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Tech Tip #59: Shortkey for the Copyright Symbol

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:How do you create the copyright symbol in Word? A: It’s easier than you’d think. … 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

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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

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Tech Tip #89: Use Keyboard Shortcuts With Students

Q:When tech gets difficult, my students stop trying. It goes fine when it’s like what they do at home, but if it gets challenging, like remembering all the steps required to add a border to an Excel cell (or fill in the blank), they aren’t very interested. What do I do?

A: After twelve years of teaching K-5, I know as sure as I know who our president is that kids will try harder if its fun. The challenge for us teachers: How do we make a multi-step skill that they may rarely use ‘fun’? Continue reading

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13 Cool Win 7 Tricks

Win 7 isn’t out until October unless you have an on-the-ball tech director like my school. This means, I have to train my students in the changes pretty quick. Because I teach K-5 technology, I try to keep information to what will make sense to that age group and present it as they might run … Continue reading

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Get Rid of Computer Fear

How? Keyboard shortcuts. Make a list of them. Put them by the computer. It won’t take your child long to remember them, and I’ve found over the years that kids love them–a lot more than using the mouse to find the button that does…. To be able to push Ctrl+Z and have their entire document … Continue reading