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Technology Professional Development (2000)
This Web site is a planning resource for technology professional developers, school technology specialists, and K-12 administrators. It is organized around the following themes: visualizing technology-supported engaged learning, current reality, effective staff development, evaluation, and implementation. (Audience: technology professional developers, school technology specialists, K-12 administrators)

enGauge® Framework and Online Survey (2001, ongoing)
EnGauge is a Web-based framework that helps schools and districts plan and evaluate their systemwide use of educational technology. Developed by NCREL with the Metiri Group, enGauge provides a comprehensive view of critical factors that strongly influence the effectiveness of educational technology. It provides online assessments to help schools and districts gauge their progress with learning technology and develop an informed plan of action. It also presents information on the effective uses of technology to advance student learning and the educational system conditions required to use technology effectively. (Audience: K-12 administrators, technology coordinators, education policymakers, K-12 teachers, education researchers)

Pathways Critical Issue: Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use (2000)
This Critical Issue from the Pathways to School Improvement Web site discusses the necessity, goals, and types of technology professional development that promote effective learning in the classroom. (Audience: technology professional developers, school technology specialists, K-12 administrators, K-12 teachers)


Templates, Forms, Interactive Tools, and Guidebooks

Blueprints (2000)
The North Central Eisenhower Mathematics and Science Consortium (NCEMSC) is the lead agency in this cross-consortia collaborative CD-ROM development effort. The Blueprints CD-ROM is designed to help experienced as well as aspiring facilitators learn how to create effective professional development programs for mathematics and science educators. As they explore the CD-ROM, facilitators will use and adapt over 80 activities designed to assist groups of math and science professionals in learning about four content areas: Planning Professional Development, Crafting Curriculum, Refining Instructional Practice, and Making Assessment Decisions. The activities model the use of approximately 22 interactive group processes that, together with the content and a template for creating a professional development plan, will serve as a computer-based toolkit for facilitators.

Leadership and Learning With Technology (2001)
This Web site helps educators gain greater understanding of technology's impact on learning and supports effective technology integration in schools. The site consists of six interrelated module frameworks that focus on plans and actions essential for implementing, managing, and supporting educational technology in schools. Each module provides goals and resources for creating meaningful workshops for specific needs. (Audience: K-12 administrators, education policymakers, technology coordinators)

Captured Wisdom™ in Middle School (2000)
Captured Wisdom™ vignettes provide examples of real educators and learners using successful practices of technology to support instruction and learning in their classrooms. Captured Wisdom in Middle School presents two examples of teachers and learners using technology in middle school. (Audience: K-12 teachers)

Captured Wisdom™ on Adult Literacy (2000)
Captured Wisdom™ vignettes provide examples of real educators and learners using successful practices of technology to support instruction and learning in their classrooms. Captured Wisdom on Adult Literacy presents seven examples that help educators learn about successful practices of technology integration for improved adult education. Innovative activities are also shown, described, and discussed by front-line classroom educators and learners. (Audience: K-12 teachers)

EdSTAR Minnesota (2001)
EdSTAR is a comprehensive Web site that connects educational standards with technology, applications, and resources. It provides teachers with substantive help, direction, and professional development in the implementation of Minnesota state standards. (Audience: education policymakers, K-12 teachers, K-12 administrators, education researchers)


Supplemental Resources

Technology Standards for School Administrators (2001)
The Collaborative for Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA Collaborative) has developed and documented a national consensus on what Prekindergarten-12 administrators should know about and be able to do to optimize the benefits of technology use in schools. This consensus was released by the TSSA Collaborative in November 2001 as Technology Standards for School Administrators (TSSA). The North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium (NCRTEC), a founding member of the collaborative, makes the TSSA available in a Web version and a PDF version. (Audience: K-12 administrators, education policymakers)

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