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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

Communicating with Parents

by Lisa Marie Gonzales


School-to-Home Communications inforgraphic

Oh, how the times have changed.

I remember when I was a first year principal. Every Friday, I'd send home a flyer with all of the school events, and celebrate student and teacher accomplishments. I had envelopes full of little pieces of clip art that I would tape on (remember how to do that so the edges didn't show?), print on a color of my choosing, and mass produce 600 copies.

Yay for technology! Now, the hours I'd put in each week back then can be reduced to a matter of a few minutes per day, but figuring out where and how to communicate with parents takes a little more thought.

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Is Classroom Technology Good for Learning or Wasting Time?

by Michael Simkins


Elementary school students look at a tablet together.

In this article from the Dallas News, UT Austin professor Joan E. Hughes compares active and passive uses of technology.

Research has shown these passive uses of tablets are about as effective as a teacher’s lecture. Innovative, progressive teaching with tablet technology requires creative solutions.
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Is the Digital Native a Myth?

by Michael Simkins


Infographic: Digital Native does not mean tech savvy

The younger generation uses technology in the same ways as older people—and is no better at multitasking.


That's the assertion of a recent opinion piece in Nature. It caught my eye, partly no doubt, because I tend to agree, at least to a point. The article was prompted by the release of a paper by European academics Paul A.Kirschner and Pedro De Bruyckere, "The myths of the digital native and the multitasker." Highlights from the paper include:

  • Information-savvy digital natives do not exist.
  • Learners cannot multitask; they task switch which negatively impacts learning.
  • Educational design assuming these myths hinders rather than helps learning.
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The 9 week online Certification for the Professional Learning Leader begins February 1st with a face-to-face kick off.


The 9 week online Certification for the Administrator will kick off on February 2nd.


Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this winter: 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.


TICAL Joins ADE Data Conference

For 2018, TICAL will join forces with the Arkansas Department of Education to present a special strand for administrators at the 6th Annual Data Conference. The event will be held July 19-20 in Hot Springs.

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ISTE standards logoWeigh in on the ISTE Standards for Administrators!
Throughout 2017-18 ISTE will be working with the education community in a rigorous process to update the ISTE Standards for Administrators


Hammer, wrench and screwdriverNew TICAL Tools! Future Ready Schools Surveys for Parents and Teachers
Check out these free surveys for use by principals and site leaders developed by Rowland Baker, Geoff Belleau, and Susan Brooks-Young.


Tiny image of the infographicMost effective tools for parent communications & engagement
Check out this infographic from the Speak Up Research project.


Speak Up logoSpeak Up!
Each year, the Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning asks K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. Learn how to be involved.


Susan Brooks-Young headshotStudent Data Privacy
The recording of Susan Brooks-Young's webinar "Student Data Privacy: Basics for School Administrators" is now available here in TICALervision.


Headshot Janice DelagrammatikasTICAL Cadre Member Wins Award
TICAL cadre member Janice Delagrammatikas has received the 2017 Milo P. Johnson award for distinction at the Riverside County Office of Education.


Network connectionArkansas expands high-speed web access to all students
After two years of effort, every Arkansas school will provide students with secure, high-speed broadband Internet access beginning this year under a statewide initiative that began in 2015.


Infographic: U.S. miilennials ranked dead lastThe High Cost of Low Technology Skills
Although American millennials are the first generation of “digital natives”—that is, people who grew up with computers and the internet— they are not very tech savvy. Report from Change the Equation.


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 utilizing Open Education Resources and 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.


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.