Category: Tech tips

Tech Tip #23 I Deleted a File by Accident

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: I deleted a file by accident.

Category: Problem-solving

  1. Here’s what you do:
  • find the recycle bin (in PCs, it’s on your desktop; in Google Drive, it’s called ‘Trash’)
  • open (in PCs, right click; in Google Drive: simply click to open)
  • find your file; select ‘restore’

‘Restoring’ sends it back where it was before you deleted it.

If you deleted it from a flash drive, it’s gone. There are programs for undeleting from external drives, but they cost money and are more complicated than this ebook allows.

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Tech Tip #169: What is Digital Literacy?

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: What is Digital Literacy?

Category: Pedagogy

‘Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st-century students. It’s everywhere, on everyone’s tongue, but figuring out what it means can be daunting. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write–so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally.

Sounds simple. The difficult is in the implementation. Here are the sixteen transformative tools, activities, and/or knowledge bases digitally-literate students should be comfortable using:

  1. annotation tool
  2. backchannel device
  3. class internet start page
  4. class website or blog
  5. cloud computing
  6. digital citizenship
  7. digital class calendar
  8. digital databases
  9. digital devices–such as laptops, iPads, Chromebooks, or desktops, for daily use
  10. online information
  11. sharing digitally to build knowledge
  12. social media
  13. student digital portfolios–to curate and collect work
  14. email–or another method of communicating quickly outside classtime (such as messaging or Twitter)
  15. virtual collaboration
  16. vocabulary tool–to quickly decode words students don’t understand

For more detail on the tools, activities, and knowledge bases above—as well as the general topic of digital literacy—visit “Digital Literacy—What is it?” on Ask a Tech Teacher.

More on Digital Literacy:

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Teacher Tech Training is Critical

Back when I started teaching tech, teachers loved saying that kids knew more than they did, even defer to students to teach. That doesn’t work anymore which means even the most tech-phobic of teachers must step up. Here’s a good article from Yahoo Finance on that:

Why Teaching Tech to Teachers Is More Important Than Ever

“With technology, it’s not all or nothing,” says Williams. “It’s about how to make learning meaningful. The question to ask is, where does it make …

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Tech Tip #167–How to Evaluate Apps

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: How to Evaluate Apps

Category: Pedagogy

Here are thirteen tips to evaluate the apps you’ll find useful in your classroom:

  1. free or small fee
  2. stand the test of time
  3. positive parent reports
  4. rated ‘for everyone’ or ‘low maturity’
  5. no in-app purchases or billing
  6. support the ‘4 C’s’–creativity, critical thinking, communication, collaboration
  7. offer compelling content (this is subjective: ‘Compelling’ varies teacher-to-teacher and student-to-student)
  8. are not distracting or overwhelming in colors, music, or activity
  9. offer levels that become increasingly more difficult, providing differentiation for student needs
  10. few ads–and those that are there do not take up a significant portion of the screen
  11. intuitive to use with a shallow learning curve that encourages independence
  12. easily applied to a variety of educational environments
  13. doesn’t collect personal information other than user credentials or data required to operate the app

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Tech Tip #134: 8 Tips to Become Tomorrow’s Teacher

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: 8 Tips to Become Tomorrow’s Teacher

Category: Pedagogy

Today’s teachers have little resemblance to your mother’s teachers—lecturing from the front of the classroom, silent children, and rote drills to reinforce skills. Today, teachers are expected to nurture inquiry, critical thinking, and independent thought, often assessed by projects or anecdotal observation.

Here’s a poster with eight tips on how to become tomorrow’s teacher today:

For more on tomorrow’s teacher, check out these articles on Ask a Tech Teacher:

  • Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind
  • What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan
  • What’s Tomorrow’s Digital Student Look Like
  • Set up Your Digital Classroom

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Tech Tip for Teacher-Writers #180–2 second way to find a book on Amazon

Tech Tips for Teacher Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

This tip is to help you find books on Amazon country platforms not your home location. Say, a website guided you to a link in the US Amazon platform (amazon.com), but you want to buy the book in the UK. There’s a two-second way to get you across the world to whatever country you want.

Here’s the link for my latest prehistoric fiction in Amazon’s US platform:

The quickest way to move from the US to Britain’s Amazon platform is replace ‘com’ with ‘co.uk’ like this:

All I do is:

  • double click ‘com’
  • replace the highlighted letters with ‘co.uk’

It works the same way with any other country. You have to know the country’s international ID, but once you do, it’s simple to replace one with the other.  I say it takes two seconds, but it could be faster.

Here’s my product page in the US Amazon

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digital device

Tech Tip 166 Which Digital Device Should I Use?

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: Which Digital Device Should I Use?

Category: PCs

Q: What’s the best option for me when I’m picking a digital device?

Use this compare-contrast table to evaluate your needs across four platforms:

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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, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Tech Tip #40: Where Did Windows Explorer Go?

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: Where did Windows Explorer go?

Category: PCs

Q: I can’t find Explorer. Where did it go?

A:  Right click on the start button and select ‘File Explorer’.

If you’re looking for DOS, type ‘command prompt’ into the search field and it’ll pop up. I still miss DOS…

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Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share one of the most popular posts from the past month on my writer’s blog, WordDreams. 


tech tips for writersTech Tips for Writers is an occasional post on overcoming Tech Dread. I’ll cover issues that friends, both real-time and virtual, have shared. Feel free to post a comment about a question you have. I’ll cover it in a future tip.

This tip is about visiting a website that gives you an error code similar to this:

 

You probably think the site isn’t working, but a lot of times, it’s a different easily solved problem that takes no time to do.

Look at the URL address (at the top of the webpage):

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Tech Tip #129: Top Ten PC Shortkeys

tech tipsIn these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education.

Today’s tip: Poster–Top 10 PC shortkeys

Category: PC, keyboarding

Here’s a poster with the ten most-popular PC shortkeys in my colleague’s classes:

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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.