Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership

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.
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.
THE Journal

The Technological Horizons in Education Journal (THE Journal) contains feature articles written for educators and practitioners in the field, coverage of trends and applications for technology in education, the latest in distance learning, broadband technology, software, products, and news, information on what educators are doing nationwide, special key conference coverage and supplements. I find it to be easy to read and very informative.
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.
The Learning Return on Our Educational Technology Investment: A Review of Findings from Research

The Learning Return on Our Educational Technology Investment: A Review of Findings from Research summarizes major research findings related to technology use and provides guidance, intended primarily for people developing school or district technology plans, on the conditions that need to be in place for computer-based technology to have the most impact on student learning.
The Linked Learning Advantage: Using Linked Learning to Implement the Common Core State Standards

This brief examines how Linked Learning, an innovative approach to high school reform, offers an advantage to teachers, schools, and districts implementing the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Both the CCSS and Linked Learning seek to prepare students for college and career by connecting learning in the classroom with real-world applications outside the school. Practitioners, administrators, parents, policymakers, and others can use this brief to discover strategic approaches for combining the CCSS and Linked Learning to design high-quality, relevant, 21st century instruction for all students. Resources also provided.
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.
The National Broadband Plan

A great way to create a connected America is to involve all Americans in the development of a National Broadband Plan. The FCC welcomes civic participation, and look forward to more interaction through this Web site. This site offers overview information about broadband, initiatives related to broadband, events where people can participate and learn about the actions taking place, and much more.
The Power of Story in School Transformation

Edutopia article on how to use and curate three types of story: stories of self, other, and organization and use them to promote your school.
The Silent Epidemic

This site, sponsored by several national organizations including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation provides resources, research, and tools for students, educators, parents and policymakers to assist in dropout prevention.
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