Common Core Language: Teach Your Students to Speak Like a Geek
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Common Core Language: Teach Your Students to Speak Like a Geek

Here’s a free lesson plan from the newest Ask a Tech Teacher book, How to Achieve Common Core with Tech–the Language Strand. This covers K-8, 87 Standards, and has 8 projects. BTW, the lines at the front of each step are to check off the skill–track progress in case you don’t complete it in one … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #68: Check History in Your Browser

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: How do I check to see where my kids/students have been online without making … Continue reading

classroom management / free tech resources / Web 2.0

5 FREE Web Tools for a New School Year

When you were a child, your parents worried that the educational content you were learning might be out of date. Did history include the most relevant theories? Did science have the latest discoveries (and was Pluto still a planet)? When you became a teacher, you probably thought one of your big responsibilities was to stay … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #114: Embed Google Docs

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: So many colleagues are sharing their documents through Google Apps, but I don’t know … Continue reading

classroom management / free tech resources

5 Free Digital Tools for the No Budget Classroom

Something has changed in education content delivery, thanks to companies like Google, Khan Academy, MIT. When these industry leaders (and others) started offering high-quality educational tools for free, more followed. Yesterday’s muffled plea for equality in educational opportunities regardless of economic status is today’s reality. A rising tide raises all ships became a call for … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #117: Co-Teaching Wikis

Last chance to join the co-teaching wikis. By the end of this month, they will be private, unviewable without a membership. Drop over and check them out: K-3 grades 4th grade 5th grade With Teaching Wikis (K-5 only), you follow along as a tech professional teaches each lesson in the SL K-5 curriculum textbooks.  Presented … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #65: Google Street View

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I can’t find enough detail about a particular area of the world that we’re … Continue reading

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25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update

The Number One reason–according to students–why their computer doesn’t work is… It’s broken. Can I move to a different computer??? Doesn’t matter why they’re wrong. My teacher’s job is to provide strategies so they can independently solve problems like these. As a tech teacher, I know that half the problems that stop students short in … Continue reading

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34 Categories–Over 500 Links–of K-8 Links for Your Classes

I’ve spent a good chunk of time this summer updating my link collections so they are easier to wander through and reflect more topics you’re interested in. Here are 34 categories. K-MS are also subdivided by topics with age-appropriate links. The themed categories mix all ages together. I’m not sure which is better. It’s awfully … Continue reading

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5 Tech Ed Tools to Use this Fall

Technology has become synonymous with education reform. Like starter on a barbeque, squirt around enough iPads and digital tools and classes start to sizzle. No one says, “Let’s teach cursive in 1st grade–that’s how we’ll fix things!” Nope. You won’t find that on the Education Improvement Bucket List (EIBL). So, bring your laptop and iPad … Continue reading

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Dear Otto: Use Tech to Differentiate Lessons?

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 Ali: I would love some information on differentiating … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #62: Email from Word (Or PowerPoint or Excel)

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I was helping one of the faculty at my school. She couldn’t print a … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #60: How to Add Shortcuts to the Desktop

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: How do I create a shortcut on my desktop so I can find my … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #59: Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q:How do you create the copyright symbol in Word? A: It’s easier than you’d think. … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #57: How to Create a Chart Really Fast

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: What’s the easiest way to introduce 3rd graders to Excel charts? A: Before making … Continue reading

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169 Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Inquiry

These are my 120 favorite kindergarten websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom inquiry, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech. Here’s … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #54: How to Auto Forward a PowerPoint Slideshow

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q:  My students are learning to use Powerpoint for presentations. They’ll stand in front of … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / free tech resources

15 Great Simulations to Gamify Your Class

I’ve been spending every spare moment editing the upcoming 7th Grade Technology Curriculum Textbook (click to be notified when it’s available–projected: June 2013). One unit I’ve fallen in love with is ‘Gamification of Education’. I haven’t spent a lot of time on that topic and am now over-the-top about its possibilities. If you’re into gamifying … Continue reading

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What’s Trending on Ask a Tech Teacher

I  calculate what’s trending on my blog by which of my posts are popular in a particular time period. Here’s the run-down so far this year: 20 Great Research Websites for Kids 20 Common Computer Problems and Solutions (a Third Grader Can Do)Great Websites 107 Favorite iPad Apps for K-8 31 Human Body Websites for 2nd-5th Grade 2nd Grade 62 Kindergarten Websites That … Continue reading

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FREE Tech Teacher Training–But Join Quickly

OK, FREE’s gone. Sorry, guys. Now it’s ‘discounted’. I have joined with Curriculum Study Group to teach online tech ed classes for teachers (only teachers). A little background on the program: Who is Curriculum Study Group It is a company name, but also a learning style. ‘Curriculum Study Groups’ are a powerful way to transform … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #44: Clean Your Computer Weekly

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I’m afraid of getting slammed with viruses, malware, all that bad stuff that comes … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #41: Repair Your Computer With System Restore

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q: I don’t know what I did, but my computer doesn’t run right anymore. What … Continue reading

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24 St. Patrick’s Day Sites For Students

Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites: Coloring Pages–import into your drawing program and color Color the shamrock Color the Pot-o-gold Color the leprechaun Coloring–More coloring pages Coloring–More coloring pages–pick one, let kids import into your drawing program (i.e., KidPix) Games–St. Pat’s games and activities Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle Puzzle–St. Pat’s puzzle II … Continue reading

8th grade / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Kindergarten / lesson plans / middle school technology / second grade / third grade

Free Lesson Plans–Visit My TeachersPayTeachers Store

Looking for something to spice up your classroom? Here are a variety of projects you can download for free. Just visit my TeacherPayTeachers store, click download, and they’re yours. If you enjoy them, please add a few stars to the recommendation list: A Colonization Brochure in Publisher A Publisher trifold on American colonies (or any … Continue reading

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20 Valentine Sites For Your Students

Here are some fun Valentine sites to fill those few minutes betwixt and between lessons, projects, bathroom breaks, lunch, and everything else: Valentine Sudoku Valentine mouse skills Line up the hearts Dress up the heart Valentine unscramble Valentine typing Valentine puppy jigsaw Valentine drag-and-drop Valentine match Valentine tic-tac-toe Valentine projects from Winter Wonderland Write in … Continue reading

Ask Otto / free tech resources

Dear Otto: When will the 7/8 Technology Curriculum Textbooks be out?

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 Rusty: When will the Tech Curriculum textbooks for … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy! Q:  I’m pushing the power button on my laptop (or desktop, but more commonly this … Continue reading