Books/Ebooks

Here are a list of books currently available to assist you in integrating technology into your K-8 classroom:


Kindergarten through Sixth Grade Technology Curriculum

32 lessons Every Child Can Accomplish on the Computer

The seven-volume K-6 Structured Learning Technology Curriculum is a project-based, skill-based approach to teaching computers and the current choice of more than one-hundred school districts across the country. It provides a timeline (tested on thousands of K-6 students in real classrooms) of which skills to introduce when at each level of computer learning. Each volume provides 32 age-appropriate lesson plans (one-year s worth) that integrate with classroom units of inquiry in areas such as science, math, history, literature, grammar, word study, writing, and critical thinking. Included are age-appropriate technology skills (such as keyboarding), internet use, vocabulary and problem-solving skills as well as step-by-step directions for each activity, samples and reproducibles. All lessons are aligned with ISTE and NCLB National Standards. They are appropriate for the computer lab specialist in a public or private school, a homeschooler and a classroom teacher. Programs used include MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Google Earth, keyboarding, Photoshop, and a variety of the most popular internet edutainment sites. For free downloads and more details, see the publisher’s website at structuredlearning.net.

Order a textbook and get a discounted PDF by sending the Amazon proof of purchase to the publisher.

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks)

Scribd.com (ebooks)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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tech curriculum35 Projects Aligned with the Structured Learning K-6 Curriculum

and National Standards

The question we get often from teachers—both new and seasoned—is: How do you teach technology skills (i.e., the use of foundational programs like word processing and keyboarding) while integrating it into classroom units AND keeping student interest?

With the right resources, that’s easy. We’ve put thirty-five of them together in this book for you.

Each of the K-6 lessons in this book, How Technology Can Jumpstart the Inquiry-based Classed: 35 Projects That Align with National Standards, includes practical strategies for integrating technology authentically into core classroom lessons. They are easily adapted to any number of subjects be they science, literature, history, math, reading, writing, critical thinking, or another. The focus is on easy-to-use online tools (with some exceptions) that are quick to teach, inquiry-driven, intuitive, and free. You introduce the tool, demonstrate the project, answer clarifying questions, and let students’ curiosity loose.

And each lesson is aligned with the Structured Learning K-6 technology curriculum. Now, you have options. Cool, isn’t

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks–entire book or grade-level bundles)

Publisher’s website (print and digital–K-6 book or grade-level bundles)

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Keyboarding Curriculum for K-8

in 45 minutes a week

You may think it impossible to find a keyboarding curriculum that creates accomplished typists from the skimpy forty-five minutes a week you can devote to keyboarding. You teach what you can, but it always seems to be the same lessons—hands on home row, good posture, eyes on the copy. You wonder if it’s making a difference.

Every year, you promise it will go better and then it doesn’t. You’re thinking of giving up. You have lots of friends who hunt-and-peck as adults and are doing fine. Does it even matter if students learn to touch type?

Yes, it matters, and there is a way. It requires a plan, faithfully executed, with your eye relentlessly on the goal, but if you commit to that, it works. In this book, The Essential Guide to Teaching Keyboarding in 45 Minutes a Week: a K-8 Curriculum, I’ll share a keyboarding curriculum for K-8 that I’ve seen work on thousands of students. You’ll find directions on what to do, how and when. Consider this the keyboarding version of Strunk and White’s Elements of Style—everything you need in a short 110 (give or take) pages.

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebook)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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55 TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS FOR THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM

Everything you need to integrate computers into K-8 classes

Volume I and II

The all-in-one K-8 toolkit for the lab specialist, classroom teacher and homeschooler, with a years-worth of simple-to-follow projects. Integrate technology into language arts, geography, history, problem solving, research skills, and science lesson plans and units of inquiry using teacher resources that meet NETS-S national guidelines and many state standards. The fifty-five projects are categorized by subject, program (software), and skill (grade) level. Each project includes standards met in three areas (higher-order thinking, technology-specific, and NETS-S), software required, time involved, suggested experience level, subject area supported, tech jargon, step-by-step lessons, extensions for deeper exploration, troubleshooting tips and project examples including reproducibles. Tech programs used are KidPix, all MS productivity software, Google Earth, typing software and online sites, email, Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, internet start pages, social bookmarking and photo storage), Photoshop and Celestia. Also included is an Appendix of over 200 age-appropriate child-friendly websites. Skills taught include collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, creativity, digital citizenship, information fluency, presentation, and technology concepts. In short, it’s everything you’d need to successfully integrate technology into the twenty-first century classroom.

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com (ebooks)

Publisher’s website

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THE KEY TO ALIGNING YOUR K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

30 Projects that integrate technology into core lesson plans

30 Technology Projects Aligned With Common Core State Standards  is for classroom teachers, technology integration specialists and lab professionals, as a resource for aligning their technology program with the Common Core State Standards now implemented in forty-six states. You will find it a foundational tool for scaffolding technology into the areas of math, language, reading, writing, speaking and listening as is required in CCSS. Overall, they are authentic approaches to student-centered learning, asking the student to be a risk-taker in his/her educational goals and the teacher to act as guide. The essential questions are open-ended and conversations organic and inquiry-driven, ultimately asking students to take responsibility for the process of their own learning.

