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New at TICAL
March 2015
Volume 15 Issue 5


TICAL is all about providing you with the best technology leadership resources. This edition of New at TICAL is chock-full of them! Tips for planning professional development, making your school future ready, how you can model tech use for your staff, inspiring ideas about 3-D printers--you'll find all these and more as you read on. We hope you can put many of these tools to work as you head into the busy spring months.


Jason Borgen
Rowland Baker

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webinar1Don't Miss These Leading Digitally Webinars -- Coming Right Up!
ON[the]LINE Webinar: Building Your Resources and Network - Finding the Best Information on the Web
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 at 12:30 PM PDT

Find the best of the web for resources, policy issues and reliable resources, while building your network through curation and collaboration. With Elizabeth Calhoon, Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Technology Policies: Shift Your Paradigm
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM PT

Thinking Ahead: Professional Development Planning

Tuesday, May 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM PDT


Begin to develop your PD plans now around all your major initiatives. With Kyle Brumbaugh, CUE.


Check out the recording of December's webinar:

And more good news -- these webinars are free.


deepthoughtsineducationDeep Thoughts in Education

by Will KImbley

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? ... [read more]

3D Printing - The Possibilities       3D printer

by Susan Brooks-Young

"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.... [read more]

New Resources in the TICAL Database
Future Ready Schools

Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship. The effort provides districts with resources and support to ensure that local technology and digital learning plans align with instructional best practices, are implemented by highly trained teachers, and lead to personalized learning experiences for all students, particularly those from traditionally under-served communities.

Led by Alliance for Excellent Education and the U.S. Department of Education, the effort includes no-cost regional summits where district teams will have time and space to make a thoughtful plan for how technology can be used to improve student learning. The California Summit will take place May 4-5 at the San Mateo County Office of Education. 

Learn more about the Future Ready Schools effort.



Mark Anderson has developed ICTEvangelist, a place where he records thoughts, ponderings, findings and exciting things all related to teaching and learning and technology. Mark provides a British perspective on education and technology. His blog was shortlisted in 2015 for the UK Blog Awards. Learn more.


Eight Ways to Model Technology Use

School principals are role models for students and staff. They teach by example. This includes teaching with technology, because setting an example as a principal is important when it comes to preparing students to be tech-savvy citizens. Read this article to learn eight ways principals model effective use of technology. Learn more.

Top Ten for Leaders

Top Ten for Leaders is a new resource being created by the TICAL cadre. It will feature recommendations on the best ten web resources in each of three areas: collaborative environments, organization, and "no prep needed" ways to increase participation and communication. Here's a sneak preview of this work-in-progress!

Search for other topics in the TICAL resource database!

digitallearningdayDigital Learning Day is March 13
With so many new types of digital devices, educational software and mobile apps continuously developed, it's hard to keep up with the latest and greatest advancements in educational technology. In some classrooms and out-of-school programs across the country, educators are doing some pretty amazing things with technology!

Since 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes. 

Learn more about Digital Learning Day and how you can be involved.

lead3Leadership 3.0 Symposium--Time to Register!

Plan now to attend the 8th annual Leadership 3.0 Symposium, to be held this year in Redondo Beach, California.

The Symposium is a collaborative effort of ACSA, CUE and TICAL. It's the premier event for school and district leaders who want to stay on the cutting edge when it comes to how technology can best serve educational goals.

Learn more about the conference.

lecLeading Edge Certification for the Administrator

Plan now to be part of the Summer Cohort!

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.





Learn more and register now! 

In This Issue
Rowland Baker
Executive Director
Jason Borgen

Program Director

Michael Simkins
Consulting Director

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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 Administrator Network receive complimentary membership. 

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