SCOE advances the use of technology in Sonoma County schools by providing curricular services and technical support that create 21st century learning opportunities. SCOE works collaboratively with the California Technology Assistance Project (CTAP) in Region 1 to fund and and sustain meaningful education work with technology in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties.
Recent Blog Entry: Cybersafety
- Finding Balance, Building Responsibility
Portable tablets and smartphones are increasing student access to online content. This gives young learners the ability to reference thousands of online resources and tools, but there is also a dark side of technology use — cyberbullying, inappropriate content, and social isolation. This post offers some starting points for discussions about cybersafety.
News & Announcements
We’ve launched two new blogs at SCOE. Rick Phelan’s Technology for Learners Blog focuses on the effective integration of technology in schools. Recent posts highlight information literacy, the upcoming change to new computer-based assessments, and key elements for school technology.
Matt O’Donnell’s 21st Century Learning Blog aims to empower, inspire, and support Sonoma County teachers as they incorporate 21st century learning with the Common Core Standards and technology.
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Data Dashboard: Look up your school’s stats
We’ve added a new feature to the SCOE website, the Data Dashboard, which provides school-by-school statistics over multiple years. The Dashboard allows you to look up student demographics, percent proficient, and similar school rankings for your school over the last five years.
Smarter Balanced Assessment Pilot
Districts and schools in California will switch to a new state assessment system in the 2014-15 school year. The new system is being piloted in Spring 2013, and several Sonoma County schools are participating. SCOE is providing resources and support to SBAC Pilot schools. More...
Teacher Tech Resources: Web Tools for Educators
Matt O’Donnell, SCOE 21st century technology innovation specialist, has compiled this list of Web Tools for Educators. From animation to whiteboards and everything in between, these online resources can be integrated into the classrooms and used with students.
Comcast offers low-cost Internet service for low-income families
Families with children who receive free or reduced-price school lunches may qualify for Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which provides affordable Internet connections, low-priced computers, and free Internet training for low-income households. Teachers and administrators can refer families to this program to help ensure that all students have access to the Internet resources and technology tools that support active learning.
California Educational Technology Task Force
California Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, received recommendations from his Technology Task Force in August 2012. The task force assembled recommendations that will be key to California's Education Technology Blueprint. The Task Force memo and a summary of recommendations are offered below: