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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2017

Posted by on January 10, 2018

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog six years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 1,797 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.

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 2017 (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

  1. 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom
  2. 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom
  3. Digital Citizenship
  4. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?
  5. 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How
  6. Free Posters
  7. What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?
  8. How to Create a Curriculum Map
  9. ASCII Art–Computer Art for Everyone
  10. The Importance of 3D Printing in Education

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 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…

Vector illustration of guy sleeping on his computer

Top Ten Misses

  1. Dear Otto: Should I fix ‘Thumb clicking’?
  2. How to Teach Digital Citizenship in 1st Grade
  3. What a Teacher Can Do About Cyberbullying
  4. 3 Important Books for Kids
  5. How to set up your tech classroom
  6. Digital Literacy–What is it?
  7. 10 Things My Blog Taught Me
  8. #75: Tessellations in Excel
  9. 18 Things Teachers Do Before 8am
  10. Dear Otto: What Online Images are Free?

Did you have a favorite you agreed/disagreed with? Add your thoughts in the comments. I’d love to know.


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 18 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, 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. She is also the author of the tech-thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

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