Essential Links

Technology

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Articles

Education Week, in collaboration with The Milken Exchange on Education Technology. Technology Counts Annual reports on technology in education going back to 1997. Current report is in Volume 30, Issue 25, and posted online March 17, 2011. Each issue has statistics and includes a special report. The special report for this issue examines how schools are testing individualized learning.


Everhart, Nancy, Mardis, Marcia, Johnston, Melissa, Smith, Daniella. (2011). "From District to Desktop: Making the Most of Broadband in Schools This paper discusses how school librarians can serve as school leaders that assist with the implementation of technology by coordinating efforts and providing ongoing support.


Farmer, Leslie. (March, 2012) "SLJ’s Spending Survey: School Library Journal, v.58, issue3, posted online March 1, 2012. Biannual survey discusses expenditures in school libraries for print and non-print materials including technology.


Johnson, Larry, Conery, Leslie, & Krueger, K. (2011). 2011Horizon Report: K-12 Edition This report identifies and describes emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe.


Kenny, Brian. SLJ's 2011 Technology Survey: Things Are Changing. Fast. School Library Journal, v.57, n.5, posted online May 1, 2011.


Mardis, Marcia, Everhart, Nancy, Smith, Daniella, Newsum, Janice, Baker, Sheila. (2010). "From Paper to Pixel: Digital Textbooks and Florida Schools This paper discusses how school librarians can be key players in the successful implementation of digital textbooks.


Levine, Alan. (2010) 2010 Horizon Report: K-12 Edition Horizon, NMC Publications. The second Horizon Report for the K-12 sector describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies that will likely have a significant impact on K-12 education. This report was produced in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and was made possible via a grant from HP.


Project RED. (October, 2010) The Technology Factor is a study that identifies specific methods of successful educational technology adoption. The research, based on a survey conducted in close to one thousand schools, measures results in eleven categories including graduation rates, test scores, and paperwork reduction. The findings show that when properly implemented, technology investment leads to measurable and qualitative improvements in learning that have the potential to transform student performance.


Wise, Bob with the assistance of Robert Rothman. (2010) The Online Learning Imperative: A Solution to Three Looming Crises in Education Alliance for Excellent Education Issue Brief. Article discusses three current challenges facing the american education system and proposes an increase in the use of on-line learning as a solution to the crises.


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Awards

AASL Information Technology Pathfinder Award The award, donated by the Follett Software Company, recognizes librarians for innovative approaches to information technology in the school library. Applicants must be AASL personal members.

Books

Harris, Frances Jacobson. I Found It on the Internet: Coming of Age Online, Second Edition. Chicago: ALA Editions, 2010. Item Number: 7700-0665. To help librarians, educators, and parents step in to guide teens’ decision making, Frances Jacobson Harris offers a thoroughly updated edition of her classic book, including tools and advice, research and commentary along with practical methods of dealing with technology issues. Harris’s book remains the best resource for being an effective technology mentor for students.


International Society for Technology in Education. National Educational Technology Standards for Students: Connecting Curriculum and Technology. Eugene, Ore.: ISTE, 2007. The National Educational Technology Standards (NETS) Project is an ongoing initiative of ISTE and a consortium of partners and co-sponsors, including AASL. To order call 800-336-5191.


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Online Resources

AASL's Internet Safety and Filtering Page This page provides links to tools that can help provide safe online environments for youth.


AASL's Landmark Websites for Teaching and Learning This page contains websites are honored due to their exemplary histories of authoritative, dynamic content and curricular revelance. They are free, web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover and provide a foundation to support 21st-century teaching and learning.


AASL's White Paper on Educational Technology in Schools Comprehensive document issued in October 12, including filtering, AUP's, apps, social media, and BYOD/BYOT.


ALA TechSource A Web site about library technology for the library professionals who plan, implement, and manage it. ALA TechSource is the primary source for practical information on library systems, equipment and supplies, as well as information on evolving technologies that bear on the development of the library profession and the provision of library services.

Best Web 2.0 Tools for Teachers From Edudemic, this is their 2012 edition of outstanding web 2.0 tools for educators.

Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies This website provides a directory of over 2,000 online tools for learning and working in education.


Digest of Education Statistics: 2010, Chapter 7: Libraries and Educational Technology This chapter contains statistics on libraries and adult education. These data provide a capsule description of the magnitude and availability of library resources as well as the extent of adults’ involvement in educational activities other than postsecondary degree programs.


Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools and Classrooms: 1994-2005 This report presents 11 years of data from 1994 to 2005 (no survey was conducted in 2004) on Internet access in U.S. public schools by school characteristics. It provides trend analysis on the percent of public schools and instructional rooms with Internet access and on the ratio of students to instructional computers with Internet access.


Internet Public Library brings together a wide array of useful Internet links in just about every topic area, all vetted and annotated so you know what to expect from those sites. IPL also offers a 24/7 online reference service called Ask an IPL Librarian.


ISTE NETS Provides guidelines for global, digital age learning, teaching and educational leadership with technology.


Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything Schrock's technology support site.


Libraries & the Internet Toolkit The American Library Association (ALA) has produced this "toolkit" to assist librarians in managing the Internet and educating their public about how to use it effectively.


Making Progress-Rethinking State and School District Policies Concerning Mobile Technologies and Social MediaConsortium for School Networking Initiatives (CoSN)'s resource to assist educational leaders and policymakers in developing sound and practical policies for our increasingly connected learning environment. Its purpose is to help inform policymakers and educators as they develop or reconsider policies addressing new digital media in the context of improved learning.


National Education PlanThis plan presents five goals with recommendations for states, districts, the federal government, and other stakeholders. Each goal addresses one of the five essential components of learning powered by technology: Learning, Assessment, Teaching, Infrastructure, and Productivity.


New Tools LibGuides This collection of digital tools (from Joyce Valenza's library) is categorized and easily searched. Some of the subjects covered include Curation tools, Infographics, QR Codes and Portfolio Strategies.


Public-Use Data Files and Documentation: Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2005 This file contains data from a fall 2005 fast-response survey titled “Internet Access in U.S. Public Schools, Fall 2005.” This study was the most recent in a series of fast-response surveys that have tracked access to information technology in schools and classrooms since 1994. These surveys provide trend analysis on the percent of public schools and instructional rooms with Internet access and on the ratio of students to instructional computers with Internet access.


Resources for School Librarians pools an incredible number of web links. Here, though, the target audience is school librarians rather than students and teachers.


State Education Policy Center (SEPC) The State Education Policy Center (SEPC) is a database of state policies related to education and technology curated by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and its membership. The SEPC is intended to provide up-to-date information regarding select technology-related education policies and practices to inform school reform and improvement efforts.



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