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It always surprises us what readers find to be the most and least provocative. The latter is as likely to be a post one of us on the crew put heart and soul into, sure we were sharing Very Important Information, as the former. Talk about humility.
Here they are–my top 10 of 2018 (though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews and tech tips because they’re covered in separate posts):
Top Ten Hits
- 16 Great Research Websites for Kids
- 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills
- 10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class
- 16 Thanksgiving Sites For Your Students
- 6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun
- Free Lesson Plans
- 4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom
- 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom
- 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level
- 13 Ways to Use Canva in Your Classroom
What conclusions do you draw from this list? Me–lots of interest in resources with a smattering of pedagogy.
Here are the Top Ten Misses of 2018–posts I thought were great, but you-all didn’t visit as much. One reason why resource lists (curating themed lists of websites) excel over pedagogy is that the former are used by students as well as teachers. I’ve had days where I get 1000 hits in an hour because teachers posted the list for students. Most of the sites on the Top Ten Misses are consumed individually, over coffee and a carrot. I’m not sure how to adjust for that…
Top Ten Misses
- 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom
- 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students
- Update a Classic Bridge Building Lesson Plan
- How to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Class
- What’s Tomorrow’s Student Look Like
- How Tech Teachers Can Benefit From Historical Research Tools
- 10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology
- Holiday Gifts for Teachers
- The Important Morning Meeting
- Learning Strategies for your Classroom
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
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