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  • A Series of Studies by Henry Jay Becker
    The Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations (CRITO) through TLC, has compiled a number of studies and snapshots that Hank Becker has completed over several years. These studies examine the relationship between technology implementation in schools, teaching practices, and school reform.
  • Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (Report #7, 1990)
    Though seemingly dated, this archive of reports emerging from the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) program provides a foundation for schools seeking information related to the changes required for instructional technology to be effective.
  • EnGauge
    The enGauge framework identifies Six Essential Conditions- system-wide factors critical to effective uses of technology for student learning, and then provides a comprehensive set of evaluative tools that give schools the opportunity to measure their effectiveness in each of the Six Essential Conditions.
  • Gauging Return on Investment: Assessing Professional Growth in Skill and Use
    This article by Jamie McKenzie, first published in eSchool News (July/August, 1998), stresses the concept of assessment based on two principles: 1) We can't make adjustments in teaching and pedagogy until (or unless) we have a sense of whether what we are currently doing is working; and 2) Assessing and reporting the results openly gives our stakeholders the opportunity to understand that a robust investment in professional development pays great dividends when it comes to technology.
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - Administrator Standards
    The Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA) were developed by ISTE in collaboration with a variety of partners.
  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) - Teacher Standards
    The National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers were developed by ISTE with others through a Preparting Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology grant from the US DEpartment of Education.
  • K-12 STaR Chart
    The CEO Forum on Education & Technology has developed two School Technology & Readiness (STaR) Charts, one for the K-12 community and the other for colleges of education. Both contain a series of questions that, once answered, enable you to get instantaneous feedback on your institution's level of readiness in using technology.
  • National Staff Development Council
    The National Staff Development Council's revised Standards for Staff Development reflect what NSDC and the broader staff development community have learned about professional learning since the creation of the original standards in 1995. New information available at this site includes how to apply the NSDC Professional Development standards to online professional development.
  • Northwest Educational Technology Consortium's Equity Survey
    This survey allows individuals to find out what they can do to help ensure equity in educational technology. By selecting a topic to view a checklist of questions, participants can use the assorted surveys to assess how well they are providing equity in educational technology.
  • South Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium's Profiler Tool
    Profiler is designed to help groups of individuals improve their skills around a general topic by inspiring cooperation and collaboration among teachers and students within a school. The best way to see Profiler in action is to experiment with the demonstration.
  • Teachers' Internet Use Guide
    Standards-Based Instruction is the primary focus of this website. Here, you will: Learn how to design, develop, implement, and evaluate a standards-based lesson that uses the Internet;Explore some sample lessons that were created using this process; and Design your own lesson.
  • Technology Briefs for NCLB Planners
    The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation emphasizes the importance of leveraging the power of technology in all areas of K-12 education, from reading to science to special education. As a result, education leaders at the state and local levels are expected to develop plans that effectively employ technology to enhance learning and increase student achievement.
  • The George Lucas Educational Foundation
    The foundation has created a website to share resources, research, professional development and examples of technology use, even if a person is working alone, so that they understand the uses of technology.
  • Virtual Architecture - Curriculum-based Telecomputing Projects and REsources
    University of Texas Professor Judi Harris created a Web site that is rich in ideas on how to mine the Internet for projects. She offers a framework for designing and implementing curriculum-based telecomputing projects.