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Is it Time for a Social Media Awareness Class?

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Christian Miraglia, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, has some great ideas on teaching kids about Social Media Awareness: Over the last decade, there has been pressure in the K-12 learning environment to create classes that address everything from managing your money to various efforts to address cultural inequalities.

6 Tech Activities for Your Summer School Program

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With the growing interest in tech comes a call for summer school programs that supersize student enthusiasm for technology. If you’ve been tasked (or voluntold) to run this activity, here are six activities that will tech-infuse participants: Debate.

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What to Know Before Studying in the UK

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Studying overseas is becoming more popular than ever. The Institute for International Education of Students (IES) explained why based on a survey they conducted to explore the long-term impact of study abroad on the personal, professional, and academic lives of students.

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13 Websites That Provide Lots of Digital Books for Summer Reading

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At the beginning of the 21st century, the definition of digital equity revolved around the provision of a digital device to every student. Usually, that meant desktop computers, iPads, and laptops, either in small groups or 1:1.

June is Internet Safety Month

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June is National Internet Safety Month , thanks to a resolution passed in 2005 by the U.S. Senate. The goal is to raise awareness about online safety for all, with a special focus on kids ranging from tots to teens. Children are just as connected to the Internet as adults.

Looking for Summer Activities? Try These

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Earlier this week , we posted activities for a summer school student program. Now, we’ll focus on you–what do you want to accomplish with your summer? I’ve collected the most popular AATT articles on how to spend your education time this summer.

9 Websites to Address Social Media

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If you read our article on teaching social media awareness , you may be looking for online tools to teach students about this subject. Here are some we recommend: #Hashtag You’re It –video; your hashtags may reveal more than you think.

What to Know About SQL and How to Try it Out

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If you want a job coding, you have to know how to get around a database, and that means SQL. I know–a geeky, scary three-letter word that makes even math aficionados decide to choose advanced calculus rather than computer programming.

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Tech Tip #68: Make Desktop Icons Big or Little

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Teaching Early Geometry Concepts

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I spend a lot of time every week reading about current thinking in education. An article over at The Tech Edvocate caught my eye on early math. Math is a fundamental process in learning, not just adding and subtracting but to develops skill in problem solving and critical thinking.

Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

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A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share a popular post from the past month (or so). . Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared.

Tech Tip #16: What’s Today’s Date?

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

15 Skills To Learn this Summer and Use Next Year

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It’s summer, that time of rest and rejuvenation, ice cream and bonhomie. Like the American plains or the African savannas, it stretches endlessly to a far horizon that is the Next School Year.

World Environment Day: Living Responsibly with Nature

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World Environment Day is June 5th. I posted this article from Catherine Ross, Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, a year ago and it’s worth repeating.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. This year, that’s May 11th. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures.

What you Need to Know about Evaluating Apps

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As you head into summer, you’ll be looking for new apps and resources to add spark to your Fall classes. Here’s what you need to know about evaluating those apps: Last year, there were so many apps to help me manage the Pandemic and remote teaching, I couldn’t keep up.

Tech Tip #75: Laptop Frozen? Here’s What You Do

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Mindfulness–its place in the classroom

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Teaching Channel is one of my favorite hands-on resources for how to teach. They offer lots of videos from the classroom, showing teachers at work, but also well thought out discussions on topics that impact education. This one is on mindfulness.

7 websites to teach fake news

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We wrote about fake news earlier this week ( How to defeat fake news–one teacher’s ideas ). Here are additional resources you’ll find helpful in teaching about this topic: Fake News game — from BBC. How to spot fake news — a video. Interview with a fake news creator.

Music for Armed Forces Day

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Many Americans celebrate Armed Forces Day annually on the third Saturday of May. It is a day to pay tribute to men and women who serve the United States’ armed forces. Armed Forces Day is also part of Armed Forces Week, which begins on the second Saturday of May.

6 Websites that Teach Letters

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A lot of online sites can make learning letters fun for kids. Here are a few of my favorites: Find the letter–easy, medium, hard –from PBS kids, intuitive to use; even K won’t have any trouble with it. Hands on Learning- -20+ Simple Activities for Kids to Start Learning Letters. Learn Letters with Max (video)–20 minute video with over 200 million views. Owl and Mouse Learn Letters –a group of websites to learn letters and sounds.

