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Book Review: 55 Tech Projects for the Digital Classroom

LESSON PLANSWith 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 Projects for the Digital Classroom: Everything you need to integrate computers into K-8 classes

by Jacqui Murray

Volume I is 219 pages and Volume II 235 pages, making this series an all-in-one K-8 toolkit for the lab specialist, classroom teacher and homeschooler, with a years-worth of simple-to-follow projects for K-8. Integrate technology into language arts, geography, history, problem solving, research skills, and science lesson plans and units of inquiry using teacher resources that meet NETS-S national guidelines and many state standards. The fifty-five projects are categorized by subject, program (software), and skill (grade) level. 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. Tech programs used are KidPix, all MS productivity software, Google Earth, typing software and online sites, email, Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, internet start pages, social bookmarking and photo storage), Photoshop and Celestia. Also included is an Appendix of over 200 age-appropriate child-friendly websites. Skills taught include collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, creativity, digital citizenship, information fluency, presentation, and technology concepts. In short, it’s everything you’d need to successfully integrate technology into the twenty-first century classroom.

Included are links to free versions of software so users aren’t forced to purchase expensive software and many how-to’s on timely technology topics like when to start keyboarding, how to integrate Web 2.0 tools into classrooms and more. The ebook is also connected to this Ask a Tech Teacher blog so users can stay up-to-date on tech in their classes and can get immediate assistance with lessons should they get stuck.

Disclaimer: I am the author of this two-volume series.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersCisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Tech Tip #56: Force a New Page

tech tipsAs 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 the easiest way to get the cover on the first page and the report on the second?

A: Students as young as 2nd grade can learn to force a new page with Ctrl+enter. I have them create the cover page during one class and add the Ctrl+enter for the new page. That way, students can type the book report without my help–even on  classroom computers.

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Lesson Plans for Martin Luther King Day

5th grade mlk nanoogo cover4th grade mlk nanoogo cover

I have two new lesson plans, both aligned with Common Core, that I’m giving away to help you plan Martin Luther King Day.

4th grade

Students interpret the words of Dr Martin Luther King in their own words in a visual organizer. Great project that gets students thinking about the impact of words on history. Common Core aligned. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

5th grade

Students research events leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on American history and share them with an Event Chain organized visually, including pictures and thought bubbles. Aligned with Common Core. 7-page booklet includes a sample, step-by-step projects, a rubric for assessment, and additional resources to enrich teaching.

They use a new (FREE) online tool I’ve recently discovered called Nanoogo.

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Weekend Website #111: California Missions

By Mdhennessey at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

By Mdhennessey at en.wikipedia [Public domain], from Wikimedia Commons

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions:

  1. CA Missions–each
  2. CA History-Missions
  3. CA mission history
  4. CA Mission Internet Trail
  5. CA Mission Life
  6. CA Mission Pictures
  7. CA Mission Pictures—all Missions
  8. CA Mission websites–list of
  9. CA Mission websites–list of
  10. CA missions
  11. CA Missions
  12. CA Missions 1780 to present
  13. CA Missions Foundation
  14. CA Missions Online–each
  15. CA Missions today
  16. CA Missions–Christianity
  17. CA Missions–each
  18. CA Missions—each mission
  19. CA Missions–general
  20. CA Missions–general II
  21. CA Missions–general III
  22. CA Missions–info on each II
  23. CA Missions–info on each III
  24. CA Missions–list of sites
  25. CA Missions–more
  26. CA Missions–more
  27. CA Missions–Santa Barbara
  28. Daily Life at Missions
  29. Father Serra
  30. Father Serra II
  31. Father Serra III
  32. Father Serra–more
  33. Father Serra—still more
  34. Google Earth Mission Tour
  35. Mission Quotes
  36. Mission Timeline
  37. Mission Websites for Kids
  38. Santa Barbara Mission
  39. The Spanish Missions
  40. Tour CA Missions with Google Earth

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Book Review: 55 Tech Projects for the Digital Classroom

55 Technology Projects for the Digital Classroom: Everything you need to integrate computers into K-8 classesWith the school year almost 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 Projects for the Digital Classroom: Everything you need to integrate computers into K-8 classes

by Jacqui Murray

Volume I is 219 pages and Volume II 235 pages, making this series an all-in-one K-8 toolkit for the lab specialist, classroom teacher and homeschooler, with a years-worth of simple-to-follow projects for K-8. Integrate technology into language arts, geography, history, problem solving, research skills, and science lesson plans and units of inquiry using teacher resources that meet NETS-S national guidelines and many state standards. The fifty-five projects are categorized by subject, program (software), and skill (grade) level. 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. Tech programs used are KidPix, all MS productivity software, Google Earth, typing software and online sites, email, Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, internet start pages, social bookmarking and photo storage), Photoshop and Celestia. Also included is an Appendix of over 200 age-appropriate child-friendly websites. Skills taught include collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, creativity, digital citizenship, information fluency, presentation, and technology concepts. In short, it’s everything you’d need to successfully integrate technology into the twenty-first century classroom.

