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Volume 14 Issue 1  

Hello all, 


Welcome to 13-14! As you embark on this new school year, we hope you continue to develop and support programs that promote college and career-readiness. We are in a very pivotal time in education, with many changes, from budgets and mandates to standards and assessments. TICAL's role is to support you by providing resources and professional development for leadership in the digital-age. See below for our latest resources, from BYOD to CCSS 5-Minute Videos for Administrators, as well as an opportunity to become a certified Leading Edge Administrator!
Have a wonderful start to the year!
Rowland and Jason 
LeadingEdgeCertification Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator 

Become ceritified as a Leading Edge Administrator, which is a great way to enhance your digital leadership skills! 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. Register now for the 2013 Fall Cohort. 
  • A 45-60 hour online program taking place from October 16th to December 20th. 
  • Face-to-Face Kick Off: Wednesday, October 16, 2013 9:00 - 4:00. Two locations to choose from:
    • Southern California: Murrieta Valley Unified School District
    • Northern California: El Crystal Elementary STEM Magnet School, San Bruno Park School District
  • Leads to certification as a Digital Age Administrator. 

Implementing BYOD to Create a Personalized Learning Environment (Part 1)

In this Radio TICAL Episode, Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Gabe Soumakian shares about the district's recent launch of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative. One belief is that BYOD will assist with personalized learning and engage students in college and career-readiness. Gabe walks us through a three phase approach to implementation that includes infrastructure, content, and professional development. 


Bob Blackney reveals facts and myths about the new assessements. Coming in 2015, the traditional Standards Test will be abandoned and a new test will be taking its place. But what does this mean? What will it do to our API? I heard that it is taken on a computer! What can I do to prepare my class, my school or district? Sign up to find out the answers. Watch this webinar.
CommonCoreVideosCommon Core: What Every Administrator Needs to Know! 

5 minute videos: if you had only five minutes to talk, what would you choose to focus on as the most important thing administrators need to know about Common Core State Standards? The shifts involved? What a common core classroom should look like? How to ensure the success of your professional development efforts? In this collection of videos, educational leaders share their experience and advice.
EmailtoolCheck out this Time-saving Email Tool

Send 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.
 BullyingformBullying Report Form
Your 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. 
Quick Takes: Creating ePortfolios Using Google Sites

Susan Brooks-Young offers a 5 minute look at creating ePortfolios for both students and professional educators: This Quick Take addresses three questions: what are Google Sites, how do Google Sites support ePortfolios, and where an administrator can learn more.
deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts In Education
The Debilitating Effects of Micromanagement
Bob Blackney takes a look at the impact of micromanagementAre you a micromanager? Have you ever worked with one? Let us know your thoughts.

On the surface, some educators might think that the higher level thinking skills needed to be successful on the Smarter Balanced Assessments are too much to ask of special education students, but Stephen Vaughn proposes that those higher level thinking skills are just what special education students need. Have an idea to add? 


"Just when I thought it was OK to leave the safety of my district's content filter and venture into the growing realm of social networking (SN), I was stung by the mighty SN wasps-my Twitter account was hacked!" Tim Landeck clues us in on how he knew he had been hacked and how to secure your Twitter account. Tell us what you think.

Getting Parents on Board, Part 2
Sheila Grady helps us out: "Smarter Balanced is on its way and our parents should know what to expect!  Here is what I came up with for my parent newsletter. Fellow principals, feel free to cut, paste and mash up for your own purposes. Let us know your suggestions.

Show You Mean Business--Become a Content Curator

Want to know one simple thing every school leader can do to demonstrate use of technology in professional practice? See what Susan Brooks-Young is proposingAdd your reaction.

TICALconferenceCall for TICAL Conference Proposals

10th Annual Technology Information Conference for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) 2014: A Decade of Innovation.  

February 18-20, 2014, at the Marriott Little Rock, in Little Rock, AR. Have an idea for a workshop or breakout session for this conference? Submit your proposal today!

Interested in what happened at previous conferences? Thanks to ADE's Arkansas on iTunesU, we were able to capture synopses of some sessions. Check out TICAL Conference Presentation Summaries.
socialmediahandbookSocial Media Handbook For Administrators

Start the school year by taking a look at this clear guide developed by TICAL and get an 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 TICAL's Hot Topics for many valuable resources on timely subjects. For example, the Technology and Learning website is the online version of the print magazine, Technology & Learning. On it you will find articles, webinars, blog posts, and more. There is a great deal of general information about a broad range of topics.
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