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What You Might Have Missed in February

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

  1. My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Teacher-Authors
  2. Questions Parents Ask
  3. 18 Valentine Sites For Students
  4. How Wearable Technology is Changing Education and Easing Disabilities
  5. The Easy Way to Teach Internet Skills
  6. Engineers Week — A Must for High School
  7. Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications
  8. Best-in-Category Winners for 2018
  9. Easily Manage Class AR with Metaverse Collections
  10. Kid-created Games That Teach

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 TeachHUB, and author of the tech thriller, To Hunt a Sub. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

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Here’s a Preview of March

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

  • Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures
  • Solve 50% of Tech Problems with 16 Simple Solutions
  • 3 Favorite Webtools
  • Looking for Trusted Advisors? Look No Further
  • Peer Feedback That Works
  • Celebrate Pi
  • 10 Myths About Teaching with Tech
  • St. Patrick’s Day Resources
  • 8 Tech Tools for PE Teachers
  • SEL in Education Success
  • What I’ve Learned from my Computer
  • 11 Projects to Teach Digital Citizenship
  • Career Planning
  • CBA–a Powerful Diagnostic Tool
  • Earth Day Activities
  • Easter Activities

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Here’s a Preview of February

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

  • February Subscriber Special
  • Questions Parents Ask about Tech in School
  • 20 Valentine Sites For Students
  • How Wearable Technology is Changing Education and Easing Disabilities
  • 15 President’s Day Activities
  • Engineers Week — A Must for High School
  • Best-in-Category Winners
  • Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications
  • What to do when you lose a digital document
  • How to Make Kindness Part of Your Classes
  • What is Constructivism and How Does it Fit Your Class?
  • Solve 50% of Tech Problems with 16 Simple Solutions
  • Kids Can Create Games That Teach
  • 39 Resources for Read Across America Day
  • Snow Days Stop Learning? Here’s How to Fix That

A note: Occasionally, dates change and the article above doesn’t appear as planned. If you’re curious about that, feel free to send us an email at askatechteacher@gmail.com

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Best-in-Class Resources–Last Chance to Vote

Last Change to vote for your favorite Tech Ed Tool!

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs.

But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time.

Starting last year, I sought out your opinions:

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It’s Here–the High School Technology Curriculum!

The High School technology curriculum prepares students for their college-and-career future not by teaching widgets and programs—though that happens—but by showing them how to use the tech they have acquired throughout their education. How do they decide what program works best for what inquiry? How do they acquire the use of tools they have never before seen? How do they self-assess their knowledge, ensuring they acquired what they need? Don’t expect black-and-white answers. Success is more likely predicated on student transfer of knowledge than their ability to check off boxes on a rubric.

Here’s a quick overview of what you will find in this textbook:

  • Scope and Sequence aligned with ISTE and Common Core
  • Themed units tied into inquiry
  • Experiential learning with real-world applications
  • Opportunities for students to express and grow in their creativity
  • International mindedness
  • Articles on tech pedagogy

Each Unit includes:

  • an emphasis on comprehension, problem-solving, critical thinking, to prepare for career and college
  • Common Core Standards covered
  • ISTE Standards covered
  • essential question
  • big idea
  • materials required
  • time required to complete
  • domain-specific vocabulary
  • problem solving
  • steps to accomplish goals
  • assessment strategies
  • ways to extend learning
  • project examples where appropriate
  • grading rubrics where appropriate

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Last Chance for this College-credit Class

MTI 558: Teach Writing With Tech

All-online, college credit, MTI 558 starts Monday, January 21, 2019! This is the last chance to sign up. Click this link; scroll down to MTI 558 and click for more information and to sign up.

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Free Lesson Plans from Study.com

Study.com is an online distance learning portal that provides over 70,000 lessons in fifteen subjects (including algebra, calculus, chemistry, macro- and microeconomics, and physics) aligned with many popular textbooks. Resources include not only videos but study tools, guides, quizzes, and more. You can read more detail on my Study.com review here.

What a lot of educators don’t know is that Study.com offers thousands of lesson plans for teachers — hundreds of them for free — to simplify lesson preparation and save time that is needed for student guidance. These lesson plans were created by teachers for all different grade levels and subject areas. They include:

  • learning objectives
  • materials
  • length of time
  • curriculum standards alignment
  • key vocabulary
  • instructions
  • extensions
  • related lessons

Once you select the lesson plan you’re interested in, you’ll see the credentials of the teacher who is providing the lesson as well as where it fits into a bigger course if that’s your interest (Though standalone, lessons often are aligned with a particular textbook). Many lesson plans include a video overview and a quiz to assess understanding of the material (though you can’t grade it without an account).

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What You Might Have Missed in December

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

  1. College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education
  2. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices
  3.  End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence
  4. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
  5. 3 Free SEL Activities from SafeSchools
  6. Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective
  7. Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code
  8. Holiday Gifts for Teachers
  9. 13 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects

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2019, I Resolve…

NEW YEAR RESOLUTIONSNew Years–a time for rest, rejuvenation and repair. A time to assess life. Do we settle into our routine, enjoy where it’s headed, or is it time to grab our purse, iPhone, car keys, and get out of there?

As a teacher-author, New Year’s Resolutions are more of a To Do list. I break it down into Edtech Coaching/Mentoring, Blogging, and Fiction Writing (my novel writing):

Edtech Coaching/Mentoring

Focus on podcasts, webinars, online classes, and other web-based learning outlets for Ask a Tech Teacher. I have some great partners in this:

If you’re looking for this sort of extension in your platform, let me know.

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Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs.

But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time.

Starting last year, I sought out your opinions:

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