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Using iPods to Turn Students On To Reading (Part 2 of 2)

In this second part of a TICALevision episode you will see how El Crystal elementary school has been able to sustain the eCAP program, a take home audiobook program, for several months. You will hear how principal Skip Johnson and his teachers set-up a training program where the upper grade students trained the younger students. You will also see how easy it is to quickly add audiobooks to the iPods. Lastly, you will hear some ideas Mr. Johnson has to extend this program in the future.

Using Multimedia to Present to a School Board

In this narrated presentation, TICAL cadre member Stephen Vaughn walks you through what to do and what not to do when presenting information to a school board or any group of stakeholders. You will hear some key strategies to focus on when designing a PowerPoint slide presentation.

Using Twitter to Highlight Classroom Effectiveness

In this presentation, TICAL cadre member Kevin Silberberg shares how, as superintendent, he uses a cell phone and Twitter to communicate his positive classroom observations to the community.


Use this tool from Teacher College's EdLab to center a professional discussion around a piece of video. As people watch the video, the comments they add are time-coded to the exact reference point in the video. Make the discussion public or restrict it to a chosen group of colleagues. Could be used to reflect on video from classroom practice among other possibilities.

Videos for Leadership

Sometimes you need a pick me up video. Other times you need a video that tells a story on which you can build a movement...or a theme...or hit home a point. Some videos have deep meanings. Others make you laugh. Still others make you stop....and think. And as school leaders, we need all of them. TICAL cadre members curated what we think are the best of the best, and will continue to update them for years to come.


VMath published by Voyager Learning gives students in grades two through eight on line access to an intensive math intervention program 24/7. Students work in a game like environment with a variety of supportive tutorials. Users can switch between English and Spanish. Teachers can assign specific skill levels and view on line progress reports. There is an annual subscription fee or individual users, classroom groupings, and site licenses as well. The publisher promises State specific test prep in the near future.


This Web-based presentation tool allows you to create a presentation by uploading virtually any kind of file that has been digitized, and then adding voice or text narration. You can enhance the presentation by allowing other viewers to add their own comments. Teachers may create one account and then add multiple identities for students to use within the main teacher account. Educators may have one free account and paid subscriptions are also available.


Want to develop web pages for your school but don't have anyone to do it? Or just want to learn some web authoring skills yourself? At W3Schools you will find all the Web-building tutorials a web developer needs, from basic HTML and XHTML to advanced XML, XSL, Multimedia and WAP--all for FREE. References cover web-building technologies and more. At W3Schools you can try cut and paste examples and the HTML online editor will let you edit the examples and experiment with the code online. You can even take a quiz to see how good your web developer skills are.

Walt Mossberg Column Archive

Walt Mossberg's regular columns in the Wall Street Journal are a great way to keep up on current and emerging technology issues, new equipment, changes in operating systems, etc. He writes in clear language for the general reader. This free archive contains articles for the past 90 days.

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps

Tony Vincent shares his own rubric for helping teachers evaluate educational apps. He focuses on relevance, customization, feedback, thinking skills, engagement, and sharing. Vincent also highlights additional rubrics developed by other educators and organizations.