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What’s Tomorrow’s Student Look Like

future studentJust as the teacher’s job has changed from ‘sage on the stage’ to ‘guide on the side’, so too has the student’s job. Take a peek into the near future at tomorrow’s student. Today, you’d call this child the ‘techie’ minority. Tomorrow, s/he’ll be the majority.

S/he is no longer a passive observer of his/her educational journey, expecting a teacher to impart knowledge that will shape his/her future. Tomorrow’s student takes charge of their learning, sifts through available options and selects what works for them, spirals up or down when required, asks for scaffolding when it’s lacking, accepts accountability for their progress as a stakeholder in the process, adapts to change as needed. They look for rigor in their learning environment and rise to the challenge when required.

These future students expect to collaborate, share, publish, contribute, and participate in a community of learners.

In some cases, the future has already arrived

What’s all that mean? Let’s add detail.

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What’s the Classroom of the Future Look Like?

Education is changing. Teachers no longer primly lecture from the front of the class. Students don’t fervently copy the instructors words down, read  text, and memorize material for a test.

And the classroom itself has changed.

If these reforms have your head spinning, hold on to your sensibilities because lots more are coming. You thought Smartscreens at the front of the class linked to a computer, students storing schoolwork in the cloud rather than a personal file folder, homework submitted electronically, parents signing up to volunteer on something called ‘Sign up Genius’ was cutting edge? By the time your new born baby enters kindergarten, here’s what they’ll find at their school house:

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Weekend Websites: 25 Keyboarding Websites

keyboardingIf summer is when your children are absolutely positively going to catch up on keyboarding, here’s a list of 32 keyboarding websites for all ages (be sure to view the full post–I have a free poster for you):

  1. ABCYa–Keyboard challenge—grade level
  2. Alphabet rain game
  3. Barracuda game
  4. Big Brown Bear
  5. Bubbles game
  6. Dance Mat Typing
  7. Finger jig practice game
  8. Free typing tutor
  9. GoodTyping.com
  10. Keyboard practice—quick start
  11. Keyboarding practice
  12. Keyboarding—lessons
  13. Keyboarding—more lessons
  14. Keyboarding—must sign up, but free
  15. Keyboarding—quick start
  16. Keybr–Online practice
  17. NitroTyping
  18. Online typing lessons — more
  19. Touch Typing Progressive Program
  20. TuxTyping
  21. Typing Club
  22. Typing Defense—fun word practice
  23. TypingTest.com
  24. TypingWeb.com—a graduated course
  25. Web Institute Keyboarding for Kids

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Subscribers: Your Special is Available

buying-15810_640Every month, subscribers to Ask a Tech Teacher get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching.

This month:

50% off Tech Posters for your classroom

This is one of the most popular products at this time of year for teachers. You can see all of them in the thumbnails below. They’re in two groups:

19 Posters

18 (More) Posters

Both are on sale for about half price (give or take a few pennies). But hurry–special ends September 21st, 2013, at midnight.

Questions? Email me at askatechteacher@gmail.com

Thank you for your loyalty!
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New Tech Teacher? I Understand You

If you teach technology, it’s likely you’re a geek. Even if you didn’t start out that way–say, you used to be a first grade teacher and suddenly your Admin in their infinite wisdom, moved you to the tech lab–you became a geek. You morphed into the go-to person for tech problems, computer quirks, crashes and freezes.

Overnight, your colleagues assumed you received an upload of data that allowed you to Know the answers to their every techie question. It didn’t matter that yesterday, you were one of them. Now, you are on a pedestal, their necks craned upward as they ask you, How do I get the Smartscreen to work? or We need the microphones working for a lesson I’m starting in three minutes. Can you please-please-please fix them?

Celebrate your cheeky geekiness. Flaunt it for students and colleagues. Play Minecraft. That’s you now–you are sharp, quick-thinking. You tingle when you see an iPad. You wear a flash drive like jewelry. The first thing you do when you get to school is check your email

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10 Steps to Become a Better Geek

If you teach technology, it’s likely you’re a geek. Even if you didn’t start out that way–say, you used to be a first grade teacher and suddenly your Admin in their infinte wisdom, moved you to the tech lab. Overnight, you became a geek. You morphed into the go-to person for tech problems, computer quirks, crashes and freezes. Overnight, your colleagues assumed you received an upload of data that allowed you to Know the answers to their every techie question. It didn’t matter that yesterday, you were one of them. Now, you are on a pedistal, their necks craned upward as they ask you, How do I get the Smartscreen to work? or We need the microphones working for a lesson I’m starting in three minutes. Can you please-please-please fix them?

Celebrate your geekiness. Flaunt it for students and colleagues. Play Minecraft. That’s you now–you are sharp, quick-thinking. You tingle when you see an iPad and the first thing you do when you get to school is check your email

It’s OK. Here at Ask a Tech Teacher, we understand. The readers understand. You’re at home. To honor you, I’ve created this poster. It gives ten more ways to get your geek fully on as you go through your day:

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15 Ways to Get Your Geek On

Celebrate your geekiness. Flaunt it for students and colleagues. Play Minecraft. That’s you–you are sharp, quick-thinking. You can’t help but smile when you see an iPad and the first thing you do when you awake is turn on the computer.

It’s OK. Here at Ask a Tech Teacher, we understand. The readers understand. You’re at home. To honor you, I’ve created this poster. It gives fifteen more ways to get your fully geek on as you go through your day:

  1. Be smart. Yeah, it feels good
  2. That’s my inner Geek speaking
  3. Think. Exercise your brain.
  4. Waves. Sigh.
  5. Repeat after me: People are my friends. Like Siri.
  6. Move away from the keyboard–Not.
  7.  Some people watch TV. I play with a Rubik’s Cube
  8. Be patient. I’m buffering.
  9. There must be a shortkey for that
  10.  Life needs an Undo key
  11. Leave me alone for 2 minutes and I’ll go to sleep
  12. Yes, I can fix your computer
  13. Like a computer, I do what you tell me to
  14. My RAM is full. Come back later.
  15. Slow down. My processor isn’t that fast

Want that as a poster? Here you are:

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Book Review: 19 Posters to Decorate Your Technology Lab

19 posters to Decorate Your Technology Lab is for new and experienced tech teachers to remind students of the basics of computer use. It includes keyboard tips, website usage, mouse control, how to solve common problems, parts of the computer, email netiquette, how to search, volunteer guidelines and more. As a Bonus: There’s a sample structure for a 45-minute tech class.

This is a must-have for new teachers, a time-saver for everyone.

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19 Free Posters For Your Tech Lab

Subscribe to Ask a Tech Teacher or Ask a Tech Teacher–Homeschool; get a free ebook of 19 Posters for your Classroom–

19 posters for new and experienced tech teachers to remind students of the basics of computer use. Includes keyboard tips, website usage, mouse control, how to solve common problems, parts of the computer, email netiquette, how to search, volunteer guidelines and more. Bonus: sample structure for a 45-minute tech class. A must-have for new teacher. A time-saver for everyone. (Note: digital delivery. These are 8.5×11, full color, ready to print in your classroom)

How do you subscribe? Click the icon on the left sidebar of the blog. It’s that easy. Hurry–offer ends July 31st, 2012 at midnight.

Don’t want to subscribe but want the book? It’s available on the publisher’s website. Just take care of that money stuff (I think it’s $9.99) and they’ll send you a digital book with the 19 posters. It’s that easy.

Already a subscriber? click here for great specials, just for you.
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