Administrators do much to set the tone and focus for learning. Looking for SMART Board resources? Check here.....
They have power to support changes in teacher action via modeling, expectations, support and focus, and thus alter what happens for students in classrooms.
Research shows that technology can and does have a positive impact on student learning. How it is implemented is of course very important.

The International Society for Technology and Education has established National Educational Technology Standards:
NETS for Students 2007** (PDF 90 KB)
NETS for Teachers 2008** (PDF 39 KB)
NETS for Administrators 2009** (PDF 67 KB)

Nets standards for admins include systemic improvement. Find helpful resources on using data tools, such as Cognos, Datamentor, and NYSTART .

The staff development team is available offer goals support and regular support for teachers relative to technology and other elements of good practice. In the technology area, Tech Mentors are also a resource for:
  • short or long tech minutes at meetings
  • support for tech committees ( hardware advice, but more importantly connections to school goals and curricular connections
  • regular support for teachers and professional teams in their buildings

The technology-equity connection is rich.
  • Locating culturally affirming materials is now more possible than ever.
  • The "Digital Divide", be it defined by access or skills, must be addressed for us to be true to our mission.
  • The engagement factor can be remarkably affected via tech integration.engagement.gif

Much is shifting, and must shift, in our approach to teaching: Learning, education, approaches, digital and traditional

What Does Technology Integration Look Like?

Check out the Technology Integration Matrix to see what integration looks like at both one to one access (every student has access) as well as shared access (labs, stations, groups sharing technology). This site has examples at all levels from entry and adoption to innovation and transformative.

5 Essential Technology Tools for Campus Administrators

by Miguel Guhlin
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Ithaca Initiatives:

Literacy Matters (See links to left on this page)
Literacy Changes
Secondary Literacy Collaborative (requires login for full access)
Literacy Academy
Content Mapping - Overview and Support Resources
Curriculum Database (CDB)
Friendship Assistance Brigade FAB - Antibullying from ICSD educator Celia Clement

Personal Learning Networks and Personal Learning Committees

Twitter4Teachers - This wiki was created to easily help educators find other educators! Be sure to check out their Principals page and add yourself soon!
Principal Blogs
Apple's Learning Interchange -
  • Enjoy Great Content Educator created lessons and activities, Rich with movies, images and podcasts,Special collections from content providers
  • Meet Others - In this unique social network for educators, Locate colleagues from around the globe, Find peers across a variety of content areas
  • Collaborate Online - Use new Web 2.0 tools to engage with others, Create and manage your own custom groups, Share content, news, polls and conversations
Great Thinkers, Doers and Other Great Sites for Stimulation
David Warlick - Learning 2.0 and David Warlick's CoLearners Wiki
David Jakes - The Strength of Weak Ties -
Louise Maine- Hurricane Maine, Spinning through the Web 2.0 World -
Will Richardson - Weblogg-ed
Vicki Davis - Cool Cat Teacher Blog - Teaching content with new tools, enthusiasm, and the belief that teaching is a noble caling.
Konrad Gluckowski - Blog of Proximal Development.
Miguel Guhlin - Around the Corner and Share More! Wiki
Judy O'Connell - HeyJude Learning in an online world and Judy's Web 2.0 Notes - As an educator and information professional I am fascinated by emerging technologies, innovation with Web 2.0, and what this all means for schools and school libraries.
Karl Fisch - The Fischbowl - A staff development blog for Arapahoe High School teachers exploring constructivism and 21st century learning skills.
Darren Kuropatwa - his blog, A Difference -
Scott McLeod - Dangerously Irrelevant - Ruminations on technology, leadership, and the future of our schools.
Troy Hicks - Digital Writing, Digital Teaching is a blog written by Troy Hicks, an assistant professor of English at Central Michigan University and a Co-Director for the Red Cedar Writing Project. Named one of the top 100 educational blogs by OEDb, It explores the variety of issues related to teaching writing with new media for K-12 teachers and teacher educators
Infinite Thinking Machine - designed to help teachers and students thrive in the 21st century. Through an active blog, an Internet TV show, and other media resources, the ITM shares a "bazillion practical ideas" for turning the infinite universe of information into knowledge. We showcase examples of innovative instructional methods, talk with leading experts, and share real stories from the classroom to improve how we think, learn, teach, and live. And we try to have a little fun along the way.
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… Best Web 2.0 Apps for Education - 2008
Apple Learning Interchange - Useful projects and ideas to use technoogy in education.

Web2ThatWorks Wiki!

Sites for SMART Boards

NLVM - National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Find this and many other resources on our SMART Board page!

Easy Modeling

Going Paperless - Model efficient and environmentally friendly communication (and save money!) by using email and scanning documents to PDF format easily on your school's photocopier!

Talent Release Form

Here is a release form for ICSD student publishing

Curriculum Related Materials

NYS Standards Review Working Principles 7-17-08

Through this comprehensive standards review initiative, we will (item 8) Integrate technology throughout all the content areas. The influence of technology has extended to the types of texts (multimedia) as well as the uses of those texts. While “new literacy” requires an even higher degree of “old literacy,” there are new skills that are required. To this end, one proposal is to add two new categories, PRESENTING and VIEWING. PRESENTING involves selecting, synthesizing, and organizing information to convey a message. Conversely, VIEWING is the obverse of presenting. VIEWING involves comprehending, critically examining, and making use of the information in a presentation. These are not limited to technology, but technology has changed the ways in which information has been presented and viewed. The most obvious variable is the inclusion of multimedia elements in documents. For other ways in which technology has affected literacy, one needs to look no further than search for information on the internet.

The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - ICT Literacy Maps

In collaboration with several content area organizations, the Partnership for 21st Century Skills developed a series of ICT Literacy Maps illustrating the intersection between Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy and core academic subjects including English, mathematics, science and social studies (civics/government, geography, economics, history). The maps enable educators to gain concrete examples of how ICT Literacy can be integrated into core subjects, while making the teaching and learning of core subjects more relevant to the demands of the 21st century.

National Council of Teachers of English: 21st Century Curriculum and Assessment Framework

Today, the NCTE definition of 21st century literacies makes it clear that further evolution of curriculum, assessment, and teaching practice itself is necessary.
Literacy has always been a collection of cultural and communicative practices shared among members of particular groups. As society and technology change, so does literacy. Because technology has increased the intensity and complexity of literate environments, the twenty-first century demands that a literate person possess a wide range of abilities and competencies, many literacies. These literacies—from reading online newspapers to participating in virtual classrooms—are multiple, dynamic, and malleable. As in the past, they are inextricably linked with particular histories, life possibilities, and social trajectories of individuals and groups. Twenty-first century readers and writers need to
• Develop proficiency with the tools of technology
• Build relationships with others to pose and solve problems collaboratively and
• Design and share information for global communities to meet a variety of
• Manage, analyze, and synthesize multiple streams of simultaneous
• Create, critique, analyze, and evaluate multimedia texts
• Attend to the ethical responsibilities required by these complex environments

Sir Ken Robinson on Schools Killing Creativity