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Top 10 for Leaders!


Top 10

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

Coding: The fifth "C"

by Lisa Marie Gonzales


Teacher introducing coding to students in an elementary classroom. Let's face it. When exposed to it, most students take to coding. I've observed this in class after class. Regardless of grade level, students love the creativity, the challenge, and the control they can have over coding. Maybe the appeal for some is tied to gaming, but still; can we just think about the benefits of coding and its ability to strengthen the skills of creativity and problem solving?

Coding is a great way to make things happen. When programming, students can make a robot turn in circles, a dog dance across a screen, or a penguin traipse over a bridge. Creativity is about finding inventive and amazing ways to make things happen.
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Genius hour: We all need a little time!

by Susan Brooks-Young


Man studying computer screen. Ask any educator to name two or more impediments to innovation and creativity at their workplace. Almost without exception time and money will top the list. We may not have a great deal of influence over outside funding sources, but we do have some control over how we allocate the time we have.

In the belief that independent inquiry encourages students to engage in activities that support deep thinking and increased engagement, many K-12 educators regularly voice concern about the lack of available time for their students to pursue personal interests during the school day. [read more]

Ten Things to Know About K-12 Students' Digital Learning

by Sandra Miller


Three students using ipads. Project Tomorrow's "Speak Up" annual findings have been a guiding force in our educational world. Here are ten key findings from the project's most recent survey of 431,231 K-12 students nationwide (used by permission). You'll want to be familiar with these!

1. LEARNING VIA YOUTUBE. 40% of students are finding online videos to help with their homework and 28% say they regularly watch videos created by their teachers. Not being able to access social media is the biggest barrier with using technology at school.
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TICAL-Sponsored Events

LEC Professional Learning Leader (PLL) and Administrator Summer CohortsLeading Edge Certification logo

8 week online course begins June 22nd for PLL and June 26th for Admin with face-to-face kick off in Santa Cruz OR San Bernardino.


Interested in earning an innovative certification? We are offering two certifications this summer—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.

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GooruCCSS-Aligned Resources and Content Delivery!
Check out this free resource and instructional tool to assist teachers in 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.


Apple with bite taken outWhat should every administrator know about Common Core?
Leaders from ISTE's Special Interest Group for Administrators (SIGAdmin) answer that question in these short "Ignite-style" videos.


Bullying Report FormYour 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.


Formemailer TutorialSend 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.


Common Core Implementation ChecklistA Common Core Implementation Checklist Just For You!
NAESP has developed this Checklist to assist you in identifying areas of strengths and needs. Use it this summer to reflect on next steps!


LivebindersHow can you organize the web for you and your staff?
Using Livebinders will provide a virtual notebook to organize relevant resources from Common Core to digital citizenship. View this tutorial developed by a TICAL Cadre member to get started!


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.


1to1Interested in a systemic approach to 1:1 implementation?
Check out the newest resource from Common Sense Media. Broken into 3-phases, access resources, templates, and great ideas for all stakeholders!


Digital CitizenshipLooking for robust resources and curricula on Digital Citizenship?
Look no further! This matrix provides you a breakdown of a variety of programs and who they can be used with!


Mobile LearningBe a Leader in Mobile Learning!
Listen to the latest Radio TICAL Episode to hear from the principal investigator in the national mobile learning initiative sponsored by CoSN.