If you send a proof of purchase for the print textbook to the publisher at sales@structuredlearning.net, you can buy a discounted pdf of the book here. Continue reading

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Weekend Website #111: 40 California Mission Websites

Here’s a list of 40 websites that will inspire your fourth graders about California missions:

california missions

CA missions–4th grade staple

  1. CA Missions–each
  2. CA History-Missions
  3. CA mission history
  4. CA Mission Internet Trail
  5. CA Mission Life
  6. CA Mission Pictures
  7. CA Mission Pictures—all Missions
  8. CA Mission websites–list of
  9. CA Mission websites–list of
  10. CA missions
  11. CA Missions
  12. CA Missions 1780 to present
  13. CA Missions Foundation
  14. CA Missions Online–each
  15. CA Missions today
  16. CA Missions–Christianity
  17. CA Missions–each
  18. CA Missions—each mission
  19. CA Missions–general
  20. CA Missions–general II
  21. CA Missions–general III
  22. CA Missions–info on each II
  23. CA Missions–info on each III
  24. CA Missions–list of sites
  25. CA Missions–more
  26. CA Missions–more
  27. CA Missions–Santa Barbara
  28. Daily Life at Missions
  29. Father Serra
  30. Father Serra II
  31. Father Serra III
  32. Father Serra–more
  33. Father Serra—still more
  34. Google Earth Mission Tour
  35. Mission Quotes
  36. Mission Timeline
  37. Mission Websites for Kids
  38. Santa Barbara Mission
  39. The Spanish Missions
  40. Tour CA Missions with Google Earth

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Weekend Website #93: 18 Natural Disasters Websites

credit: Hans

Natural disasters

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 of resources. I want to share them with you. Please add your own to the comment section:

  1. Avalanches
  2. Earthquake simulations
  3. Earthquakes
  4. Earthquakes for Kids
  5. Earthquakes–USGS
  6. Hurricanes
  7. Natural disaster videos
  8. Natural disasters—National Geographic
  9. Natural disasters–resources
  10. Savage Earth
  11. Storm Chasing
  12. Tornadoes
  13. Tornadoes II
  14. Tsunamis
  15. Volcano Adventure
  16. Volcano Underwater
  17. Volcano videos
  18. Volcanoes

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Organize Your Teaching With Wikis

This is the fifth in a series on classroom management through wikis. Here are links for wikis I’ve created for grades K-5.

This one is Fourth Grade:

classroom management

Click here to visit my fourth grade class wiki

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Why Some Kids Always Seem to Know the Answers

It’s a simple mix of confidence and knowledge. You know that quote–10% knowledge, 90% sweat. Technology is the same. The kid who has the confidence to try and knows the basics will come across as always knowing the answers.

Here are the posts that will get you there:

  • Solve the most common computer problems. There aren’t that many. Most of them start with “Is the computer/monitor on?”
  • Use keyboard shortcuts. They’re easier to remember and make you look clever
  • Know the right words for what you’re talking about. Just enough you sound like you know your stuff, but don’t overdo it. Think of the last techie guy who helped you with your computer problem. If he used computer jargon, you had confidence in his ability. If he used too much, you didn’t feel like you could talk to him
  • Be a decent keyboarder. Nothing spells competence like knowing your way around the keyboard. A couple of months over the summer will do this, and you’ll reap the benefits the rest of your life
  • Know the basics of the most common program you use. If it’s MS Word, Google Earth, wikispaces. Take the time to learn enough that you’re comfortable. Continue reading
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Book Review: Fourth Grade Technology–32 Lessons

Fourth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fourth Grader Can Accomplish on a ComputerFourth Grade Technology: 32 Lessons Every Fourth Grader Can Accomplish on a Computer

by Structured Learning IT Teaching Team

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the Fourth Edition, updated to MS Office 2007/10 (currently available only as pdf). It  includes many more samples, reproducibles, Web 2.0 connections and how-to’s that are age-appropriate for a second grader. At 126 pages, it’s much more like a tech lab-in-a-binder than a mere 32 projects. The Amazon blurb says it all:

The six-volume Structured Learning Technology Curriculum (Fourth Edition, 2011) is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program  whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, classroom teacher, or homeschooler, and is the current choice of hundreds of school districts across the country. Newly updated and expanded, each volume now includes step-by-step directions for a year’s worth of projects, samples, grading rubrics, reproducibles, wall posters, teaching ideas and hundreds of online connections to access enrichment material and updates from a working technology lab. Aligned with ISTE national technology standards, the curriculum follows a tested timeline of which skill to introduce when, starting with mouse skills, keyboarding, computer basics, and internet/Web 2.0 tools in Kindergarten/First; MS Word, Publisher, Excel, PowerPoint, Google Earth, internet research, email and Photoshop in Second-Fifth. Each activity is integrated with classroom units in history, science, math, literature, reading, writing, critical thinking and more. Whether you’re an experienced tech teacher or brand new to the job, you’ll appreciate the hundreds of embedded links that enable you to stay on top of current technology thinking and get help from active technology teachers using the program. Additional items included in each volume are wall posters to explain basic concepts, suggestions for keyboarding standards, discussion of how to integrate Web 2.0 tools into the classroom curriculum and the dozens of online websites to support classroom subjects. Continue reading

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#47: Tour the World—with a PowerPoint Slideshow

Use the research done for #40. Use a guidesheet to lay out what is on each slides, i.e., a cover, table of contents, what makes a geographic locations amazing (discuss this as a group), a map, and three locations from #40. Teach PowerPoint skills such as adding slides and text and pictures, animation, transitions, auto-forward, personalized backgrounds, adding music to multiple slides. Third graders may not be able to complete all skills.

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Weekend Website #46: Computer Lab Favorites

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.

lab activities
Pick activities by grade level, subject

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#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 the globe.

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#30: A Cover Page in Publisher

Use the Quick Publication template to make a fast cover page for a report, project, etc, in the classroom. Pay attention to layout, grammar, spelling, design

publisher magazine

Magazine in Publisher

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Tech Tip #56: Force a New Page

tech tips

Tech tips

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! Continue reading

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