iPad / news / opinion / Product Reviews

Tablets for younger children can increase knowledge and skills

I am thrilled to have Jamie Hill as my guest writer today. She’s a stay-at-home mom who loves technology and blogging and brings a fascinating perspective to the conversation about tablets and younger children. Enjoy! There are few things parents focus on more than the education of their children.  The debates can seem overwhelming: whether there … 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

classroom management / opinion / Parent resources

Back to School–Tech Makes it Easy to Stay On Top of Everything

If you’re sending your child back to school, technology can be intimidating. Should your elementary-age child have a computer? If so, what should you buy? And how do you keep it safe? Here’s what I tell my K-5 parents about how to handle the stress of equipping the 21st century tech kid: By third grade, … Continue reading

first grade / Keyboarding / Kindergarten / opinion / second grade

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

first grade / Keyboarding / Kindergarten / opinion

Keyboarding for Youngers? There are Three Sides to the Story

Is Teaching Keyboarding in Kindergarten Developmentally Appropriate? Rae Pica with Cris Rowan, Jacqui Murray, Lisa Guernsey Many argue that teaching penmanship is a thing of the past, but at what age should children be taught to use a computer keyboard? Some are starting as early as kindergarten, but is it developmentally appropriate? We turn to … Continue reading

Keyboarding / opinion / Tech ed / websites

What’s Trending on Ask a Tech Teacher

I  calculate what’s trending on my blog by which of my posts are popular a particular month. Here’s this month’s run-down: Great Kids Websites 41 Websites for Teachers to Integrate Tech into Your Classroom 3 Projects to Integrate Tech into an Animals Unit–Part I 18 Online Keyboard Sites for Kids Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll … Continue reading