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How to be a Tech Teacher

tech studentIt’s not taught in any teacher credential program I know. Admin would never pick a history teacher to teach Science, or a PE teacher to teach math, but that’s what constantly happens with tech. I can’t tell you how many emails I get from newly-minted tech teachers–I am the PE teacher, now teaching tech… Last year I taught 4th grade, now I’m teaching IT.

Maybe this is your story.

If you’re a new tech teacher, here are some articles you will like:

New Tech Teacher? I Understand You

5 Must-have Skills for New Tech Teachers Plus One Extra

Should Tech Teachers be in the Classroom or the Lab

Should Tech Teachers be in the Classroom or the Lab–Follow Up

Dear Otto: Lab Teacher or Integration Specialist

11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher

You Know You’re a Techy Teacher When…

What’s a Tech Teacher Do With Their Summer Off?

12 Tips for Teaching Middle School Tech

New Students? 7 Tips to Differentiate with Tech

11 Things I wish I’d Known Before Becoming a Tech Teacher

Book Review: Kindergarten Technology Textbook



Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachersa columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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6 thoughts on “How to be a Tech Teacher

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  2. I graduated in 2007 from San Jose State University (California) in Elementary Education and had 2 required courses in Tech Ed. They included classroom websites, blogs, multimedia, and creating project-based lesson plans that included students using various software programs and web sites.

    • It sounds like you got more background than most tech teachers, Susan. I’m always amazed by how often schools think we tech teachers just ‘know’ how to do techie stuff. Are you enjoying the ride?

      • I moved out of California and still love teaching Tech. Our local university Education Department does not have courses in “How to Teach Tech to Kids” . They just have classes in how to use MS Office and maybe Prezi for teacher productivity. Teachers here are amazed at what a Tech teacher can teach kids with “all that new stuff”.

  3. Interviewed for 6th grade, 4 years in the lab, 2 years in 7th grade (2 social studies, 2 science, 1 English-Language Arts), last 3 back in my lab. If you told me 10 years ago, my Thursday mornings would be full of 4 and 5 year olds, I would’ve laughed.

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