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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular prehistoric fiction saga, Man vs. Nature which explores seminal events in man’s evolution one trilogy at a time. She is also the author of the Rowe-Delamagente thrillers and Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. Her non-fiction includes over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, reviews as an Amazon Vine Voice, a columnist for NEA Today, and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Look for her next prehistoric fiction, Natural Selection Fall 2022.
If you’re a teacher-author–like me!–I’d love your help launching this HS-level historical fiction book with your community. In return, I’d be more than happy to share yours with mine!
The world has changed. Can Lucy, too, if it will save her tribe?
In this conclusion to Lucy’s journey, she and her tribe leave their good home to rescue former tribemembers captured by the enemy. Lucy’s tribe includes a mix of species–a Canis, a Homotherium, and different iterations of early man. More join and some die, but that is the nature of prehistoric life, where survival depends on a combination of developing intellect and man’s inexhaustible will to live. Based on true events.
If you’d like to know a little more about Natural Selection, here’s the trailer.
An Indie author’s most powerful marketing tool is word of mouth. We don’t have a big publisher behind us or an agent that pushes us out to the world. What we have is each other, telling our friends about the latest great book we’ve read.
I need your help
If you’re willing to help me promote my latest book, I’ll help you! Here’s how it works:
The least-known international holiday coming up this week: International Comment Week. This is a time where you make the extra effort to leave a comment on the blogs you visit.
I would love that–share your thoughts about any of the topics I post on this week. I’ll do the same on your blog. Or, just say hi. In this way, we’ll grow our community.
Visit our brand new website
We’ve updated the Structured Learning education website to be easier to use on desktops and a snap on mobile devices. Come check it out. Find something you like, use this code:
Look what you’ll find!
A friend started a free blog directory that includes categories for writers and teacher-authors. I’ve added both of my blogs, Ask a Tech Teacher and WordDreams. It’s free, just getting going. If you’re looking for another way to market your books and/or teaching resources, here’s how you sign up:
Why the Blog Directory?
- Find blogs of a specific category; and/or find bloggers of similar interests.
- Drive more traffic to your blog and enhance its SEO. Search engines like to crawl websites in such directories*.
- I believe it’s the first of kind for bloggers by a blogger. And unlike others, it’s human moderated directory.
- It’s FREE!
How to submit your blog?
March 31st is called World Backup Day. At least once a year, backup your data files to an external drive (like a flash drive). This is one that isn’t connected to your local computer so can’t be compromised if you get a virus. It’s good to always backup data to cloud drives or a different drive on your computer but once a year, do the entire collection of data files to what is called an ‘air gap’ drive–one that is separated from any internet connection.
How to do this
There are various ways to back up your data. You can back up your data to an external device or you can back up your data to a cloud-based backup service, or back up your data to both an external device and a cloud backup service. You might even make more than one backup to external storage devices and keep the two copies in different places (providing protection and access to your data even if one of the backup devices is destroyed or inaccessible. Preserving your valuable documents and images for future access and use requires planning, as well as the use of automatic backup services.
Believe it or not, there is an International Blog Delurking Week that traditionally takes place in the first full week of January. It’s an opportunity for bloggers to find out who quietly reads their blog without commenting. As Melissa the founder of this event says:
“…there is a huge discrepancy between the number of readers in actuality and the number of readers I actually know are reading. Or a tongue-twister like that.”
Yep, I noticed I missed that week. I was still getting the year started! But Melissa also says you can run it anytime you want so I’m taking advantage of that codicil.
OK, another yep–comments are always closed on this blog. So here’s what I’d love you to do:
- Follow Ask a Tech Teacher (sign up in the sidebar)
- Sign up for my newsletter
- Like and Follow us on Facebook
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If you do, you’ll probably find one of us over at your social media, checking things out in your corner of the tech ed world. We love a good road trip!
Vicki Davis is a teacher, author, podcaster, tweeter, blogger, international presenter, and so much more. I admire her podcasts and posts so was honored when she invited me to chat with her on her podcast, the 10-Minute Teacher. The topic is one dear to my heart: How to use technology to teach writing in creative ways.
Click the image below to access her post where you can listen to the podcast or read the transcript–whichever works better for you. Or scroll down a bit more and you’ll find the podcast embedded:
I’ve noticed that the same people subscribe to both my weekly newsletter on Tech Tips and Websites. That means they get two emails a week in their email box from me, in what is probably already a cluttered, overcrowded bit of virtual real estate. That inspired me to make a change.
I’m going to merge the two lists and send one email a week that includes both a Weekly Tech Tip and a Weekly Website. No need to resubscribe though you may get a notification that you’ve been added to a list that will sound something like “Weekly Tech Tips and Websites”. Here’s the new link:
I’ll still have a separate newsletter for resource announcements. Here’s that link:
Here’s to a wonderful, busy, productive, fulfilling new year!
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 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, CSG Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, 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.