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Technology resources

Access to learning technology resources (hardware, software, wiring and connectivity)

  • ACT: What is it?
    ACT is a non-profit focusing on the creation, use, understanding, training and dissemination of appropriate technology to support communities.
  • Are You Ready?
    The cover story from NEA's on-line journal, this article discusses how some teachers are using technology in their classrooms to enhance student learning.
  • 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.
  • CA Dept. of Ed: Education Technology Office
    Provides guidance and assistance to districts and schools in managing their technology.
  • California Learning Resource Network (CLRN)
    This organization provides "Resources (ELRs) in a searchable database that allows you to compare key features of selected resources. The Web Information Links (WILs) let you search or browse hundreds of free primary, secondary and reference resources.".
  • Center for Applied Research in Educational Technology
    CARET bridges education technology research to practice by offering research-based answers to critical questions.
  • Choosing a Classroom Digital Camera
    For the new-to-technology educator, some considerations when buying a digital camera for school use. This page is designed specifically with the new-to-technology educator in mind.
  • 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.
  • Computers For Learning
    The CFL program places computers in classrooms by transfering excess Federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofit organizations, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. Website connects the registered needs of schools and educational nonprofit organizations with available Government computer equipment.
  • Computers for Schools
    "Computers for Schools" solicites computer donations nationwide, and then gives computers away to schools who apply and meet criteria. Many state have network affiliate(s) that can be contacted.
  • Consistent Computer Bargains
    Consistent Computer Bargains serves “the nonprofit community with technology solutions” according to their website. Their Mission statement says they are “a leading, authorized reseller of computer software and hardware with a broad line of namebrand, award-winning programs for nonprofit organizations.
  • Consortium for School Networking
    The Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), a national nonprofit organization, promotes the use of information technologies and the Internet in K-12 education to improve learning.
  • 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.
  • Dewey Browse
    The Dewey Browse contains web sites classified by the Dewey Decimal Classification System, for K-12 Curriculum Resources.
  • Digital Divide Lesson
    A lesson for 7-12th graders where students study the digital divide through a comparison with other historical dividessuch as race and poverty.
  • 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.
  • E-Math: A Guide to E-mail Based Volunteer Programs
    This Guide includes descriptions of e-mail based programs that connect students and professional adults in order to improve education. Chapters are included on telementoring programs, Question&Answer e-mail programs, and other e-mail based programs.
  • 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 proposal
    INSPIRE Reasearch narrative.
  • Empowering 21st Century Teachers
    Home page for Milwaukee Public School's PT3 project. Includes project information, reports, activities and resources.
  • Exploratorium Web Science Workshop
    By clicking the links below, you will find a variety of on-line "Web Lessons.""Web Lessons" are activities intended to help science teachers integrate the Web into their science curriculum. Since a "Web Lessons" may use dynamic content or require communication via the Internet, "Web Lessons" are best done during an active Internet session.
  • Freshmeat
    Freshmeat maintains the Web's largest index of Unix and cross-platform software, themes and related "eye-candy", and Palm OS software. Thousands of applications, which are released under an open source license, are meticulously cataloged in the freshmeat database, and links to new applications are added daily.
  • Friendly Advice for Administrators
    Friendly advice to administrators related to expanding and improving educational technology in schools.
  • 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.
  • Google for Educator
    This website has free resources for educators. Here you can create a document or spreadsheet that you can invite others to work on with from their computer in real time.
  • Google Labs
    This experimental site from the Google search engine "showcases a few of our favorite ideas that aren't quite ready for prime time." Play with keyboard shortcuts, telephone searching, a glossary (thesaurus), and more.http://labs.google.com/.
  • Impact of Technology
    To draw attention to the role of technology in teaching, learning, and everyday life, the State Educational Technology Directors Association designated January as Technology Impact in Education Month.A Web site developed for the online occassion offers lesson plans, activities, and materials for teachers, parents, and students. The site is to remain available indefinitely, the association says.
  • Innovative Classrooms
    Highlights schools and classrooms where learning is active and technology is well-integrated.
  • Integration of Technology in the Classroom
    This report explores issues and concerns relating to the pedagogical uses of the new technologies for learning across the curriculum. It calls for greater support for teachers in learning to use technology effectively in the classroom.
  • Intel Computer Clubhouse
    Designed to motivate and inspire young people through creating ideas and opportunities in technology in underserved communities.
