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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

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Book Review: Second Grade Technology Textbook

Second Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Second 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 #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

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Weekend Website #133: Embeddable Puzzles

It’s the time of year when children are looking for entertainment and parents want something fun to keep their cerebral fires burning. Entertainment-cerebra–that’s not an oxymoron. Check this website on States, and then check out the other topics available on Quiz Factor. Continue reading

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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

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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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Weekend Website #114: 55 Digital Citizenship Links

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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How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 2nd 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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Tech Tip #102: Doc Saved Over? No Problem

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 youngers constantly save a blank document over their MS Word file. How? Instead … Continue reading

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Dear Otto: What Can I Use Besides TuxPaint/KidPix?

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. Mrs. V had this question: We are switching to Windows 7 on all our computers … Continue reading

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Book Review: Second Grade Technology Textbook

Second Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Second 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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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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Tech Tip #102: Doc Saved Over? No Problem

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 youngers constantly save a blank document over their MS Word file. How? Instead … Continue reading

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Monday Freebies #38: Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth can be used for so many classroom activities. It is a favorite of even my kindergartners. I start by showing them how to pan in and out, drag to move the globe, change the perspective of the earth’s surface, use the built in tour or one I add on Calif. Missions or the solar system. Continue reading

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Monday Freebies #25: Intro to PowerPoint–with KidPix Pictures

This year more than any before, classroom budgets have been cut making it more difficult than ever to equip the education of our children with quality teaching materials. I understand that. I teach K-8. Because of that, I’ve decided to give the lesson plans my publisher sells in the Technology Toolkit (110 Lesson Plans that I use … Continue reading

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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

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What Should You Expect of Younger Keyboarders?

Please check out my guest post for BAM! Radio, What Should You Expect of Younger Keyboarders, a continuation of our on-radio discussion about younger keyboarders. I take the sometimes controversial stand that youngers can keyboard if it’s taught in an age-appropriate and developmentally-healthy manner. Here’s a teaser: Before I answer that question, let’s back up … Continue reading

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Monday Freebies #3: Make Your Own Wallpaper

start each week off with a fully-adaptable K-8 lesson that includes step-by-step directions as well as relevant ISTE national standards, tie-ins, extensions, troubleshooting and more. Eventually, you’ll get the entire Technology Toolkit book. If you can’t wait, you can purchase the curriculum here. Continue reading