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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.

The Tipping Point

This is an outstanding book on how epidemics occur. What does this have to do with technology and school? The implications for school leadership and organization can be easily seen. Author Malcolm Gladwell uses a variety of examples to illustrate the components of the theory. Basically, he asserts that three factors need to be in play to have a epidemic "tip" or start. Reading this book will change your view of what causes things to change in a school.

TICAL Recommended Mobile Apps. For Administrators (iPod, iPhone, iPad, and Droid)

This is a growing list of mobile application recommendations by practicing educational leaders. They are organized by category and can be relevant for iPads, iPods, iPhones, and/or Android OS. You can filter out any specific criteria by clicking on the drop-down arrow showing (All) and selecting an appropriate criteria. Have your own apps to recommend? See below the list to complete the short form.

TICAL's Top 10 Original Content for Principals

This list of resources were developed by TICAL cadre and staff to streamline your leadership and management tasks. These resources are considered the most popular on the TICAL web site. These resources include time planning templates, cyber safety tutorials, bell scheduling templates, and much more. A print version is also available to handout in your meetings.

Ticket to Read

Ticket to Read published by Voyager Learning gives students in grades kindergarten through eight on line access to an intensive reading program with 24/7 on line access. This subscription based program provides students with learning experiences in phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. As students complete various exercises they accrue points which can be redeemed to decorate their tree house. Access is through a paid subscription.

TidBITS - Apple news for the rest of us

TidBITS is an online newsletter and Web site devoted to coverage of the Mac, iPhone, and iPad, but also features articles of general interest. For example one interesting piece highlighted some of the risks involved when using URL shortening services. It turns out they can be used to obfuscate URLs that point to phishing sites, malware sites, and so on.

Time Me

TimeMe's timer stopwatch products let users time meetings, time classes, time projects, tasks, tests, presentations or events. Most basic timers are free and are great to use on a laptop during a presentation, lesson or workshop to signify time limits.

Time Planner

Whether you’re planning a 90-minute staff meeting or a five-day workshop, this easy-to-use Excel template will help you allot time among the various topics and activities you want to include. Enter your starting and ending times; then, as you add each item, the worksheet automatically calculates how much time you’ve used and how much you have left. Contributed by TICAL Arkansas cadre member George Lieux.