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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

Ten Things to Know About K-12 Students’ Digital Learning

by Sandra Miller


Three students using ipads. Project Tomorrow's "Speak Up" annual findings have been a guiding force in our educational world. Here are ten key findings from the project's most recent survey of 431,231 K-12 students nationwide (used by permission). You'll want to be familiar with these!

1. LEARNING VIA YOUTUBE. 40% of students are finding online videos to help with their homework and 28% say they regularly watch videos created by their teachers. Not being able to access social media is the biggest barrier with using technology at school.
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SAMR and Teacher Confidence: A confluence of models

by Will Kimbley


SAMR model diagram As someone who works to assist educators with the integration of technology into instruction, I work with a wide variety of experience levels and skill sets. At times it is a challenge to meet all their needs. Nevertheless, just as in any K-12 classroom, you accept people where you find them and seek to help them move forward. But how can we best do that?

Research has given us a couple of models that can serve as a lens to examine this and assist us in formulating strategies. The first, and probably wider known is the SAMR model from Dr. Ruben Puentedura. [read more]

3D Printing—The Possibilities

by Susan Brooks-Young


Photo of a 3D printer "Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
- Dr. Seuss


As Dr. Seuss implies, there is no limit to what people can think up. An illustration of the truth of this statement is 3D printing. Current users in education tend to be early adopters in large part because 3D printing is still a bit spendy and also because it needs to become more user-friendly to entice less adventurous users to climb on board. But does that mean that 3D printing is as fanciful as "beautiful schlopp with a cherry on top?" Or, should educators be paying close attention as this technology matures? Before you decide on your answer, it might help to know some of the ways 3D printing is being used outside education. Here are a few examples. [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.

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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 Leadership 3.0 Symposium – April 16-18

Leadership 3.0 logo ACSA, CUE, and TICAL invite you to register now for the Leadership 3.0 Symposium, April 16-18, 2015 at the Crowne Plaza Redondo Beach Hotel. Sessions include The great iPad vs Chromebook Showdown, The Magnificent Seven, Seven Ways to Model 21st Century Staff Development and Meetings, a keynote presentation by Michael Fullan and many other great sessions.

Interested in Earning an International Certification in Innovation?

Leading Edge Certification logo Leading Edge Certification is a national certification program created through an alliance of nonprofits, universities and educational agencies. TICAL has certified many educators across the country. Currently TICAL is offering certification in four different areas: Online Blended Teaching, Administrator/Educational Leader, Digital Educator/Classroom Teachers, and Professional Learning Leader/Professional Developer. Learn more about this program and how you can get involved.

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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.