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Conferences & Organizations

Ed Tech Conference Planner - Find a technology conference in your area next month, or pin down the details of that big national show you've always wanted to attend. This site's dynamic search engine allows you to search for events by month or location.

Educational Meetings Calendar - Find exactly the right event for you by searching this comprehensive tech and non-tech conference listing presented in a handy calendar format.

Florida Educational Technology Conference - FETC attracts educators (not to mention speakers and exhibitors) from across the country. Get information about the conference that is perfectly timed in Orlando at the dead end of winter.

National Educational Computing Conference - NECC is one of education tech's largest gatherings, bringing together computer-using educators from all over the country in late June to share ideas and see the latest new gear. Find out everything you need to know about next summer's program here.

Technology + Learning - The National School Boards Association's premier technology conference for school leaders, administrators, and board members. You can submit workshop proposals, purchase cassettes of previous sessions, and get information on the next conference.

Hardware & Infrastructure

Computing and Technology Resource - Read CNET's take on tech before you buy: reviews, customer ratings, price comparisons, and more about everything related to technology.

Managing Technology - Trying to manage technology in your district or at your school? Find good basic help from Intel here, including advice about planning and managing your network, addressing security concerns, and dealing with obsolete equipment.

The Scholastic Technology Guide - If you're looking for hardware products or Internet solutions, the Scholastic Technology Guide lets you search by category and keyword to find all the information you need.

Total Cost of Ownership - How much will that new network REALLY cost your school? These resources and tools will help you plan for and manage the true costs (and benefits) of technology over the long term. The site is brought to you by the nonprofit group Consortium for School Networking.

News & Trends

CEO Forum on Education and Technology - This group of top technologists issues yearly reports on aspects of ed tech from infrastructure to teacher preparation to content. STaR charts provide self-assessment tools that help you see how you are progressing with your technology plan.

eSchool News - Step into eSchool News to get the latest information about how technology is influencing schools nationwide. Although this news site is designed for education professionals, parents will find many articles about school technology of interest, too.

Leading & Learning with Technology - Read the current issue of "Leading & Learning with Technology" or browse through the archive of past issues to find valuable information pertaining to technological issues in schools.

Milken Family Foundation/Education Technology - Look here for excellent research reports and articles focusing on technology and instruction. Articles are available to download in a PDF format once you have registered for free.

Technology & Learning - "Technology & Learning Magazine" and the "Well Connected Educator" provide online highlights from their printed magazines, plus exclusive Web features. The site offers lots of useful ideas for education technology practitioners.

Planning & Funding

AASA Technology Planning Guide - Whether you're just getting started with technology planning or are a tech vet seeking new inspiration, this site will direct you to the resources you need. You'll find examples of the ways school districts around the country are developing and using technology.

ED's Get Grants! - Tap into the latest information about technology grants and funding opportunities for your school with the U.S. Department of Education's technology grants page, complete with downloadable application packages and more.

eSchool's Funding Center - Produced by eSchool News, this online directory of grants and other funding opportunities is searchable and updated regularly. It's a great place to start your search for the funding for your next technology initiative.

Guiding Questions for Technology Planning - Let these key questions and your answers to them chart your path to a technology plan that works for your school.

Technology Integration Planning - Presented by the Pacific Southwest Regional Technology in Education Consortium, this site contains a collection of resources and links focusing on technology planning and development within smaller and rural districts.

Online Safety

CyberAngels Guide to Online Safety - This wonderful interactive guide to online safety is a must-see for anyone working with kids and the Internet. Find safe-surfing tips, as well as links for reporting cyberstalking or child pornography. You can even sign up to be a volunteer cyberangel and help make the Internet a safer place for everyone.

National Institute on Media and the Family - This site evaluates the content of different media, such as computer and video games, for concerned parents and educators. Be sure to check out the fact sheets on the different types of media’s effects on children. There's even an article on professional wrestling!

Pedowatch - Dedicated to helping protect kids from pedophiles on the Web, this site offers safety tips for children and a neat “contract” on Internet use for children to sign. The organization also maintains links to states’ online registries of sex offenders.

Software & Services

Educational Software - Search and purchase a wide range of software titles, including bargains in the monthly specials section. The advanced search allows you to find software by keyword, subject, grade level, title, or publisher.

ExplorAsource: Meet the Standards - ExplorAsource matches your instructional needs with standards-correlated resources, including software and websites, so you can search for material and then see how the products match your state's standards. You can even read product reviews from Tech Learning before you buy.

Microsoft TechNet for Education - Find all the information you need to deploy, maintain, and support Microsoft products in your learning community. This site contains white papers, case studies, and a biweekly Flash newsletter to help you find the answers to your toughest technical questions about Microsoft products.

Scholastic Technology Guide - Looking for the best classroom software or a Web-based student information solution? The Scholastic Technology Guide lets you search by category or keyword to find all the information you need quickly.

Tech Learning Reviews - Brought to you by "Technology & Learning Magazine," this site provides a large database of searchable software reviews to help you make informed purchasing decisions.

Training & Development

AT&T Learning Network Virtual Academy - AT&T has compiled a list of online courses to help teachers integrate technology into their curriculum. Many of these classes enable educators to update their professional credentials while taking courses online.

Educational Technology Degree - George Washington University's Educational Technology Leadership program, oriented towards a Master of Arts, is the first of its kind offered in a distance-degree program in the U.S.

University of Illinois' Distance Learning Degrees - The University of Illinois an Online Master of Education degree focused on curriculum, technology, and education reform. Teachers can upgrade their technology skills in eight courses.