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

Ask Otto / classroom management / teacher resources

Dear Otto: What do I do with students who ‘get’ tech really fast?

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Linda: I have taught elementary school many years … Continue reading

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

Book review / Book reviews / classroom management / homeschool / Kindergarten / teacher resources / Tech ed / Web 2.0

Book Review: Kindergarten Technology Textbook

Kindergarten Technology: 32 Lessons Every Kindergartner Can Accomplish on a Computer by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team I’m often asked what books I recommend for teaching technology in the classroom. Each year about this time, I do a series of reviews on my favorite tech ed books. If you want to fix some of last … Continue reading

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Book Review: 1st Grade Technology–32 Lessons

This is another in a series of textbooks designed for K-8. I think you’ll find them useful in your classroom Web 2.0 integration: First Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every First Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer by Structured Learning My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m often asked what books I’d recommend for teaching technology … Continue reading

Book reviews / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / teacher resources

Book Review: 55 Tech Projects for the Digital Classroom

With the school year on its way back, I want to share some of the tech books I use in my classroom. I think you’ll enjoy them also. This one is a two-volume all-in-one for grades K-8. It includes a mixture of lessons that cover different skills, different subjects. Hope you like it! 55 Technology … Continue reading

first grade / free tech resources / Subjects / websites

169 Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Inquiry

These are my 120 favorite kindergarten websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom inquiry, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech. Here’s … Continue reading

Book reviews / Tech ed

Book Review: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Education has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight hours between the school bell’s chimes or the struggling budget of an underfunded program. Now, education can be found anywhere, by collaborating with students in Kenya or Skyping with … Continue reading

Tech ed

Now Available: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Digital Citizenship Curriculum for K-8 (print or digital) Why do teachers need to teach Digital Citizenship? Education has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight hours between the school bell’s chimes or the struggling budget of an underfunded … Continue reading

classroom management / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / Keyboarding / teacher resources

10 Top Click-throughs from Ask a Tech Teacher

I include lots of links for my readers to places that will help them integrate technology into their education. They cover websites on lesson plans, math, keyboarding, classroom management, cloud computer, digital books, teacher resources, free tech resources, and more. On any given day, I generate on average 810 of these ‘click throughs’. Which links my … 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

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

free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / teacher resources / Tech ed / Tech Tips

10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2012

Since I started this blog forty-two months ago, I’ve had over 1 million visitors (most of them, this past year) to the 835 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom. They may be about how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom or what I’ve learned from my students as we got … Continue reading

free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / keyboard shortcuts / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech Tips / websites

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

classroom management / K-5 Tech training

Yes, I’m Resilient, but I Wish Computers Were More Dependable

I read a post by Bill Ferriter on Education Week Teacher (which I read in ISTE’s Learning and Leading with Technology) where he says in his article, “Our never-ending reliance on digital resilience” that yes, he’s resilient, but he’s tired of it. He thinks that because tech teachers are so quick to adapt to problems … Continue reading

Ask Otto / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans

Dear Otto: I need more guidance than the curriculum offers. What do I do?

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Dawn I am a homeschool mother who is … Continue reading

Kindergarten / lesson plans / websites

How to Teach Digital Citizenship in Kindergarten

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 vasy 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

Book reviews / K-5 Tech training / lesson plans / teacher resources

Book Review: 55 Tech Projects for the Digital Classroom

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. Continue reading

Book review / Book reviews / classroom management / homeschool / Kindergarten / teacher resources / Tech ed / Web 2.0

Book Review: Kindergarten Technology Textbook

Kindergarten Technology: 32 Lessons Every Kindergartner Can Accomplish on a Computer by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m often asked what books I’d recommend for teaching technology in the classroom. Each year about this time, I do a series of reviews on my favorite tech ed books. If you’re … Continue reading

news / teaching / Tech ed

Changing Education Paradigms

This animate was adapted from a talk given at the RSA by Sir Ken Robinson, world-renowned education and creativity expert and recipient of the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin award. For more information on Sir Ken’s work visit: http://www.sirkenrobinson.com _______________________________________________________________________________________ Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training … Continue reading

classroom management / K-5 Tech training

Should Tech Teachers be in the Classroom or the Lab–Follow Up

A couple of months ago, I posted an article called Should Tech Teachers be in the Classroom or the Lab?I got the question from a reader and wanted to see what the tech ed community thought about what has become a hot topic among technology teacher, coordinators and integration specialists. I summarized the common thoughts on … Continue reading

classroom management / Tech ed / Web 2.0

How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into the Classroom

‘Web 2.0’ is a term familiar to all teachers. Stated in its simplest form, it’s the set of interactive internet-based tools used by students to enrich educational opportunities. ‘Web 1.0’ referred to the act of accessing websites—nothing more. Students read websites, clicked a few links, and/or researched a topic.Web 2.0—Web-based education basics–includes blogs, wikis, class … Continue reading

classroom management / first grade / free tech resources / teacher resources / websites

62 First Grade Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons

These are my 62 favorite first grade websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom lesson plans, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about … Continue reading

first grade / free tech resources / Subjects / websites

62 Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons

These are my 62 favorite kindergarten websites. I sprinkle them in throughout the year, adding several each week to the class internet start page, deleting others. I make sure I have 3-4 each week that integrate with classroom lesson plans, 3-4 that deal with technology skills and a few that simply excite students about tech. … Continue reading

lesson plans / middle school technology / news / teacher resources

6th Grade Technology Textbook is Here!

6th Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Accomplish 7th in the SL Technology Curriculum Series Be among the first to purchase from website–get FREE P&H The choice of  hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this seven-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun … Continue reading

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

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

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 2011

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 2011, I shared one of those with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2011. Between these ten, they had 40,510 visitors during the year. They … Continue reading