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A Nation of Opportunity: Building America's 21st Century Workforce

Find effective strategies to build 21st century skills and how education relates to that goal in this report from the 21st Century Workforce Commission. The Commission was appointed by Congress to recommend the best ways to prepare citizens for the information technology work of the future.

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT2)

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.

Assessment Landscape Report

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.

Awesome Library for Principals

This site contains practical information for school principals. The Awesome Library provides only resources that have been reviewed and found to be of high quality for its users.

Based on a Review of Relevant Research

Looking for a quick path to relevant research on technology and education? Here is a shortlist of excellent research summaries. You'll find this very helpful in updating or creating a technology plan to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation or applying for grants (e.g. EETT).

Center for Applied Special Technology

The Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology. Based upon Universal Design Learning (UDL), this site provides models, research-based articles and white papers, as well as other information about making curriculum available to all students.

Center for Children & Technology

The Center for Children & Technology focuses on investigating "the roles that technology can play in improving teaching and learning in classrooms, schools and communities." They "design and develop technology applications that support engaged, active learning and student-centered teaching practices." You'll find an easy to browse site where you can access a variety of projects and publications, as well as references by topics, such as 21st Century Skills, Math, Literacy, etc. Lots of very nice research references, plus information on upcoming events and really helpful information on the effective use of technology in instruction. Check it out!

Center for Research on Education, Diversity, and Excellence - CREDE

The Center for Research in Education, Diversity, and Excellence (CREDE) is a very helpful resource when you need to sort through research on English Learners. Tools available on the website include self-assessment rubrics, descriptors and indicators of quality, and a CD-ROM with multi-media tools for professional development for teachers of English Learners. Also of particular interest is the Research Findings area. It is conveniently organized into strands such as Professional Development for Diversity. (ELL, LEP)

Chronicle of Higher Education

This resource contains news, opinions, ideas, topics, advice and forums related to higher education. Good resource for those interested in issues related to higher education issues.

Classroom Dynamics: Implementing a Technology-Based Learning Environment

Ellen Mandinach and co-author Hugh Cline do an excellent job of describing how technology is accepted and utilized by teachers in the classroom. Their description of stages teachers go through is summarized in Harvey Barnett's presentation here on Portical. Published by Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, Inc. New Jersey 1994.
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