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A Holiday Flier in Publisher

This is the only project that’s easier than the holiday card in Publisher I shared on Monday. There’s no folding and the templates are bright, colorful and exciting for kids as young as second grade: (more…)

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Subscribers: Your November Special is Available


Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

This month:

16 Holiday Projects book


Delivery: PDF (Digital only)

How to Order: Publisher’s website only

Price: $14.99 value–this month: $4.99 (discount take after you click ‘Buy’)

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Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects

holiday projects16 Holiday Projects (Structured Learning 2011) is a 45-page student-tested collection of year-round holiday-themed projects for kindergarten through eighth grade using Word, Excel, Publisher, KidPix, TuxPaint, Web 2.0 tools and more. They’re from the Ask a Tech Teacher technology crew, designed to be fun and festive while teaching important tech skills.

Use them for any holiday. They’ll fill your year with pictures, calendars, wallpaper that kids will love making and want to give to family as gifts.

Subscriber Special this month–only $4.95 now through the 15th

Where to purchase:


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A Holiday Card in Publisher

Greeting cards are easy enough for second graders–even early readers. Using MS Publisher, pick a template, add a picture to personalize, add their name–and they’re done. It takes about 15 minutes. Kids always feel great about creating these greeting cards: (more…)

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Halloween Projects for K-5

TagulThree holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students.

Here are ideas for you for Halloween:


  1. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone (a pumpkin–see inset)
  2. Lesson Plan: Halloween letter for grades 2-5
  3. Make a Holiday Card
  4. A Holiday Card  (with Publisher)
  5. A Holiday flier
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Subscribers: Your October Special is Available

saleEvery month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

This month:

A Lesson on Khan Academy

Free Posters

Common Core: 7 Articles

Free if you visit the link (from my publisher)

Check this link often to see what else has been added as free/discounted

Delivery: PDF format (Digital only)

How to Order: Publisher’s website only




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Subscribers: Your September Special is Available

saleEvery month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

This month:

Freebies over at Structured Learning–check it out

Click the ‘Sale’ tab on their website then ‘Freebies’ and see what you find.

There are also Sale items and Discontinued items–until they run out!

Delivery: PDF format (Digital only)

How to Order: Publisher’s website only

Price?  FREE or discounted

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Need to Create Lesson Plans? Try Frolyc

lesson plansWhen I first looked at Frolyc  I thought it was a lesson planning tool. Somewhat like Khan Academy’s mashable lesson plans or Mentor Mob’s  playlist of activities–or Knowmia‘s carefully-crafted materials that can be shared throughout their communities. But the more I dug into it, the more I realized that I was selling Frolyc short. Yes, it can curate content–for me, more easily than these others–in preparation for a flipped classroom lesson or independent student study. I could quickly collect a wide variety of interactive materials and distribute them to students nicely grouped under a theme. Yes, it can deliver low-stakes testing to students while they work, to evaluate learning and determine if appropriate scaffolding has been provided to insure understanding. Teachers have adopted short and quick formative assessments to inform them about whether the lesson they’re teaching is achieving the desired results. Typically, this requires a separate student log-in through an add-on tool like Today’s Meet and Socrative. I liked that Frolyc integrated it into the platform–no need to go elsewhere.

But Frolyc could do more. The lesson plan I created could easily be differentiated to accommodate varied student learning styles by tweaking it before pushing it out to student accounts. When the student logs on to their iPad-based account, they get not a mass-produced lesson, one-size-fits-all, but one that addresses his/her range of knowledge, needs, and learning style. With a nominal amount of work on the teacher’s part, no two lesson plans need be the same, just as no two students are exactly alike.

Additionally with Frolyc, lesson plans became more than students passively consuming videos, text, websites–they included sharing ideas, comments, and collaboration.

Here’s how it works:


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Great (Free) Lesson Plans

39-aHere’s a list of over seventy-five lesson plans free for your use. They’re organized by:

  • subject
  • software/tool
  • grade

You just highlight the lesson, then copy-paste to a doc of your choice.

If you want them printed out on 8.5×11 sheets, they are available for purchase here.

Here’s a slideshow of some of the lessons:

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Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom–Lesson Plans

lesson plansI 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. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Today: Lesson Plans

There are lots of different bundles of lesson plans–by theme, by software, by topic, by standard. Let me review a few with you:

  • bundles of 5 lesson plans–These are great when you want to cover a software program, a tool, a grade, or a standard. Pick the one that fits your need. They’re affordable, focused, and often completed in just a few class sessions
  • bundles of bundles, so that’s 15 for about $20 (less if you use a discount coupon)–This lets you get a discount when you stock up. Buy three bundles of five lessons–to cover a wide-range of needs.
  • 30 Common Core-aligned lessons–5 per grade level, K-5
  • 110 lesson plans–integrate tech into different grades, subjects, by difficulty level–These cover everything and are discounted this month. Check them out. They could be exactly what you need.
  • singles–for as low as $1.99 each. Genius Hour, Google Apps, Khan Academy, etc
  • Holiday projects–16 lesson plans that theme to holidays (varied) and keep students in the spirit while learning new tools

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