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Quick Takes: Google Search Beyond Novice

In this quick take presentation will show a variety of ways to search Google to maximize your research. Learn all about advanced search, filtering results, scholar search, and much more.

Quick Takes: Twitter

This 6-minute Quick Take was created by Susan Brooks-Young. Susan gives an overview of the microblogging service called Twitter and how it can be used in educational settings.

RubiStar-Create Rubrics for your Project-Based Learning Activities

Is authentic assessment a challenge for your teachers? RubiStar is an online tool that takes the stress out of creating rubrics. These templates were created by classroom teachers in a variety of content areas and/or projects. Teachers can customize the rubrics to meet their specific needs.

School AUP

This is a dynamic document designed to support teachers, school media specialists, and education leaders in developing, maintaining, and enforcing Acceptable Use Policies (AUP) designed to: Promote the most effective, productive, and instructionally sound uses of digital, networked, and abundant information environments and Provide safe digital environments for learners and to instill safe practices and habits among the learning community.

Software Implementation Toolkit

In this 15-minute narrated presentation, Jason Borgen summarizes the Software Information Industry Association's Software Implementation Toolkit to help educational institutions implement worthwhile software in a systematic way. The toolkit provides users with several worksheets that are beneficial for any implementation process. This presentation also provides you with a link to the actual 55-page document.

Streamlining Lesson Plan Collection Using Google Docs and the SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol) Model

In this 9-minute tutorial, Jason Borgen steps you through setting up a Google Account, uploading the Excel SIOP lesson plan template, and sharing the template with all your teachers. Now you will be able to collect lesson plan submissions from your teachers on one paperless form, as well as giving you and your teachers the opportunity to quickly view lessons and assess which SIOP strategies are being used. The lesson plan template is also provided here.

Student Created Videos and Project-Based Learning

These videos are created by students to show how they utilize and/or believe in technology. Each video exemplifies student mastery of project-based learning and video production. TICAL resources are highlighted below each video to assist you in locating resources relating to the content.

Students as Technicians (Part 1 of 2): Improving School Climate

In this TICALevision episode, Silicon Valley middle and elementary school MOUSE Squads share how their student technology support programs have motivated and empowered students, teachers, and staff.

Surviving an E-rate Audit

In his first-hand account, Tim Landeck, Technology Director and TICAL cadre member shares his positive and negative experiences with e-rate auditors and provides some expert advice to those who may want to prepare for the audit.

Systemic Improvement Using Netbooks - Part 1 of 2

Fort Smith Public Schools in Fort Smith, AR, implemented a 1:1 program with netbooks in several junior high and high school classrooms to create a more student-centered and project-based focus. Spearheaded by the districtís Professional Development Center, emphasis was first placed on changing the pedagogical paradigm. In this first of two part TICALevision episode, professional development director, Dr. Kathleen Cates, discusses the intensive professional development program, teachers share how the netbooks (mini laptops) encourage student engagement, and you will see students learning at their own pace.
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