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Technology Policies and Planning

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National Educators Association

The National Educators' Association, sometimes at odds with school boards, has elected to offer a variety of resources about technology as well as other topics like "Health, Safety of Gay Students" and "Modern Schools - Better Learning". Their Parents section offers topics of interest to parents of school aged children.

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Pew Charitable Trusts

The Pew Charitable Trusts issue focused reports about Internet usage, such as the changes after the September 11, 2001 tragic bombings as well as school-specific topics. The data would be credible and compelling for school decision-makers.

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Scholastic Administr@tor

Scholastic Administr@tor magazine contains articles about instructional technology as well as educational leadership in general.

At one point, the online education discussion groups were abuzz with a story about some dedicated teachers whose well-conceived technology plan was rejected outright by the local board.

As the saga unfolded, it turns out that the staff had not conveyed their vision to any policy-makers prior to the meeting. If the groundwork had been laid, doubtlessly the staff would have been successful in gaining approval. Instead, the meeting degenerated into a discussion of inappropriate uses of the Internet, clearly gleaned from the media, and costs versus benefits.

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