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Here’s a Preview of January

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

  • Best-in-Class Resources Competition
  • Subscriber Special: January
  • Questions Parents Ask about Technology
  • MLK Lesson  Plans
  • Free Webinar on Building Digital Citizens
  • How Cloud Computing is Revolutionizing Education
  • Teaching Tolerance
  • Making Kindness Part of Your Classes
  • Trusted Tech Ed Advisors
  • Preparing HS Students for Cybersecurity Careers
  • Wearable Technology

These are all penciled in. If anything changes, you’ll be the first to know!

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End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence

This week, I’m sharing three holiday activities that will get your computers, technology, and social media ready for the new year. Here’s what you’ll get:

  1. 19 Ways to Speed Up Your Computer
  2. Update Your Online Presence
  3. Backup and Image your computer
  1. A note: The third link above won’t work until the article publishes!

Today: Update Your Online Presence

For most teachers I know, life zooms by, filled with lesson planning, meetings, classes, collaborations with their grade-level team, parent meetings, and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.

But, that must happen or they deteriorate and no longer accomplish what we need them to do. Cussing them out does no good. Buying new systems takes a long time and doesn’t fix the problem that the old one wasn’t kept up. If they aren’t taken care of, we are left wondering why our teacher blog or website isn’t accomplishing what it does for everyone else, why our social media Tweeple don’t answer us, and why our TPT materials languish. There’s a short list of upkeep items that won’t take long to accomplish. The end of the calendar year is a good time to do these:

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Holiday Gifts for Teachers

Holiday gifts for teachers are a challenge. If your child has many teachers, it’s difficult to find a personalized gift for each that is both affordable and valued. For me, as a teacher, I am always happy with a gift certificate that works anywhere but there are time-proven ways to get more creative than a gift that sounds like “money”.

When I chat with teacher friends, here are the most popular gifts they’ve gotten over the years. Many are free and others allow you to spend only what you can afford while still giving a gift the teacher will love.

Most popular gifts

Let’s start by stipulating that what defines a great teacher gift is subjective. It depends upon the teacher’s subject, how long they’ve taught, their personal style, and so much more. The seven suggestions below provide ample ways to provide a gift your child’s teacher will love regardless of how well you know them.

A Helping Hand

Probably the most popular gift with most teachers is the gift of time. Sure, money is nice but when parents are willing to give of themselves to organize class events, chaperone, help out on lesson plans, or any number of other activities, that’s priceless.  As a tech teacher, my ideal is to have two parents for every K-2 class I teach. That’s a lot of helpers and a huge commitment from parents. I rarely found that many so was thrilled whenever parents offered to assist.

Compliments to the Administration

Happy parents often forget to share their joy with the teachers’ administrators. Too often, Principals hear from parents only when they’re angry about the teacher or some class activity. Providing unsolicited good news about the teacher’s effectiveness is a wonderful treat for both the teacher and the school’s administrators.

A Thank You Letter

Handwrite a note to the teacher telling them how much you and your child appreciate what they do. There’s little more valuable to a teacher than the acknowledgment from stakeholders that what they work on nights and weekends is working.

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Here’s a Preview of December

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in December. Bear in mind–it’s a short month!

  1. Holiday Gifts for Teachers
  2. Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective
  3. Have Santa Call Your Kids
  4. 16 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects For Your Student
  5. Where did Christmas Come From?
  6. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
  7. End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence
  8. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices
  9. Happy Holiday!

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-8 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 reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, 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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What You Might Have Missed in November

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

  1. Websites and Apps to Support Hour of Code
  2. Hour of Code Lesson Plans by Grade
  3. 10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code
  4. Hour of Code 101
  5. Metaverse–Education Game-changer
  6. A Thanksgiving Poll for Students–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?
  7. Book Review: Repositioning Educational Leadership
  8. Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

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-8 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 reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB, 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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Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

measuring upLast year, only 61 percent of high school students who took the ACT English achievement test were deemed college-ready. In math, it was 41 percent. We teachers recognize it is our fiduciary responsibility to fulfill state and national education standards that prepare students for college or career. Many of us find students benefit greatly when the school employs curriculum-based assessments to measure progress. Why? Because by teaching, assessing knowledge, tracking progress, and personalizing to student needs, we can determine if students are accomplishing what they must to complete the work of learning.

Unfortunately, most textbooks offer no easy way to measure overall progress toward completing state or national standards, nor do they backfill for a lack of knowledge. Both of these are critical pieces to the successful accomplishment of learning goals.

This is where Mastery Education’s Measuring Up can help.

What is Measuring Up?

Measuring Up is a suite of tools that supplements any classroom curriculum by offering standards-based instruction, practice, assessment, and reporting customized to many state or national standards–with the singular goal of assisting students in meeting English Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Science standards.

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What You Might Have Missed in October

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

  1. Halloween Projects, Websites, and Apps
  2. The Impact of VR on Student Education
  3. Is technology outpacing you?
  4. Differentiation Simplified with Study.com
  5. Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
  6. Engagement through Competition
  7. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
  8. What Qualities Make an Effective Teacher?
  9. 9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

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-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, a Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente.

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Here’s a Preview of November

November is a short month, with a week off to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher:

  • Book Review: Repositioning Educational Leadership
  • Hour of Code activities
  • Let’s talk about Measuring Up–from Mastery Education
  • Thanksgiving Activities That Keep You in Charge of Learning
  • The Power of Symbols–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?

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-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, a Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Surprisingly, 15-20 percent of the population has a language-based learning disability, and over 65 percent of those deficits is in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition.

Read more on TeachHUB

More on special needs:

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

Is Orton-Gillingham Right For Your Students?

A Symbaloo of Dyslexia tools

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Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

digital classroomI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking 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: Organizing your classroom

Overview

18 webinars (more added as they become available), approx. 30 minutes each, show how to set up your classroom to be tech-infused.

What’s Included

Do you wonder how to set up an effective, exciting, motivating classroom to teach tech? It’s not difficult–but there are steps you must take that are different from a grade-level or subject-specific classroom. Watch these videos at the start of school and often throughout the year to understand how to integrate tech into your classes and how to help students use tech to get the most from their education adventure. Webinars included:

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