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Technology Education Resources



Associations/Organizations

Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)
The Association for Educational Communications and Technology links professionals interested in the use of educational technology and its application to the learning process. Its goals include a continuous effort to define, serve, develop, enhance, and promote the use of educational communications and technology.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.aect.org/
Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST)
Originally established to explore ways to use technology to help students with disabilities, CAST developed the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which uses flexible methods and materials to teach all students. This website provides extensive information about UDL, and how to implement. Its Learning Tools section includes software to create online books, design lesson plans, conduct online research, etc.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.cast.org
International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Education, ISTE promotes the appropriate uses of information technology to support and improve learning. The society established the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS).
Grades: K - 12
http://www.iste.org
New Jersey Association for Educational Technology (NJAET)
An affiliate of ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) NJAET is open to all interested in educational technology. NJAET was established to improve communication between education technology professional, enhance professional development opportunities, encourage effective programs and support research for best practices in teaching with technology. This website provides information about association activities including conferences, programs, publications and membership.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.njaet.org
New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC)
The New Jersey Educational Computing Cooperative (NJECC) promotes and supports technology in education. An affiliate of ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) NJECC is a not-for-profit organization that provides workshops, conferences and other professional development activities to improve teaching with technology.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.njecc.org/

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Bibliographies and Research Guides

Educational Computer Software
A bibliography of PreK-12 curriculum related software that is available from the Electronic Resource Center of the David & Lorraine Cheng Library of William Paterson University. Software may be borrowed for fourteen days.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://cms.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/136090.pdf
Technology in Education
A selected list of curriculum resources to help teachers (PreK to 12) use technology in the classroom. These resources are available from the Curriculum Materials Center, located in the David and Lorraine Cheng Library of William Paterson University.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://cms.wpunj.edu/dotAsset/140902.pdf

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Lesson Plans and Teaching Activities

Best Apps for Teaching and Learning
Selected by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, Best Apps for Teaching & Learning encourage exploration and discovery. They are organized by Books, STEM, Organization & Management, Social Sciences and Content Creation. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-apps
Best Websites for Teaching and Learning
Best Websites for Teaching & Learning identifies high quality internet resources for teaching and learning by the American Association of School Librarians of the American Library Association. All websites are free and encourage exploration and discovery. The list is divided by pedagogical categories such as media sharing, digital storytelling, social networking, content resources, etc. This list is updated annually.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.ala.org/aasl/standards-guidelines/best-websites
Common Sense Media
Designed for use by parents and teachers Common Sense Media evaluates movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books and music. Searchable by age, entertainment type, topics, etc. this website provides reviews for over 20,000 products. The education portion includes resources for teaching about digital literacy including short videos. Graphite, part of Common Sense Education, identifies the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Education World
A comprehensive site which call itself "The Educator's Best Friend." Major sections for Teachers, Administrators, Lesson Plans, Technology, Professional Development, and the Education World Community. Includes Tools and Templates, resources by Subjects, Worksheets, Holiday activities, Standards and recommendations for improving School Climate.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.education-world.com/
Great Websites for Kids
Great Websites for Kids identifies outstanding websites for children from birth to age 14. The websites are evaluated by a committee of the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. Additions are made three times a year and all sites are checked at least twice a year. The list is divided by subject area. All entries identify appropriate audience.
Grades: PreK - 8
http://gws.ala.org/
iEARN, International Education and Resource Network
Using the theme, Learning with the world, not just about it, iEARN helps teachers and students from over 140 countries work together. Use the Project Collaboration Centre link to identify projects, find project partners, or join a teacher or youth forum. Search Impact for testimonials about projects. Available in over 80 languages.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.iearn.org/
inklewriter
Inklewriter enables students to create interactive branched stories ("choose your own adventure"). Created by two game designers this tool is free but does require the user to register. Projects may be shared with a limited or global audience.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.inklestudios.com/inklewriter
Kathy Schrock's Guide to Everything
For over 20 years Kathy Schrock has been helping educators learn about technology. This website links you to information about BYOD/BYOT, concept mapping, digital storytelling, iPads in education, and a host of other topics.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.schrockguide.net/
Middle School Cyberbullying Curriculum
Developed by Seattle Public Schools to respond to Washington State's cyberbullying law this curriculum outlines nine lessons for middle school students. The lesson plans use YouTube videos, and include handouts and other resources. Parental involvement is encouraged.
Grades: 6 - 8
http://district.seattleschools.org/modules/cms/
pages.phtml?pageid=216981
NetSmartz
The National Center for Missing & Exploited ChildrenĀ® (NCMEC) created this website with separate spaces for kids, tweens, teens and adults (parents, educators and law enforcement). With videos, games and other activities NetSmartz suggests ways to keep kids safe while online. The Educators' section offers free online safety kits.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.netsmartz.org
New Jersey Digital Highway
Your "one stop shop" for New Jersey history and culture, from the collections of NJ libraries, museums, archives and historical societies. It provides primary sources such as photographs, documents, and maps from the American Revolution, Civil War, Cold War and in social protest during the 1960's and 70's.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.njdigitalhighway.org/
QuestGarden
WebQuests, developed by Bernie Dodge at San Diego State University, are a teaching strategy for engaging learners to apply higher level thinking to authentic problems. QuestGarden is an online authoring tool designed to make it easier and quicker to create a high quality WebQuest. A free 30-day trial of the lesson creation tools is available, and a 2-year subscription that offers additional features costs only $20.
Grades: K - 12
http://questgarden.com/
Research Ready: Website Evaluator
Created by the developers of EasyBib this website evaluator walks students through the process of reviewing a website for purpose, accuracy, authority, relevance, and currency. After entering the website address in the search box, the website is opened with the review criteria on the side. An online PowerPoint provides additional information to help students review the website.
Grades: 3 - 12
http://webeval.researchready.com/#

