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  • A District Leaders Guide to Relationships That Support Systemic Change
    An 18-pages document that describes how schools can create "communities that work" to initiate and sustain a reform agenda for school improvement.
  • ACT: What is it?
    ACT is a non-profit focusing on the creation, use, understanding, training and dissemination of appropriate technology to support communities.
  • Alaska Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers to Use Technology
    Alaska's PT3 project.
  • America Connects Consortium
    The America Connects Consortium is a collaboration of eight partners and allied organizations, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, who are working together to bring information, training, technical assistance, public attention, and new resources to community technology centers across the country.
  • American Memory: Historical Collections
    American Memory is a gateway to rich primary source materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. The site offers more than 7 million digital items from more than 100 historical collections.
  • Artic Studies Center
    The Arctic Studies Center is the only U.S. government program with a special focus on northern cultural research and education.
  • Assessments of Multimedia Technology in Education
    This is a Bibliography of a growing body of research devoted to assessing the effectiveness of multimedia in all levels of education, including corporate and military training.
  • Bridging the Digital Divide: The Impact of Race on Computer Access and Internet Use
    A research project investigates the differences in computer access between whites and African American in the US.
  • Building a Digital Workforce
    Taking action to close the IT skills gap in the current and future workforce is a critical challenge for business, labor, education, government, and the nonprofit sector that requires urgent attention by all stakeholders. This report sets out NPA's Digital Economic Opportunity Committee's recommendations for increasing the number of U.S.
  • Center for Research on Education, Diversity & Excellence
    CREDE is a federally funded research and development program focused on improving the education of students whose ability to reach their potential is challenged by language or cultural barriers, race, geographic location, or poverty. Includes five standards for learning and tools for implementing and assessing the standards.
  • Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy
    The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy, a consortium of several major universities, focuses on the system-wide improvement of learning and teaching and the development of a highly capable, committed teaching force. Center researchers study ways that leaders, policymakers, and others seek to renew the quality of teaching and the teacher force through strategies and initiatives enacted at the local and state level, in school systems and teacher education institutions, and through the engagement of supportive groups in the community.
  • Chinatown Banquet
    Chinatown Banquet A community-based public art and education project based on the metaphor of a Chinese banquet raising awareness about the history, culture and conditions of Boston Chinatown, the city's most densely populated residential neighborhood.
  • Code Talk
    Code Talk is a federal inter-agency Native American website that provides information for Native American communities. Code Talk is hosted by the U.S.
  • Communication as the Foundation of Distance Education
    Communication plays a vital role in learning, not only with respect to expository and discussion methods of instruction, but at a more consequential level in the development of higher mental processes through acquiring and learning to manipulate symbols.
  • Community Technology Centers' Network
    Use a national map to locate the closest Community Technology Center (CTC) near you. CTC can help provide access to students to computers for doing research and homework.
  • Computer Technology Can Empower Students with Learning Disabilities
    The Center for Applied Special Technology assists a family to identify appropriate technology for home and school use by a learning disabled son.
  • Department of Justice ADA Home Page
    The ADA Home Page provides access to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations for businesses and governments, technical assistance materials, ADA Standards for Accessible Design, updates on new requirements, information about settlement agreements and enforcement activities and access to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) ADA material.
  • Developing Immigrant Parents' Computer Learning in Partnership with Students' Learning
    This five-year project around Santa Barbara, CA, involves developing computer activities to engage Latino parents with their children in the learning process.
  • Digital Divide Network
    This comprehensive Website provides feature stories about digital divide; current research; discussion lists;and a method for finding public access technology in your town.
  • Digital Divide Resources
    Resources, articles, projects, people and businesses that help define the breadth of "digital divide" and gain an understanding of what needs to be done to increase digital equity. Includes background documents, statistics and fact sheets.
  • Digital Divide Series
    Based on a two-part series for PBS about the digital divide, it is possible to explore the issues of classrooms, gender, race and at work through interaction, voices and links.
  • Disabled Need Tools for Schools
    Tom Wlodkowski, project manager for Boston public TV, presents a set of production guidelines for making learning software usable by disabled students, and discusses the current state of software.
  • Distance Education: Guidelines for Good Practice
    Drawing on survey results from practioners who have taught distance learning courses, this 25 page report presents a set of guidelines for good practice in distance education.
  • Dublin Core Metadata Initiative (DCMI)
    The Dublin Core Metadata Initiative is an open forum engaged in the development of interoperable online metadata standards that support a broad range of purposes and business models. DCMI's activities include consensus-driven working groups, global workshops, conferences, standards liaison, and educational efforts to promote widespread acceptance of metadata standards and practices.
