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.
Ask a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen. Use the PayPal Donate button below or in the sidebar of Ask a Tech Teacher:
For those of you who are trying to visit my resource site, StructuredLearning.net, it’s down. I’ve talked with Go Daddy, addressed their issues. Money’s there, bank’s on my side, fault is somewhere besides me, everything’s straightened out, and still it may take them 24 hours to re-activate my site. F****. It’s not just me; it’s my entire group of cooperative teacher publishers. F** F***.
I’ve explained that, and they explained I’m in the queue.
Until then, feel free to visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store for your tech ed needs. I apologize for the technical difficulties. Sigh.
Ask a Tech Teacher is a small group of tech-ed teachers with a big goal: provide free and affordable resources to anyone, anywhere that integrate technology into education. It’s an ambitious goal and we rely on donations from readers like you to make that happen.
About this time of each year, when several of our larger bills come due, we give a shout out for help. This year, we thought we’d share some of the costs of running Ask a Tech Teacher:
- Site hosting–we use WPEngine–an excellent company that keeps the site up and running over 99% of the time.
- Domain name hosting--for that, we use GoDaddy. They always take my calls, walk us through how to fix problems in terms we understand. we’re teachers, not network geeks, but they don’t hold that against us.
- Legal images–to avoid problems with illegal images, we buy ours through a service called Kozzi. They have a wonderful, vast collection of all sorts of tech and education pictures.
- Constant and chronic techie problems–such as IPNs and plug-in updates and so much more. Again, we’re teachers. This double geek stuff makes our heads hurt.
- The geeky tools and programs that deliver content–like the apps we review and the programs we use for webinars.
We could sell ads, but we don’t want to clutter the pages. That’s distracting as you search out resources for your classroom. We rely on donations. Any amount you can contribute–$5… $10… using the PayPal Donate button below or in the sidebar, would be appreciated.
Here’s the one-time donation button, or you can find it in the sidebar:
Here’s the button for a monthly donation–the price of a cup of coffee and a donut:
BTW, we’re always open to sponsors, too. We love sponsors! If you’re an edtech company interested in helping spread Ask a Tech Teacher resources to everyone, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can add you to the sidebar, review your product, or another sponsor sort of activity.
1.6 million teachers buy from Teachers Pay Teachers. Over 90,000,000 people visit the website monthly. If you’re a teacher, why wouldn’t you set up a free seller account (they take a percent of revenue, like Amazon does) and see if all those brainy ed ideas caroming through your brilliant brain will fund your weekly Starbucks bill (or in the case of Deanna Jumper and a growing group of teachers like her, bring in over $1 million dollars to pay a lot more than bills)?
I have a TpT store (Ask a Tech Teacher) so decided to attend the first-ever premium seller’s conference on how to TpT better, smarter, more effectively, while having more fun. I went with a girlfriend–a fellow teacher. Together we made the desert drive from Orange County, California to Las Vegas Nevada, prepared to learn how to make our online stores the best they could be. From beginning to end, every seminar I attended was packed:
February 27th and 28th, my entire TeachersPayTeachers store is on sale. Drop by and get something from your Wish List at 20% off! Just for showing up, you’ll get an additional 10% off from TPT–that’s 30% off anything you purchase.
Plus–I’ve set a bunch of items to FREE. You can browse my store to find them or click the link below:
- 4th Grade–Space Science (Common Core aligned)
- 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into Geography
- 5 Projects to Integrate Technology into First Grade Using Software
- How to Use Khan Academy in Your Classroom (Common Core aligned)
- MLK Lesson Plan (Common Core aligned)
- His Words in Our Words–another MLK lesson plan (Common Core aligned)
One more reason to stop by–I’ve posted 2 new single lesson plans:
How to use Note-taking in Your Classroom
This covers using simple word processing programs, GAFE, Evernote, Google Forms, Flipboard to take notes. Your students will love at least one of them.
How to use 3 Presentations Boards in Your Classroom
Start class with a war-up that teaches–Problem Solving, Vocabulary, and Google Earth. These are great for Responsive Classroom programs.
Even if you’re not in the market for more tech ed products, drop by. Join the excitement!
I 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.
As I did last year, I am teaching online Master classes in technology for Curriculum Study Group. These include videos, Google Hangouts, pedagogic topics as well as hands-on live help with each lesson in the curriculum. The schedule is as follows:
For information, click here.
Here’s a sample class on ‘Problem Solving’:
Have you written a book? Or do you–like 62% of people–have a book inside of you fighting to find a place in the world? Do you think the only place you can sell your books is Amazon Kindle? Did you try to publish through ISTE and get rejected? Same story with every other publisher/agent you contacted, so you’ve self-published and now wonder what to do next?
If you write tech books–fiction or non-fiction–or run an online tech ed class, there’s a new marketplace available at Structured Learning. It seems to be a hybrid of Amazon, Teachers Pay Teachers, and Alibris. You pay a set-up fee and a monthly maintenance fee, but get all proceeds of your sales. They don’t even handle the money–it goes to a store you’ve designated for that purpose.
The set-up fee includes review of your book, comments to improve it, and set-up requirements so it meets the layout standards of products sold on the website. For example, if you want to sell a historic fiction book, this wouldn’t be the right place, but if you have tech fiction for K-8, it would. Does that make sense?
What types of books are they looking for? Here are some categories:
- anything to help teachers with Common Core
- books for beginning teachers
- how to integrate tech into classrooms
- flipped classrooms
- digital citizenship