I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.
Today: Tech Survival Kits
Tech Survival Kits put everything a teacher needs to tech-ify their classroom into one package. This includes books, ebooks, articles, webinars, mentoring, and more. By purchasing as a Kit, you get a 10% discount on the included materials.
There are five Survival Kits. The specific resources depend upon your need:
- K-5 tech teacher–-what tech skills to teach when so students can use digital devices granularly in their learning. Includes K-5 tech curriculum, Common Core lesson plan tie-ins, tech problem solving, classroom posters, 60+ webinars, and 1:1 coaching.
- K-6 tech teacher--what tech skills to teach when so students can use digital devices granularly in their learning. Includes K-6 tech curriculum, Common Core lesson plan tie-ins, tech problem solving, classroom posters, 60+ webinars, and 1:1 coaching.
- Middle School tech teacher–how to use tech efficiently and effectively in the MS classroom. Includes grades 6-8 tech curriculum, Common Core lesson plan tie-ins, tech problem solving, 26 themed webinars, and 1:1 coaching.
- Common Core–how to use tech to deliver the promise of Common Core. Includes 5 ebooks, 8 webinars, and 7 Hall of Fame articles.
- The non-tech teacher wants to integrate tech into inquiry–this includes materials to guide you in using tech as a tool to deliver classroom inquiry. Includes 9 books/ebooks (on digital citizenship, keyboarding, tech problem solving), 23 webinars (on Common Core and tech, pedagogy, more), 1:1 coaching via Skype/email/GHO, Q&A.
Who needs this
Tech teachers, tech coordinators, library media specialists, curriculum specialists
Classroom grade level teachers if your tech teacher doesn’t cover basic tech skills.
How do you use it
If you’re the tech teacher and have dedicated technology time each week, this takes you through that 30-45 minutes, unpacking what needs to be taught when. If you’re a classroom teacher, integrate the lesson pieces into your regular curriculum. For example, where a project is required to learn a tech skill, pick one that supports your inquiry.
The Ask a Tech Teacher crew
Stuff that goes nicely with this
When you buy the K-5 and K-5 Survival Kit, you get free weekly webinar training via a companion wiki, access to a Master Teacher to address your questions. So don’t buy those.
What else do you need? Hmmm….. Anything else would be for a different need. This is the basics–which is why it’s called a Survival Kit!
Where do you get it
Available in print/digital
Pay via PayPal or school PO
Sold directly from the Publisher
Screenshots from materials included on one of the survival kits:
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-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster, an Amazon Vine Voice, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and a weekly contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.