  • Earth Observatory
    The purpose of NASA's Earth Observatory is to provide a freely-accessible publication on the Internet where the public can obtain new satellite imagery and scientific information about Earth. The focus is on Earth's climate and environmental change.
  • EASI Equal Access to Software and Information
    Comprehensive site devoted to providing students and professionals with disabilities with access to information technology. Funded by NSF, site includes information about adaptive strategies; science,math and technology issues; and numerous links.
  • ED Office of Educational Technology
    The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) develops national educational technology policy and implements this policy through Department-wide educational technology programs.
  • ED Programs that Help Bridge the Digital Divide
    Describes U.S. Dept.
  • ED proposal
    INSPIRE Reasearch narrative.
  • eDesk: A Review of Recent Evidence on the Effectiveness of Discrete Educational Software
    A 119-page research report about the effects of discrete software on student learning. Report also identifies areas where more research and evaluation is needed.
  • Education for All
    Education for All (EFA)The major focus of this searchable site are the findings of basic education assessments of 180 countries. The reports for each country contain funding; issues and goals; statistics on enrollment; literacy; educational levels of teachers; academic and vocational education; evaluation of early childhood, primary, and secondary instruction; and more.
  • Educational Technology
    This PT3 project site at the University of Colorado School of Education offers resources and tools to aid in the total infusion of technology into the curriculum.
  • Educators' Website for Information Technology (EWIT)
    EWIT supports the innovative use of information technology to enhance learning.Links include computer science curriculum, instructional resources, suggested reading, pilot sites and statistics.
  • Edutopia On-line
    The Foundation documents and disseminates the most exciting classrooms where innovations are taking place. It is hoped that by spotlighting inspiring teachers and students, others will consider change.
  • EdWeb Home Room
    A guide to education-related issues concerning the Internet, and to educational resources available on the Internet. Contact information for districts involved.
  • Emerging Influences of Information Technology on School Curriculum
    Just as information technology has improved effectiveness in medicine, finance, manufacturing, and numerous other sectors of society, advanced computing and telecommunications have the potential to help students master complex 21st century skills. Research-based curriculum projects are developing technologies that enable online virtual communities of practice using advanced tools to solve real world problems.
  • Empowering 21st Century Teachers
    Home page for Milwaukee Public School's PT3 project. Includes project information, reports, activities and resources.
  • Falling Through the Net II: New Data on the Digital Divide
    Report analyzing telephone and computer penetration rates in U.S. Identifies race, income and other demographic characteristics as significant factors in the "digital divide".
  • Falling Through the Net: Toward Digital Inclusion
    Report analyzes household access to computers and the Internet; Internet use by individuals; and Internet access and computer use among people with disabilities.
  • Giving Girls an Edge
    "The Edge" is a technology program developed by the Lone Star Girl Scout Council, located in Central Texas. The program is designed to develop skills and interest in science, math and technology.
  • Historically Black College and Universities: An Assessment Networking and Connectivity
    This 78 page report assesses the computing resources, networking and connectivity of historically black colleges and other institution that provide educational services to predominantly African-American students.
  • History Matters: The U.S. Survey Course
    Designed for high school and college teachers of U.S. History courses.
  • How Access Benefits Children: Connecting Our Kids to the World of Information
    A report exploring the experiences and lessons learned by projects funded by the Telecommunications and Information Infrastructure Assistance Program. Includes descriptions and contacts for a variety of projects.
  • Ice Machine, Steamboats, and Education: Structural Change and Educational Technologies
    This 16-page "white paper" explores where we are in the information revolution,characteristics of the change process and where this change is going.
  • Implementing Technology
    A comprehensive site that is designed to help educators to find the best ways to use technology to enhance teaching and learning. Chapters include Framing the Context; Classroom Stories;Technology as a Teaching Tool; Technology Training and Support;Selected Resources.
  • Innovative Classrooms
    Highlights schools and classrooms where learning is active and technology is well-integrated.
  • Intel Computer Clubhouse
    Designed to motivate and inspire young people through creating ideas and opportunities in technology in underserved communities.
  • It's Time to Upgrade
    Discussion of administration of tests, test formats, and using technology for administering testing.
  • Knowability
    Knowbility promotes barrier free Information Technology - creating greater access to I.T. opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Knowledge Loom: What Works In Teaching and Learning
    This database includes two parts. "The Collection" includes descriptions of best practices that can be sorted by theme,state,grade,setting,school type and design.
  • Land of Plenty: Diversity as America's Competitive Edge in Science, Engineering and Technology
    To better meet the needs of the U.S. economy, the Commission makes recommendations for removing barriers that impede many Americans from filling science, engineering and technology jobs.
  • Latinos, Computers and the Internet
    A comprehensive fact sheet about Latinos and the digital divide. Includes information about Internet access, computers at home and technology used in employment.
