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Checklist for Evaluating Web Sites

http://usm.maine.edu/library/checklist-evaluating-web-resources

Created by the University of Southern Maine Library, this is a simple one-page checklist designed for educators to use when evaluating web sites.
 

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: SBAC/CAASPP Debrief Survey

http://portical.org/tools/gf/index2.html#sbac2

Use these Google Form Templates developed at the San Mateo County Office of Education with support from the CISC Online Learning Collaborative Subcommittee (OLCS)as an option to access data from the relevant stakeholders including students, teachers/test administrators, and administrators. These templates can be used county/region-wide or just in a district or site. Questions relating to testing environment, preparation, and devices are all included.
 

iPod Touch & iPad Resources

http://www.livebinders.com/play/play_or_edit?id=36989

These resources, compiled and organized by Susan Brooks-Young and Chris O'Neal, provide educators with an abundance of resources from application (app) reviews to general discussions on using iPods, iPads, and iPhones in education. The site is organized by content area and include use of the devices in each area.
 

K12 Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy Resources

http://portical.org/pdfs/DigitalCitizMatrix2013.pdf

Looking for curriculum and/or resources to implement digital citizenship programs and other cybersafety initiatives? This matrix provides a variety of websites that focus on just that. The document created by educational consultant and former administrator, Diana Paradise, categories resource by stakeholder group, grade level, and lists if they resource also provides a curriculum. An excellent document when researching effective programs.
 

National Center for Technology Planning

http://www.nctp.com/

Founded by Dr. Larry S. Anderson, this site offers a wealth of information for technology planning at various educational levels. There are sample needs assessments, plans, articles, and a guidebook for planning. The podcasts with Dr. Anderson can be useful in setting the stage with your technology planning committee.
 

Organize with Technology Planning Toolkit Charts

http://www.portical.org/tools/tech_planning_organize.html

A series of specific planning documents you can download and use to lead your district or school through the technology planning process based upon California's Education Technology Planning Guide (although can be relevant for any district across the globe). These charts created in Microsoft Word and Excel replicate those in the Technology Planning Toolkit of the Education Technology Planning guide. Titles include: Timeline of Suggested Action Steps, School Site Inventory, Partnership Chart, Management Chart, Implementation Timeline, Sustainability Chart, Budget Form/Object of Expenditure, Budget Form, and Budget Narrative.
 

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium Minimum Tech Requirements

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/smarter-balanced-assessments/technology/#specifications

The Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and System Requirements Specifications provide minimum hardware specifications and basic bandwidth calculations that will allow schools and districts to evaluate which of their existing computers will support the administration of the assessment system in the 2014-15 school year that will evaluate students' mastery on the Common Core State Standards.
 

Technology Planning SLD Reference Area

http://www.sl.universalservice.org/apply/step2.asp

The Schools and Libraries Universal Service Program is available to offer support to schools and libraries investing in telecommunications networks and Internet access. A requirement for E-Rate applications is that the school district or library have a detailed technology plan in place. At this site, you will find technology plan policies and procedures that are helpful whether or not you are applying for E-Rate funds.
 

Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 1 of 2)

http://www.portical.org/tv/using-ipods-to-turn-students-on-to-reading-part-1-of-2/43.htm

The eCAP program at El Crystal Elementary School in the San Bruno Park School District is a unique take home audiobook program where 40 targeted students use iPods to listen to and read from several different literature books. In this TICALevision episode principal Skip Johnson and several teachers and students share the program and explain how the program has increased student achievement and motivation to read. Stay tuned for Part 2 to learn how to set up a program like this in your school or district!
 
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