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Educational Technology in Public School Districts: Fall 2008 -survey on the availability and use of educational technology in public schools

The National Center for Educational Statistics has released the 2008 survey of educational technology in public schools. The survey covers:
information on networks
Internet capacity
technology policies
district-provided resources
teacher professional development
district-level leadership for technology.

Take a look at this and tell me your thoughts.

Added by Travis Taylor on December 28, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

NECC 09- Washington DC was a blast!

NECC 09 was a terrific event for Educational Technologist around the world. This year's attendance topped 18,000! The conference kick was excellent with NPR's Mario Armstrong during the members session.

Malcolm Gladwell, author of such notable books as "The Tipping Point", "Blink" and his latest New York Times bestseller,… Continue

Added by Travis Taylor on July 8, 2009 at 10:54am — No Comments

Who's going to NECC?

NECC is just around the corner. Who's going? What do you expect to get out of it this year?

Added by Travis Taylor on June 4, 2009 at 2:59pm — 2 Comments

Link to the Challenge Based Learning Site

Looking forward to Lead 3.0 and my session on Friday morning at 8:00!

If you would like to explore the Challenge Based Learning website, go to
I'm interested to know if your school has launched a similar effort to keep students in school by creating more engaging learning models.


Added by Cheryl Lee on April 2, 2009 at 5:23pm — 1 Comment

Next Trend in Schools: Text Narcing?

There was an interesting article in ESPN The Magazine about how sporting events are improving now that venues have established anonymous texting lines for fans to report unruly/unsafe behavior. I'm wondering if/how this might work for a school ... It seems to take the idea of an anonymous tip line to a new level. Check out the article.


Added by Devin Vodicka on April 2, 2009 at 5:15pm — 5 Comments

Free Web Ex type program- Dimdim

Do you wish you could do "WebEx" like calls in your district? Well, you can. Check out Dimdim. Dimdim is a web meeting service that you can use for free up to 20 participants. You get screen sharing, whiteboard and website functions. There is chat and voip functions also, and you can record your meetings to be viewed later. If you are adventurous, you can download the opensource VM ware that you can install on your network. The VM will not let you record, but it works great for helping teachers… Continue

Added by Travis Taylor on March 4, 2009 at 11:41am — 1 Comment

Educational Technology Advocacy Group

Check out the Ed Tech Action Network. Let your voice be heard.

Added by Travis Taylor on March 4, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

Make sure you are a part of ISTE.

ISTE is the International Society of Technology Educators. This international organization can be a great resource for you at your schools.

If you are able, you should also attend the NECC (National Educating Computing Conference) Convention. This year it is in Washington D.C., June 28- July 1, 2009, and ISTE is celebrating its 30 year anniversary. There is something for everyone including teachers, principals, and superintendents. The sessions are… Continue

Added by Travis Taylor on February 21, 2009 at 7:24pm — No Comments

Security Management

Is there a date that all of the security management policies are to be in place in the Arkansas school districts. If you have info please post it here.

Added by Harry Dickens on February 4, 2009 at 9:34am — 4 Comments

Leadership in the 21st Century "The New Visionary Administrator"

Here is the new report from Project Tomorrow.


Let me know what you think.


Added by Rowland Baker on November 6, 2008 at 5:37pm — 2 Comments

Trying to Import from Diigo ...

Added by Devin Vodicka on October 31, 2008 at 12:54pm — No Comments


Lessonopoly is the website that Cisco, the Hewlett Foundation, HP, the Chase Foundation, and others are supporting in our valley. Its designed to be a repository for lesson plans, as well as a "meeting place" for groups.

I received great feedback from the group today. THANK YOU!

If anyone else has other suggestions, please send them to me. For those of you who were not at the Saturday session, please login and peruse the… Continue

Added by Lisa Gonzales on October 25, 2008 at 11:13am — No Comments

New Classroom Observation Tool discussed at TICAL

Discussion Blog and Presentation available at

Whatever you are wanting to observe can be inputed into this tool. 99% customizable.

Will be released at CUE, Lead 3.0 and through Apple

Added by Kevin Silberberg on October 25, 2008 at 10:08am — No Comments

Conversation Regarding Ning

Added by Devin Vodicka on October 24, 2008 at 2:41pm — No Comments

TICAL Leadership Cadre

Tical on… Continue

Added by Devin Vodicka on October 24, 2008 at 2:33pm — No Comments

ACSA-PARC Intern Blog

Check out the new ACSA-PARC Blog ...


diigo it Continue

Added by Devin Vodicka on October 24, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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