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11 Sites to Teach You How To…

online trainingA wide variety of topics, with one thing in common–they teach you about technology in education:

  1. Common Core training–the Hunt Institute
  2. Common Craft--videos on wikis, phishing, etc.
  3. How-to videos–technology, reading, math, more
  4. How to Videos for Web 2.0
  5. Internet Movie Database
  6. K-8 school-related videos. Tons 
  7. Learn Zillion—teaching videos
  8. Teacher Training Videos   
  9. Teaching Channel
  10. YouTube Education
  11. YouTube Pure—removes comments


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Summer Tech Camp–Everything You Need

summer tech camp

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Summer Tech Camp Survival Kit

From Ask a Tech Teacher

Are you teaching a Summer Tech Camp to Kids? We have the solution:

Build Your Own Adventure

$230 value for $179


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Resource Review: Mentoring Minds

mm_logoMentoring Minds is an education publishing company and resource site created by former teachers. Their goal: Critical thinking for life–
” to develop affordable, effective learning tools that help children think critically, giving them the skills to succeed not just in the classroom, but in life.”
Focus is on both teacher and student.
  • Materials enable differentiated instruction, student practice, and teacher evaluation of progress. Through their dashboard, teachers can identify which students have mastered specific standards, what learning goals should come next for each student, and which students require in-depth interventions to meet the standard(s) being assessed.
  • Professional development is available for teachers on core concepts like differentiation in the classroom, rolling out Common Core Standards, best practices for instruction, formative assessment strategies, and more.


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How to Create a Curriculum Map

curriculum mapIf I’m trying to get from Los Angeles, California to Minot, North Dakota, I start with a map. I build a route that includes the sights I’d like to visit, shows me the connecting roadways, and gives me a rough idea of how long it’ll take.

The same is true with teaching a class. I need a map to show how best to blend my curriculum and the school’s standards, scaffold skills on each other, and connect to all stakeholders involved. In education, that’s called a Curriculum Map.

What is a Curriculum Map?

According to Education World, a Curriculum Map is…

a process for collecting and recording curriculum-related data that identifies core skills and content taught, processes employed, and assessments used for each subject area and grade level.

 —Education World: Virtual Workshop: Curriculum Mapping

A Curriculum Map first and foremost is a planning tool, a procedure for examining and organizing curriculum that allows educators to determine how content, skills and assessments will unfold over the course of the year. It is an in-depth view of topics teachers will instruct over the school year, their pacing, and how they blend with other subjects. In an IB school, that includes the learner profiles that are satisfied. In a Common Core school, that covers the math and literacy standards addressed. In other states, it’ll be how lesson plans meet their unique state standards.

In general terms, a Curriculum Map includes:


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What’s With Daylight Savings?

Daylight Savings Time is back today. Watch this video for background information:



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20 Sites for Authentic Assessments

assessmentHere’s a good collection for both summative and formative assessments:

  1. Class badges
  2. Grading automatically w G. Docs–Flubaroo
  3. Hollywood Sq/Jeopardy Templates
  4. Jeopardy Labs
  5. No Red Ink–track student learning, create quizzes, CC-based–free sign-up
  6. Online quizzes that you create, online grades 
  7. PollDaddy
  8. Puzzle maker
  9. Quizbean–make and take quizzes online
  10. Quizdini
  11. Rubrics I
  12. Rubrics II
  13. Rubrics III
  14. Rubrics/Assessments—create–KSchrock
  15. Rubrics—for CCSS
  16. Socrative
  17. Technology use survey—interactive
  18. Test creator—online
  19. Tests—create fill-in-the-blanks
  20. Padlet


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#53: Colonization Trifold Brochure in Publisher

Create a trifold brochure in Publisher to go along with colonization or another unit of inquiry in the classroom. This project focuses on research and is more involved than #51 History Trifold. Students add lots of detail and lots of research on different colonization topics. Besides Publisher, students learn to research on the internet and copy-paste pictures from the internet

Lesson Plan

Use each panel in the trifold (there are six) to cover a different topic you’re discussing in class.

Click on each page of lesson plan.

You can also use a template in Google Docs, Google Presentations, or MS Word if you don’t have Publisher:


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6 Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging

blog-489506_640I’ve been blogging for about six years, some professionally (for my tech ed career) and others on topics of interest to me (writing, USNA, that sort). That first post–putting myself on the line, ignoring that I had no hits, wanting to approve comments from spammers because that would look like someone loved me–I thought that was the hard part. The second post was easier and so it went.

But somewhere around the twentieth post, I figured out I had to do blogging right. I couldn’t simply show up, spout off and slink away. There was a lot more to ‘blogging’. I could have quit–it was getting to be a lot like work–but I enjoyed the camaraderie with like-minded souls. I learned a lot about writing by doing it and could transfer those lessons to my students. So I honed my skill.

Now, years later, there are a few items I wished I’d known early rather than late. Let me share them with you so you don’t have the hard lessons I did:

  • only reblog 10% of someone else’s post. If you’re on WordPress and push the ‘reblog’ button, they take care of it for you. But if you copy someone’s post and give them attribution, you blew it. You have to get permission if you are reposting more than 10% of someone’s work. Where was I supposed to learn that?


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Subscribers: Your February Special is Available

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

This month:

18+ webinars on tech ed pedagogy


with coupon code FREEWEBINARS

Topics include:

  1. 6 Topics to teach every lesson
  2. 8 Tools that are going away (from the classroom)
  3. Assessment
  4. Class exit tickets
  5. Class warm-ups
  6. Differentiation—general
  7. Differentiation—How to teach the hard-to-teach class
  8. Digital citizenship I
  9. Digital citizenship II
  10. Digital note-taking
  11. Gamification of education
  12. Google Search and research
  13. Grading Technology
  14. Inquiry in the Classroom
  15. Problem solving
  16. Search and research
  17. The Flipped classroom
  18. Twitter in the classroom

Delivery: YT stream

How to Order: Publisher’s website only

Price: $9.99 value–this month: $0.00 (with coupon code FREEWEBINARS)

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3 Desk Organizers You Need

ideasWith a new year upon us, I want to share three items I’ve discovered that help organize my desk-related items like nothing else I’ve tried. I didn’t want these to be the ‘pencil caddy’ sort of ideas, but those that popped a light bulb over my head, significantly improving my ability to get the job done while sitting at my desk.

Here’s what I came up with. See what you think:

Computer Privacy Screen Protectors

Have you ever gotten that prickle in the back of your neck that someone is reading over your shoulder? Maybe you’re working on a sensitive email while students are in the classroom (during lunch break, say) and when you turn, you see a student standing there, politely and quietly waiting to ask a question. Or your computer screen–like mine–can be seen through your classroom window, which means anyone walking by can see what you’re doing on your screen, even if it’s grading student work.


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