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What do you do when Little Johnny wants career, not college?

Common Core promises college and career, either/or, but what if you as a parent have been thinking ‘college’ so long, that you’re unprepared when your darling selects ‘career’? Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Sara Stringer, has some ideas for you. I think you’ll like this: Every year, our school holds a Career Day, when people … Continue reading

8th grade / fifth grade / middle school technology / MS Word / Parent resources / teacher resources / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #64: Reset Default Font

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: If you’re like me, you don’t like MS Office 2007 or 2010’s default font … Continue reading

first grade / Kindergarten / Parent resources / second grade / third grade / Uncategorized / websites

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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In My Opinion

A Parent’s Perspective on education… Parents do not always see things as we–the teacher–do. It is refreshing to have them voice their thoughts on prickly issues that are part and parcel to educating children. Here’s Sara Stringer’s opinion. She is a former medical and surgical assistant who now does freelance business consulting. She enjoys blogging … Continue reading

critical thinking / Parent resources / Tech ed / websites

14 Educational Websites Students Will Ask to Visit This Summer

The most popular website at my school is Minecraft–hands down, starting in 1st grade (I’m amazed parents let six-year-olds use this sometimes violent game, but they do and students do and the mania starts). Because kids would live in this blocky virtual world 24/7, I only let them play it two lunch periods a week. … Continue reading

Computer hardware / free tech resources / internet / Parent resources / tech security / websites

Tech Tip #44: Clean Your Computer Weekly

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 afraid of getting slammed with viruses, malware, all that bad stuff that comes … Continue reading

Computer hardware / free tech resources / Parent resources / problem solving / tech security / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #41: Repair Your Computer With System Restore

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 don’t know what I did, but my computer doesn’t run right anymore. What … Continue reading

cloud computing / free tech resources / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / Parent resources / teacher resources / Tech ed / websites

Top Ten Websites of 2012

Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you which sites readers thought were the most helpful in their efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these ten, … Continue reading

first grade / Kindergarten / Parent resources / second grade / third grade / Uncategorized / websites

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

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

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

classroom management / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / Parent resources / tech security / web

How to Teach Internet Safety in K-6

The Internet is a wonderful resource for kids for researching school reports, communicating with teachers, staying in touch with friends, and entertaining themselves. They can literally hit a few keystrokes and find out about culture in China, the history of Europe, or take a tour of the American White House. But with that access comes … Continue reading

Parent resources / Tech ed

What Every Parent Should Know About Computers and the Internet

Technology, the internet, computers, are words that confuse–even frighten–many parents. In my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher, I post lots of tips, tricks,, a list of hundreds of kid-friendly websites, self-help articles on how to address this in your homeschooled child’s education. Every week, I get lots of questions from parents about the right way … Continue reading

classroom management / fifth grade / free tech resources / Parent resources / teacher resources / Web 2.0 / websites / Wikis

Help Students Stay Organized with Wikis

This is the last in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for wikis I’ve created for grades K-5. Kindergarten wiki First grade wiki Second grade wiki Third Grade Wiki Fourth Grade Wiki This one is Fifth Grade: Click here to visit my fifth grade class wiki Continue reading

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Top Ten Websites of 2011

Every week, I post a website that my classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with me about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share with you which sites readers thought were the most helpful in their efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these … Continue reading