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CAASPP/SBAC/PARCC Preparation Checklist and Support


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How can you prepare for the upcoming assessments? Use the checklist and this developing area of the TICAL site to stay up-to-date and informed as you continue the conversations with your staff.


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Blog: From School and District Leaders

Too Much Information? Tools for Organizing Information

by Susan Brooks-Young

Cartoon of octopus with too many papers.

"Information is a source of learning. But unless it is organized, processed, and available to the right people in a format for decision making, it is a burden, not a benefit." William Pollard (1911-1989)

Physicist William G. Pollard may not have experienced the Digital Age first hand, but he hit the nail on the head when he observed that information without context or form is more burden than blessing. Over the last decade, students and adults alike often identify information management as one of their biggest challenges. And unhappily, access to more information than any one person can reasonably be expected to cope with appears to be a growing problem. Researchers currently estimate that on average most people are exposed to the amount of information it takes to fill 174 newspapers (at 85 pages each) every single day! [read more]

The Beatles Nailed IT

by George Lieux

The long and winding road that leads to your door
Will never disappear
I’ve seen that road before it always leads me here
Leads me to your door
SMAR Model Technology was probably not on the Beatles' minds when they composed "The Long and Winding Road." As a technology coach focused on maximizing learning, my job is a long and winding adventure. It's long because technology is constantly changing. It's winding because I keep searching around for new and better ways to provide meaningful professional development.

One useful discovery on my winding path is Ruben R. Puentedura's "SAMR" model. The relatively simple terms—substitution, augmentation, modification and redefinition—seem to resonate with administrators and teachers. [read more]

Door open or shut?

by Michael Simkins


Door ajar "Mr. S, Mr. S, what should we do?"

That was the question my fifth-grade students asked after the second of two school assemblies we attended in close succession. The first was about earthquake preparedness and the speaker told the kids to sleep with their bedroom doors open. In the second, the fire marshal admonished everyone to sleep with their bedroom doors closed. Good grief! What's a ten-year-old to do?

I was reminded of that dilemma recently when, on the same day, I read two interesting articles, one entitled "6 Shifts in Education Driven by Technology" and the other, "Instead of Getting Ready for the Tech Revolution, Schools Are Scaling Back." [read more]

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TICAL is one of California's Statewide Education Technology Services (SETS). Each project provides unique resources to help educators use technology. Visit our colleagues at:

CLRN logo California Learning Resource Network (CLRN) provides a guide to standards-aligned electronic learning resources and assessments.

TechSETS logo TechSETS provides technical professionals in California schools improved access to training, support and other resources.

Hot Topics

For a pre-formulated search of the TICAL Resource Database, click one of the topics below—or suggest a hot topic you'd like to see us add.

TICAL-Sponsored Events

The Online, Global, and FREE School Leadership Summit

School Leadership Summit The 2nd Annual School Leadership took place on March 26-28th. With presentations from around globe, from Pakistan and Iraq to Argentina and all over the US, the content was an "intense learning experience." ACSA had presentations by members throughout the day as well. Missed a session? Missed the entire event? All sessions were recorded and are available ON-DEMAND! View the recordings to access this rich PD opportunity.

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GooruCCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
Check out this free resource and instructional tool to assist teachers in delivering relevant content!


Learning Management SystemNeed a process in selecting a Learning Management System (LMS)?
Use this evaluation template form and/or spreadsheet developed by Oxnard Union High School District to have your curriculum team examine pros and cons of different systems.


Apple with bite taken outWhat should every administrator know about Common Core?
Leaders from ISTE's Special Interest Group for Administrators (SIGAdmin) answer that question in these short "Ignite-style" videos.


Bullying Report FormYour Students Can Now Report Bullying Digitally!
The latest Google Form template allows your students to report bullying anytime/anywhere AND gives you access to immediate issues and rich data.


Formemailer TutorialSend Google Form Submissions to Email Addresses Automatically!
The Formemailer script is an excellent tool to create an automated email merge of data that comes into a Google Form. This tutorial will walk you through the set-up so you can automate responses for your classroom walkthroughs and other forms.


Common Core Implementation ChecklistA Common Core Implementation Checklist Just For You!
NAESP has developed this Checklist to assist you in identifying areas of strengths and needs. Use it this summer to reflect on next steps!


LivebindersHow can you organize the web for you and your staff?
Using Livebinders will provide a virtual notebook to organize relevant resources from Common Core to digital citizenship. View this tutorial developed by a TICAL Cadre member to get started!


Social Media HandbookA Social Media Handbook -- Geared for Administrators
Take a look at TICAL's short 11-page document providing an overview and effective ways to use social media in your leadership position.


1to1Interested in a systemic approach to 1:1 implementation?
Check out the newest resource from Common Sense Media. Broken into 3-phases, access resources, templates, and great ideas for all stakeholders!


Digital CitizenshipLooking for robust resources and curricula on Digital Citizenship?
Look no further! This matrix provides you a breakdown of a variety of programs and who they can be used with!


Mobile LearningBe a Leader in Mobile Learning!
Listen to the latest Radio TICAL Episode to hear from the principal investigator in the national mobile learning initiative sponsored by CoSN.