Ask Otto / classroom management / teacher resources

Dear Otto: What do I do with students who ‘get’ tech really fast?

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Linda: I have taught elementary school many years … Continue reading

classroom management / Subscriber Special

Subscribers: Your Special is Available

Subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource every month to help their tech teaching. This month: 10% Discount on new Common Core Book How to Achieve Common Core with Tech is a five-book series that focuses on using technology to meet particular strands of Common Core standards–Language, Writing, Reading, Speaking/Listening, and Math. … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / education reform

How Do You Grade Tech? I Have 14 Ideas

It used to be simple to post grades. Add up test scores and see what the student earned. Very defensible. Everyone understood. It’s not that way anymore. Here are the factors I consider when I’m posting grades: Does s/he remember skills from prior lessons as they complete current lessons? Does s/he show evidence of learning by … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform

What is the Flipped Classroom

When I was editing the 8th grade tech curriculum, I got wowed by ‘infographics’–a visual approach to communicating information. Yes, I have known for a long time about ‘infographics’, but haven’t really paused to considered their strength. This dove-tailed nicely when I started getting questions from readers like, “What is a ‘flipped classroom’?” Here–take a … Continue reading

classroom management / lesson plans / middle school technology

12 Tips for Teaching Middle School Tech

Middle Schoolers are a special breed. They definitely need to learn productivity software like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, but I’ve found it’s better to give them big goals, general guidelines, deadlines, and let them go. I just finished editing a tech textbook for 7th grade and it includes units on problem solving, logical thinking, digital … Continue reading