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Common Core Writing–Digital Quick Writes

Here’s a free lesson plan from the newest Ask a Tech Teacher book, How to Achieve Common Core with Tech–the Writing Strand. This covers K-8, 208 Standards, and has 28 projects.writing

BTW, the lines at the front of each step are to track progress in case you don’t complete it in one class period. Feel free to print out for classroom use:

Essential Question

How does writing often and briefly improve skills?

Summary

Students use digital Quick Writes to integrate writing and critical thinking practice into any discipline.  They use a variety of age-appropriate digital tools to prepare their work. Through these short, fun writings, students develop fluency, build the habit of reflection, and informally assess thinking.

Big Ideas

Writing routinely for short periods of time, for a range of tasks, purposes, and audiences, makes students better writers.

Materials

Internet, drawing program, quick write links

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Subscriber Special–Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

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Summer Tech Camp Survival Kit

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Build Your Own Tech Camp Adventure

$230 value for $179

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Subscribers: Your Special is Available

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This month:

10% Discount on

6th Grade Tech Curriculum–Fifth Edition

CODE: MARCHSPECIAL

The [updated] 261-page 6th Grade Technology Curriculum is the seventh in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. The choice of hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this nine-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher.

The 32-week 6th grade tech curriculum is designed with the unique needs of middle school technology IT classes in mind. Each lesson is now aligned with both Common Core State Standards and National Educational Technology Standards, including Scope and Sequence. step-by-step weekly lessons, articles on tech pedagogy, emphasis on comprehension/problem-solving/critical thinking/preparing students for career and college. Focus is on transfer of knowledge and blended learning, collaboration and sharing.

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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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It’s Here–(updated) 6th Grade Technology Curriculum!

6th gradeThe [updated] 261-page 6th Grade Technology Curriculum is the seventh in a series designed to teach technology by integrating it into classroom inquiry. The choice of  hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world, this nine-volume suite is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you’re the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher.

The 32-week 6th grade tech curriculum is designed with the unique needs of middle school technology IT classes in mind. Each lesson is now aligned with both Common Core State Standards and National Educational Technology Standards, including Scope and Sequence. step-by-step weekly lessons, articles on tech pedagogy, emphasis on comprehension/problem-solving/critical thinking/preparing students for career and college. Focus is on transfer of knowledge and blended learning, collaboration and sharing.

Online support is offered FREE through a help blog

Each lesson includes: Common Core Standards, ISTE Standards, essential question, big idea, materials required, vocabulary, problem solving for lesson, time required to complete, teacher preparation required, steps to accomplish goals, assessment strategies, troubleshooting, how to extend learning, additional resources, examples, grading rubrics. Units include:

  • Desktop Publishing
  • Digital Portfolios
  • Digital Rights & Res.
  • Genius Hour
  • Google Apps
  • Google Earth Lit Trip
  • Graphics
  • Internet Search
  • Intro and Digital Tools
  • Keyboarding
  • Khan Academy
  • Note-taking
  • Photoshop
  • Presentations
  • Problem Solving
  • Spreadsheets
  • The Debate
  • Web-based Tools
  • Word Processing
  • Write an Ebook

Note to readers: Color shown in the sample image gallery are included in PDF version only, sold separately. Please contact publisher for a discounted price with Amazon proof of purchase.

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Subscribers: Your Special is Available

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

This month:

All lesson plan bundles (up to 5 lessons in each) only $7.99

That’s a 20% discount! (on most)

Carried over from January, this special includes:

  • All Common Core bundles for K-5
  • All curriculum extension bundles for K-6
  • All grade-specific bundles for K-8
  • All themed bundles
    • Google Earth
    • Art
    • Geography
    • Math
    • Science
    • Writing
    • Reading

Delivery: PDF format (Digital only)

How to Order: Publisher’s website only

Price?

$7.99 each

or

3 bundles for $20.99

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#49: California Missions Project–in Publisher

Millions of third graders study California missions. Here’s a great project that brings it to life with some writing, lots of pictures and a dash of creativity that will excite every student.

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Subscribers: Your Special is Available

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

This month:

All lesson plan bundles (up to 5 lessons in each) only $7.99

That’s a 20% discount! (on most)

Includes:

  • All Common Core bundles for K-5
  • All curriculum extension bundles for K-6
  • All grade-specific bundles for K-8
  • All themed bundles
    • Google Earth
    • Art
    • Geography
    • Math
    • Science
    • Writing
    • Reading

Delivery: PDF format (Digital only)

How to Order: Publisher’s website only

Price?

$7.99 each

or

3 bundles for $20.99

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14 FREE Holiday Projects

holidayHere are some great projects to keep your children tech-involved over the holidays. They take lots of critical thinking, problem-solving, and are worth the effort! Let me know how these go:

  1. 19 Holiday Websites For Your Students
  2. Holidays
  3. Book Review: 16 Holiday Projects
  4. Monday Freebies #24: Holiday Newsletter
  5. #20: A Holiday Card in KidPix
  6. #16: A Holiday Memory in Word or KidPix
  7. #15: A Holiday Letter for Grades 2-6
  8. #21: A Holiday Card in Publisher
  9. #22: A Holiday Flier in Publisher
  10. #17: A Holiday Story in MS Word for Grades 2-7
  11. #24: A Holiday Newsletter in Publisher for Elementary School
  12. #23: A Holiday Calendar in MS Publisher for Elementary School
  13. Weekend Website 40: NORAD Santa
  14. 5 Fabulous Last-minute Gifts

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Common Core Reading–What if Students Don’t Like Reading

common coreHere’s a free lesson plan from the newest Ask a Tech Teacher book, How to Achieve Common Core with Tech–the Reading Strand. This covers K-8, 315 Standards, and has 14 projects.

BTW, the lines at the front of each step are to track progress in case you don’t complete it in one class period. Feel free to print out for classroom use:

Essential Question

How can games help me learn reading skills?

Summary

Students play an online game (i.e., Samorost) to hone reading and math skills. By end of unit, 5th through Middle School will review up to 7 math anchor standards, 8 reading anchor standards, 6 RST standards, 4 reading informational standards, and 1 reading foundational standard.

Big Idea

Games encourage students to read closely, determine and analyze central ideas, interpret meaning, assess point of view/purpose, differentiate between arguments, and understand sometimes complex material.

Materials

Internet, class Twitter account, student blogs, digital citizenship links

Teacher Preparation

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