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 #66: Zoom In/Out of Websites

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: I can’t read the internet page. How do I zoom out of a browser … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fourth Grade Technology Textbook

Fourth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fourth  Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m often asked what books I’d recommend for teaching technology in the classroom. Each year about this time, I do a series of reviews on my favorite tech ed books. … 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

Excel / fifth grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / lesson plans / MS Excel / teacher resources / Tech Tips / third grade

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

fifth grade / fourth grade / homeschool / keyboard shortcuts / MS Word / second grade / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #56: Force a New Page

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 teaching my students to create a book report with a cover page. what’s … Continue reading

Handwriting vs. Keyboarding–from a Student’s Perspective
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Handwriting vs. Keyboarding–from a Student’s Perspective

Every year, I have 4th grade students compare handwriting speed to keyboarding speed. We run it like an experiment. we discuss the evidence–pros and cons we develop a hypothesis we test the hypothesis (with a series of four tests) we revise if necessary I wanted to test some of the reasons students come up with … 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

fifth grade / fourth grade / Keyboarding / second grade / third grade / websites

Summer Keyboarding Class–How to Win FREE K-8 Keyboarding Curriculum

Every summer, I teach a keyboarding class to 2nd-8th graders. It’s sixty minutes a day, five days a week, for three weeks. This summer, I’m moving it online, through my Keyboard Wiki. Ready? Don’t need any more information? Click here to join. There will be two sessions: June 24th-July 12th (no class July 4th) July … 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

Computer hardware / fifth grade / fourth grade / high school / homeschool / problem solving / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #38: My Desktop Icons Are All Different

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 desktop icons (those little pictures that allow you to open a program) are … Continue reading

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10 Most Popular Tech Tips in 2012

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 in 2012, I shared one of those with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2012. Between these ten, they had 48,001 visitors during the year. They … Continue reading

fourth grade / teacher resources / websites

Weekend Website #111: California Missions

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions: CA Missions–each CA History-Missions CA mission history CA Mission Internet Trail CA Mission Life CA Mission Pictures CA Mission Pictures—all Missions CA Mission websites–list of CA Mission websites–list of CA missions CA Missions CA Missions 1780 to present CA Missions … Continue reading

fifth grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / teacher resources / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #34: My Program Froze

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 writing a very (very) important paper and all of a sudden, the screen … Continue reading

classroom management / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / problem solving / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #33: My Desktop Icons are Messed Up

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 have several kids/students who share the same computer. Kids being kids loving moving … Continue reading

fourth grade / free tech resources / lesson plans

How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 4th 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

cloud computing / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Google Earth / homeschool / internet / Parent resources / websites

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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Weekend Website #111: 40 California Mission Websites

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions: CA Missions–each CA History-Missions CA mission history CA Mission Internet Trail CA Mission Life CA Mission Pictures CA Mission Pictures—all Missions CA Mission websites–list of CA Mission websites–list of CA missions CA Missions CA Missions 1780 to present CA Missions … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #24: How to Open A New Word Doc Without the Program

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 the Word icon that opens MS Word. What do I do? … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #22: Quick Exit from 97% of Programs

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 child has a program on the computer and I can’t figure out how … Continue reading

fifth grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Keyboarding / second grade / third grade / websites

Summer Keyboarding Class–Here are the Details

Keyboarding is one of my most-requested topics. I get lots of questions about when to start, how to do it, what makes it fun, and more. If you’re struggling with teaching keyboarding to students, check these posts out and then keep reading: How Fast Should Kids Type 18 Online Keyboard Sites for Kids Ten Best Keyboarding … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #93: 18 Natural Disasters Websites

Every Friday, I’ll send you a wonderful website (or more) that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine. My fourth graders just went through a unit of inquiry on natural disasters and we came up with a pretty good list … Continue reading

critical thinking / fourth grade / lesson plans / Monday Freebies / third grade

Monday Freebies #37: Use Oregon Trail to Teach Westward Expansion

Show students how to get the most out of Oregon trail by reading the headings on each screen, thinking about problem solving skills and applying the simulation to their classroom discussion on westward expansion. I include a worksheet of questions they can answer as well as additional websites to extend their education. Continue reading

classroom management / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / Keyboarding / Kindergarten / lesson plans / problem solving / projects / research / Science / Tech ed / Tech Tips / third grade / Web 2.0

10 Most Popular Tech Tips in 2011

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 in 2011, I shared one of those with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2011. Between these ten, they had 40,510 visitors during the year. They … Continue reading

Excel / fifth grade / fourth grade / lesson plans / math / Monday Freebies / second grade / third grade

Monday Freebie #12: Create Simple Shapes in Excel

What’s the first thing you think of when I say, Excel. Numbers, right–turning data into information. That is Excel’s ‘killer app’, but the ingenious human brain has come up with another striking use for Excel: Drawing. I spent a long time trying to find a lesson that taught drawing in Excel and/or offered example. I finally gave up and created my own. Continue reading

cloud computing / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Google Earth / homeschool / internet / Parent resources / websites

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

fourth grade / Geography / grammar and spelling / Tech ed / third grade / websites / writing

Weekend Website #67: 20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine. Age: 3rd grade Topic: Landforms Review: If your third grader has to write a report about landforms, try these websites: About Rivers http://www.42explore.com/rivers.htm Biomes/Habitats … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / fifth grade / fourth grade / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech ed / third grade

#81: Problem Solving Board

Have students teach each other the 28 most common techie problems. They learn how to solve the problem and teach the class as a presentation, then answer questions. They will feel accomplished and tech savvy. If the lesson plans are blurry, click on them for a full size alternative. –from 55 Technology Projects for the … Continue reading