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Equity and Literacy with Free Electronic Textbooks

In this Radio TICAL Episode Rowland Baker speaks to California's Secretary of Education Dr. Glen Thomas about California's electronic textbook (ebook) initiative. Dr. Thomas provides an overview of the program and where to find more information.

Exemplary Uses of Technology in Education

David Weksler has been involved in educational technology at the grass roots level for years. In this Radio TICAL episode, Michael Simkins picks his brain about how far he feels we’ve come—or not come—in terms of integrating technology in truly exemplary ways.

Future Ready Schools

Future Ready is a free, new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.

Get Into the Act of Closing the Achievement Gap

In this Radio TICAL episode, TICAL’s Director Rowland Baker spoke with California State Superintendent Jack O’Connell and Administrator of the CDE’s Middle and High School Improvement Office (MHSIO) Rozlynn Worrall about Taking Center Stage—Act II (TCSII). They highlight this innovative web portal, developed by the MHSIO, that assists educators in lowering dropout rates, closing the achievement gap, and ensuring success for students in the middle grades.

Global Education Resources

A comprehensive Lesson Study resource, with best practices resources, templates, and other tools from Makoto Yoshida's company. There are lots of free resources, and great information on effective lesson study.

Going Paperless

In this Radio TICAL episode, Gabe Soumakian, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resource in Burbank Unified School District got a chance to speak with Stephen Kay for a second time regarding how Burbank USD is implementing several programs to assist their district’s 21st century vision. In this episode Gabe shares the various ways the district is transitioning to a paperless environment for documents, student and personnel records, and surveying.

Hod Lipson builds

In this TED talk Hod Lipson demonstrates a few of his cool little robots, which have the ability to learn, understand themselves and even self-replicate.

How Mobile Learning Works

There is mobile learning (#mLearning) than the devices. It is a combination of the user (student), the device and the social aspect of learning.

TED is a small nonprofit devoted to "Ideas Worth Spreading." It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design. All sorts of topics are discussed including but not limited to education. You'll find over 700 18-minute-long "TEDTalks" for free, each one by a fascinating thinker and doer. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and re-posted.

Innosight Institute

Innosight Institute’s Education Practice’s mission is to apply Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s theories of disruptive innovation to develop and promote solutions to the problems of education. The primary focus currently is the U.S. K-12 public education system, although the Practice also works on the problems confronting higher education and education outside the U.S. As a large part of its research, Innosight Institute publishes case studies and white papers to describe, analyze, and explain the existing problems in education and illuminate how the needed innovations and solutions can materialize.
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