How to Clean Up Google Classroom for the Summer

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As you end your school year, there are lots of details that must be taken care of. If you use Google Classroom, here’s a list, created by Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Scott Winstead: How to Clean Up Google Classroom for the Summer.

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Happy Memorial Day!

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I’m taking the day to honor our all soldiers on America’s Memorial Day. Without their sacrifice, where would we be? Holidays

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Tech Tip #91: Rollback Windows Updates

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Subscriber Special: Special Add-on with School License

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June 4th-8th: Buy a K-8 School License. get 3 free print books of the grade level you purchased. domestic purchase or freight-forwarders only). Usually, you get one desk copy for each grade level included in your school license. Between June 4th-8th get three per grade level.

Using VR to Visualize Complex Information

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Virtual Reality is one of the hottest newish education strategies that keeps getting better. Here’s an excellent article from eSchool News about using VR to better understand topics traditionally considered complex: VR helps students visualize complex information.

Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

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A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share the most popular post from the past month on that blog: Tech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared.

Has Teaching Changed since the Pandemic?

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, wrote an interesting article on changes in teaching since the pandemic. I think you’ll find a lot to relate to: Has Teaching Changed Since the Pandemic?

Websites that add sparkle (and learning) to Spring

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A few spring websites, lesson plans, printables, activities: 7 Science Experiments that Teach About Spring. Books from Scholastic about Spring. Life cycle of a snake. Life Cycle Lesson Plans. Life Cycle resources. Life Cycles. Life Cycle Symbaloo. Plant life cycle. Spring Puzzle.

Digital Literacy in Busy Classrooms

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This is a common complaint in my grad school classes. Yes, teachers know students don’t have all of the skills they need for the technology required in education, but who has time to teach it?

Reliable Turnitin alternatives for K12

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Turnitin has long been the go-to resource for uncovering plagiarism in student work, but there are reasons why that may not be a good choice for you or your students.

How to Raise a Computer-Savvy Generation

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Raising computer-savvy children is complicated, whether you are a geek or a luddite. If you don’t pay attention, they teach themselves and not always the right way.

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Kiddom’s Newest Feature–Lesson Launch

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If you’re not familiar with Kiddom , you should be, especially in the changing environment of today’s classroom.

Top 10 Hits and Misses for 2021

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Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog thirteen years ago, we’ve had almost 5.6 million views from visitors, about 10,000 followers who have read some or all of our 2,731 articles on integrating technology into the classroom.

How to Become a Tech Teacher

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I know from personal experience that tech teachers are in short supply. It’s not unusual for a school to transfer the PE teacher or 2nd grade teacher into the Tech Teacher job because they can’t find anyone else for that position.

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What You Might Have Missed in May—-What’s up in June

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Here are the most-read posts for the month of May. Tech Teacher Appreciation Week. Encourage Creativity in the Classroom. CUE22 and Trending Edtech. 12 Tech Tasks To End the School Year. 5 Ways to Involve Parents. 3 Websites on Architecture/Engineering.

12 Tech Tasks To End the School Year

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I posted this a few years ago, skipped the topic with all the craziness of the pandemic, and am updating it this year in articles about how to wrap up your school year.: Wrapping up your school technology for the summer is as complicated as setting it up in September.

Tech Tip #27: Does MS Word Have ‘Research’?

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In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Public Domain Day and Happy New Year!

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Every year, January 1st, is P ublic Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use.

Resources to Teach Taxes

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As a passionate Economics major in college (which grew into an MBA), I find Econ at the root of much of the world around us. It starts with counting coins in first and second grade and grows up to a peek into NASDAQ and other adult subjects in middle school. In the US, tax day is April 15th.

Book Review–My Secret EdTech diary

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My Secret EdTech Diary. by Al Kingsley. Al Kingsley’s My Secret EdTech Diary (John Cott Educational 2021) is a big-goaled, meandering overview of edtech (educational technology) available and pertinent to teachers and students.

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Is Education Due for a Reset

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Throughout my career in education, teaching has been prodded, pushed, tweaked, nudged, and reformed. I author a K-12 Technology Curriculum. Each time I update it, I include a list of what has changed since the last update, something like: Windows updated its platform—twice.

11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence (copy)

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This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year.