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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2014

Posted by on January 8, 2015

top tenSince I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had over 3 million visitors to the 1,134 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom. They may be about how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom or what I’ve learned from my students as we got through another tech week. I have regular features like:

I post a lot of lesson plans that have worked for me and share my thoughts on other ideas that affect teachers trying to tech-ify their classrooms.

It always surprises me what readers find to be the most and least provocative. The latter is as likely to be a post I put heart and soul into, sure I was sharing Very Important Information, as the former. Talk about humility.

When you look at these articles, they aren’t required to have been written in 2014–just visited last year. Some of these articles were written a few years ago and still generate a lot of interest among aspiring authors.

Before you look at what statistics say are the most popular posts, tell me what your most popular categories are by voting in this poll:

Here they are–my top 10 and bottom 10 of 2014 (though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews and tech tips. Those, I cover in other posts):

Top Ten Hits

  1. Homeschool Day at the Getty
  2. Do You Miss Kerpoof? Try These 34 Alternatives
  3. Digital Citizenship
  4. How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving
  5. K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level
  6. 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom
  7. My Classroom
  8. Dear Otto: What are Common Core keyboarding standards?
  9. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone
  10. Simulations

What conclusions do you draw from this list? I’m amazed by the Hour of Code listing. That article was just published in December and still it beat out lots of articles that had the entire year to collect votes.

Top Ten Misses

  1. MS Word for Grades 2-5
  2. 29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer
  3. Use Google Safe Search
  4. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students
  5. 13 ways Twitter Improves Education
  6. 5 Sure-fire Ways to Teach Vocabulary
  7. What’s a Tech Teacher Do All Day?
  8. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am
  9. How to Teach a Tech Lesson–the Movie
  10. Dear Otto: Any Ideas for Tech Ed Benchmark Assessments?

Did you have a favorite you agreed/disagreed with? I’d love to know. Take a moment to answer this poll:

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and dozens of books on how to integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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