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Change Theory: A Force for School Improvement

Michael Fullan compares "flawed change theories" to "theories of action with merit." He identifies some typical barriers and explores ways to use "change knowledge" more fully to push ahead and actually accomplish meaningful change.

Checklist for Evaluating Web Sites

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

Common Core Connect

Common Core Connect is a project of Tulare County Office of Education, designed to hold an ever-growing repository of Common Core related online multimedia resources. Common Core Connect multimedia can be found using their simple search form, or via their advanced search tool, which allows you to search by standard, keyword, grade level, content area and more. Resource types include websites, video content, and document types such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF.

Digital Textbook Playbook

The FCC's Digital Textbook Playbook is a guide to help K-12 educators and administrators begin building rich digital learning experiences for students in districts across the country. The playbook offers information about determining broadband infrastructure for schools and classrooms, leveraging home and community broadband to extend the digital learning environment, and understanding necessary device considerations. It also provides lessons learned from school districts that have engaged in successful transitions to digital learning. Keywords: ebook, digital textbooks, textbook

K-12 Computing Blueprint

If you think one-to-one is the way to go, check out this collection of resources provided by Intel Corporation in association with Technology & Learning magazine. You'll find tools, models, and advice for your technology planning process. Though focused on one-to-one computing programs, the concepts are equally adaptable to most any implementation of new technology, especially in terms of building the foundation for transformation and systemic change.

National Center for Technology Planning

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

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.

Planning for Technology

In this collection of brief, narrated slide shows, Harvey Barnett shares key information and strategies to inform and guide your technology planning process. Topics include relevant research findings, financial issues, total cost of ownership, professional development, and others.

Technology Planning SLD Reference Area

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.

United States iPad Top 200 Education Apps

This is a great site listing the top 200 paid, free, and grossing mobile apps in the United States for education rated by users. Click on the title of the app and it takes you to a description and some screen shots. Shows you which way the the app is moving in it's ranking too.
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