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|In this Radio TICAL episode, Rick Fitzpatrick, principal at Rother Elementary School in Enterprise Elementary School District shares how his school has exited program improvement. He provides specific strategies he uses to facilitate the change process including gathering teacher input on a variety of topics and allotting frequent staff collaboration time. Rick also highlights his school’s continual analysis of data as well as celebrations that are held in the community.|
|This article from the USDOE's Office of Ed Tech expands the definition of robust infrastructure. Instead of being about wires, hardware, and connectivity, this article argues that robust infrastructure also "provides state-of-the-art digital learning resources, encourages responsible citizenship, and protects student data and privacy." A great discussion starter.|
|Buying new projectors for your school or district? Take a look at this 2-page tutorial created by TICAL cadre member Bob Blackney. He provides you resources and expert advice on LCD vs. DLP projectors, brightness, warranty, bulb life, focal length, portability, wireless, management, and control. Once you are finished reading this you will have the expertise needed to buy a projector.|
|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.|
|This is the online version of eSchoolNews, a publication that is most helpful for administrators interested in all facets of instructional technology. There are discussion forums, article abstracts, information about grants and funding and much more. You might especially like the email you may receive from the site each week. You can skim through the newsletter, look for topics that interest you, and then visit the site for further information.|
|Computer security experts at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed this guide to help organizations use "forensic" techniques to troubleshoot operational problems, investigate computer security or policy violation incidents, and recover from accidental system damage. The Executive Summary is of value to all administrators and you'll want to pass the full guide along to your technical support staff.|
|Many schools have set-up a Facebook Page to represent the school and embrace an online professional learning community (PLC). By setting up a Facebook Page, schools can establish a controlled, professional presence that allows them to capitalize on this social space in many important ways, while still protecting their students. It’s important to note that while a Facebook Page is an excellent opportunity for schools to supplement their web presence, it doesn’t fully replace the benefits of a robust website. Here are some ways that schools can benefit from establishing an effective Facebook presence.|
|Before ditching or donating that used computer, CD or other data-storage media, sensitive or personal information should be properly sanitized. This guide from the National Institute of Standards and Technology tells you how to do it.|
|We love to make jokes about lawyers, but as professionals they face many of the same challenges we do as school administrators. Time management is one of them. Though written for lawyers, this lively article offers “101 tips, tricks and tools to make you a more productive less-stressed out lawyer.” From managing e-mail to finding your stolen laptop, there’s hardly a one of the 101 that wouldn’t help one of us non-lawyer types!|
|Although written for libraries, this article offers practical advice for any institution planning a review and refresh cycle for computers and servers.|