The school of one minute from now will be an information hub--a complex, omni-directional experience involving thinking, reading, and writing. These are some thoughts on how to make the schools of Missoula part of this vision.
In recognition of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, LOOKBOTHWAYS and CyberPatrol have created four family-oriented Internet safety videos that give parents, educators and others, quick and accessible advice on how to protect children online.
This is the second installment in a series of posts examining the effects of the amendments made to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (the "FRCP") in 2006 on technology use in schools. In the initial post, I provided a broad overview of the discovery process and the role of electronically stored information within it. This post concerns the role of the IT staff of the school district or school site in e-document management. Based on the results of additional research, this post also attempts to further explain a misconception identified in the initial post in this series.
The discussion at Wes Fryer's blog in part concerned the implications that the December 2006 e-discovery amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP) have upon technology use in the schools, particularly Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, Wimba, social networking sites, and microblogs.
CASTLE is the nation's only center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. In addition to our highly-acclaimed School Technology Leadership graduate program, we also help other university educational leadership programs prepare technology-savvy school leaders and provide numerous resources for K-12 administrators and the faculty that prepare them.
Blogging can have numerous advantages for busy school principals. Blog content is typically more timely, easier to create, more interesting to parents, and better available to prospective families than traditional communication mechanisms. Unlike unidirectional newsletters or web pages, blogs also are automatically archived, are searchable, and facilitate conversations through their ability to handle comments. Principals are finding blogs to be fabulous vehicles for school publicity, public relations, and community building.
The Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund makes discounts available to eligible schools and libraries for telecommunication services, Internet access, and internal connections. The program is intended to ensure that schools and libraries have access to affordable telecommunications and information services.
If you're applying for the 2009 e-Rate, the $2.25 billion-a-year federal program that provides discounts on telecommunications services to eligible schools and libraries, you won't find many new additions to this year's program, e-Rate officials say. Instead, you'll find live training sessions, online videos, and other web-based resources designed to help you become more comfortable with the e-Rate application process.
e-Rate audits are increasingly becoming a fact of life for e-Rate applicants. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has been allowed to spend more and more money to examine applicants to ensure they are compliant with e-Rate rules and regulations. The key to surviving an e-Rate audit is to always be prepared for one by maintaining proper documentation about your e-Rate activities.
Becta has published major new research into the use of Web 2.0 technologies, such as wikis, blogs and social networking, by children between the ages of 11-16, both in and out of the school environment.
Last year, one of the people in my aggregator, D'Arcy Norman, published a video to share the results of his year long experiment: he took a picture every day for a year and published it to his flickr account. He called the experiment 365 Photos. Actually, an entire community has grown up around this idea on flickr; it wasn't D'Arcy's idea originally, there are over 1200 "365 Days" groups. I don't know who started this originally but it seems like a natural extension of publicly sharing your photos.