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|Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow - Today (ACOT2) is a collaborative project to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school. ACOT2 assumes as its starting point that time-honored yet outmoded approaches to education and education reform must be replaced with new and creative ways of thinking about designing learning environments for this generation of students. With a 30-year history of delivering innovative technology and education solutions, Apple has initiated ACOT2 to articulate and demonstrate powerful design principles focused on improving education in America.|
|The Partnership for 21st Century Skills has put together two great resources relating to assessment. The first is The Assessment of 21st Century Skills: The Current Landscape (June 2005), a comprehensive resource for policy, education, and business leaders. The second resource, Assess 21, is a database that provides a growing collection of practical assessments and information related to assessing 21st century skills and learning.|
|Check out short videos related to anything educational. From student videos to online lectures and from professional development tips to product how-to's these videos are housed in one place so you are able to find everything.|
|Richard Byrne provides highly-effective free resources for teachers daily on his blog, Free Technology for Teachers. Richard does not just list resources, he gives teachers ideas about using the resources he lists on the blog. There is something for educator. There is a link on his blog that makes it very easy to setup a service to receive daily updates on his blog posts.|
|New to using Google Sites? Help is just a click away! This link leads to helpful resources such as a Beginner's Guide and specific instructions on getting your Google Site up and running.|
|Scholastic has produced a very well organized set of materials and products that teachers can use to deliver small group targeted instruction in reading. The texts for students are high interest and sequenced into levels of increasing sophistication. There are many links to professional development resources.|
|Geoff Belleau shares his thoughts and reflection on the first Innovation Day at Crystal Middle School including videos and links to resources.|
|How and why might educators use iPods as tools for learning? This white paper describes various ways iPods may be used in and out of the classroom by students as well as teachers. Many examples are provided. The emphasis of this Apple-sponsored report is iPodís ability to differentiate learning for all types of students and promote independent learning via a cost-effective, handheld device.|
|Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning. This site is an excellent place to visit when looking for lesson plans, rubrics for evaluating Internet sites, ideas for staff development and more.|
|Need to assess the effectiveness of training programs? Kirkpatrick's Four Levels of Evaluation is a good resource. This brief article summarizes the four levels of evaluation from reactions, the first and most basic level, through results. This model can help you plan and structure your evaluation.|