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August 2014
Volume 15 Issue 1

Hello all, 


A new school year! Depending on your district's calendar, the kids are either back at school or will be very soon. And with implementing Common Core State Standards and the new assessments that go with them, it's going to be quite a year.


TICAL is here to help. We're adding resources all the time to keep you informed, save time, and to be the most productive leader you can be. Take advantage of free upcoming webinars on  "stages of technology use for reshaping your educational program" and "privacy and the cloud." Watch "quick takes" on content curation, TPACK, and using Google sites to create e-portfolios. Dig into "deep thoughts" in Tblogical on topics such as formative and summative assessment in teacher evaluation. Listen to Dr. Mike Ribble share key information on digital citizenship. Want to make sure you stay on the leading edge? Sign up for the Fall/Winter cohort of Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator.


Here's to a great school year! 

Rowland and Jason

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 leadingedgeLeading Edge Certification for the Administrator

Announcing the 2014-2015 Fall/Winter Cohort 
September 27th - January 31st

Face-to-Face Kick Off:
Saturday, September 27th, 2014 9:00-4:00 

Two locations to choose from:

Southern California:
Fullbright Elementary School, Canoga Park, CA

Northern California: San Mateo County Office of Education, Redwood City, CA


Leading Edge Certification for the Administrator focuses on site, district, and regional leaders and is based upon the International Society for Technology in Education Standards for Administrators. Participants will learn how to effectively utilize technology tools, resources and innovative solutions to advance student achievement, foster educator productivity and extend learning opportunities for all. Upon successful completion, the certification will give schools, districts and other prospective employers assurance that Leading Edge Certified administrators have the skills to effectively lead schools through the 21st century and provide visionary leadership amongst all stakeholders of their organization.

Plan ahead to attend TICAL's 11th Annual Conference in Little Rock. In fact, don't just attend, present! The call for proposals is out.

The deadlines for proposals:
  • September 21, 2014 for 2 1/2-hour pre-conference workshops
  • October 1, 2014 for 60-minute and 90-minute breakout sessions
Learn more about the conference.

webinar1Exciting Webinars Coming Right Up!
From Substitution to Redefinition: Reshaping Your Educational Program
Thursday, September 14, 2014 3:00 PM PDT

Hear from Geoff Belleau and Randy Kolset about forces influencing technology changes in society and schools today.


ON[the]LINE Webinar: Privacy, The Cloud and Public Education: What Must You Do? 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:00 PM PDT

Hear from legal and policy experts about the steps that can be taken to help ensure strong data security measures are in place to protect student and employee privacy and proper limitations are set to prevent commercial data mining.


Best of all, the webinars are free.


quicktakesNew "Quick Takes"
Stopwatch at 5 seconds

TICAL's Quick Takes are short presentations that help you gain a better understanding of the wide range of tools on the World Wide Web. Here are some recent additions by Susan Brooks-Young and Randy Kolset:

  • Content Curation Using Bag the Web
  • TPACK Framework for Technology-Supported Instruction
  • Administrative Organization and Task Management with Trello
  • Creating ePortfolios Using Google Sites

See these and the entire collection of Quick Takes

deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts In Education

Formative and Summative Assessment
by Jenna Mittleman

When discussing student achievement and characteristics of formative and summative assessment and teacher evaluations, the two words that surface for me are expectations and rigor.  If formative assessments with students are to be collaborative, while discussing strengths and setting goals, teacher evaluations should shadow this informal and conversational method. ... [read more]

Too Much Information? Tools for Organizing Information

by Susan Brooks-Young

Whether you want to resolve personal information management challenges or are looking for tools you can share with staff, students, and parents, this may be the perfect time to check out the three content curation tools described below. Each is easy-to-use and meets a different need related to organizing information. Give one or more a try! ... [read more]


Technology was probably not on the Beatles' minds when they composed "The Long and Winding Road." As a technology coach focused on maximizing learning, my job is a long and winding adventure. It's long because technology is constantly changing. It's winding because I keep searching around for new and better ways to provide meaningful professional development.... [read more]



by Michael Simkins

"Mr. S, Mr. S, what should we do?"

That was the question my fifth-grade students asked after the second of two school assemblies we attended in close succession. The first was about earthquake preparedness and the speaker told the kids to sleep with their bedroom doors open. In the second, the fire marshal admonished everyone to sleep with their bedroom doors closed. Good grief! What's a ten-year-old to do?...
 [read more]
digicitEmbedding Digital Citizenship into a Comprehensive School System   
Dr. Mike Ribble has been researching, advocating, and supporting digital citizenship in schools for many years. He is co-author of Digital Citizenship in Schools with Jason Ohler. In this two-part episode, Dr. Ribble shares the elements of digital citizenship and how to integrate them into the curricula, and he spotlights some promising practices that support all school stakeholders.
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Rowland Baker
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Jason Borgen

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Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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