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Are You As Smart as a Fifth Grader (and more)

This is a quick note to let you know Innovate My School’s  premiere magazine is now available online. It’s a collection of the best expert articles from their amazing tech ed website, Innovate My School. Topics included are:

  • handwriting and kids
  • Socratic irony in schools
  • How to keep your Facebook profile private
  • The importance of nature in school
  • Programming and the English language
  • Are you as smart as a Year 6 in Tech

By reading the magazine, you’ll get the tech ed articles you wouldn’t want to miss if only you had time to search through the offerings.

True disclosure: One of my articles is included. When you find it in the magazine, you’ll see they call ‘fifth graders’ Year 6′. That’s a Brit term, once which fits the publisher’s roots. Education best practices, though, are universal.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s working on a techno-thriller that should be ready this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.


4 thoughts on “Are You As Smart as a Fifth Grader (and more)

  1. Jacqui, I was hoping to teach my 6th graders how to design a website but it has been brought to my attention that MS Frontpage was discontinued years ago-ugh. Is there a free program you could suggest for web page design?


    • We do it two ways at my school. We use Publisher, which gives students more design flexibility but a greater challenge getting the webpage live. We also use wikispaces and have students create their own wiki page. That has less design options, but allows for the embedded widgets that are so much fun and is live immediately. Sixth graders should have no problems with either. Let me know how it goes.

  2. Thanks. Unfortunately we have Microsoft 2010 which no longer allows for the creation of websites. I looked at Wikispaces for k-12 educators and there is a fee. Is that what your district uses or is there a “basic” option with no fee? We have to jump through hoops to get things approved and with budget cuts I doubt the Wikispaces k-12 educators version will be an option.

    • I just opened a new wiki this past summer and there’s no fee. They even take the advertising away for educational sites. Look under wikis for individuals–that’s all you need for a class. Here’s one of my wikis–for 5th graders.

      My school pays for their website, and the teachers are all given pages on Schoology for their classes. I find Wikispaces more flexible so I do all lot of my organizing on it.

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