, parents, administrators, and students in grades 3 or higher can easily complete survey questions on the Web. Reports provide immediate data on customer satisfaction for use in school improvement plans and other decision making. It's possible to customize the surveys for specific needs. Exchange Pointe International also provides consulting on organizational development, accountability, and assessment issues.

WestEd is a nonprofit research, development, and service agency, specifically serving Arizona, California, Nevada, and Utah although their work also extends nationally and internationally. Programs include work in assessment and standards, evaluation, technology, science and mathematics, and more.
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