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Tech Tidbits Newsletters

Carlsbad Unified School District has been publishing monthly "Tech Tidbits" newsletters to assist teachers in effectively using technology. Each Tech Tidbit is brief (just two pages) and focuses on quick tips with high relevance for staff.

Technology Planning Legislation CA Ed Code Section 51871.5

Technology planning processes are continuing to change as the internet develops. Cyber safety and other ethical issues regarding the proper use of technology is at the forefront of education. Section 51871.5 in the California Education Code has been amended by AB 307, which is also referred to as the Chavez bill. Any school in the state of California can apply for technology related grants if they have a current technology plan. Due to AB 307, all technology plans must have a component to educate pupils and teachers on the appropriate and ethical use of information technology in the classroom. This link will take you to what the California Education Code currently says about technology planning practices.

Technology That Works—Past, Present and Future

Michael Simkins, Devin Vodicka, and Lisa Gonzales collaborated to write "Leveraging Technology to Transform Our Schools" which appeared in the January-February 2009 issue of ACSA's Leadership magazine. This page lists links to the programs mentioned in the article.

TED Talk: Johnny Lee demos Wii Remote hacks

Building sophisticated educational tools out of cheap parts, Johnny Lee demos his cool Wii Remote hacks, which turn the $40 video game controller into an interactive whiteboard, a touchscreen and a head-mounted 3-D viewer.

The 6 C's of Effective Instruction

Teacher and author Joe Hirsch shares what he calls "six bedrock qualities, the six C’s of educational craftsmanship." They are clarity, consistency, commitment, conviction, communication, and collaboration. These qualities are a prerequisite to effective technology integration. Read his wise and beautifully written counsel.

The Adult Literacy Education Wiki

If you are an adult educator, you will find this to be an excellent resource for connecting research to practice. This wiki is a community of practice for practitioners, researchers, and learners.

The Atomic Learning Library

Do you need mini-tutorials on different software programs that load quickly? Then the Atomic Learning Library is just the site you're looking for. You can learn your favorite software programs by viewing fast-loading tutorial movie clips right over the Internet. There is a nice list to choose from, including both PC and Mac operating systems. Some tutorials are free, but an annual subscription gives you access to all tutorials.

The E-Mail Age: NPR

NPR looks at the e-mail assault and how to fight back. This resource focuses on the issue of email overload. This is a resource posted by NPR having to do with the email deluge and ways to manage it. It is divided into a few sections so you can focus on your areas of greatest need. Including SPAM, loss of productivity, and much more!

The Future of Ubiquitous Computing – Zero Cost Licensing with Open Source

In this Radio TICAL episode, the Director of CoSN’s K-12 Open Technologies Initiative, Steve Hargadon, shares an overview and the benefits of adopting open source software in your schools.

The Thornburg Center

This site contains relevant podcasts, and resources relating to open source, programming, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) software. The Thornburg Center consists of consultants, speakers and authors whose primary focus is on education from Kindergarten to twelfth grade. Thornburg Center speakers are commonly found on the programs and podiums of major conferences that focus on educational technology with a common theme of enhancing student creativity and the mastery of subjects through the thoughtful use of modern technologies and project-based learning.