critical thinking / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / problem solving / teacher resources / teaching

What You Need to Know about Kidproofing the Internet

How to keep their children safe online is a constant question from parents at my school. They ask about firewalls, filters, kidsafe desktops, nannycams. Should they keep their children away from computers or just off the internet? Do they have to sit with them while they work? No. No. and No. What parents need to … Continue reading

homeschool / internet / K-5 Tech training / problem solving / second grade / teaching / writing

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

classroom management / free tech resources / problem solving

25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update

The Number One reason–according to students–why their computer doesn’t work is… It’s broken. Can I move to a different computer??? Doesn’t matter why they’re wrong. My teacher’s job is to provide strategies so they can independently solve problems like these. As a tech teacher, I know that half the problems that stop students short in … Continue reading

problem solving / teacher resources / Tech / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #53: How to Pin Any Program to the Start Menu

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:  There’s a program I use all the time, but it’s not on my desktop. … 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

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

Computer hardware / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #40: Where Did Windows Explorer Go?

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 have Windows 7 and I can’t find Explorer anymore. Where did it go? … 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

free tech resources / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #39: My Computer Won’t Turn Off

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 pushing the power button on my laptop (or desktop, but more commonly this … Continue reading

Computer hardware / fifth grade / fourth grade / high school / homeschool / problem solving / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #38: My Desktop Icons Are All Different

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 desktop icons (those little pictures that allow you to open a program) are … Continue reading

MS Excel / MS Word / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #37: My MS Word 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 tools for formatting disappeared from the top of my MS Word (2003). Where’d … Continue reading

classroom management / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / Keyboarding / Kindergarten / lesson plans / problem solving / projects / research / Science / Tech ed / Tech Tips / third grade / Web 2.0

10 Most Popular Tech Tips in 2012

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 in 2012, I shared one of those with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2012. Between these ten, they had 48,001 visitors during the year. They … Continue reading

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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 / MS Excel / MS Word / PowerPoint / problem solving / Publisher / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #35: My Program Closed 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: I was working on my program (writing in Word or making a slideshow in … Continue reading

classroom management / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / problem solving / Tech ed / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #33: My Desktop Icons are Messed Up

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 have several kids/students who share the same computer. Kids being kids loving moving … 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

critical thinking / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #107: Got a Tech Problem? Google It!

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: Sometimes, I just can’t remember how to accomplish a task. Often, I know it’s … Continue reading

classroom management / problem solving / teacher resources / Wikis

What’s a Digital Portfolio and Why Should You Use it?

The feedback on Otto’s answer to Mary’s question about which digital portfolio to use with her students was tremendous. Clearly, it’s a topic on people’s minds. Here’s a thorough discussion of this including what ‘digital portfolios’ are and why you should be using them: By fifth grade, students have lots of school work that needs … 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

Computer hardware / free tech resources / homeschool / Keyboarding / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #25: My Keyboard Doesn’t Work

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 sat down to type, start in on a long project with an imminent … Continue reading

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

Tech Tip #23: I Deleted a File By Accident

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 deleted a file! I need it back! What do I do? A.  Here’s … Continue reading

homeschool / problem solving / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #21: How to Make a Small Webpage Window Big

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:  When I open the internet (or a document), the window is small. It barely … Continue reading