TICAL—short for Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership—is a unique professional development program with the mission of helping K-12 school administrators provide informed and effective leadership in the use of technology to improve education. Portical.org is TICAL’s portal, which provides over 1,000 carefully chosen, categorized, annotated tools and resources specifically chosen because of their relevance and usefulness to K-12 school administrators seeking to leverage technology to improve learning. The portal houses the searchable TICAL resource database as well as podcasts, videos, “quick takes,” and Tblogical, TICAL’s blog for school administrators.
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72 Gold Standard PBL projects included
Choose from 72 standards-based high quality PBL projects, across subject areas and grade levels (K-12). Each project includes detailed instructional activities, editable rubrics, project information sheets (3-12), family letters (K-2), and modifications for at-home learning.
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Doing the Right Thing
Doing the Right Thing: Take Control of Your Online Persona
Conducted May 26, 1:30 - 2 PM PDT
What constitutes basic good digital citizenship behaviors is becoming increasingly complex, and it is not only students who need to practice good digital citizenship. As the use of social media and other online communication tools becomes more deeply ingrained in our lives, learning how to manage one's online persona is crucial for educators, as well as students. Join Susan Brooks-Young as she addresses why it has become increasingly important for you to take control of your online persona. She will provide strategies that you can use to help protect yourself, colleagues, students, and others. Susan will also share a resource page with links to additional information you can use personally and share with others.
Doing the Right Thing: Online Public Shaming and Education
Conducted June 2, 1:30 - 2 PM PDT
Do you think of yourself as a good digital citizen? What about teachers or students in your school? With the increased use of social media and online communication, it has become increasingly easy to comment, criticize, or "take a stand" on any variety of topics in a multitude of online venues. But at what point does that comment or debate become shaming or ridicule of the opposing person? Join Susan Brooks-Young as she explores the growing online trend of online public shaming. Susan will discuss how educators and students can deal with online public shaming as a target or potential victim, as well as how to avoid being a perpetrator. In addition, she will explore strategies you can use to help protect yourself, colleagues, students, and others. You will also receive a resource page with links to additional information you can use personally and share with others.
About the Presenter
Susan Brooks-Young has been involved in the field of instructional technology since 1979. She was one of the original technology users in the district where she taught and has continued to explore ways in which technology can be used to facilitate student learning. She has worked as computer mentor, technology trainer, and technology curriculum specialist. Prior to establishing her own consulting firm, Susan was a teacher, site administrator, and technology specialist in a county office of education in a career that spanned more than 23 years. Since 1986, she has published articles and software reviews in a variety of education journals. She is also author of a number of books which focus on effective use of technology in schools. Susan works with educators internationally, focusing on practical technology-based strategies for personal productivity and effective technology implementation in classrooms.
Co-sponsored by ACSA and TICAL