Category: Blogging

10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2020

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog nine years ago, we’ve had almost 5.3 million views from visitors (about 10,000 follow us) to the 2,444 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:

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

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.

Here they are–my top 10 of 2020 (though I’ve skipped any that have to do with website reviews and tech tips because they’re covered in separate posts):


11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live):

For regular readers of Ask a Tech Teacher, these are yearly reminders. For new readers, these are like body armor in the tech battle. They allow you to jubilantly overcome rather than dramatically succumb. Your choice.

Today: 11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

For most teachers I know, life zooms by, filled with lesson planning, teaching, meeting with grade-level teams, chatting with parents, attending conferences (to stay UTD), and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.

That includes your online presence and all those personal profiles. But, that must happen or they no longer accomplish what we need. If they aren’t updated, we are left wondering why our blog isn’t getting visitors, why our social media Tweeple don’t generate activity, and why you aren’t being contacted for networking. Here’s a short list of items that won’t take long to accomplish:


Here’s a Preview of December

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in December:

  • More Hour of Code projects, websites, resources
  • Unplugged activities for coding
  • Subscriber Special
  • Holiday activities to keep the learning going
  • Holiday gifts for teachers
  • End-of-year maintenance–speeding up computers, updating your online presence
  • Have Santa call your kids


Here’s a Preview of October

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in October:

  • National Bullying Prevention Month resources
  • NaNoWriMo and Young Writers
  • Election resources
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month resources
  • Digital Citizenship Week resources
  • Long List of Shortkeys 
  • Shortkey Posters
  • Great Websites for Special Needs
  • Apps that Inspire Students
  • Tech Tips
  • A Geek is asked, “Who are you?”
  • Halloween Projects, Websites, Apps, Books, and a Costume


Here’s a Preview of September

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in August:

  • Tech Tips
  • 21 Websites and 5 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills
  • 9 Great Websites to Inpsire 2nd Graders
  • 9 Websites to Inspire 5th Graders
  • Favorite Shortkeys for Special Needs

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-12 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, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Here’s a Preview of April

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in August:

  • Teaching Online During COVID-19
  • World Backup Day
  • 8 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy
  • 7 Tips for Netiquette
  • 18 Easter Websites
  • How to Build Your Own Tech Curriculum
  • How to Assess Digital Literacy
  • Activities for Earth Day
  • Online class in Differentiated Instruction
  • Earth Day
  • Tech Tools for Specials
  • 13 Pedagogies that will make you a Better Teacher
  • 3 Apps That Energize Learning
  • Find Public Domain Images