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Educational Sites

Center for Applied Linguistics

National Standards for Technology in Teacher Preparation

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages

Linking Schools through Language and Technology

International Society for Technology in Education


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Center for Applied Linguistics http://www.cal.org/

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The CAL site offers links to Topic Areas (e.g., Bilingual Education, ELT Overseas, Integrated Language/Content, K-12 ESL), Databases/Directories (e.g., Foreign Language Tests, Two-Way Immersion), Clearinghouses (i.e., ERIC/CLL & NCLE), Centers (e.g., CREDE, K-12 Foreign Language), Products (e.g., Books, Videos, Tests) and Services (e.g., Curriculum Development, Databases, Program Evaluation).

Starting in March, CAL is teaming up with Delta Systems Co. publishers to provide free live professional development events on the Internet for ESL/EFL/Bilingual educators. Using the latest chat room applications education professionals will have a chance to engage in real-time discussions with experts like Jim Cummins, Catherine Snow, Tamara Lucas, and Jim Crawford. Chat is easy to use and the sessions are sure to be informative.

Access Procedure No special procedure.

Search Strategies You can use 'and' and 'or' between your keywords; 'and' applies by default. Some words may be too common to search, such as "two" and "way." In this case, try using other keywords.

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ACTFL http://www.actfl.org/

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This site offers a "Resources" search engine that can locate related resources by company, language, level, state or category. There is a listing of meetings and events, including professional development programs

Access Procedure No special procedure. Members only pages require login with password.

Search Strategies Key Word Search: You may use qualifiers such as "AND" "OR" or "NOT" to refine your query. If you specify two words in yourquery without a qualifier - OR is presumed, thus broadening your query.

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The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages has a National Standards in Foreign Language Education page that presents a rationale for the 1996 "Standards for Foreign Language Learning: Preparing for the 21st Century," <http://www.actfl.org/htdocs/standards/index.htm>gives a brief list of eleven standards in five categories (communication, cultures, connections, comparisons, and communities), and provides ordering information for the complete document.

There is an "Affiliated Organizations - Hot Links" page (AATF, AATG, AATI, AATSP, ACL, ACTR, CLASS, and NCSTJ-ATJ)

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The International Society for Technology in Education http://www.iste.org/

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ISTE offers members an array of professional career enhancement and enrichment opportunities. These efforts are facilitated through special events, a network of Organization Affiliates, a Private Sector Council, and special interest groups (SIGs), distance education courses, online information services, and government and legislative representation through ISTE's Washington DC-area office.

There is an excellent "Education Resources" links page.

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National Standards for Technology in Teacher Preparation http://www.iste.org/specproj/standards/intro.htm

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The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) is the official body for accrediting teacher preparation programs. The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is the professional education organization responsible for recommending guidelines for accreditation to NCATE for programs in educational computing and technology teacher preparation.

Among the various sets of standards linked to this site are ones dealing with the kind of education those programs should provide their students <http://www.iste.org/specproj/standards/basic.htm>, another set that details the skills and conceptual base students should have mastered at the time they begin their teaching careers <http://www.iste.org/specproj/standards/found.htm>, and an advanced set of standards for advanced students.

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Developing Educational Standards http://putwest.boces.org/St/StProfOrg.html

An annotated list of Internet sites with K-12 educational standards and curriculum frameworks documents, maintained by Charles Hill and the Putnam Valley Schools in New York.
 
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Linking Schools Through Language and Technology http://csde.aces.k12.ct.us/

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Linking Schools through Language and Technology is a multi-state student/educator exchange program administered by the Connecticut Department of Education in collaboration with Yale University. The program links schools in the US and the CIS. Participants spend three weeks in the host country, work on year-long projects via the Internet and then publish the projects on the World Wide Web.

Offers various foreign language resources including a draft of the Connecticut World Languages Curriculum Guide<http://csde.aces.k12.ct.us/kniga/index.htm>. The guide presents five goals (the same goals as the national standards). Clicking on a goal takes you to a page with several associated content standards each of which has links to relevant performance standards and sample learning activities for elementary, middle, and high school students.

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