  • Learning With Technology in Six Communitites
    This report summarizes findings from case studies of the Department of Education's Community Technology Centers program. The final section of the report presents an analysis of program results and challenges common to the community technology centers.
  • Listing of Standards for Tech Literacy
    Twenty standards to guide educators, schools and programs to prepare students to be technologically literate.
  • Low-Income and Underserved Americans
    An audit analyzing who is underserved by the Internet; current online content related to underserved; and roadmap for action for change.
  • Making Educational Software Accessible
    Includes guidelines for making software accessible to persons with disabilities.Also includes a description of an inclusive classroom.
  • Maryland State Department of Education PT3 Home Page
    Home page for the Maryland State Dept. of Education's PT3 project.
  • Maryland Teacher Technology Outcomes
    Technology competencies that all teacher candidates need to achieve prior to graduation.
  • Museum-School Connections in the Digital age
    Article describes different ways museums are enhancing classroom learning via virtual experiences.
  • National Center for Education Statistics Electronic Catalog
    Nation Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education. Search for data according to topic, program area or NCES publication.
  • National Educational Technology Standards for Teachers Project
    National Educational Technology Standards for teachers identifies what teachers should know about and be able to do with technology. Provides models for incorporating technology in teacher preparation programs and promising practices for preparing tomorrow's teachers to use technology effectively for improving learning.
  • National Indian Telecommunications Institute (NITI) Education
    Provides a model for use by teachers for creating culturally relevant, tribal specific Webpages.Links to sites related to NITI's work in cultural curriculum and technology.
  • National Institute for Community Innovations
    The mission of NICI is to foster local economic and social well-being through educational innovation. Contains resources related to equity, higher education, banks, business, K-12 schools, libraries, and technology.
  • NCRTEC Teaching and Learning
    Specific strategies for infusing technology into teaching and learning. Resources and lesson plans.
  • NET Database
    A comprehensive database of Lessons and Units designed to help students learn how to find, access, and assess information to address issues, some of which are yet to be defined. Database can be searched by lesson title, grade level, subject area and key words.
  • NetDay Compass
    NetDayCompass is the first comprehensive education technology web site designed for technology decision-makers working in K-12 schools. The central feature of NetDayCompass is a directory of high-quality educational resources designed to help schools maximize technology investments.
  • NSC Teacher Resources
    Science education programs aligned with National Science Standards, and supported by multiple formats and resource files for use in classrooms.
  • Online and Electronic Research by Middle School Students
    A review of professional articles, reports,and dissertations related to initiating and improving students' use of technology.
  • Oregon Technology in Education Council (OTEC)
    A comprehensive site designed to improve Oregon's formal and informal education systems. Includes menu choices for news;ideas for integrating information technology into subject areas;preservice teacher education; continuing professional development; parents and children; school administrators;organizations;annotated references; and "Ask Dr.
  • Penguin Enrolls in U.S. Schools
    More and more schools are using Linux as the prefered operating system software because it is very low cost and can be downloaded free from the Internet. Statements from schools who are using Linux testify to its success.
  • Pew Internet Project: Our Latest Reports
    Link to "More Online, Doing More" a report about Internet usage. Chapters on changing population, time spent online, expanding online activities and methodology.
  • Preparing Tomorrow's Teachers for Technology (PT3)
    Site of University of Arkansas at Little Rock's PT3 project, which is working to build strategies for improving the technology proficiency of future teachers.
  • Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
    Includes the full-text of "Principles and Standards"; examples of interactive activities that support standards; a search engine; and resources.
  • Project SITE SUPPORT
    A education/business community partnership to train, and retain teachers in the K-12 urban environments.
  • Project VIEW
    Project VIEW, a Federal Technology Innovation Challenge Grant is led by the Schenectady City School District. This program is designed to open the classroom door so that students and teachers can engage in an array of learning opportunities by utilizing interactive education technology which accesses content-rich resources, activities and the exchange of ideas.
  • Project WhistleStop - Harry S. Truman
    Project WhistleStop enables educators to work with the original source material of the Harry S Truman Presidential Library; to use technology and primary sources in project based learning experiences in the classroom; and to develop an on-line resource of original Truman Library documents, photographs, records, cartoons, and other archival material for student research projects.
  • PT3 Grantees Intranet
    Comprehensive information about PT3 program including grant projects and tools, calendar, evaluation, forums and resources.
  • Reality Check 2001
    This "Reality Check" survey was done in 2001 and asked questions of students, parents and teachers about standardized testing.
  • Rethinking Schools -- Rethinking Our Classrooms, Volume 2
    On-line educational journal focusing on urban educational issues.Site includes links to supplemental materials, resources and links to selected articles.
