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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2013

Posted by on January 9, 2014

top tenSince I started this blog fifty-four months ago, I’ve had over 1.6 million visitors to the 1000 articles I’ve written on

integrating technology into the classroom. They may be about 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 Tech Tips, Dear Otto, 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 (did you see yesterday’s on Martin Luther King?). 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.

A few side notes about my year:

  • The busiest month was September.
  • The deadest month was June

Without further distraction, here they are–the Top Ten Hits and Misses of 2013:

Top Ten Hits

though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews and tech tips. Those, I cover in other posts:

  1. Great Resources–a mixture of tools and widgets to help teachers techify the classroom
  2. Keyboarding–no surprise with the resurgence of keyboarding, thanks to Common Core
  3. Digital Citizenship–one of the three topics that should be included in every lesson (along with keyboarding and vocabulary)
  4. 11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher
  5. Great Training--a collection of training webinars on tech ed tools and widgets
  6. Great Apps--favorite apps for your classroom
  7. Dear Otto: What are Common Core keyboarding standards?
  8. 5 Tech Ed Tools to Use this Fal
  9. 5 Must-have Skills for New Tech Teachers Plus One Extra
  10. 6 Ways to Say Bye Bye Binders

I get the message–readers want tech ideas. I’ve written quite a few pedagogy articles about tech ed and few ranked.

Top Ten Misses

  1. 10 Things My Blog Taught Me
  2. How to Use Excel to Teach Math Arrays
  3. Dear Otto: Where Can I Find Kid-safe Images?
  4. You Know You’re a Geek When…about here (meaning the top 4 misses), the misses started blending with the hits. They were getting close in their number of views
  5. How to Organize the First Grade Class
  6. 18 Great Poetry Websites
  7. How to Find Reliable Internet Sources
  8. #22: A Holiday Flier in Publisher--Publisher is an expensive program. Do you think that’s why this lesson plan ranked so far down?
  9. Twitter and the Teacher–great real-life article about a South American teacher’s experience tweeting
  10. Book Review: My Evernote–readers overall avoided book review posts. Interesting…

I was surprised my attempts at humor flopped. I only published 5 and all had similarly abysmal placements. That’s fine because I’m not a funny person. It’s work for me so I’ll stick to what I do better.

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

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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