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

fifth grade / fourth grade / homeschool / keyboard shortcuts / MS Word / second grade / Tech Tips

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

internet / tech security / third grade / web

How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 3rd Grade

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 vast 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

critical thinking / Keyboarding

When is Typing Faster Than Handwriting?

Most elementary-age students struggle with typing. This doesn’t surprise me. They’ve been handwriting since kindergarten. They’re proud of their new cursive skills. It’s easy to grab and pencil and write. Typing, though requires setting up their posture, hand position, trying to remember where all those pesky keys are (why aren’t they just alphabetized? It’s a … 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 reviews / homeschool / lesson plans / third grade

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

fourth grade / Science / teacher resources / third grade / websites

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

first grade / free tech resources / Google Earth / Monday Freebies / second grade

Monday Freebies #38: Introduction to Google Earth

Google Earth can be used for so many classroom activities. It is a favorite of even my kindergartners. I start by showing them how to pan in and out, drag to move the globe, change the perspective of the earth’s surface, use the built in tour or one I add on Calif. Missions or the solar system. 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

lesson plans / Monday Freebies / Uncategorized

Monday Freebie: #33: Grow Your Story

This year more than any before, classroom budgets have been cut making it more difficult than ever to equip the education of our children with quality teaching materials. I understand that. I teach K-8. Because of that, I’ve decided to give the lesson plans my publisher sells in the Technology Toolkit (110 Lesson Plans that I use … Continue reading

fourth grade / Geography / grammar and spelling / Tech ed / third grade / websites / writing

Weekend Website #67: 20 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms

Every Friday I’ll send you a wonderful website 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. Age: 3rd grade Topic: Landforms Review: If your third grader has to write a report about landforms, try these websites: About Rivers http://www.42explore.com/rivers.htm Biomes/Habitats … Continue reading

fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / Kindergarten / math / second grade / third grade / websites

23 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5

Summer is when parents worry about math facts and the automaticity of math skills. The following websites focus solely on that facet of math. I’ve broken them down by grade level, but you can decide if your second graders are precocious enough to try the websites for grades 3-5: K K Math Skills Math Videos … Continue reading

fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / math / second grade / third grade / websites

Weekend Websites #56: 23 Websites to Support Math Automaticity in K-5

This is the time of year when teachers worry about math facts and the automaticity of math skills. The following websites focus solely on that facet of math. I’ve broken them down by grade level, but you can decide if your second graders are precocious enough to try the websites for grades 3-5: K K … Continue reading

8th grade / classroom management / Computer hardware / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / K-5 Tech training / Kindergarten / Parent resources / social networks / teacher resources / Tech Tips

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 WordPress.org site) so I’m guessing WordPress.com doesn’t allow … Continue reading

fifth grade / fourth grade / Parent resources / research / teacher resources / third grade / websites

Weekend Website #54: 20 Great Research Websites for Kids

Here are quick, safe spots to send your students for research: All-around research site libraryspot.com Dictionary http://www.dictionary.com Edutainment site—requires subscription http://www.brainpop.com/ General info research http://www.infoplease.com/yearbyyear.html Internet research sites for kids http://ivyjoy.com/rayne/kidssearch.html Kids search engine for the internet kids.yahoo.com Continue reading

fifth grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Geography / Google Earth / lesson plans / Web 2.0 / websites

#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

Excel / fifth grade / first grade / fourth grade / free tech resources / Google Earth / homeschool / humor / internet / K-5 Tech training / Keyboarding / kidpix / Kindergarten / lesson plans / middle school technology / MS Excel / MS Word / Photoshop / PowerPoint / Publisher / third grade / Web 2.0

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