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Tech Ed Resources for your Class–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum

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I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

5 (free) Posters on College and Career

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Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: College and Career. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here.

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Teacher-Authors–Help me launch my latest prehistoric fiction

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If you’re a teacher-author, I’d love for you to share this HS-level book with your community. In return, I’ll share yours with mine! A boy blinded by fire. A woman raised by wolves. An avowed enemy offers help.

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Most Common Tech Problems You-all Face

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In the grad school classes I teach and my coaching sessions, the biggest problem facing teachers is not the 3R’s or equity or differentiation. It’s technology. In an education environment that is taught remotely as much as in person, this has become a big deal.

7 Coding Words You Need To Know 

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Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Jeremy Keeshin, is the CEO and co-founder of CodeHS , a leading coding education platform for schools, used by millions of students.

Tech Tip #24: Open a New Word Doc without the Program

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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.

12 Websites for Digital Books 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.

Whiteboard Apps You’ll Love

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Whiteboards have long been a de rigeur staple in classrooms, occupying pride-of-place at the front of the room. Despite the popularity of hi-tech Smartscreens, the simple whiteboard remains the favored method of sharing information during class time. But one change has revolutionized their use: They can now be projected from your iPad. Before introducing three amazing must-have whiteboard apps, let me note that there are dozens of options , all with varied traits and prices.

Classroom Activities for Earth Day

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April 22nd is Earth Day, a day when (historically) more than 1 billion people in 192 countries put the Earth’s health ahead of convenience, habits, and cultural norms.

Last Chance for this College-credit Tech-for-writing Class

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MTI 558: Teach Writing With Tech. Starts Monday, June 21, 2021! This is the last chance to sign up. Click this link to sign up.

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

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Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

10 St. Patrick’s Day Resources For Your Class

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Getting ready for St. Patrick’s Day? Try these fun websites with activities for different grade levels, different classes: Puzzle–St. Pat’s Puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s drag-and-drop puzzle. Puzzle–St. Pat’s slide puzzle. Puzzles and games. Physical Education St.

Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely

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This is a how-to article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor describing clever ways to make remote teaching work. A recommended read if your remote program isn’t working as you’d hoped: Tips for incentivizing your teachers team while working remotely.

Tech Tip #85: Backup Your Computer Often

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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.

Internet Safety Month–Rules to Live By

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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.

Tech Tip #31: 10 Best Keyboarding Hints

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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.

Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology

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Thank you so much to Norah Colvin for inviting me as a guest on her wonderful education blog, Norah Colvin. Norah covers so many great topics, I’ve been a long-time subscriber, always coming away a little smarter and up-to-date on teaching our youngest learners.

Tech Tip #19: Ten Best MS Word Tips

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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.

4 Ways HS Students Develop the IT Skills for Higher Education

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There’s still time this school year to help high school students learn the skills they’ll require to thrive in Higher Education.

Here’s How to Motivate Summer School Students

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When you have to compete with a warm sun, sandy beaches, and playful friends, motivating students in summer school can be a daunting challenge. The best first step, right after introducing yourself, is to understand why students are with you rather than with friends or playing online games.

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Teacher Appreciation Week–Gifts for the Tech Teacher

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Teacher Appreciation Week: The First Full Week of May. There’s always been something mystically cerebral about people in technical professions like engineering, science, and mathematics. They talk animatedly about plate tectonics, debate the structure of atoms, even smile at the mention of calculus.

Kids’ Computer Posture Explored

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Here’s a great article on a topic I don’t talk about enough–proper posture at the computer. Written by “Karen Weaver a 3rd grade elementary school teacher and author of the upcoming children’s book “The Magic Pencil”, it covers all the basics.

11 Digital Platforms to Teach Remotely

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There are more options for digital learning than Zoom. Check out these: Big Blue Button –great conference app but embedded in LMS (not standalone). Canvas –with their Conference option (Big Blue Button). Draw Chat –virtual meeting with a whiteboard. FaceTime –from Apple. Google Hangouts.

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Invention Convention? 8 Websites to Teach Inventions

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Invention Convention Worldwide is a global K-12 invention education curricular program mapped to national and state educational standards that teaches students problem-identification, problem-solving, entrepreneurship and creativity skills and builds confidence in invention, innovation and entrepreneurship for life.

5 (free) Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

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Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired. This month: Internet and Websites 1. –for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here.

JotForm Approvals–Great Way to Manage Workflow

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You may know JotForm as one of the most popular tools in the form builder category, recognized for its simplicity and sophistication in what could otherwise be the complicated process of collecting and analyzing data.

Tech Tip #103: 16 Spring Cleaning Steps for Computers

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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+ Websites to Teach Financial Literacy

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Financial Literacy Month is recognized annually in Canada in November, [1] and National Financial Literacy Month was recognized in the United States in April 2004, [2] in an effort to highlight the importance of financial literacy and teach citizens how to establish and maintain healthy financial habits.

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? I tried to keep the videos to three and failed miserably. Once I got started watching, I got lost. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

Here’s a Preview of May

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in May: More. Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher). Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

What to Know Before Moving From High School Teacher to College Professor

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A logical step for many teachers is to progress from teaching High School to College. But that is more complicated than it sounds.

5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Do at Home

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Getting ready for extra time with kids? Here are five great ideas that are energizing and motivating: 5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home. All children are born scientists. Until education – or spoilsport parents – ruins them.

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Tech Tip ##113: Backup Your Blog

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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.

Need math resources? Have students try these

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Struggling with helping students learn math when you can’t be at their side? Try these videos ( check here for updates to links ): Bright Storm math videos. Khan Academy –online progressive math program; free. Math Class with Terry V. Math DrBob . Math Videos. Math videos –clean, nice.

Here’s a Preview of June

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in June: What is Genius Hour and Why Should I Love it? Internet Safety Month. How to Motivate Summer School Students. Tech Tips. Coding Vocabulary. Online PD. 5 Steps to Personal Privacy. Free Posters.

Tech Tip #161: Ten Most Important Keyboard Keys

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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.

Tech Tip #105: Create Shortkeys for Windows Tools

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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.

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Subscriber Special: June

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Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Sign up for our newsletter. Then get 10% off your next purchase! First Name. Last Name. Special Interest: Email Format.

How To Move To Canada To Be A Teacher

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Here’s a great article from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor for those of you interested in teaching internationally–specifically, Canada: How To Move To Canada To Be A Teacher. Canada is a country that people all over the world would love to emigrate to.

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I’m visiting America’s Heartland!

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I am out of pocket next week. I’m visiting my wonderful sister in rural Marion Indiana. I can’t wait to live a measured, natural life for at least a week where we can veges, check on her bee hives, and eat indoors at a restaurant!

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.

What You Might Have Missed in May

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Here are the most-read posts for the month of May. Teacher Appreciation Week–Gifts for the Tech Teacher. Kids’ Computer Posture Explored. 10 Digital Platforms to Teach Remotely. 5 (free) Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed. What to Know Before Moving From High School Teacher to College Professor.

5 Websites for 4th Grade Word Study

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Here are a few of the popular resources teachers are using to reinforce and teach word study: Grammar games –a collection of easy-to-use games that cover grammar, vocabulary, parts of speech, and more.

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