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Dear Otto: I need more guidance than the curriculum offers. What do I do?

Posted by on October 15, 2012
tech questions

Do you have a tech question?

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 Dawn

I am a homeschool mother who is not computer literate. I am concerned that my children are going to be behind in technology. I bought 2nd Grade Technology hoping to start my 5th and 8th grader in a computer technology curriculum however, because I need a step by step curriculum, this book does not seem to meet my needs. What can you recommend to get us off to a good start?

I understand. The best approach is to join the teaching wiki for the grade level you are interested in:

Note: Because these are heavily focused on the SL curriculum, you are encouraged to join (for FREE) when using that K-8 curriculum. If you absolutely can’t get it but still would like to follow along, you can join here.

There, a teacher using the curriculum teaches with you every week. You can do exactly what she does and ask how-to and what-if questions as you go along. As many as you need. She’ll answer or other members of the group will. You’ll be surprised how many people are there to help.

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a K-6 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, creator of two technology training books for middle school and six ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blog, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a bi-weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a 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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