It can be used as a resource book, to provide exciting new lessons that seamlessly blend technology with lesson plans and involve students in the many new tools available to enrich their educational experiences, or a road map, plotting the vertical planning and differentiated instruction fundamental to CCSS goals.

There are thirty lessons, five per grade level. Each includes:

  • The Common Core State Standard alignment
  • The Essential Question—the Big Idea
  • An Overview
  • Objectives and Steps
  • A Sample (where appropriate)
  • Links to related websites and material (where applicable)
  • Additional grade levels suitable for the lesson

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks–the complete K-5 book or bundles of grade-level lesson plans)

Scribd.com (ebooks)

Publisher’s website (print and digital–entire book or grade-level bundles)

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43 Themed PDF Bundles

What’s included in each bundle:

  • Four to eight technology-specific step-by-step lessons, including reproducibles, grading rubrics, sample projects, extensions for advanced students and troubleshooting tips.
  • Next-day delivery via email in the universally-readable .pdf format
  • How projects integrate technology into your curriculum whether you’re the classroom teacher, the lab teacher or home-schooling your child
  • A summary of each project, suggested grade level and prior knowledge, time required, software required, and projects that should be completed prior to this one
  • A summary of which higher-order thinking skills and which NETS-S technology-specific skills are covered

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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98 Tech Problems From the Classroom

And How Students Can Solve Them

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 create a practical strategy for technology success, I started tracking how often I got the same tech questions from students. Soon, I extended it to parents who, in a well-intentioned effort to help with school work, often got stuck on a techie issue. Some spent hours on a problem that could have been solved in minutes–if only they knew how to do that.

Turns out, 70% of the time, it was the same 98 problems.

I’m going to share these with you. You’ll find them inquiry-driven and student-centered, authentic solutions to organic conversations. If you’re a new tech teacher, make sure you know them because you’ll be asked for these answers over and over throughout the school year—in fact, you’ll be expected to know them. After all, you’re the tech expert.

If you’re a veteran teacher integrating technology into units of inquiry and/or Common Core State Standards, these tips will be invaluable. You are usually on your own in the classroom, without tech experts to assist. Keep this ebook handy and you’ll have more time to devote to classroom projects.  

Whoever you are, you’ll want to teach your students these practical strategies for fixing their biggest show stoppers.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers (mid-June)

Scribd.com (mid-June)

Publisher’s website (available for preorder)

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19 Posters to Decorate Your Technology Lab

19 eposters for new and experienced tech teachers to remind students of the basics of computer use. Includes keyboard tips, website usage, mouse control, how to solve common problems, parts of the computer, email netiquette, how to search, volunteer guidelines and more. Bonus: sample structure for a 45-minute tech class. A must-have for new teacher. A time-saver for everyone.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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tech ed articles38 Web 2.0 Articles That Will Turn Your Class Around

Seventy-six epages of the 38 most requested articles from Ask A Tech Teacher©. They cover critical Web 2.0 topics like how blogging makes students better writers, the importance of social media to education, how to teach keyboarding the right way, top ten tips for teaching MS Word, why technology is important for all learners, what to include on the youngest child’s computer, using internet start pages in tech lab and more. Each article is quick (1-2 pages), pithy, and easy-to-understand. They’re written by a working tech teacher with fifteen years experience teaching technology to all age groups.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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holiday projects16 Holiday Projects

for Kindergarten-Eighth

A 45-epage student-tested collection of 16 holiday-themed projects for kindergarten through eighth grade using Word, Excel, Publisher, KidPix, TuxPaint, Web 2.0 tools and more. They’re from the team of Ask a Tech Teacher technology teachers, designed to to be fun, festive, while teaching important tech skills. Use them for any holiday. They’ll fill your year with pictures, calendars, wallpaper that kids will love making and want to give to family as gifts.Free if you buy 3 SL books

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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New Teacher Survival Kit

Everything you need to thrive your first year as technology teacher

You may be the Technology Specialist, the Coordinator for Instructional Technology, IT Coordinator, Technology Facilitator, Curriculum Specialist, Technology Director or the technology teacher for your school—tasked with finding the right computer project for each classroom unit. You have a limited budget, less software, and the drive to do it right no matter the roadblocks.

It’s your job to make sure your school complies with the requirements of Common Core State Standards, ISTE, your state requirements, and/or the IB guidelines that weave technology consistently into the fabric of all units of inquiry as a method of delivering quality education.

How do you reach your goal?

Here’s how: The New Technology Teacher Survival Kit. It includes:

  • K-6 (or K-5) technology curriculum (LS only)
  • K-6 curriculum extendors (35 more projects with a focus on web-based communication tools that are free) (LS only)
  • K-8 keyboarding curriculum
  • K-5 Common Core Lesson Plans (LS only)
  • 98 Tech Tips From the Classroom
  • 19 Tech Posters for the Classroom
  • Grades 7-8 lesson bundles (MS only)
  • 38 Web 2.0 Articles (MS only)

2 thoughts on “Books/Ebooks

  1. Good morning. I teach technology to grades 4-6. I was excited to order (and receive) your books for grades 4, 5, 6 and the Key to Aligning Your…..

    However, the Key to Aligning… is printed in black and white, even though the standards are coded in colors. This is going to make the lessons much more difficult for me to use. Is there any help you can offer me on decoding the colors without a color copy?

    Laurie Smith, Granby, CT

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