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 2017:
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 which I share with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2017. Between these ten, they had over 174,000 visitors during the year.
- End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
- 6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun
- 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level
- 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom
- 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom
- Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?
- 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How
- What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?
- How to Create a Curriculum Map
- What are Common Core keyboarding standards?
What changed this year? The favorite tips were more general in nature than specific. Where last year a lot of ‘how-tos’ made the top ten, this year there’s only one.
What tips would you like to hear about more often in 2018? 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 Ask a Tech Teacher’s 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 are the top ten sites visitors clicked through to from my blog:
- Bonomo–a fun mouse-skills site to hone drag-drop skills
- Jigzone–easy-to-use puzzle site
- Mousercize–the original from PBC Library
- libraryspot.com—there’s a big uptick in using the internet for research this year over last year
- 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
- MouseSpot–a variety of mouse practice games
- FactMonster.com–kids are getting used to researching online, and this is a great place to start
- MacMillan’s How to Use the Mouse–graphics are a bit dated but not the materials
- Kids National Geographic–variety of geography games
- Digipuzzle–a variety of themed and holiday puzzles
What do I conclude from this? Where last year, the top sites revolved around keyboarding. This year, it’s mouse skills.
What do you come to Ask a Tech Teacher for? Vote in my poll:
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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.