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Software and Media

Graphite
Availabe from Common Sense Media Graphite identifies apps, games, websites, etc. for preK-12 teachers. Created by teachers and for teachers the websites provides ratings and practical suggestions for using these resources in the classroom. Searchable by subject area, common core standard, and grade level.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.graphite.org

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Standards

21st Century Life and Careers Standards
Standard 9 of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards focuses on Career Ready Practices, Personal Financial Literacy, Career Awareness, Exploration, and Preparation, as well as Career and Technical Education
Grades: K - 12
http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/career/
New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards--Technology
Standard 8 of the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards focus on Educational Technology and Technology, Engineering, Design and Computational Thinking. Both these standards help provide students with the skills for college and career.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://www.state.nj.us/education/aps/cccs/tech/

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Style Guides

Landmarks Son of Citation Machine
Created by David Warlick Son of Citation Machine helps create citations in either APA, MLA, Chicago or Turabian formats. After selecting the format of material cited, the Citation Machine prompts the user to provide the information for that citation format. Gives guidelines on capitalization, etc. for each entry.
Grades: 4 - 12
http://citationmachine.net

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Other Resources

A Thin Line
An initiative of MTV, A Thin Line campaign was developed to help teens to understand that with digital media there is a "thin line" between a harmless joke and something that can impact many lives. The website deals with sexting, constant messaging, spying, digital disrespect and cruelty by defining the terms, identifying possible repercussions and suggesting strategies for dealing with the problem.
Grades: 6 - 12
http://www.athinline.org/
Bullying & Cyberbullying
Developed by the Anti-Defamation League this website includes resources for educators, kids and families. Additional resources includes links to other websites. Also includes a link to the booklist, Words that Heal.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/
California Learning Resource Network - Search
Searchable by keyword, title, publisher, subject, type of resource and grade level, this initiative from the California Learning Resource Network reviews videos, software and internet resources. This database can also identify products designed for at-risk students, and instructional mode, e.g. simulation.
Grades: K - 12
http://clrn.org/search/
Combating Bullying and Cyberbullying
The Anti-Defamation League offers reproducible resources for educators, parents and students to combat bullying and cyberbullying. It also provides training and workshops for students, educators and parents. Words that Heal is an ADL curriculum that using children's literature to address bullying.
Grades: 5 - 12
http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/bullying-cyberbullying/
Common Sense Media
Designed for use by parents and teachers Common Sense Media evaluates movies, games, apps, websites, television shows, books and music. Searchable by age, entertainment type, topics, etc. this website provides reviews for over 20,000 products. The education portion includes resources for teaching about digital literacy including short videos. Graphite, part of Common Sense Education, identifies the best apps, games, and websites for the classroom.
Grades: PreK - 12
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
Cyberbullying Research Center
The Cyberbullying Research Center is a clearinghouse for parents, educators, and others who work with teens. Directed by Dr. Sameer Hinduja and Dr. Justin Patchin who have been studying cyberbullying for over 10 years. It includes information about research, laws, and personal stories. Includes downloadable handouts and activity sheets that can be used with teens.
Grades: 7 - 12
http://cyberbullying.us/
Ken Rigby
Education professor, Ken Rigby has researched the topic of bullying since 1990. This website defines bullying, and discusses what schools and parents can do to reduce and deal with bullying. He provides extensive information about various intervention strategies.
Grades: K - 12
http://www.kenrigby.net/02a-Defining-bullying-a-new-look
Landmarks for Schools
Maintained by David Warlick this website provides "information and tools designed to help us redefine literacy for the 21st Century." Includes links to educational websites, blogs, twitter feeds, etc. as well as technology to harvest information and images from the internet.
Grades: K - 12
http://landmark-project.com/
Play Play Learn
Developed by school librarian, Christopher Harris, this website reviews educational board games and describe how they can be used in the classroom. The database is searchable by grade level, subject area, playing time and minimum and maximum players.
Grades: PreK - 12
http://playplaylearn.com/
Review Corner - Best Educational Software
Created by DiscoveryEducation, over two hundred software programs are listed alphabetically, by brand, by age level and subject (interest). Evaluation criteria included in "How we Rate Products." Last updated in 2003.
Grades: PreK - 8
http://school.discoveryeducation.com/parents/reviewcorner/
software/
Springfield Township Virtual Library
This school library home page developed by Pennsylvania librarian, Joyce Valenza, is a model of school library services. It includes links to resources for high school students and teachers, citing guides, digital storytelling tools, samples of student projects, and more.
Grades: 9 - 12
http://springfieldlibrary.wikispaces.com/
Wired Safety
Founded by Parry Aftab, an Internet privacy and security lawyer, WiredSafety focuses on online safety, education and help for victims of cybercrimes. This website provides separate sections for TweenAngels (ages 7-12), TeenAngels (ages 13-18) to educate them in the areas of internet safety, privacy and security.
Grades: 3 - 12
https://www.wiredsafety.org/

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