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Is Handwriting So Last Generation–Redux

I wrote about the demise of handwriting 2.5 years ago. Seems even truer now than then. One problem for both sides is that Common Core is ‘silent’ on it, according to the Alliance for Excellence in Education. That’s like the Fat Lady warming up, but not sure when she’ll be performing. Where Common Core has … Continue reading

How to Instill Digital Citizenship in Students
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How to Instill Digital Citizenship in Students

What is a parent’s greatest fear that first day they drop their precious child at kindergarten? You might think it’s whether they’ll get along with new friends or handle academic pressures. Or even that their eyes will be opened to the vastness of the Universe and no longer see their parents as the Answer to … 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

internet / tech security / third grade / web

How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 3rd Grade

Understanding how to use the internet has become a cornerstone issue for students. No longer do they complete their research on projects solely in the library. Now, there is a vast landscape of resources available on the internet. But with wealth comes responsibility. As soon as children begin to visit the online world, they need … Continue reading

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5 Great FREE Programs for Students

When I started as a tech teacher, I pushed my administration for lots of software. I wanted a different one for each theme–human body, space, math. Now, they’re all on the internet–for FREE–which means we can use our tech budget for iPads, microphones, splitters… Wait–we have no budget. Good thing I’m addicted to FREE. Continue reading

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7 Great Labor Day Websites

You’re bbq-ing. Friends are over. Life is good. Summer is ending, but that’s tomorrow. Not today. Today is about fun. What do you do with the child who got sunburned so badly s/he can’t stay outside? Or those last fifteen minutes when the kids are hungry, tired, and completely disconnected with everything that they’ve been … Continue reading

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Curious About ChromeBooks? Watch These

Let me back up a moment. Chromebooks are Google’s internet-only laptops. You don’t install software or wrestle with an operating system. Everything is done online, which means faster boot-ups and longer battery life (can you believe up to a day on one charge?). I see tremendous value to getting students to Web 2.0 classroom connections … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #69: Free Online Classes From MIT et al

Contemporary wisdom is ‘you get what you pay for’. Not always true. Here’s a long list of FREE internet resources that are high quality, useful and simple to install. Top 10 FREE Apps to Install on your computer 5 More Must-Have FREE Apps (including the Photoshop clone GIMP) 4 FREE Online Keyboarding Programs FREE Google … Continue reading

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5 Great Labor Day Websites

I have never had so many kids interested in writing sentences, paragraphs, words than with this program. Why? Once they type their stuff in, the selected dog or cat says it–in a wide variety of crazy voices. This went viral in my classroom! Continue reading

8th grade / free tech resources / internet / web / Web 2.0

Weekend Website #61: Brainy Widgets from Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha has a boatload of educational widgets you can put on your website to amaze your students. Simply go to their widget gallery, select the category you prefer (I picked technology) and pick your widget. I picked creating QR codes because I can see my students adding this to their wikis next year as another way of sharing their name: Continue reading

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3 Steps to Keep the Internet Child-Safe

The biggest concern I get from parents at my school is how to keep their children safe on the untamed internet. It’s true, every website links to other places. Children click there by accident–and suddenly they’re where they shouldn’t be. Some parents I know forbid internet use without constant supervision, but that’s onerous to parents … Continue reading

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3 Programs to Teach Architecture in First Grade

Three projects over six weeks and your students will learn about blueprints, room layout, dimensions. Plus, they’ll understand how to think about a three-dimensional object and then spatially lay it out on paper. This is challenging, but fun for first graders. Spend two weeks on each projects. Incorporate a discussion of spaces, neighborhoods, communities one … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #29: Storybook Maker

Students begin their story by selecting characters from a wide variety available including a scientist, a mermaid, a ghost, a dragon, a dinosaur, a robot and more. They then select a setting from choices such as a desert, a sea, the moon, a forest, a room and more. Continue reading

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Weekend Website #18: Second Grade Class Wiki

You can organize a classroom with blogs, internet start pages (click for more on internet start pages), wikis, even twitter (this is the only one I have yet to use because my Admin shut me down on it. Click for more on twitter). Continue reading

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Weekend Website #14: The Internet Start Page

I include everything that my students might need to start their tech class experience–a Todo list, links to projects, sponges, a calendar–and I change it weekly, sometimes daily. Continue reading

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Weekend Website #11: Google Moon

I leave this activity to the curiosity and the explorative side of human nature–meaning, I provide the website and let my students lose. From first grade on, they figure out what to do. Another great student-led activity to teach about space, exploration, science. Continue reading

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Where Would You Like to Go Today?

K-8 projects organized by software–MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, keyboarding, Web 2.0 and more Continue reading