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Technology at Your Fingertips
Technology @ Your Fingertips

Chapter 1: Knowing What to Do

Chapter 2: Knowing What You Need

Chapter 3: Knowing What You Have

Chapter 4: Knowing What to Get

Chapter 5: Knowing How to Implement Your Solution

Chapter 6: Knowing How to Train Users

Chapter 7: Knowing How to Support and Maintain Your Technology Solution

Additional Online Resources


Bobby Worldwide
Bobby was created by CAST to help Web page authors identify and repair significant barriers to access by individuals with disabilities.  

Classroom Connect's Connected Teacher
Contains World Wide Web FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions), Internet Tools and other technology information. 

Computers for Learning
Computers for Learning will place hundreds of thousands of computers in our Nation's classrooms and prepare our children to contribute and compete in the 21st century. The program is designed to donate surplus Federal computer equipment to schools and educational nonprofits, giving special consideration to those with the greatest need. 

Concord Consortium
The Concord Consortium is a tax-exempt non-profit education research and development organization. The Concord Consortium seeks to develop and uses the best in educational technology. 

Connecting to the Future: A Guide for Building a Network Infrastructure for Education
Jointly published by the National Aeronautics and Space Administrationís Office of Aeronautics and the United States Department of Educationís National Center for Education Statistics. 

Consortium for School Networking (CoSN)
CoSN, a non-profit organization, promotes the use of telecommunications in K-12 education to improve learning. 

Council of Chief State School Officers: Technology and Telecommunications
This site is linked to state education agenciesí and other organization home pages that are involved with technology. 

Council of Great City Schools
This site contains information about technology activities in large school districts. 

Early Connections: Technology in Early Childhood Education
Early Connections provides information on appropriate and effective use of technology for educators and care providers of young children,organzed by the educational settings: childcare providers, preschool staff, primary teachers (K-3), and before/after-school program staff. 

Education Commission of the States
At this site, you can find information about state technology actions. 

Education Week's Technology Counts 2001
Education Week's 2001 National Survey of Teachers' Use of Digital Content. 

Education Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Information and Technology
This site specializes in educational technology and library and information science, and contains numerous links and references to useful sites. Included is information on lesson plans, choosing software, and technology planning. 

This site is oriented toward higher education. 

Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education.
This site contains resources and activities related to mathematics and science. 


Eugene Oregon School District, Internet Services: Appropriate Use Policy
Example of local school district appropriate use policy for Internet use. 

Federal IT Accessibility Initiative
The Federal Information Technology Accessibility Initiative is a Federal government interagency effort to offer information and technical assistance to assist in the successful implementation of Section 508. 

Foundation Center
This center produces materials that help educators seeking grants for computer technology and software. 

FREE - Federal Resources for Educational Excellence
More than 30 Federal agencies developed a web site to make hundreds of federally supported education resources available to enrich the Internet as a tool for teaching and learning.. 

GEM - The Gateway to Educational Materials
The key to one-stop, any-stop access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet!. 

The Global Schoolhouse
Provides assistance on planning telecomputing. 

High Plains Regional Technology in Education Consortium
Lesson Planning;
Resource Library;
Resources for Establishing a Low-Cost School Intranet;
Interactive Web-based Training 

Institute for Learning Technologies, Teachers College, Columbia University
Educators using technologies to advance equity, knowledge and education. 

International Society for Technology in Education
ISTE is a nonprofit professional organization with a worldwide membership of leaders and potential leaders in educational technology. 

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) is a large open international community of network designers, operators, vendors, and researchers concerned with the evolution of the Internet architecture and the smooth operation of the Internet. It is open to any interested individual.  

Massachusetts Software Council, Inc., Switched-On Classroom
The Switched-On Classroom Technology Planning Guide, a 250- page book outlining a 12-step technology planning and implementation process for public schools, is the result of a collaboration between software company executives and five public school systems in Massachusetts. 

Mid-Continent Regional Educational Laboratory, Technology Integration
These pages provide online resources available to help educators, administrators, and parents answer common questions and solve problems related to the implementation and use of technology in education. 

