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Building Digital Citizens–the Class

If you have questions about how to build good digital citizens, questions like:digital citizenship

  • how DO you get students not to steal images from Google and how important is that?
  • what’s the best advice to students when they face cyberbullying?
  • how do you know if you are plagiarizing or if you’ve been plagiarized?

We have a new certificate class (with 18 ECUs) called “Building Digital Citizens” that covers thirteen of the most-common topics everyone should know about Digital Citizenship (they’re listed in the video below). Each section has an introduction and then three phases to help you scaffold learning: Introductory, Working on, and Mastered. Work through all phases in each topic at your own pace, in whatever order you’d like. It’s all online, self-directed, with lots of links, videos, and top-notch online resources to help you figure it all out.

Here’s what you do:

  • Sign up through this link. Be sure to include your email in Special Instructions.
  • Receive a Join Code for the class wiki.
  • Work through the units.
  • Notify us when you’re finished and we’ll send the Certificate.

It’s that simple. Here’s a video introduction:

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Subscriber Special: August

Teachers Pay Teachers annual back-to-school sale is going on right now! Visit my store over at Teachers Pay Teachers

Date: August 1st-2nd

Many items are marked 10 percent off today and tomorrow (August 1 and 2). To get the biggest savings, use the promo code BTS2017 at checkout, and this should take off an additional 5 percent, giving you a total of 15% off the original price of the item!

This would be a great time to pick up items from your wishlist on digital citizenship, keyboarding, lesson plans, coding, and more!

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Visit My New Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Store!

Textbook publisher, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, now offers an education resource website called HMH Marketplace. This is for teachers by teachers, giving educators an attractive, easy-to-maneuver online site where they can find exactly the right lesson plans, rubrics, activities, classroom decor, and more for their unique classroom needs. It’s free to sign up, carefully managed (they went through all of my products in detail before posting them–which I appreciate), with a wide variety of products you can browse by grade, subject, or category.

I invite you to visit my store, Ask a Tech Teacher. Browse through to see what I have available:

…and then visit the hundreds of other teacher stores with their thousands of resources.

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New Year Brings Changes

I’ve noticed that the same people subscribe to both my weekly newsletter on Tech Tips and Websites. That means they get two emails a week in their email box from me, in what is probably already a cluttered, overcrowded bit of virtual real estate. That inspired me to make a change.

I’m going to merge the two lists and send one email a week that includes both a Weekly Tech Tip and a Weekly Website. No need to resubscribe though you may get a notification that you’ve been added to a list that will sound something like “Weekly Tech Tips and Websites”.  Here’s the new link:

tech tips

I’ll still have a separate newsletter for resource announcements. Here’s that link:

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Here’s to a wonderful, busy, productive, fulfilling new year!


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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A Shout Out for My Donate Button

18619875 Donate black stamp text on yellow Speech BubbleAsk a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen. Use the PayPal Donate button below or in the sidebar of Ask a Tech Teacher:

donateAbout this time of each year, when several of our larger bills come due, we give a shout out for help. We thought we’d share some of the costs of running Ask a Tech Teacher:

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My #GoDaddyNightmare

man biting a laptop in frustrationFor those of you who are trying to visit my resource site, StructuredLearning.net, it’s down. I’ve talked with Go Daddy, addressed their issues. Money’s there, bank’s on my side, fault is somewhere besides me, everything’s straightened out, and still it may take them 24 hours to re-activate my site. F****.   It’s not just me; it’s my entire group of cooperative teacher publishers. F** F***.

I’ve explained that, and they explained I’m in the queue.

Until then, feel free to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for your tech ed needs. I apologize for the technical difficulties. Sigh.

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Free Videoconferencing Through EZTalk

logo eztalksJust a quick shout out for anyone looking for an easy and affordable way to try videoconferencing. The folks over at EZTalks  are having an Easter special. You can find out more about it here.

 

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A Shout Out for My Donate Button

18619875 Donate black stamp text on yellow Speech BubbleAsk a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen.

About this time of each year, when several of our larger bills come due, we give a shout out for help. This year, we thought we’d share some of the costs of running Ask a Tech Teacher:

  • Site hosting–we use WPEngine–an excellent company that keeps the site up and running over 99% of the time.
  • Domain name hosting--for that, we use GoDaddy. They always take my calls, walk us through how to fix problems in terms we understand. we’re teachers, not network geeks, but they don’t hold that against us.
  • Legal images–to avoid problems with illegal images, we buy ours through a service called Kozzi. They have a wonderful, vast collection of all sorts of tech and education pictures.
  • Constant and chronic techie problems–such as IPNs and plug-in updates and so much more. Again, we’re teachers. This double geek stuff makes our heads hurt.
  • The geeky tools and programs that deliver content–like the apps we review and the programs we use for webinars.

We could sell ads, but we don’t want to clutter the pages. That’s distracting as you search out resources for your classroom. We rely on donations. Any amount you can contribute–$5… $10… using the PayPal Donate button below or in the sidebar, would be appreciated.

Here’s the one-time donation button, or you can find it in the sidebar:

Here’s the button for a monthly donation–the price of a cup of coffee and a donut:

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BTW, we’re always open to sponsors, too. We love sponsors!  If you’re an edtech company interested in helping spread Ask a Tech Teacher resources to everyone, contact us at askatechteacher@gmail.com. We can add you to the sidebar, review your product, or another sponsor sort of activity.

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14 Action Items, 5 Take-aways and 3 Tidbits from the TpT Conference

tpt1.6 million teachers buy from Teachers Pay Teachers. Over 90,000,000 people visit the website monthly. If you’re a teacher, why wouldn’t you set up a free seller account (they take a percent of revenue, like Amazon does) and see if all those brainy ed ideas caroming through your brilliant brain will fund your weekly Starbucks bill (or in the case of Deanna Jumper and a growing group of teachers like her, bring in over $1 million dollars to pay a lot more than bills)?

I have a TpT store (Ask a Tech Teacher) so decided to attend the first-ever premium seller’s conference on how to TpT better, smarter, more effectively, while having more fun. I went with a girlfriend–a fellow teacher. Together we made the desert drive from Orange County, California to Las Vegas Nevada, prepared to learn how to make our online stores the best they could be. From beginning to end, every seminar I attended was packed:

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Big Sale at Teachers Pay Teachers!

saleFebruary 27th and 28th, my entire TeachersPayTeachers store is on sale. Drop by and get something from your Wish List at 20% off! Just for showing up, you’ll get an additional 10% off from TPT–that’s 30% off anything you purchase.

Plus–I’ve set a bunch of items to FREE. You can browse my store to find them or click the link below:

  1. 4th Grade–Space Science (Common Core aligned)
  2. 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into Geography
  3. 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into First Grade Using Software
  4. How to Use Khan Academy in Your Classroom (Common Core aligned)
  5. MLK Lesson Plan (Common Core aligned)
  6. His Words in Our Words–another MLK lesson plan (Common Core aligned)

One more reason to stop by–I’ve posted 2 new single lesson plans:

How to use Note-taking in Your Classroom

This covers using simple word processing programs, GAFE, Evernote, Google Forms, Flipboard to take notes. Your students will love at least one of them.

How to use 3 Presentations Boards in Your Classroom

Start class with a war-up that teaches–Problem Solving, Vocabulary, and Google Earth. These are great for Responsive Classroom programs.

Even if you’re not in the market for more tech ed products, drop by. Join the excitement!

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