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

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

critical thinking / fourth grade / lesson plans / Monday Freebies / third grade

Monday Freebies #37: Use Oregon Trail to Teach Westward Expansion

Show students how to get the most out of Oregon trail by reading the headings on each screen, thinking about problem solving skills and applying the simulation to their classroom discussion on westward expansion. I include a worksheet of questions they can answer as well as additional websites to extend their education. Continue reading

classroom management / Parent resources / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #88: 20 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix

There are about twenty problems that cause eighty percent of the tech stoppages. I’m going to tell you what those are and how to solve them. Trust me. They’re easier than you think to solve. I routinely teach them to third, fourth and fifth graders, and then they teach their parents. I’ll tell you the … Continue reading

classroom management / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech ed

The Secret to Teaching Tech to Kids: Delegate

There’s a secret to teaching kids how to use the computer. It’s called ‘delegate’. I don’t mean sluff off the teaching to aides or parents. Here, I’m referring to empowering students to be their own problem-solvers, then expect it of them. Here’s how you do it: Let them know that computers aren’t difficult. Aw, come … Continue reading

classroom management / critical thinking / fifth grade / fourth grade / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech ed / third grade

#81: Problem Solving Board

Have students teach each other the 28 most common techie problems. They learn how to solve the problem and teach the class as a presentation, then answer questions. They will feel accomplished and tech savvy. If the lesson plans are blurry, click on them for a full size alternative. –from 55 Technology Projects for the … Continue reading

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20 Common Computer Problems and Solutions (a Third Grader Can Do)

I received a lot of requests for copies of a document I published a year ago, Troubleshooting Common Computer Problems. At the suggestion of Edtech Sandy (aka Sandy Kendell), I tried to upload it through Google Docs to no avail (though it kind of worked in my site) so I’m guessing doesn’t allow … Continue reading

critical thinking / fourth grade / History / lesson plans / third grade

How to Teach Problem-solving With Oregon Trail and Win7

Then I had an epiphany as I watched students work through the stalls and freezes. They wanted to know how to fix the problems so they could continue with the game. Wow. What better way to teach problem solving than to teach it with real-life situations that students are motivated to solve. It’s turned into a successful problem-solving lesson. Continue reading

Computer hardware / critical thinking / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / homeschool / K-5 Tech training / problem solving / teacher resources / Tech Tips

Tech Tip #28: 5 Ways to Fix a No-Sound Problem–For Free

If the sound still doesn’t work, you can check the sound card by plugging headphones into the port for that function, probably at the front of your CPU tower. If they don’t work, you have isolated the problem to the sound card. Continue reading

homeschool / K-5 Tech training / problem solving

What Do You Think is the Hardest Techie Problem?

If you read the last blog (, I’d like your feedback. This is your chance to cast your vote for your experience fixing computers during your child’s computer time. If you come up with a problem your child faces that I haven’t addressed, I’ll find out the answer for you: Continue reading