Because AATT is a resource blog, we share lots of tips our group comes across in their daily teaching as well as materials shared by others we think you’d like. Some you agree with; others, not so much. Here’s a run-down on what you thought were the most valuable in 2015:
Top 10 Tech Tips
As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each week in 2015, I shared one of those with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2015. Between these ten, they had over 68,000 visitors during the year.
- How to Add Shortcuts to the Desktop
- My Program Froze
- How to Turn a Website Address Into a Link
- Need a File on Your iPad? Try This
- How to Use an Internet Start Page
- How to Get Youngers to Use the Right Mouse Button
- How to Take Screenshots
- How to Make a Small Webpage Window Big
- New Students? 7 Tips to Differentiate with Tech
- 12 Tips on Handling Hard-to-teach Classes
What tips would you like to hear about more often in 2015? Vote in this poll:
Top 10 Click-throughs
Let’s start with: What’s a click-through. Those are the links included in posts that take you out of the host site to another location where you’ll find valuable information. I include lots of links for readers to sites that will help them integrate technology into education. They cover websites on lesson plans, math, keyboarding, classroom management, cloud computer, digital books, teacher resources, free tech resources, and more. On any given day, more than a third of visitors to Ask a Tech Teacher click through to one of these resources. Which links my readers select tells me a lot about the type of information they’re looking for.
Here’s a list of the top ten sites visitors selected from my blog:
- Structuredlearning.net–lots of teachers are finding books/ebooks here for integrating tech into the classroom. This is where everyone on the Ask a Tech Teacher crew makes theirs available.
- libraryspot.com—there’s a big uptick in using the internet for research this year over last year
- abcya.com–a popular site with classroom edutainment
- kids.nationalgeographic.com–still more research. I’m seeing a trend
- bigbrownbear.co.uk/keyboard/–One of my favorite sites to teach K/1 how to type
- Bomomo.com–great mouse skills website for youngers and seniors
- Code.org–the first step in joining Hour of Code
- FactMonster.com–kids are getting used to researching online, and this is a great place to start
- BuildWithChrome–a fun, free way to code with Lego-like blocks
- BigBrownBear–pre-keyboarding for youngers; focus is on key placement, nothing else
What do I conclude from this? Where last year, the top sites revolved around a variety of interests, this year it’s keyboarding (4) and research (2). What do you come to Ask a Tech Teacher for ? Vote in my poll:
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 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, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for six blogs, 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, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.