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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

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Tech Tip #56: Force a New Page

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 teaching my students to create a book report with a cover page. what’s … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #111: California Missions

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions: CA Missions–each CA History-Missions CA mission history CA Mission Internet Trail CA Mission Life CA Mission Pictures CA Mission Pictures—all Missions CA Mission websites–list of CA Mission websites–list of CA missions CA Missions CA Missions 1780 to present CA Missions … Continue reading

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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

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Weekend Website #111: 40 California Mission Websites

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions: CA Missions–each CA History-Missions CA mission history CA Mission Internet Trail CA Mission Life CA Mission Pictures CA Mission Pictures—all Missions CA Mission websites–list of CA Mission websites–list of CA missions CA Missions CA Missions 1780 to present CA Missions … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #93: 18 Natural Disasters Websites

Every Friday, I’ll send you a wonderful website (or more) that my classes and my parents love. I think you’ll find they’ll be a favorite of your students as they are of mine. My fourth graders just went through a unit of inquiry on natural disasters and we came up with a pretty good list … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fourth Grade Technology–32 Lessons

The author often lists free versions of software if the user doesn’t have the suggested version, or you can contact them for ideas. And, they thought ahead to putting the entire workbook in a three ring binder, making it easy to remove reproducibles for copying without ruining the book. Continue reading

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#47: Tour the World—with a PowerPoint Slideshow

Use the research done for #40. Use a guidesheet to lay out what is on each slides, i.e., a cover, table of contents, what makes a geographic locations amazing (discuss this as a group), a map, and three locations from #40. Teach PowerPoint skills such as adding slides and text and pictures, animation, transitions, auto-forward, … Continue reading

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#41: Where is That?

Locate the major latitudes and longitudes on Google Earth. Locate cities, countries along the same latitude/longitude. Zoom in to see how exact lats and longs get. Students also find their own house by lat and long. I also give students a lat and long and see if they can figure out where it is on … Continue reading

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Weekend Website #21: Test Your Typing Speed

I use this as practice in my tech classes. Students love seeing their typing speed improve, and it shows them the importance of subtracting for errors (we all know how time-consuming correcting typos is). I often see them go to this site during free time, especially when the next speed quiz is imminent. I think your kids will enjoy it, too. Continue reading

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Where Would You Like to Go Today?

K-8 projects organized by software–MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, keyboarding, Web 2.0 and more Continue reading

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#59: Reading + Keyboarding = Success

If students become wrapped up in what they’re reading, they’ll type faster. I’ve provided two examples below, but use material you’re teaching in class, literature books they’re reading or poetry. They’ll forget they’re searching for keys as they become enthralled with the story. Continue reading

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5 Best Online Keyboarding Programs

I gave you-all a long list of great websites that will help teach your students keyboarding. Here are my top five: If the lesson plans are blurry, click on them for a full size alternative. Continue reading