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Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT2)

Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow - Today (ACOT2) is a collaborative project to help high schools get closer to creating the kind of learning environment this generation of students needs, wants, and expects so they will stay in school. ACOT2 assumes as its starting point that time-honored yet outmoded approaches to education and education reform must be replaced with new and creative ways of thinking about designing learning environments for this generation of students. With a 30-year history of delivering innovative technology and education solutions, Apple has initiated ACOT2 to articulate and demonstrate powerful design principles focused on improving education in America.

Based on a Review of Relevant Research

Looking for a quick path to relevant research on technology and education? Here is a shortlist of excellent research summaries. You'll find this very helpful in updating or creating a technology plan to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation or applying for grants (e.g. EETT).

California Learning Resource Network CLRN

The purpose of the California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) is to provide a one-stop information source that enables California educators to identify supplemental electronic learning resources that both meet local instructional needs and embody the implementation of California curriculum frameworks and standards.

Center for Applied Special Technology

The Center for Applied Special Technology, CAST is a non-profit organization whose mission is to expand educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities through the development and innovative uses of technology. Based upon Universal Design Learning (UDL), this site provides models, research-based articles and white papers, as well as other information about making curriculum available to all students.

Classroom Dynamics: Implementing a Technology-Based Learning Environment

Ellen Mandinach and co-author Hugh Cline do an excellent job of describing how technology is accepted and utilized by teachers in the classroom. Their description of stages teachers go through is summarized in Harvey Barnett's presentation here on Portical. Published by Lawrence Erlbaum and Associates, Inc. New Jersey 1994. is a source of information about computers and technology. The site has connections for many resources of interest to educators as well as non-educators. These include hardware and software reviews, technology news, free downloads, latest prices, Web building, help and how to's, internet tools, and technology trends.


EDInfo is a free information service that delivers 1-2 messages per week from the U.S. Department of Education to your e-mail account. Each message features one report or initiative (or other information) from the U.S. Department of Education. Most messages include a summary, an excerpt, and where you can get more information. (Please note that EDInfo messages are longer than most e-mails -- typically 3-4 printed pages.)

Edtech Discussion Network

The EDTECH discussion network was created to bring together faculty, educators, students and interested others in the field of educational technology to share ideas and information. Founded in February of 1989, EDTECH has hosted a lively, ongoing discussion among leaders in the field on all aspects of the problems and triumphs associated with merging technology and education. Subscription is free and subscribers automatically receive messages in their computer mailboxes, either as individual pieces of mail or as a longer daily digest. Messages can be saved, discarded, printed out, or forwarded to someone else.

Educator's Reference Desk (formerly Ask ERIC)

The successor to AskERIC, the Educator's Reference Desk provides access to lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses. There is also a search interface to the ERIC Database, providing access to over one million bibliographic records on educational research, theory, and practice.

Enhancing Education Through Technology Program - EETT

Funding for K-12 technology is being sent to states by the U.S. State Department of Education through the Enhancing Education Through Technology Program (EETT). This site is an excellent summary of the program, which is included in the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). Goals for the program are to improve student academic achievement through the use of technology in K-12 schools by students, teachers and administrators becoming technologically literate, to decrease the digital divide, and by integrating technology in to the curriculum.
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