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Awards

Bammy Award in Ed

Woah–I’ve been nominated for a Bammy Award in the category of School Technologist by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Here’s the reasoning submitted by the Nominations Committee for the nomination:

Jacqui Murray has taught K-8 technology for 15 years. Based on her experience, she wrote a tech curriculum for kindergarten-fifth grade, which is now used in hundreds of schools all over the country. She is webmaster for five blogs (most notably the award-winning Ask a Tech Teacher), an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a technology columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Technology in Education. She has also written several ebooks on integrating tech into core classroom units.

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1.69 Million Hits–Wow

hitsI have to pause a moment to thank all of you for that amazing number. Who would have thought three-and-a-half years ago when I started Ask a Tech Teacher, I’d reach 1,000,000 hits. Now I’m over 1.6. Wow.


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a columnist for Examiner.com, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer.

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One Million Hits–Wow

hitsI had to pause a moment to thank all of you for that amazing number. Who would have thought three-and-a-half years ago when I started Ask a Tech Teacher, that would be my number.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, presentation reviewer for CSTA, Cisco guest blogger, a monthly contributor to TeachHUB, columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in Education, and IMS tech expert. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Honors for Ask a Tech Teacher

When PhDs notice what I’m doing over here, I am honored. So when I heard that Ask a Tech Teacher came in fourth in the Top 25 Education Technology Sites in 2012, I just had to share the news.

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I’ve been Nominated for the Fascination Award

[caption id="attachment_8527" align="alignright" width="176"]most fascinating blog Vote for me[/caption]

Woah. This is cool.

But what is the Fascination Award? Here’s what they say:

In order to be fascinating, content can’t just be useful, valuable, entertaining, educational, or interesting. These are all great traits to have but fascinating content is a mixture of these things and much more.

Fascinating content is best quantified by the physical and emotional reaction that it instills in its audience rather than particular traits of the content. Put simply, fascinating content:

  • Inspires its audience.
  • Creates conversation around the topic.
  • Creates a strong emotional reaction (positive or negative)
  • Gets shared both online and off.
  • Contain genuinely fascinating content
    • Voting Starts: June 04, 2012 (12:01 EST)
    • Voting ends, 1st place winner is chosen: June 11, 2012 (11:59 PM EST)

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Ask a Tech Teacher is Interviewed

[caption id="attachment_8337" align="alignleft" width="127"]betsy weigle Curator of Classroom Teacher Resources[/caption]

Please drop by Betsy Weigle’s Classroom Teacher Resources blog where she interviews me on technology in education.

I met Betsy online when I found a great Skype lesson over at her blog. I’ve since asked her to expand on that here on Ask a Tech Teacher–you’ll see that post later this week. Betsy shares lots of teacher resources, from becoming a teacher to classroom management to effective teaching. She holds a Masters in Elementary Education & Teacher Certification from Eastern Washington University and has earned her National Board Certification.


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-sixth grade, creator of two technology training books for middle school and three ebooks on technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.com, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco blogger, IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s editing a thriller for her agent that should be out to publishers this summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards

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If you are inspired to nominate the Structured Learning K-6 curriculum for the 2012-2013

Ed-Tech Readers’ Choice Awards, please let me know. SL is offering a wonderful prize over on their website for those so motivated (a free tech book of your choice)!

Here’s the contest blurb:

Have you had success with a particular ed-tech product or service? Want to recognize that product and share your success with your colleagues? Then nominate your favorite product(s) for our 2012-2013 Ed-Tech Reader’s Choice Awards from eSchool Media.

Nominations can include hardware, software, or online services in any area of educational technology. Please include the name of the product or service, the company that provides it, and a brief but detailed description (no more than 200 words) telling us how you use the product or service and how it has benefitted your college, university, school, school district, classroom, teachers, students, or its community. (The more specifics you can provide, the better—for example, “We’ve used X in our fourth-grade classes for the past two years, and scores on our state reading exam have improved by 30 percent…”)

IMPORTANT:  Each nomination must be accompanied by a valid school eMail address.

How It Helps

1. Support your colleagues by pointing out ed-tech products and services that are relevant, beneficial, efficient, and cost-effective.  

2. Give top-flight products and services the national recognition they deserve.

3. Encourage ed-tech vendors to produce more high-quality products and service for education. 


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Edublogs Nomination: Best EdTech/Resource Sharing Blog

Woah! The list of Edublog 2011 nominees is out. I am surprised and thrilled that our sister blog, Ask a Tech Teacher, has been nominated. I’d love for anyone so inclined to click this link and vote for her. The voting is in the website’s left sidebar. Select:

Best edtech/resource sharing blog 2011

Then select

Ask a Tech Teacher.

Now back to my school report cards…

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Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman. She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.coman Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, an IMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab.

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Nominations For Edublog Awards Now Open!

Nominations for this year’s Edublog Awards are now being accepted! This is where you can nominate your favorite blogs for a variety of awards (it’s a long list, but check it out below). You can learn all about deadlines, the nominating process, awardsand categories at Nominations Open – The 2011 Edublog Awards are on! In a nutshell:

  1. Write a post that includes your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site (See an example from 2009.)
  2. Use the form at the bottom of this page to send us a link to your nominations

2011 Categories

  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best School Administrator blog
  • Best free web tool
  • Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  • Best educational use of a social network
  • Lifetime achievement

Tips

  • Nominate in as many categories as you want
  • You can’t nominate yourself 😉
  • Nominations must be made somewhere public – your blog, a forum on a ning, a school website, etc.
  • Even if you see your favorite has already been nominated, it is best to nominate them again
  • Categories are competitive, and only the most nominated will make it to the voting round
  • Share your nominations using twitter (#eddies11), facebook, Google+ and email

Feel free to nominate your humble webmaster at Ask a Tech Teacher.

Now back to our regularly scheduled posts…


Jacqui Murray is the editor of a technology curriculum for K-fifth grade and creator of two technology training books for middle school. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy midshipman.  She is webmaster for five blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for Examiner.comEditorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing TeachersIMS tech expert, and a weekly contributor to Write Anything and Technology in Education. Currently, she’s seeking representation for a techno-thriller that she just finished. Any ideas? Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.

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Ask a Tech Teacher Receives an Award

seal of approvalDid you notice the new seal in the left sidebar? Ask a Tech Teacher–Homeschool Edition–received a seal of approval  from the proclaimed EdAnywhere, voted #1 by Homeschool.com We are proud to be part of the resources they make available to all homeschoolers to integrate technology into the homeschool curriculum.

We are proud to be included in this community. I encourage everyone to click on the seal and visit this wonderful site for homeschooling ideas.

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