  • Science&Technology Education Program
    STEP is designed to be a resource to students and teachers by facilitating research interaction with Lab facilities and staff.
  • Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology:Measuring Impacts and Shaping the Future
    Summary of discussion at the second national conference held in Sept. 2000, dealing with the questions: What constitutes effective use of technology in learning?;Will we recognize effective uses of technology when we see them?;What conditions must be in place in schools?;How to report progress?; What policy roadmap will help?; What can we learn from business and industry?.
  • Seeing Past a Child's Disability: One Parent's View of Universal Design for Learning
    Through efforts by her mother,Kathryn,a child with numerous disabilities, was able to use technology to explore her world, learn at school and home, and to be creative.Her mother continues working with schools to help disabled children.
  • SEIR*TEC- Classroom Resources
    Strategies for to help teachers integrate technology into the classroom including lesson plans, thematic units, multimedia projects, classroom management and Web-page resources.
  • Show-Me Tomorrow's Teachers Using Technology
    Show-Me Tomorrow's Teachers Using Technology is a three-year grant project shared by Southwest Missouri State University's College of Natural and Applied Sciences and College of Education.
  • Skillful Educators
    Showcases professional development programs where educators develop and refine the ability to be successful "digital age teachers.".
  • Spanning the Digital Divide: Understanding and Tackling the Issues
    This report provides a survey of what is known and what is being done about international and domestic digital divides, highlights trends, and draws some conclusions about what more is needed to tackle the range of problems.
  • SWE Guide to Sharing Engineering With Girls and Young Women
    Guide provides ideas and information on presenting "engineering" to students, such as speaking tips,safety, and students' maturity level in each grade.
  • Teacher Technology Leaders (PT3)
    Teacher Technology Leaders (TTL) Project prepares tomorrow's teachers to use technology, emerge as technology leaders and bridge the digital divide.Links to related resources.
  • Teaching Diverse Learners (TDL)
    TDL is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of teachers to work effectively and equitably with all students. It includes information about Teaching and Learning Strategies; Assessment; Policy; Strategies for working with families; and organizations.
  • Techies Pledge Help for Schools
    SchoolTone Alliance consists of high tech businesses from the Bay Area dedicated to addressing the technology needs of schools. This article describes a meeting held at the Exploritorium.
  • Technology & Innovations in Education (TIE)
    Technology and Innovations in Education is a statewide project providing leadership for So. Dakota schools in technology and school reform.
  • Technology Counts '98
  • Technology Counts '99: Building the Digital Curriculum
  • Technology Education Research Center (TERC)
    TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development organization dedicated to improving mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning.
  • Technology Foundation Standards for Students
    The technology foundation standards for students are divided into six broad categories. Teachers can use these standards and profiles as guidelines for planning technology-based activities in which students achieve success in learning, communication, and life skills.
  • Technology in American Schools: Seven Dimensions for Gauging Progress
    The seven dimensions provide a road map for using educational technology to maximum advantage in the classroom.
  • The Accessible Future
    This report is the fourth in a series of civil rights monitoring studies designed to evaluate the effectiveness of major civil rights laws bearing on the lives of Americans with disabilities.
  • The Anacostia Museum and Center for African-American History and Culture
    Focuses on modern African-American history and culture.
  • The Digital Classroom: Using Primary Sources
    To encourage teachers of students at all levels to use archival documents in the classroom, the Digital Classroom provides materials from the National Archives and methods for teaching with primary sources.
  • The Dirksen Congressional Center's Web Suite
    The Dirksen Congressional Center conducts programming in four areas: historical collections, research, education, and community service. Select from the list on the left to learn more about specific programs.
  • The Future is in the Margins: The Role of Technology and Disability in Educational Reform
    This paper was prepared under contract to the American Institute for Research, on behalf of the U.S. Dept.
  • The Impact of Education Technology on Student Achievement
    Eleven page outline of current research findings about the impact of educational technology on learning, and lists resources for further study.
  • The Partnership for 21st Century Skills
    The Partnership for 21st Century Skills brings together educators, administrators, parents, businesses and community leaders to build a consensus on the definition of 21st century skills and to create practical Readiness Guides for these skills that are critical to each student´┐Żs success in the 21st century.
  • The Teachers Internet Use Guide
    This Web site helps teachers design, develop, and implement Internet-based lessons that are aligned with Texas state standards.
  • Tool Kit for Bridging the Digital Divide in your Community
    Tool Kit is intended for community leaders, government staff, business leaders and grass roots volunteers. It offers some basic tips on how to bridge the digital divide through the development of a community project.
  • Understanding Educational Quality: Where Validity Meets Technology
    On Nov. 8, 1998, Dr.