  • Internet Development - slashmedia
    __slashmedia provides a unified approach to Internet design and development.__ Often times we're approached by both new and established companies with little more than an idea.__ We help to define goals, establish identity and create Internet presenc.
  • Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators
    Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
  • Knowability
    Knowbility promotes barrier free Information Technology - creating greater access to I.T. opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities.
  • Learning Anytime, Anywhere
    Arizona State University's e-Learning Network was formed to prepare adults in the underserved population to gain "anytime, anyplace_ access to technology education aimed at computer literacy and preparation for computer networking and related fields. ASU's Information Technology Fundamentals online curriculum consists of modules on topics ranging from Setting Up A Computer to Networking and have been designed for the digital divide population.
  • 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.
  • Math WebQuests
    A presentation from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Annual meeting. Includes math projects which use Internet resources to obtain relevant data.
  • 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 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.
  • Open Source Directory
    Open Source Directory features stable, open sources applications and has 856 downloads in 214 categories such as databases, Java, Linux and XML. One must register and become a member, but membership is free.
  • 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.
  • Paul Griffith's Middle School Math and Science Site
    Developed by a teacher, this site contains mathematics, science and technology resources and links for students, parents, teachers, and educators in general. All entries annotated.
  • 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.
  • Reality Check 2001
    This "Reality Check" survey was done in 2001 and asked questions of students, parents and teachers about standardized testing.
  • SchoolTech Expo - Professional Development for Education Technology Leaders
    Highlights upcoming professional development conferences for education technology leaders. Also includes handouts from past conferences.
  • SchoolWorld Internet Education
    SchoolWorld Internet Education site was developed in 1996 to provide schools need the opportunity to participate in a wide range of programs and projects, not always available locally. SchoolWorld offers the opportunities for direct interaction with schools from around the world and provides a platform for using the Internet for educational enhancement.
  • TECH CORPS
    TECH CORPS was created to address the need for schools to have the technological resources to enrich the education of today's students to adequately prepare them for the fierce competition that they will face as members of tomorrow's workforce. Provides volunteer assistants to help schools increase technology in education.
  • 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 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 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.
  • Technology Standards Matrix
    A matrix of technology standards for students with "applied learning standards" and "edtech matrix" (necessary equipment, materials, etc.) .
  • TECHSOUP
    TECHSOUP has been around for quite awhile, but it is still a valuable resource for non-profit organizations to order hardware, software and peripherals at a discount. They recycle hardware as well as selling new equipment at low prices.
  • 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 Free Software Directory
    The Free Software Directory is a project of the Free Software Foundation (FSF) and United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). They catalog useful free software that runs under free operating systems — particularly the GNU operating system and its GNU/Linux variants.
  • 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 Northwestern University Collaboratory Project
    The Collaboratory Project is a Northwestern University initiative that provides project consulting, training, technical advice, and Web-based resources and services to K-12 teachers and their students who are interested in using Internet technologies to advance education.
  • The OpenCD project
    The OpenCD project aims to introduce users of MS-Windows to the benefits of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). They include only the highest quality programs, which have been carefully tested for stability and which they consider appropriate for a broad audience.
  • The Vermont Institute for Science Math and Technology
    Vermont Institue for Science Math and Technology. An initiative funded by the NSF and located in Montpelier, Vermont.
  • 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.
  • Web-based Education Commission
    The Commission was established to develop policy recommendations to maximize the education promise of the Internet for pre-K through postsecondary. "Charting the Future of Learning in the Internet Age" can help direct responses to challenges brought about by the Internet.
  • Wireless Networking in the Developing World: A Practical Guide to Planning and Building Low-cost Telecommunications Infrastructure
    A group of highly qualified activist "Geeks" has written a book entitled "Wireless Networking in the Developing World: A Practical Guide to Planning and Building Low-cost Telecommunications Infrastructure". They explain in their preface: "This book was created by a team of individuals who each, in their own field, are actively participating in the ever-expanding Internet by pushing its reach farther than ever before.
  • Women Working, 1870-1930 a digital collection of primary sources for teaching, learning and research
    Women Working, 1870 - 1930 provides access to digitized historical, manuscript, and image resources selected from Harvard's library and museum collections. This collection explores women's roles in the US economy between the Civil War and the Great Depression.
  • WWW 4 Teachers
    Online space for teachers who are integrating technology into the curriculum. Includes resources related to Integrating Technology; Professional Development; Tools; and a Webzine.