Digital Citizenship / education reform / Tech ed

How is Technology Useful in Skill Building?

Today, I have a guest post from Matt Quibly, webmaster for a fascinating website called Qui.bly. It has a forum sort of set-up that enables parents to ask child-related tech questions and get answers from like-minded parents and/or professionals. If they don’t want to post inquiries, parents can peruse a list of topics on areas … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / education reform

How Do You Grade Tech? I Have 14 Ideas

It used to be simple to post grades. Add up test scores and see what the student earned. Very defensible. Everyone understood. It’s not that way anymore. Here are the factors I consider when I’m posting grades: Does s/he remember skills from prior lessons as they complete current lessons? Does s/he show evidence of learning by … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform

What is the Flipped Classroom

When I was editing the 8th grade tech curriculum, I got wowed by ‘infographics’–a visual approach to communicating information. Yes, I have known for a long time about ‘infographics’, but haven’t really paused to considered their strength. This dove-tailed nicely when I started getting questions from readers like, “What is a ‘flipped classroom’?” Here–take a … Continue reading

education reform / teacher resources

Teach Digital Citizenship with … Minecraft

The hottest topic in my elementary school tech classroom is Minecraft–and has been for several years. So I was thrilled when efriend, Josh Ward, offered to write an article for Ask a Tech Teacher connecting Minecraft and the most important topic in my classroom–Digital Citizenship. Josh is the Director of Sales and Marketing for green … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / Web 2.0 / websites

Common Core requires publishing. Technology makes that happen

There are a variety of overarching themes in Common Core–‘integrate technology into classroom inquiry’, ‘encourage collaboration and sharing in student work’, ‘use technology to prepare students for college and career’. Each of these could take weeks to wrap into classwork, but there’s one organic tool that accomplishes all three of these while fulfilling a fourth … Continue reading

5 Strategies to Assess Student Knowledge
classroom management / education reform / teacher resources

5 Strategies to Assess Student Knowledge

This is always challenging, isn’t it? Finding evidence that students have learned what you taught, that they can apply knowledge to complex problems. How do you do this? Rubrics? Group projects? Posters? None sound worthy of the Common Core educational environ–and too often, students have figured out how to deliver within these guidelines while on … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / K-5 Tech training

7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom

The biggest pedagogic change to American education since the arrival of John Dewey is happening right now. It’s called Common Core State Standards. Its goal: to prepare the nation’s tens of thousands of students for college and/or career. If you are involved in any part of teaching, administrating, or planning, you are holding your breath, … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / education reform

14 Factors to Consider for Tech Report Cards

It used to be simple to post grades. Add up test scores and see what the student earned. Very defensible. Everyone understood. It’s not that way anymore. Here are the factors I consider when I’m posting grades: Does s/he remember skills from prior lessons as they complete current lessons? Does s/he show evidence of learning by … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / teacher resources

New Literacies Enable Smarter Researching

In my last post, we talked about “digital citizens”, the modern student who lives in two worlds. One he can touch with his hands, the other only with his mind. It’s this latter one that has revolutionized education, provided opportunities for students to talk to experts on astronomy, walk through the ancient ruins of Stonehenge, … Continue reading

education reform / problem solving

How the Internet Neighborhood is Like Any Other Community

Education has changed. Teachers no longer lecture from a dais with student learning contained within the schoolhouse walls. Thanks to the pervasiveness of easy-to-use and free web-based tools, 93 percent of teachers have one or more computers in the classroom with internet access (National Center for Education Statistics–2009). Global home Internet users with fixed Internet … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / opinion / Web 2.0

How to Thrive as a Digital Citizen

Thanks to the pervasiveness of easy-to-use technology and the accessibility of the internet, teachers are no longer lecturing from a dais as the purveyor of knowledge. Now, students are expected to take ownership of their education, participate actively in the learning process, and transfer knowledge learned in the classroom to their lives. In days past, … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / Keyboarding / opinion

Is Keyboarding Dead?

I was on one of my tech teacher forums–where I keep up to date on changes in education and technology–and stumbled into a heated discussion about what grade level is best to begin the focus on typing (is fifth grade too old–or too young?). Several teachers shared that keyboarding was the cornerstone of their elementary-age technology … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / opinion / teacher resources / teaching

Do You Make These 9 Mistakes

…with your child’s computer education? Show your child how to do something rather than allowing him to discover Do for them rather than let them do it Say ‘no’ too often (or the other enthusiasm-killer, Don’t touch!) Don’t take them seriously Take technology too seriously. It’s a tool, meant to make life easier. Nothing more. … Continue reading

8th grade / education reform / fifth grade / free tech resources / homeschool / lesson plans / news / problem solving / teacher resources / web / websites

Weekend Website #107: Google Search Education

Every Friday, I share a website (or app) that I’ve heard about, checked into, and become excited to use. This one is tools available for teachers to help their students maneuver the often-tricky machinations of the internet. Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / Tech ed / Web 2.0

Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills?

