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Grade K-6 Technology Skills Matrix

This matrix shows what what students should be introduced to, practice, and/or master in each grade level from kindergarten to 6th grade. From general computer operation skills, to multimedia creation and desktop publishing, 11 different topic areas are included. This can be used to get a sense of what skills are needed for students to be successful on SBAC or PARCC.

How to use Electronic Learning Assessment Resources (ELAR) Web site

This tool was designed by the ELAR staff to assist you in navigating the Web site. It was prepared for beginning to advanced users of data-driven resources in hopes of helping you make decisions based on data. This document is broken down by concept, where to find the resource on the site, and a direct URL link.

Just for the Kids-California (JFTK-CA) Best Practices

This 15-minute presentation will explain the many resources and specific practices collected from high performing school across the country found on the free, online data and school improvement system called Just for the Kids-California. You will be walked through the Best Practices area of the Web site and even be shown how to assess your own school, district, and/or classroom to assist you in data-driven decision making.

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.

KIPP-Knowledge is Power Program

This charter school program should grab the attention of public school administrators. KIPP will be coming to a state, county, district near you! At this site, you will find information concerning this type of school, including articles, training opportunities, and more. There are currently a handful of schools across the country, with more planned.

Lesson Plan Collection Form Using the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model

Collecting lesson plans from teachers can be a tedious task, but it is a great to see how teachers how engaging students, differentiating learning, integrating technology, and implementing a variety of instructional strategies and assessments. This Google Form Template will allow you analyze lesson plans and identify SIOP strategies being implemented and where there may be gaps in instructional practice. It provides a searchable database to quickly search for key strategies as well as providing an anonymous list of lesson plans stripping out the teachers' names to share with staff and the larger school community if you wish.

Managing Assets and Data

In this Radio TICAL episode, Dan Neville, Technology Specialist with Arizona’s Kyrene School District, shares how his district is using technology for more effective asset and data management. He gives examples that range from wireless devices that improve the accuracy of textbooks and equipment inventories to tools for collecting data from lots of sources in one place for analysis and interpretation.

Protecting Privacy Toolkit

An in-depth guide to important federal student data privacy laws.

Quick Takes: Creating ePortfolios Using Google Sites

Assessment of mastery of the Common Core State Standards relies at least in part on student portfolios. In addition, there is a growing expectation that adults will develop and maintain professional portfolios in addition to, or in lieu of, a resume. This Quick Take focuses on Google Sites, a simple tool that educators can use to create ePortfolios. This 5-minute Quick Take addresses three questions: “What are Google Sites?,” “How do Google Sites support ePortfolios?” and, “Where can I learn more?”

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.
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