Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog eight years ago, we’ve had almost 5.1 million views from visitors (about 10,000 follow us) to the 2,184 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like:
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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 2019 (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
- 16 Thanksgiving Sites For Your Students
- How to Use Google Drawings
- Free Posters
- Quick Review of 7 Popular Math Programs
- 61 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level
- 10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class
- Digital Citizenship
- 11 Webtools That Make Images Talk
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 2019–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
- Preparing High Schoolers For A Career In Cybersecurity
- 33 Digital Exit Tickets That Fit Most Subjects
- Are You As Smart as a Fifth Grader (and more)
- 7 Innovative Writing Methods for Students
- 21st Century School — How Technology Is Changing Education
- How to go Paperless in Your Classroom
- #102: 23 Favorite Keyboard Shortcuts
- Looking for Trusted Advisers? Look No Further
- How to Teach With Videos
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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-12 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, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.