Across the education landscape, student text messaging is a bone of contention among teachers.  It’s not an issue in the lower grades because most K-5 schools successfully ban cell phones during school hours. Where it’s a problem is grades 6-12, when teachers realize it’s a losing battle to separate students from their phones for eight … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / news / teacher resources / Tech

Now Available: 35 Extra Lessons for the SL K-6 Technology Curriculum

Available now: How Technology Can Jump-Start the Inquiry-based Classroom: 35 Projects That Align with National Standards What is in this book? The question we get often from teachers—both new and seasoned—is: How do you teach technology skills while integrating it into classroom units AND keeping student interest? With the right resources, that’s easy. We’ve put … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / Tech ed

The Elephantine Impact of Technology on Education

Have you noticed what’s happening in your child’s school? Technology. There’s rarely a lesson taught, be it math or science or health, that doesn’t include some form of technology to enhance its message, increase its reach, improve its communication. If you haven’t been in the classroom lately, drop by this week when you pick up … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / news / teacher resources / Tech

Special Ends June 30th–98 Tech Tips FREE With Blog Follow

Available now: 98 Tech Problems from the Classroom: and How Students Can Solve Them for FREE if you follow this blog! What’s in this book? Running a tech lab can be frightening. What if there’s a problem you don’t know how to answer? What if the computers break? What if they all break at once? … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / news / teacher resources / Tech

Now Available: Grade-level Bundles of Common Core Lessons

Available now: THE KEY TO ALIGNING YOUR K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: by grade level! Now you can purchase a digital copy of this book aligned with the grade you teach (click the link and scroll down the page): Kindergarten 1st grade 2nd grade 3rd grade 4th grade 5th grade What are Common … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / news / teacher resources / Tech

Now Available: 98 Tech Problems From the Classroom: and How Students Can Solve Them

Available now: 98 Tech Problems from the Classroom: and How Students Can Solve Them What’s in this book? Running a tech lab can be frightening. What if there’s a problem you don’t know how to answer? What if the computers break? What if they all break at once? Several years ago, in an effort to … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / news / teacher resources / Tech

Now Available: KEY TO ALIGNING K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

Available now: THE KEY TO ALIGNING YOUR K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: 30 Projects that integrate technology into core lesson plans Click this link. What are Common Core State Standards and why do I need this book? Here are two articles that will help you to understand the education standard now adopted by … Continue reading

Book review / Book reviews / classroom management / education reform / teacher resources / Tech

Pre-Order: KEY TO ALIGNING K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

UPDATED: NOW AVAILABLE If you would like to order THE KEY TO ALIGNING YOUR K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS: 30 Projects that integrate technology into core lesson plans …click this link. What is this book? 30 Technology Projects Aligned With Common Core State Standards  is for classroom teachers, technology integration specialists and lab … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / Tech ed

How to Adapt Lessons to Common Core State Standards

Common Core State Standards, proposed by the National Board of Governors and adopted by 46 states to date, provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn in the critical areas of math, science, language, reading, writing, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / news

How To Successfully Start a 1:1 Technology Program

There is a lot of interest in the education field about 1:1 technology–using laptops, iPads, or even smartphones to extend a students’ learning experience throughout the school day. 1:1 initiatives address universal themes of equity in education, engagement of all learners, and empowerment as students learn skills that can be transferred to adulthood. It is … Continue reading

education reform / fifth grade / language arts / teacher resources / writing

How Blogs Make Kids Better Writers

If kids are inspired to write, they get better at writing. The trick is to make writing fun. Blogs do that. The students get to interact with their favorite toy–a computer–and go online for legitimate purposes. They get to see their thoughts in print–what could be more appealing? Blogs and online forums are a teachers … Continue reading

classroom management / education reform / teacher resources / Web 2.0 / websites

Can Technology Help Teachers Plan?

Today’s post is from the CEO and creator of Holler for Mastro Differentiation Help for Teachers, Kasha Mastrodomenico. Kasha has a Baccalaureate in secondary education and history and a Masters in Social Studies Secondary Education from the State University of NY (SUNY). She has taught middle school and high school, and is certified in Special … Continue reading

cloud computing / education reform / free tech resources / social networks / teacher resources / Tech / websites

Weekend Website #36: LearnItIn5

The challenge as the tech coordinator at my school is to persuade teachers to integrate technology into their classrooms. Kids are easy. I know that first-hand because I teach K-8 technology classes also. Kids are ready and eager to jump into the Web 2.0 world. Teachers, well, there’s the challenge. To them, that phrase–integrate technology–means type a report in MS Word or create a trifold in Publisher. They miss the vast landscape of exciting tools in the internet cloud that teachers all around them are using to make education more fun and motivating than ever before in history. Continue reading