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What You Might Have Missed in June

Here are the most-read posts for the month of June:

  1. Internet Safety Month–Rules to Live By
  2. Tech Tip #93 Shortkey for Find
  3. Looking for Summer Activities? Try These
  4. In Love with Space? Here are Great Websites to Take You There
  5. Tech Ed Resources–K-8 Keyboard Curriculum
  6. Tech Tip #95 Open a Program Maximized
  7. Tech Tip #111 Quick Browser Fix
  8. 5 (free) Keyboarding Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed
  9. Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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5 (free) Keyboarding Posters to Mainstream Tech Ed

Every month, we’ll share five themed posters that you can share on your website (with attribution), post on your walls, or simply be inspired.

This month: Keyboarding

 


 

 

 

keyboarding stasges

 

 

keyboarding–for the entire collection of 65 posters, click here


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.

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Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

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: Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher offers a variety of classes throughout the year. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

To find out more, email askatechteacher@gmail.com


online classesThe Tech-infused Teacher

Certificate

By request; delivered digitally to your school or District

The 21st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

Price includes course registration and all necessary materials

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Looking for Summer Activities? Try These

This summer will be different than other summers. COVID has changed how we address summer PD so I’ve collected the most popular AATT articles on how to spend your education time this summer. Pick the ones that suit your purposes:

 

6 Must-reads for This Summer–2020 edition

Summer for me is nonstop reading — in an easy chair, under a tree, lying on the lawn, petting my dog. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the reading zone. What I do worry about is running out of books so this year, I spent the last few months stalking efriends to find out what they recommend to kickstart the 2020-21 school year. And it paid off. I got a list of books that promise to help teachers do their job better, faster, and more effectively but there are too many. Since I covered a mixture of books in a past article, many on pedagogy, this time, I decided to concentrate on content that could facilely move from my reading chair into the classroom.

I came up with six. See what you think:

10 Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer–2019 edition

Summer is a great time to reset your personal pedagogy to an education-friendly mindset and catch up on what’s been changing in the ed world while you were teaching eight ten hours a day. My Twitter friends, folks like @mrhowardedu and @Coachadamspe, gave me great suggestions on books to read that I want to share with you…

5 Favorite Apps for Summer Learning

Summer has a reputation for being nonstop relaxation, never-ending play, and a time when students stay as far from “learning” as they can get. For educators, those long empty weeks result in a phenomenon known as “Summer Slide” — where students start the next academic year behind where they ended the last.

“…on average, students’ achievement scores declined over summer vacation by one month’s worth of school-year learning…” (Brookings)

This doesn’t have to happen. Think about what students don’t like about school. Often, it revolves around repetitive schedules, assigned grades, and/or being forced to take subjects they don’t enjoy. In summer, we can meet students where they want to learn with topics they like by offering a menu of ungraded activities that are self-paced, exciting, energizing, and nothing like school learning. We talk about life-long learners (see my article on life-long learners). This summer, model it by offering educational activities students will choose over watching TV, playing video games, or whatever else they fall into when there’s nothing to do.

Here are favorites that my students love…

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What You Might Have Missed in May

Here are the most-read posts for the month of May:

  1. Subscriber Special: May
  2. World Password Day — It’s Coming!
  3. Teacher Appreciation Week Gifts for the Tech Teacher in Your Life
  4. Last Chance for this Online College-credit Classes–DigCit and Tech Tools for Writing
  5. Tech Tools for Specials
  6. Find Public Domain Images
  7. College or Career? Check out These
  8. 13 Teaching Strategies to Shake up Your Remote Teaching
  9. How to Evaluate Programs You’ve Never Used in Less Than Seven Minutes
  10.  8 Ways Parents and Teachers Support Remote Teaching
  11. 6 Must-reads for This Summer

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6 Must-reads for This Summer

Summer for me is nonstop reading — in an easy chair, under a tree, lying on the lawn, petting my dog. Nothing distracts me when I’m in the reading zone. What I do worry about is running out of books so this year, I spent the last few months stalking efriends to find out what they recommend to kickstart the 2020-21 school year. And it paid off. I got a list of books that promise to help teachers do their job better, faster, and more effectively but there are too many. Since I covered a mixture of books in a past article, many on pedagogy, this time, I decided to concentrate on content that could facilely move from my reading chair into the classroom.

I came up with six. See what you think:

Bold School: Old School Wisdom + New School Technologies = Blended Learning That Works

by Weston Kieschnick

In Bold School, Kieschnick lays out an effective, workable education framework that blends common sense with technology while reminding teachers that tech is a useful tool for achieving pedagogic goals, not the opposite.

Why did I pick this book: I’m a longtime teacher who’s sold on technology as a tool but I don’t want it to be the goal. I like how Kieschnick walks teachers through a blend of traditional education wisdom that is kicked up a notch with tech. To me, that’s the best way to use technology to enrich lessons while we meet students where they want to learn. It doesn’t hurt that John Hattie — one of my idols — endorses this approach, calling it “…an essential part of every educator’s toolbox.”

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What You Might Have Missed in April

Here are the most-read posts for the month of April:

  1. Why College Matters for a Successful Career in Tech
  2. 15 Websites to Teach Financial Literacy
  3. #CoronaVirus–This Week’s Inbox
  4. Stem Education in 2020
  5. How to Assess Digital Literacy
  6. Teaching During #CoronaVirus–An Old Strategy That’s Perfect
  7. Teaching During COVID-19
  8. Why Earth Day May be the Most Important Event at School
  9. 10 Tips for Teaching Remotely
  10. 3 Apps That Energize Learning
  11. End of Year Activities
  12. The Challenge of Connecting in the Age of COVID

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What You Might Have Missed in March

Here are the most-read posts for the month of March:

  1. Tips to avoid plagiarism
  2. College classes in blended learning
  3. New book from Ask a Tech Teacher: Inquiry and PBL
  4. How to Eteach in a COVID-19 Pandemic
  5. 2020 Edtech trends
  6. Why teach poetry?

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New Book: Inquiry and PBL

Ask a Tech Teacher has a new book out, Inquiry-based Teaching with PBL: 34 Lesson Plans. Inquiry-based teaching requires a mindset that makes curiosity a cornerstone of learning with lessons that value it. This book includes 34 lesson plans as well as discussion on inquiry-based teaching strategies:

The Inquiry-based Teacher

The Inquiry-based Classroom

The Socratic Method

Project-based Learning (PBL)

Each lesson includes an overview, steps, core collaborations, time required, ISTE standards, troubleshooting, and web-based tools to support learning.

Projects include Talking Pictures, Shape Stroll, Picture the Details, Brainstorming, Life Cycle Reports, Digital Citizenship, Venn Diagrams, Landforms, Cyberbullying, Tessellations, Twitter in Education, and more. Popular webtools used are:

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What You Might Have Missed in February

Here are the most-read posts for the month of February:

  1. Multimedia content personalizes learning
  2. Random Acts of Kindness
  3. What is Constructivism?
  4. Tech Tip: My Internet Stopped Working
  5. Tech Tip: Visit a Foreign Language Google 
  6. 10 Great Virtual Reality Apps
  7. How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

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