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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.


TimeBridge is a web application that makes it incredibly easy to schedule and lead great meetings—and follow up after you meet. Set up a 1-on-1 or rally a weekly staff meeting in one step. TimeBridge coordinates everyone’s calendars and confirms the best time automatically (syncs your Google, Outlook, or Apple iCal calendars). Make it easier to meet with anyone (and everyone!). Share schedules with individual contacts. Connect a team with TimeBridge Groups and announce your availability to the world.


Toolbook is software for developing online training or course content for the classroom or professional development purposes. Among several products offered are Toolbook Instructor, a full-blow version for serious developers of content, and Toolbook Assistant, a quick and easy version for teachers to use.

Top 14 Web Resources for Ed. Leaders of 2014

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Lisa Gonzales and Devin Vodicka. Tune in to hear about the top 14 technology resources of 2014. Websites and apps that are free, easy-to-use, and very practical will be highlighted during this session. Learn about new tools and explore new ways to use some of the more popular resources. This webinar builds on the popular series of articles and workshops that have been presented annually since 2010.