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Principles of Effective Web Design
Alertbox: Jakob Nielsen's columns on web design and usability. Includes: current columns, planned future columns, and thec history of Nielsen's columns. For example: a column entitled: "The Top Ten New Mistakes of Web Design"

For-Profit Professional Development Organizations
Creative Classroom Consulting: Practical applications for the classroom in today's biggest trends. Includes: Innovative Staff Development: Curriculum Integration, Technology Applications, Multiple Intelligences, and Creative Education. For example: Option to sample and/or purchase the following workshop sample: "Collaborative Projects that Foster Higher Level Learning"

Non-Profit Professional Development Organizations
Center for Online Professional Development (COPE): COPE focuses on the use of technology, in conjunction with other means, to support ongoing communities of education professionals. The Center projects focus on work with education leaders in the areas of online professional development, technology for teaching and learning, math education, and cultural diversity. Includes: project links to Concert Productions, Concordia Parish Technology Innovation Challenge Grant, EdTech Leaders™ Online, Leadership and the New Technologies, MathScape: Seeing and Thinking Mathematically Curriculum Center, and more

Leadership and the New Technologies: This web site supports school district leaders using technology to improve teaching and learning. Includes: News Journal, Library, Online Workshops, Harvard/ EDC Summer Institutes, and a Site Overview

Horizon Site: Our mission is to inform educators about the challenges that they will face in a constantly changing world and steps they can take to meet these challenges. We strive to accomplish this mission by using the
Horizon site, the Horizon mailing list (to which you may subscribe here), seminars and workshops, conferences, and presentations to explore and extend our thinking as an educational community about the implications of a rapidly changing world and what we can do to make educational organizations and programs more effective in the future

International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE): Nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting appropriate use of information technology to support and improve learning, teaching, and administration
in K-12 education and teacher education


Articles & Research Studies
U.S. Department of Education Report: Getting America's Students Ready for the 21st Century, Meeting the Technology Literacy Challenge: Outlines the vision for the future, the four pillars for implementing technology effectively in schools, and a plan of action. Includes: Report from the 1995 Secretary's Conference on Educational Technology, Report from the NT Plan online discussion forum, Reports from five regional discussion forums, Summaries of workshops on barriers and solutions. For example: article stating,  "Technological literacy--meaning computer skills and the ability to use computers and other technology to improve learning, productivity, and performance--has become as fundamental to a person's ability to navigate through society as traditional skills like reading, writing, and arithmetic. Yet, for the most part, these new technologies are not to be found in the nation's schools

RAND Report: Critical Issues of Educational Technology: Broad investigation of issues critical to promoting educational technology. Includes: Technology and Teacher Professional Development, Planning and Financing Educational Technology, The Market for Educational Software, and The Costs and Effectiveness of Educational Technology

RAND Report: Fostering the Use of Educational Technology: Elements of A National Strategy: This report suggests that the continual growth in the presence of technology in schools presents an important opportunity to a nation seeking to improve  school and school system performance. The report seeks to identify principles that should guide the actions of public officials, educators, and others concerned with using technology to
improve the performance of schools

Technology Works Best When It Serves Clear Educational Goals: Article written by Donna Harrington-Lueker, argues that "For schools trying to make the most effective use of technology, the message many researchers send is clear." "Technology alone isn't sufficient," says Robert Spielvogel, one of the authors of the CCT study. "You have to have a pedagogical plan"

Professional Development From Reports to Reality: Article written by Glenn Kleiman and Kirsten Johnson, states that "Educational leaders are faced with the challenges of designing and implementing programs that will enable teachers to take full advantage of these powerful tools for teaching and learning. This calls for new ways of thinking about professional development and new ways of dealing with the real constraints of time, money, and energy that we all face.  The information provided in this article is drawn from recent research and reports and from discussions with educational leaders in districts that already have such programs underway

Professional Development: From Reports to Reality Part II: In this follow-up issue, three members of the LNT community provide additional examples of model programs that address these issues