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Mini Computers for Every Student in the Classroom

In this Radio TICAL episode, Arkansas cadre members Harry Dickens, John Calaway, and Jim Yeager speak to George Lieux, an Arkansas cadre member and technology integration specialist at Forth Smith Public Schools about his districts one laptop per child program including how it was funded, how the district provided professional development, how teachers have changed the way they teach, and how the program will be expanded in the future.

New Programs Funding Calculator

2006-2007 was a great year for funding special projects, that is if you know the strings attached, how the funds are calculated and if you qualify. How does an administrator figure out what monies are available this year for technology projects? Here is a great resource created by our friends in the Arvin Union School District, Bakersfield, CA. Calculations, explanations and more can be found on this user friendly spreadsheet. Impress you business department with the amount of knowledge gained from this resource. Knowledge is power. Post 2006-2007, use this as a template for creating your own customized version with current year data.

Next Vista for Learning

Next Vista is an online library of free videos for education. These videos are created by both teachers and students and cover a wide range of subjects.

ON[the]LINE: A California 21st Century District Initiative

Leading Digitally Admin 2.0 webinar, by Dr. Kelly Calhoun and Elizabeth Calhoon. There is a burden being carried by CA school districts, each struggling individually with how to manage technology policies and guidelines appropriately for the future. This initiative, which has been providing resources to California districts for over a year does the following: Explores and establishes principles to guide the process; Establishes a suite of resources to support 21st century school districts/COEs, including: policies (adoptable or locally modifiable using est. principles), best practice codes of conduct samples, guidelines, and much more! All recommendations are supported by legal consultation, with California School Boards Association's blessing. This session will highlight the building of the initiative and how integral partners were brought into the process to provide a central space for all districts to use in one very large state with a plethora of individual district needs. In addition, we will highlight the resource itself and take participants on a "tour" of the resources available to anyone in education. All the resources have been vetted through the ON[the]LINE steering committee, which includes in its partners: Computer-Using Educators (CUE), California State Boards Association (CSBA), Fagen, Friedman & Fulfrost LLP, Santa Clara County Office of Education, Common Sense Media, TICAL, and others. Participants will walk away from this session have a blueprint for success for an initiative of a similar nature in their environment, as well as resources they can always return to later.

Operations and Maintenance Online Resources

In this 19 minute narrated presentation, Techmasters, Inc. consultants Van Wilkinson and Bev Blaylock share online resources for a facility’s operations and maintenance department. Topics include technologies, emerging technologies, and web sites relating to leadership, software, and products.

Organize and Chart Student Scores

An Excel template that can be used to enter and analyze student assessment data. For more information on how this template was first developed and used, see Using Technology to Make Sense of Data by Dan Ryder, here on the Portical web site.

Quick Take: Apple's iPod Touch in Education

In this 6-minute narrated presentation Susan Brooks-Young provides an overview of the iPod Touch and how it can be used in and out of the classroom for learning and management purposes.

Quick Take: Simplifying Web Page Addresses

In this Quick Take, Jason Borgen walks you through two free services, TinyURL and Bitly. You will see how to take long Web addresses and make them much shorter so you can easily share with others.

Quick Takes: Google Forms

This Quick Take shows you how to use Google Forms, a subset of Google Docs, to gather survey data for your data-driven decisions. You will learn how to create your own Google Form and distribute an unlimited amount for free!

Quick Takes: Flip Cameras in Education

In this quick take presentation you will learn about Flip cameras and ways they can be used to enhance instruction. You will also see some examples of digital media and videos produced by teachers, administrators, and students.
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