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Top 10 for Leaders!


Top 10

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

Creating Intelligent Classrooms

by Tim Landeck


Word cloud created from post test A couple years ago, prior to going for a school bond, my district completed a Facilities Master Plan. The district was successful in passing the bond and, although it was not enough money to address all the needs outlined in the master plan, the bond funds have offered a significant shot in the arm for classroom instructional technology tools. We've installed a variety of resources to better support the instructional practices in the classroom. [read more]


OER—What's this all about?

by Geoff Belleau


A bunch of pennies

"A Penny saved is a penny earned"...or something like that is what my grandma used to tell me. In life, it's conventional wisdom to make your funds stretch as far a possible. Businesses get it. People eating peanut butter or ramen right before payday get it. Schools get it too. Even now, as resources are starting to flow back into schools, we're trying to stretch our funds, and one way that global education has been doing that is with Open Educational Resources. [read more]


Cyber Vigilantism and Public Shaming—A Brief Overview for School Leaders

by Susan Brooks-Young

Cyber vigilantism: "...Online actions that are oriented toward monitoring the actions of others. It refers to individuals or groups that take grassroots action, rather than work through regional or national justice systems." Techopedia

A few days after the recent bombings in Paris, I heard a radio report about a 27-year-old man who had severe shrapnel injuries caused by one of the explosions that occurred outside the Stade de France. In the confusion when he was rushed to a nearby hospital, no one noticed his passport fall to the sidewalk. It was discovered a little while later, and within 24 hours members of the media posted online messages erroneously identifying him by name as a suspected terrorist. Why? [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:

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TICAL-Sponsored Events

LEC Professional Learning Leader (PLL) and Administrator Spring CohortsLeading Edge Certification logo

A 9 week Administrator Certification begins March 15th with a choice of a face-to-face kick off in Santa Cruz OR San Bernardino. A 9 week online course begins March 3rd for PLL with the same locations.


Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this spring. 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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FYI

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.