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Palo Alto Research Center, Inc. -- PARC

A subsidiary of Xerox Corporation, PARC is a fascinating research and development organization from which many technology innovations have emerged. For several years, Xerox and PARC have partnered with the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) to sponsor a unique summer internship for school administrators. PARC's web site includes audio and video presentations on their latest projects. If you like to keep alert to cutting edge developments, you can also sign up for their free newsletter.

Partnership for 21st Century Skills

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills seeks to define and incorporate into learning the skills that are necessary for every student's success in the 21st Century. Be sure to take a look at the Partnership's report, Learning for the 21st Century. It clearly outlines six key elements of 21st century learning as well as suggested next steps for leaders at various levels from principals to state policy makers.

Pioneers on the Oregon Trail

Eleven years ago, Jim Scoolis took the helm of Monarch Grove Elementary School in Los Osos, California. Designed to be the district’s “technology model,” the newly built school was fully wired and offered then state-of-the-art equipment. The only trouble was few teachers were using the stuff. In this Radio TICAL episode, Jim recounts the “journey West” he and is staff made as they moved from e-mail to simulations—and how they overcame the obstacles they encountered along the way.

Planning for 1:1

In this Radio TICAL episode hear Eileen Lento, K-12 education strategist at Intel, talk about some of the critical aspects of the planning process for moving to anytime, anywhere, anyway learning in a ubiquitous, one-to-one computing environment.

Preparing Students for Their Future—Not Our Past

In this episode of Radio TICAL, Rowland Baker interviews Dr. David Thornburg. Dr. Thornburg is well known in the field of educational technology. In this informal discussion, Dr. Thornburg shares how he came to be involved in educational technology in the first place, and what he sees are the most pressing demands of the future including project-based learning and STEM education.

Project Tomorrow

Project Tomorrow is a national education nonprofit group that focuses on 21st century education. They prepare students to become innovators, leaders and engaged citizens of the world. Project tomorrow Conducts national research projects such as Speak Up, facilitates the replication of model projects in schools and communities, provides online tools and resources for students, teachers and parents, and contributes to the national and regional dialogue about educational issues.

Quick Talks by Peter Senge

The Society for Organizational Learning Website has developed a series of short, thought-provoking talks by Peter Senge. Each one provides a glimpse into Peter's current thinking on some of today's most pressing organizational issues and offers refreshing perspectives for exploration. You will enjoy them for your own edification and may find them useful to use with your staff. Three of the titles are available free of charge in MP3 format: Impact of Globalization (5 minutes); Organizational Culture and Learning (5 minutes); Transformational Change (3 minutes). Electronic Input System

Participate in the federal rule-making process more easily. This site enables educators and other users to search for, review, and submit comments on federal proposals and other documents open for comment. It also has an overview of recent research.

RSA Animate - Changing Education Paradigms - Sir Ken

This is not only an excellent visionary and insightful 11 minute talk by Sir Ken Robinson on the educational climate and political arena, but it also demonstrates the power of step-animation in illustrating a point and accompanying audio. RSA Animate has taken this talk and animated it to help the listener to better understand the content. An excellent use of your eleven minutes of time.

School Improvement as a Function of Engaged Students, Revivified Teachers, and an Involved Community

In this presentation from the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, Rushton Hurley addresses how rapid change in funding, technology and the political climate has made strengthening staff morale and collaboration all the more complex, but these challenges may offer phenomenal opportunities for your school. This presentation discusses six interwoven techniques for improving student performance, rekindling teacher professionalism, and connecting with supporters in the community. Come with an open mind and leave with resources, ideas and a plan for a strong end to the school year.
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