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3D - Data-Driven Decision Making

http://www.cosn.org/

Developed by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), this web site provides school administrators with current examples of how data-driven decision making systems have improved student achievement and helped make the best use of technology funds. This website is especially helpful in providing research-based examples and case studies for implementing new tools and programs related to data.
 

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.
 

Data Visualization in Panama-Buena Vista!

http://pbvusd.schoolwires.net/domain/3476

Great video and white paper describing Kevin Silberberg's Data Dashboard using data to start conversations and make decisions.
 

Don't Make a Million Dollar Mistake

http://www.portical.org/tv/mdm/290.htm

Instructional materials purchases are generally the largest annual purchases school districts make. Often, districts have too many products to review and too little time to review them carefully. Research has shown that only 54% of the instructional materials that claim to be 100% aligned actually are. For that reason alone, districts, on average, have half a million dollars worth of unused instructional materials. Does yours? In this webinar, Jackie Lain, president of Learning List, shared effective practices to help districts stretch their instructional materials funds and avoid purchasing materials that ultimately go unused or do not deliver as promised.
 

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 Referral, Dean's Office, and Behavior Intervention Form

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

Use this Google form template from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity by sharing the URL with your teachers. No more paper referrals for students to take with them to the office. Once a teacher completes the form online, office staff will have access to the behavior. Or, clerical staff can enter data from the paper onto the digital form. This form provides an easy way to search for students, teachers who submitted referrals, and quick access to common misbehaviors. Detailed tutorial provided.
 

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: Classroom Walkthrough and Observation Form with Disaggregate/Aggregate Data

http://portical.org/tools/gf/index.html#obscomp

Use this Google Form from any computer or PDA with Internet connectivity to evaluate teachers' lessons, pedagogy, and classroom climate, and California Standards for the Teaching Profession (CSTPs). All data will be recorded in a Google Spreadsheet and several other sheets are also provided that will automatically disaggregate and aggregate the data based upon teacher, teacher standards, observer and much more!
 
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