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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2016

Posted by on January 2, 2017

top-ten-2016Since I started this blog five years ago, I’ve had over 4.8 million visitors to the 1,454 articles I’ve written on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes how to use wikis or blogs in the classroom and what I’ve learned from my students as we got through another tech week. I have regular features like:

If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.

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.

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 2016 (though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews and tech tips because they’re covered in separate posts):

1979896 cheerful emoticonTop Ten Hits

  1. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?
  2. 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom
  3. 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How
  4. 6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun
  5. 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom
  6. How to Create a Curriculum Map
  7. What to do when your Computers Don’t Work
  8. 18 Pluses, 5 Differences, and 9 Tips about Chromebooks in Your Classroom
  9. What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?
  10. Dear Otto: What are Common Core keyboarding standards?

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–posts I thought were great, but you-all didn’t visit as much. One epiphany I had for why resource lists excel over pedagogy is that the former are used by students as well as teachers. I’ve had days where I get a 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 donut. I’m not sure how to adjust for that…

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Top Ten Misses

  1. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year
  2. 13 Ways Blogs Teach Common Core
  3. 29 Online Educational Activities Kids Will Love This Summer
  4. Create a Storybook in KidPix
  5. Create a Timecard in Excel for Grade Two and Up
  6. Ten MS Word Tips You Don’t Want to Miss
  7. Dear Otto: My Students Think Hunt-and-Peck is Good Enough. What do I do?
  8. 8 Tech Tools to Get to Know Your Students
  9. How to set up your tech classroom
  10. 4 Options for a Class Internet Start Page

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


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 four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, 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. Click for her latest tech thriller, To Hunt a Sub.

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