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Check out the resources vetted by the TICAL Cadre aligned to the following categories:

  • Collaborative environments - Tools that help facilitate or initiate collaboration

  • Organization - Tools that facilitate organization

  • Increased participation/communication without prep time - Speed and ease for user

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Blog: From School and District Leaders

Future Ready Learning: The new national ed tech plan

by Susan Brooks-Young


Cover of Future Ready Learning plan

The first National Education Technology Plan, Getting American Students Ready for the 21st Century: Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge, was published in 1996. This is noteworthy because prior to the release of this plan, there was little incentive for schools or other education-related institutions to invest much in the way of time or resources into developing instructional technology plans. The first national plan was built on four goals:

  1. Professional development for teachers
  2. Teacher and student classroom access to up-to-date hardware
  3. Internet connectivity for every classroom
  4. Access to digital learning materials
[read more]


A Different Kind of Learning Experience

by Sandra Miller


Cover of From Print to Pixel the 2015 annual report Every year Project Tomorrow releases findings from their Speak Up Survey. I am always amazed at this research and how I can use it with different stakeholder groups to move technology forward. The project's wide participant base helps! Over 500,000 people participated in this year's survey, which includes 415,686 K-12 students, 38,613 teachers and librarians, 40, 218 parents, 4,536 administrators and technology leaders, and 6,623 community members.

This year's report is a bit different from previous ones. Instead of focusing on changes around technology use, it focuses on what the Speak Up Surveys have documented over many years: "...the emergence of pixel-based digital tools, specifically, videos, games, animations and simulations, as legitimate vehicles for learning" (emphasis mine). [read more]


Books fall open, you fall in

by Leslie Miller


The author's daughter shares a story on her iPad.

Like many educators who are also mothers, I dreamed of reading to my children every night before bed. I saw myself reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, gently tucking them in, and watching them drift off to join Aslan in Narnia. I managed to fulfill that dream when they were small and loved picture books. Yet somewhere around the time my eldest wanted a more challenging reading experience than The Very Quiet Cricket, I realized nightly reading was a road block. What with homework and nightly routines, I just couldn’t do it! [read more]


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TICAL-Sponsored Events

LEC Professional Learning Leader (PLL) and AdministratorLeading Edge Certification logo

A 9 week Administrator Certification begins June 23rd with a choice of a face-to-face kick off in Santa Cruz and Manhattan Beach. A 9 week online course begins June 22nd for PLL in Santa Cruz OR San Mateo (Northern California) and Manhattan Beach OR Riverside County Office of Education (Southern California).


Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this summer. Professional Learning Leader and Administrator Certification. Professional Learning Leader focuses on educators who provide professional development and are looking for ways to promote digital learning and technology. Administrator certification is geared towards educational leaders who support and drive decisions and vision in their school, district, or organization focused on digital learning.


12th Annual TICAL Conference

Produced by AAEA, ADE, and TICAL
The 11th Annual TICAL Conference was a success with over 350 educational leaders across the state of Arkansas learning and networking for over two and half days. View some of the presenter resources in the TICAL Conference Group on Admin 2.0. Save the date for 2016 Conference - February 16-18th at the Little Rock, Marriott Downtown.

Learn more and book your hotel room.

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iCanHelpline slideSocial Media Helpline
Watch this brief recored webinar to learn about iCanHelpline, the social media hotline for schools currently offered for free in California.


Bowl of soup with letters spelling High School SoupPutting California’s School Districts on the Path Toward Meaningful Digital Learning
In this guest post for the Alliance for Excellent Education's High School Soup blog, cadre members Devin Vodicka and Gabe Soumakian share why they signed the Future Ready Schools pledge.


Cover image for Blackboard playbookWhat can administrators, course designers and faculty do to retain online learners?
The drop out rate in online courses is high. Check out this playbook that provides 5 best practices for ensuring that your online students "cross the finish line."


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.