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The purpose of this project is to synthesize existing research and undertake new research to inform policymakers and the larger public about the nature of and potential solutions to the dropout problem in California. From December 1, 2006 to January 31, 2008 the project will produce a series of reports and policy briefs addressing four facets of the issue: (1) the measurement and incidence of dropping out; (2) the educational, social, and economic costs of dropouts for individuals and the state; (3) the short-term and long-term causes of dropping out; and (4) proven interventions. Drawing on this information, a policy committee composed of researchers, policymakers, and educators will then draft a state policy agenda to improve California's high school graduation rate.
Curious about the kinds of Web 2.0 tools that are available for use in schools? Want to see examples of how other educators are using some of these tools? This wiki is a constantly evolving site where visitors may look for information and add additional resources. A great resource for administrators who need a quick overview or a resource to share with staff.
Wondering if Web 2.0 tools could be useful to school administrators? Visit this blog written by Susan Brooks-Young. Be sure to check out the many relevant links found in the sidebar.
Written by TICAL's own Susan Brooks-Young, 101 Best Web Sites for Principals includes sections on facilities, finance, curriculum, professional development, and social and legal issues. New in the second edition are: quick reference charts for efficient Web site navigation, detailed site descriptions and highlights, and a new primer on security issues.
In this 11 minute presentation, author and consultant Susan Brooks-Young provides a quick overview of what Web 2.0 is and then shares a concrete example of how a group of educators in Northern California used an on-line group, a wiki, and a "web-top" word processor to help them complete a collaborative planning process.
A wiki is a free-form website that is easy to build and can be edited by anyone who has the site's password. It is an excellent tool for projects that require collaborative writing. Try out PBWorks for any task from updating your school plan to drafting a committee report.
Read/WriteWeb is written by Richard MacManus. The blog focuses on the convergence of Web 2.0 and New Media. Although it is not an education blog per se, administrators can learn a great deal about these new technologies by subscribing to and reading this blog.
In this blog, TICAL cadre members share pertinent thoughts about technology and education.
The original purpose of this wiki was to provide a webliography of Web 2.0 tools referred to during a keynote speech for the Powering Up with Technology Conference. Since that time, the wiki has been shared with participants in other workshops as well. Now, conference attendees and others are making contributions to the wiki. You're welcome to add resources, too! The editing password is webtools.
Written by Steve O'Hear, this two-part blog article provides an overview of a variety of Web 2.0 tools. O'Hear also includes many examples of educator use of these tools.