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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2011

Posted by on January 4, 2012

Since I started this blog twelve months ago, I’ve had almost 20,000 visitors viewing the 115 articles I’ve written on

hits and missesintegrating technology into the classroom. They may be how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom or what I’ve learned from my students as we got through another tech week. I have regular features, like Monday Freebies, Tech Tip Tuesdays and Weekend Websites. I post a lot of lesson plans that have worked for me and share my thoughts on other ideas that affect teachers trying to tech-ify their classrooms. It’s a fast changing world. I’m just trying to hang on and share the ride.

It always surprises what my readers find to be the most provocative and least interesting. The latter is as likely to be a post I put heart and soul into, sure I was sharing Very Important Information, as the former. Talk about humility. Without further distraction, here they are–the Top Ten Hits and Misses of 2011:

Top Ten Hits

though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews. That, I cover in the post about the top websites last year:

  1. Great Websites (this won by a landslide)
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. 18 Great FREE Online Keyboard Websites
  4. Can Your Fifth Grader Answer This Math Problem?
  5. Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll Ever See
  6. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone
  7. Google Earth: User Friendly in the Classroom
  8. 18 Online Keyboard Sites for Kids
  9. How to Become Survivorman–or Bear Grylls–in Third Grade
  10. Life Wisdom From Your Computer #1: Consider RAM

Top Ten Misses

  1. School’s Back–Do Your Children Need Computers?
  2. Summer Activities to Keep Kids in Tech
  3. You Have Permission to Disrupt Class
  4. How to Organize the First Grade Class
  5. ISTE Debrief: Don’t Hide the Internet from Today’s Kids
  6. #30: A Cover Page in Publisher
  7. #1: How to KidPix I
  8. #37: Use Oregon Trail to Teach Westward Expansion
  9. How to Stop Hating Your Computer
  10. #4: Photoshop for Fifth Graders: The First Step is Word

Did you have a favorite among you agreed/disagreed with? I’d love to know. Take a moment to answer this poll:


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and author of two technology training books for middle school. She wrote 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 tech columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller Any suggestions? Contact Jacqui at her writing office, WordDreams, or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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