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Arkansas Learning Management System - ALMS

http://www.farmcards.org/technology/ALMSGuide.pdf

The Arkansas Learning Management System (ALMS) provides teachers with a platform to easily manage and deliver elearning, create and deliver online assessments, and automate the grading of essays through a system of online peer-review. The main purpose of the system is to provide the means by which teachers and students can share things they create for their system with other schools, and there is an electronic repository on the main website to facilitate this sharing. The system is free for any school, public or private, to use.
 

Changing Teacher Practices with Interactive Whiteboards

http://www.portical.org/tv/changing-teacher-practices-with-interactive-whiteboards/62.htm

In this TICALevision episode Megan Power, a kindergarten teacher at Del Sur Elementary School in Poway Unified School District demonstrates how she uses an interactive whiteboard and a classroom response system in her kindergarten and former 1st grade classroom. You will be amazed how simple these tools are to use. Megan also shares a variety of strategies you can bring to your teachers.
 

Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand

http://www.portical.org/tv/classroom-walkthroughs-and-observations-in-the-palm-of-your-hand/20.htm

In this TICALevision episode, Kenny Pennington, principal in Monticello School District in rural Monticello, Arkansas demonstrates how he uses a handheld computer while observing a computer/technology teacher at the high school. Kenny shares the process to quickly record observations and how he engages his teachers in a continual improvement process.
 

Google Form Template: Learning Management System (LMS) Feedback Survey and Evaluation

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

As you begin to transition to online or blended learning in your school/district or just want to provide teachers the opportunity to create a paperless learning environment selecting the right LMS can be a daunting task as there are pros and cons for each. Use this survey and evaluation form developed by the Oxnard Union High School District to strategically qualitatively and quantitatively determine the pros and cons of each including teaching and learning functionality as well as layout, ease of use, and ubiquitous access.
 

Google Forms Template: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form

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

Courtesy of Kern Kelly and Fred Johnston,use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate. Feel free to modify to fit your district's standards. All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and a second sheet has been created to quickly printout the results for the teachers and your records. Simply use the "hide column(s)" function in Excel to only show the specific teacher you want a printout for.
 

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.
 

Just for the Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Best Practices

http://www.portical.org/Presentations/sorey/

This 15-minute presentation will explain the many resources and specific practices collected from high performing school across the country found on the free, online data and school improvement system called Just for the Kids-California. You will be walked through the Best Practices area of the Web site and even be shown how to assess your own school, district, and/or classroom to assist you in data-driven decision making.
 

Measuring 21st Century Skills

http://www.portical.org/podcasts/measuring-21st-century-skills/65.htm

"There is a gaping hole in our educational system for measuring those things that lend themselves less to immediate and direct measurement.” So says Certiport President and CEO David Saedi. In this interview with TICAL co-director Michael Simkins, David describes a formative assessment tool his company developed for use with employees that might serve as a model for developing similar tools in K-12 education.
 

Profiling Educational Technology Integration (PETI)

http://www.setda.org/priorities/professional-learning/peti-evaluating-educational-technology-effectiveness/

The State Technology Directors Association offers this free framework and suite of tools to states, districts, schools, and researchers who are working to profile use of technology over a period of time. Developed by the Metiri Group, the tools have been pilot tested and validated.
 

Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations

http://qisa.org/

The work of the Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA) is the inspiration for the implicit curriculum David Reilly discusses in his Radio TICAL interview (January 2014) on technology's role in the convergence of common core, implicit curriculum, and trans-modernist pedagogy. One of the QISA products, the My Aspirations Action Plan, is a technology based student portfolio that includes "progressive gaming" and interactive elements.
 
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