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TAPPED IN is the online workplace of an international community of education professionals. K-12 teachers and librarians, professional development staff, teacher education faculty and students, and researchers engaged in professional development programs and informal collaborative activities with colleagues.

Teach with Movies

Teach with Movies is a web-based resource for lesson plans and learning guides using movies or parts of movies as an instructional tool. The lesson plans are searchable based on the content area, the age of the students, the names of the movies, social-emotional area and moral/ethical areas. The content cover grade levels k-12. The annual fee to use the services is $11.99. New lessons plans are added periodically for new movies that come out. The site also has lesson plans for preschool age students for social learning and a special section for setting up lesson plans for a substitute.

Teach with your iPad

This website is very comprehensive. It takes you from, How to Set up your iPad, to downloading apps, and then a guide of various applications for administrators and teachers. It includes curriculum areas and grade levels. Also how to use iPads interactively and for group collaboration.

Teach-nology Portal for Educators

Teach-nology is a portal for educators who are using technology as an instructional tool. There are areas for teachers, administrators, current trends, literature in education, law and education, and professional development. The offerings range from very basic information and tutorials to articles about a variety of topics related to technology infusion. The portal is sponsored by Teachnology, Inc. a group of educators who also offer fee-based consulting services. Although much of the information is still free, subscription memberships are now also available.


Teachersnet also known as, is a free subscription mailring and message board resource to which teachers and administrators subscribe. Email messages on a variety of educational topics are sent to subscribers around the world. Subscribers may post a question for others to respond to, may respond to questions posed by others and/or merely read and delete messages with no further action necessary. There is a dedicated administrators' mailring.

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.