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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

Leveraging Social Media in Times of Crisis

by Susan Brooks-Young

magnifying glass over social media collage

I'd planned to hunker down the first week of February and write a post about using social media for good. However, life intervened and it didn't get done. In retrospect, that was good because things happened that led me to think about social media in a different way.

The first event had to do with an education technology conference in Seattle. I attended a concurrent session presented by Conn McQuinn who has recently devoted a good chunk of his professional time to studying neuroscience in learning. The title of his session was "Being a Well-Adjusted Cyborg." One of the first things he said was, "Neuroscience and research can help us make better and more intentional choices about using technologies." He went on to say, "We (educators) often adopt new technologies and/or use them without truly reflecting on their impact." I was hooked.
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A visit to Mena

by Michael Simkins

Mena Station today

The first train arrived in Mena, Arkansas in August 1896 with the goal of connecting Kansas City, Missouri to Port Arthur, Texas. I arrived in January 2018 with the goal of visiting the Mena Public Schools and, in particular, seeing how students and teachers were using technology.

Mena is a rural town of 5,700 people in the southwest of Arkansas, quite near the Oklahoma border. Originally a railroad town, the economy is now diverse Health care and social assistance, retail trade, construction, educational services, and manufacturing are the top five occupational groups, in that order, and account for 72% of jobs. The median household income is $27,491.

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The Homework Gap—Latest Wrinkle for Resolving the Digital Divide

by Susan Brooks-Young

cartoon of a chasm

Historically, the term digital divide referred to a lack of access to hardware and Internet connectivity. Basic technology access is less of an issue today; however, as we have increased the numbers of available devices and Internet-connected schools, we are discovering that solving the digital divide challenge is more complex than making 'stuff' available. We are discovering that, in addition to connectivity issues on campus, we also must address students' use of technology outside the traditional school day, especially as technology-supported homework activities become increasingly common.
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The 9 week online Certification for the Professional Learning Leader begins April 19th, with a face-to-face kick off.

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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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Quick Poll

Recognizing LiesRecognizing Lies
Get an overview of key skills we all need to evaluate the veracity of claims we read in the media or elsewhere.

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 nativesthat 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 Californias 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.