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Classroom Walkthroughs and Observations In The Palm of Your Hand

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.

Common Core Implementation Checklist for Principals

Developed by NAESP, use the checklist to determine areas where you have made progress toward Common Core implementation as well as areas to focus on as you move forward.

Conducting Focus Groups

Is a Focus Group the right solution for your information gathering need? Assembled by a PhD, this site provides valuable information about how to run a focus group, what goals can be achieved, and pitfalls to avoid.

Data Management and Analysis -- SuperTECH News May 2007

The May 2007 issue of the BLE Group SuperTECH News focuses on Data Management and Analysis tools. The newsletter defines three levels of data solutions and analysis sophistication with a summary of current trends. The products and solutions review covers: Excelsior Software, 3H Technology, Edusoft, Achieve! Data Solutions, Cal Data,, SchoolNet, Oracle, Cognos, eScholar, TetraData, and SAS Institute. A profile of Lake Washington School District highlights the hard work required to get good, clean data into the system and the readiness of teachers and administrators. Excellent item for your data-driven decision making reading list!

Data-Driven Decision Making and Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR)

Many vendors are offering various technology tools to support data-driven decision making. In this short article, John Cradler provides a nice overview of just what's necessary for data-driven decision making to be successful and how CLRN's reviews of electronic learning assessment resources (ELAR) can help administrators with the task of choosing among competing products.

Dropping Out of School is One of the Key Social Challenges of Our Time

This pdf matrix lays out what the California Department of Education (CDE) is currently doing and planning on doing to improve dropout reduction in California. Written by the Middle & High School Improvement Office and Educational Options Office under the Secondary, Postsecondary, & Adult Leadership Division, the matrix is designed to provide you with specific programs offered by the CDE and research linking to additional information including locations on the CDE website for best practices, dropout prevention, and much more!

Empowering Learning: A Blueprint for California Education Technology

This Blueprint for California Education Technology is a call to action for educators, community leaders, and businesses to work together to find solutions to the challenges we face. This is a guide to help leaders in CA determine direction for technology in their educational programs.

Just For The Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Presentation

Locating beneficial resources to help display data can be a daunting task. TICAL cadre member Sandra Miller shares many ways this free resource for California schools can display data and provide best practices. After viewing this presentation, you will be ready to use your site's data for key decision making.

Research on Active Learning Classrooms

As more and more schools create flexible workspaces for students we should ask what the research says? The University of Minnesota has conducted research on how 21st century classroom design as affected student achievement. This document summarizes the results of this research.


In this 2007 Technology & Learning cover story, Michael Simkins describes ten business practices--and the technology that supports them--that can help your district maximize resources and run smoothly. Examples include asset management, benchmarking, and determining return on investment (ROI).
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