Guest post / high school / middle school technology

Weekend Website: Hunger Games

I’d like to welcome Michelle Mano as my guest blogger today. As a former classroom teacher who understands the importance of creasting a community of 21st century learners, Michelle is a strong advocate of technology in the classroom She has a great lesson plan and activities to share with you-all today, based on The Hunger … Continue reading

classroom management / lesson plans / middle school technology

12 Tips for Teaching Middle School Tech

Middle Schoolers are a special breed. They definitely need to learn productivity software like word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, but I’ve found it’s better to give them big goals, general guidelines, deadlines, and let them go. I just finished editing a tech textbook for 7th grade and it includes units on problem solving, logical thinking, digital … Continue reading

Ask Otto / free tech resources

Dear Otto: When will the 7/8 Technology Curriculum Textbooks be out?

Dear Otto is an occasional column where I answer questions I get from readers about teaching tech. If you have a question, please complete the form below and I’ll answer it here. For your privacy, I use only first names. Here’s a great question I got from Rusty: When will the Tech Curriculum textbooks for … Continue reading

fifth grade / free tech resources / homeschool / Keyboarding / middle school technology / teacher resources / websites

Weekend Website #21: Test Your Typing Speed

I use this as practice in my tech classes. Students love seeing their typing speed improve, and it shows them the importance of subtracting for errors (we all know how time-consuming correcting typos is). I often see them go to this site during free time, especially when the next speed quiz is imminent. I think your kids will enjoy it, too. 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