free tech resources / keyboard shortcuts / tech security

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

8th grade / fourth grade / keyboard shortcuts / mouse skills / Tech Tips / websites

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

free tech resources / keyboard shortcuts / Tech Tips / writing

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

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

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #50: The Easiest Way to Outline

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 fifth graders are learning outlining in the classroom. Is there an easy way … Continue reading

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #49: The Fifteen Second 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 kindergarten and first grade students are too young to create their own slideshows … Continue reading

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #48: Quickly Switch Between Windows

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 copy-pasting between a Word doc and an Excel doc on my computer. I … Continue reading

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #47: Tool Tips

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! This week’s tip: I’m supposed to find a tool on the toolbar, but there are … Continue reading

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #46: The Easiest Way to Explain Right and Left to (Little) Kids

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 teach kindergarten. They don’t always understand the difference between left and right. A: … Continue reading

Computer hardware / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #45: Your Screen Upside Down?

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 screen is sideways 90 degrees. How do I fix that? A: If you … Continue reading

free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech Tips / websites

Tech Tip #36: The Internet Toolbar Disappeared

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 internet toolbar disappeared. All I see at the top of the screen is, … Continue reading

free tech resources / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #31: What’s Today’s Date

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 never remember today’s date. And, I can’t remember where to find it … Continue reading

iPad / keyboard shortcuts / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #106: Fastest Way to Add a Period When Typing on an IPad

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: Typing on the iPad keyboard is slow. You have to access two different screens … Continue reading

fifth grade / fourth grade / high school / homeschool / keyboard shortcuts / MS Word / teacher resources / Tech Tips / third grade

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

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

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

keyboard shortcuts / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #89: Use Keyboard Shortcuts With Students

Q:When tech gets difficult, my students stop trying. It goes fine when it’s like what they do at home, but if it gets challenging, like remembering all the steps required to add a border to an Excel cell (or fill in the blank), they aren’t very interested. What do I do?

A: After twelve years of teaching K-5, I know as sure as I know who our president is that kids will try harder if its fun. The challenge for us teachers: How do we make a multi-step skill that they may rarely use ‘fun’? Continue reading