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Book Review: Sixth Grade Technology Textbook

Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team My rating: 5 of 5 stars 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. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fourth Grade Technology Textbook

Fourth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fourth  Grader 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. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Second Grade Technology Textbook

Second Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Second Grader 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. … Continue reading

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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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Technology in Schools: A Brief History

I have a special treat for you today–a bit of history, compliments of a dear efriend, Janet Abercrombie of Expat Educator. Janet teaches math, but in a refreshingly nontraditional manner. She has given me countless ideas for integrating tech into math (or ‘maths’ as they say outside the US). She just finished up a teaching … 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

classroom management / education reform / Tech ed / Web 2.0

Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills?

Across the education landscape, student text messaging is a bone of contention among teachers.  It’s not an issue in the lower grades because most K-5 schools successfully ban cell phones during school hours. Where it’s a problem is grades 6-12, when teachers realize it’s a losing battle to separate students from their phones for eight … Continue reading

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Back to School–Tech Makes it Easy to Stay On Top of Everything

If you’re sending your child back to school, technology can be intimidating. Should your elementary-age child have a computer? If so, what should you buy? And how do you keep it safe? Here’s what I tell my K-5 parents about how to handle the stress of equipping the 21st century tech kid: By third grade, … 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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Book Review: Sixth Grade Technology Textbook

Sixth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Sixth Grader 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. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fifth Grade Technology Textbook

Fifth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fifth Grader 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. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Fourth Grade Technology Textbook

Fourth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fourth  Grader 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. … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #22: Quick Exit from 97% of Programs

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 child has a program on the computer and I can’t figure out how … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #21: How to Make a Small Webpage Window Big

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:  When I open the internet (or a document), the window is small. It barely … Continue reading

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Book Review: Second Grade Technology Textbook

Second Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Second Grader 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. … Continue reading

Parent resources / Tech ed

What Every Parent Should Know About Computers and the Internet

Technology, the internet, computers, are words that confuse–even frighten–many parents. In my blog, Ask a Tech Teacher, I post lots of tips, tricks,, a list of hundreds of kid-friendly websites, self-help articles on how to address this in your homeschooled child’s education. Every week, I get lots of questions from parents about the right way … Continue reading

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Tech Tip #84: How to Find the Follow-up Folder in Outlook

Q: I had to reformat my computer and lost my For Follow Up folder in OUtlook, the one that lives in the pane on the left-hand side. How do I bring this back, or is it impossible?

A: This just happened to me recently. As with many of my tips, I had no idea how to solve this or if I could. I Googled it and got this great answer from Continue reading

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How Fast Should Kids Type

I get this question a lot from readers and purchasers of my technology curriculum: How fast should kids type? What about Kindergartners? When are their brains mature enough to understand speed and accuracy? When I reviewed the literature on this subject, it is all over the place. Some say third grade, some leave it until … Continue reading

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Photoshop for Fifth Graders: the Basics

As with all lessons in the Photoshop series, this is available in the book, 55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom Volume I on publisher’s website, Amazon.com or Scribd.com as an ebook) Before I continue, I’m going to cover some basics (I heard y’all. I should have done this weeks ago). Open Photoshop. Notice the … Continue reading