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Volume 13  Issue 6  

Hello all, 


As another school year concludes, we look forward to providing you with professional development resources throughout the summer. Specifically, the Social Media Handbook will make great summer reading, and the resources below can continue to assist you on your path and vision for the future. 
Rowland and Jason 
Join the TICAL Cadre - Call for Applications

TICAL is seeking practicing California administrators to fill vacancies in TICAL's Leadership Cadre. Cadre members have expertise and/or a vision in one or more of the following areas:

  • Data-driven decision making
  • Integrating technology in standards-based curriculum including CCSS and SBAC
  • Professional development of staff
  • Technology planning including BYOD, 1:1, tablets, etc.
  • Systems operations and maintenance
  • Financial planning
Anyone is encouraged to apply, but we are currently looking at filling vacancies in the  Los AngelesCentral Valley, and San Francisco Bay areas. 

Learn more and apply today! August 1st is the application deadline.

ccsschecklistChecklist for CCSS Implementation

NAESP has developed this checklist to assist you in identifying areas of strengths and needs. Use it this summer to reflect on next steps! 
The Internet offers a boundless supply of digital resources, but what should you do with links once you find them, so that they can easily be accessed later? This Quick Take focuses on a simple tool that educators can use to help streamline digital resource management. Three questions are addressed during this 6-minute presentation: "What is a content curation?," "Why use LiveBinders?" and, "Where can I learn more?"
LeadingedgeLeading Edge Certification

It is not too late to register for this exciting opportunity to enhance your digital leadership skills, and learn how to support students and staff in developing 21st Century college and career-readiness.
This is a national, online program based upon the National Education Technology Standards for Administrators, and designed to address the needs of site, district, and regional leaders.
  • When: this summer - June 28th through August 30th.
  • Where: online with a face-to-face kickoff on June 28th at the beach! Your choice of either Santa Cruz COE or Vista USD, San Diego.
  • What: a 45-60 hour program, taking place over 8 weeks, and leading to certification as a Digital-Age Administrator.
If you want to learn how to effectively utilize technology tools, resources, and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, while providing assurance that you are on the cutting edge of knowledge and skills necessary to lead schools through the 21st century, then this is the training for you!
For more detailed information, and how to register, visit: http://portical.org/lec
AssessmentforprincipalsAssessment for Principals

The CCSS Assessment for Principals website will help you learn how the use of technology is supporting principals regarding  Next Generation Assessments. These resources will also help you to align current assessment practice with the expectations of 21st Century skills and Common Core State Standards "Habits of Mind."
 digitalcitizenshipleadersDigital Citizenship for School and District Leaders

Looking for ideas to promote digital citizenship? Check out these examples
from TICAL of what other educational leaders have successfully implemented.
deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts In Education
Leaders of the 21st Century
Sandra Miller takes a look at the challenges facing today's principals as they struggle to master and make meaningful use of the tech tools available to meet the needs of the 21st century learner... and suggests an important resource. Let us know your thoughts.
Say hello to the Free Agent Learner-that is, a typical middle school student! 

Students are not waiting around for educators to provide a new type of environment for their learning. They are creating opportunities for themselves. Sandra Miller explores the facinating results of the Project Tomorrow's "Speak Up" survey, that focuses on how middle school students are using technology for a wide range of learning tasks. Have an idea to add? 


Same Song, Second Verse

What kinds of technology-supported activities actually make a difference? The research is clear... In their eagerness to incorporate use of mobile tablet devices into classrooms, some educators are taking the "same-song, second-verse" approach instead of taking time to think through how this particular technology could be used to significantly change classroom instruction. Susan Brooks-Young summarizes the research and makes practical suggestions to address this complex topic. Tell us what you think.
transitioninggmailTransitioning A School Gmail Account to a Personal Account
Chris York provides us with an extremely useful tutorial to assist employees who are leaving the district to have access to emails and information stored in their district-provided Gmail accountThe same process can also be used to migrate existing emails from your personal Gmail account to a school or district email account.
ePortfolios with Google Sites

Today many students are expected to maintain a portfolio optimally documenting accomplishments using a variety of media. Susan Brooks-Young shows us an efficient approach to creating an eportfolio using Google Sites.  While at this page we recommend taking a look at the other Tutorials. These are short, "how-two" presentations to help busy administrators gain a better understanding of the variety of tools on the World Wide Web.
Topics include:
ebooks, google searches beyond novice, making a Facebook page, Google Docs, and podcasts.
mindmapMobile Technologies for Learning


Take a look at TICAL's Mobile Technologies for Learning mind map. Watch the brief video first, then explore the mind map below it (each better viewed in full-screen mode).


socialmediahandbookSocial Media Handbook For Administrators

Use this new guide developed by TICAL to get a clear overview of using social media in a leadership role. Also use the tool to pull talking points to assist staff and stakeholders in developing a communication and professional development plan for the use of social media.


importantresourcesImportant Resources 

Peruse the Hot Topics on the TICAL home page for many valuable resources on timely subjects. For instance, Ethical Use of Technology and Internet Safety For Your Technology Plan is addressed in a 10 minute presentation, by Harvey Barnett, in which he shares information and resources about cyber safety and ethical use. Check out this Hot Topic.
In This Issue

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Rowland Baker
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Jason Borgen

Program Director

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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TICAL is provided by the Santa Cruz County Office of Education, a statewide service funded by the California Department of Education, and under contract to the Arkansas Department of Education. Members of ACSA and the CUE AdminSIG receive complimentary membership. 

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