NASA Quest, The Internet in the Classroom
This site contains educational activities as well as assistance in learning to use the Internet in schools. 

National Association of Elementary School Principals
This site has the National Principalís Center Online and provides services to its members. 

National Association for Secondary School Principals
This site has the Principal Technology Network for members only. 

National Center for Supercomputing Applications: Technology Division
This site contains several exhibits designed to demonstrate how computers and computer networking can enhance K12 education. Included are tutorials to help teachers on the World Wide Web and a handbook. 

National Center for Technology Planning
This site contains school district technology plans, sample planning forms, and other timely information. 

National Center to Improve Practice
This site contains information about the use of technology to enhance the educational opportunities of students with disabilities. 

National School Boards Association: Education Leadership Tool Kit
This toolkit is a collection of tips and pointers, articles, case studies and other resources for education leaders addressing issues around technology and education. 

National School Boards Association: Institute for the Transfer of Technology to Education
Education Technology Programs Department of NSBA. 

National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA)
NTIA's Office of Telecommunications and Information Applications (OTIA) assists state and local governments, educational and health care entities, libraries, public service agencies, and other groups in effectively using telecommunications and information technologies to better provide public services and advance other national goals. This is accomplished through the administration of the Technology Opportunities Program. 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
This site has various helpful documents on education technology as well as links to many other sites. 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory: Learning Through Technology: A Planning and Implementation Guide 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory: Pathways to School Improvement 

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory: Providing Professional Development for Effective Technology Use 

North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium - Technology Challenges During Teachers' Induction Years
Recent trends toward integrating technology into the curriculum have placed additional challenges on new teachers entering the field. This site addresses challenges faced by new teachers and offers possible solutions. 

North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium - Professional Development
This site offers classes, videos, online material, and many links for teachers. 

Northwest Regional Technology in Education Consortium: Digital Bridges - Welcome to K-12 Videoconferencing
This site provides information about using videoconferencing technology for instruction, communication, and collaboration. 

Northwest Regional Technology in Education Consortium: Technology Plans-Resources
This site looks at technology plans from the Northwest and from across the country. In addition to technology plans, this site provides access to research and thinking about the planning process. 

Plugging In: Choosing and Using Educational Technology
"Plugging In" discusses what is known about effective learning and effective technology, and puts it together in a planning framework for educators and policymakers. 

Safeguarding Your Technology
These guidelines, published by the National Center for Education Statistics, to help educational administrators and staff at the buildings, campus, district, and state levels better understand why and how to effectively secure their organization's sensitive information, critical systems, computer equipment, and network access. 

Schools and Libraries Program
This site is where you will find information and applications for the E-Rate program.. 


Technical Education Research Center (TERC)
This non-profit organization is dedicated to improving mathematics and science learning. 

United States Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure: KickStart Initiative, A Leadership Guide to Getting There
This site contains information about galvanizing stakeholders, identifying costs and sources of funding, addressing the needs of users, and security, relating to schools, libraries, and community centers. 

United States Department of Education: An Educator's Guide to Evaluating The Use of Technology in Schools and Classrooms 

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
The Office of Educational Technology (OET) encourages and leads education improvement efforts by helping educators, congressional leaders, and administrators utilize available resources to reshape instruction, teaching, and learning environments. 

WC3 World Wide Web Consortium
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) to lead the Web to its full potential as a forum for information, commerce, communication, and collective understanding. On this page, you'll find W3C news as well as links to information about W3C technologies and getting involved in W3C. 

Web66: A K12 World Wide Web Project
This site contains a comprehensive list and links to schools, as well as useful resources, such as a guide to setting up an Internet server and information on software. 

Web-based Education Commission
The Power of the Internet for Learning: Moving from Promise to Practice
Pursues more effective ways of creating learning environments for all children regardless of gender, race, ethnicity or disability, particularly through advancing technologies such as the Internet.
An online space for teachers integrating technology into the curriculum. 

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