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Best-in-Category Winners for 2017

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Ask a Tech Teacher routinely shares favorite websites and apps that make a difference in the classroom. Over the last month, readers voted on which tools had the greatest impact on readers. To award this Best in Category badge, we asked them to look for the uncommon resources (meaning: not the ones everyone knows about), the ones that made them say Wow and rush to share with colleagues everywhere.

Then we looked for the following qualities:

  • how dependable is it
  • how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers
  • does it differentiate for the varied needs of students and teacher
  • do educators like it (fairly subjective, but there you have it)
  • how did it work when exposed to your students
  • was it easy to use and intuitive to learn
  • did it fulfill promises and expectations
  • has it become a beloved tool in your classes or a failed experiment

Here are the 2017 Best-in-Category and Honorable Mentions for the following Categories: (more…)

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What You Might Have Missed in January

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

  1. 10 Options for Polls and Forms in Your Class
  2. Keyboarding 101
  3. What is a Growth Mindset?
  4. Technology and Writing: A Conversation with Vicki Davis
  5. Remote Learning: Tips for Thriving in This Ecosystem
  6. Teacher Support in the Digital-Blended Classroom
  7. Virtual Reality in the Classroom: It’s Easy to Get Started
  8. 2 Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans and a Book
  9. Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Last chance to vote on your favorite webtool based on its category! This will close about January 31st.


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 20 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 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. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days

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Keyboarding 101

When students — and adults — think of learning to keyboard, it usually generates images of rote drills where you sweat over a keyboard as you’re graded on speed and accuracy.

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Trying to change that image is what has driven many teachers to online sites but these too often teach in an automated, undifferentiated way — logon, do exercises, repeat — that bores some and doesn’t work for others.

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The feedback I often get on these sorts of sites is that students do improve speed and accuracy but only on the site. When they apply the knowledge to authentic situations (like typing a book report or an essay), students return to hunt-and-peck, watching their hands, and hating what they’re doing.

There’s a better way to learn keyboarding: Blended Learning. When I teach keyboarding, I use a variety of approaches, none too long and never too much, so each remains fresh and challenging rather than boring and repetitive. Here are some of the methods I mix up in my classes:

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10 Most Popular Tech Tips and Click-throughs in 2017

Because AATT is a resource blog, we share lots of tips our group comes across in their daily teaching as well as materials shared by others we think you’d like. Some you agree with; others, not so much. Here’s a run-down on what you thought were the most valuable in 2017:

Top 10 Tech Tips

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems which I share with you. Here are the Top Ten tech tips from 2017. Between these ten, they had over 174,000 visitors during the year.

  1. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
  2. 6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun
  3. 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level
  4. 13 Reasons For and 3 Against Technology in the Classroom
  5. 22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom
  6. Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?
  7. 19 Topics to Teach in Digital Citizenship–and How
  8. What is the 21st Century Lesson Plan?
  9. How to Create a Curriculum Map
  10. What are Common Core keyboarding standards?

What changed this year? The favorite tips were more general in nature than specific. Where last year a lot of ‘how-tos’ made the top ten, this year there’s only one.

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2017

Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog six years ago, we’ve had over 5.3 million visitors to the 1,797 articles on integrating technology into the classroom. This includes tech tips, website/app reviews, tech-in-ed pedagogy, how-tos, videos, and more. We have regular features like:

If you’ve just arrived at Ask a Tech Teacher, start here.

It always surprises us what readers find to be the most and least provocative. The latter is as likely to be a post one of us on the crew put heart and soul into, sure we were sharing Very Important Information, as the former. Talk about humility.

Before you look at what statistics say are the most popular posts, tell me what your most popular categories are by voting in this poll:

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What You Might Have Missed in December

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

  1. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer
  2. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices
  3. End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence
  4. New Year, New Mindset (my New Year resolutions)

If you’re planning ahead to Martin Luther King Day, here are two lesson plans I have on Teachers Pay Teachers that include research and background on this seminal American. You can get them for free if you check out January’s Subscriber Special (if you’re a subscriber).


Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 18 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, 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. She is also the author of the tech-thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days.

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Top 10 Websites and Apps of 2017

Throughout the year, I post websites and apps the Ask a Tech Teacher crew’s classes found useful, instructive, helpful in integrating technology into classroom lesson plans. Some, you agreed with us about; others not so much. Here, I’ll share which sites you-all thought were the most helpful in efforts to weave tech into the classroom experience. Between these, they had over 240,000 visitors during the year. See if you agree:

  1. 12 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills
  2. 16 Great Research Websites for Kids
  3. 10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class
  4. 67 K-8 Hour of Code Suggestions–by Grade Level
  5. 6 Ways to Make Classroom Typing Fun
  6. 16 Websites on Natural Disasters
  7. 9 Best-in-Class Digital Storytelling Tools
  8. 84 Math Websites for K-8
  9. Hour of Code Suggestions by Grade Level
  10. 13 Ways to Use Canva in Your Classroom

Have a wonderful 2018!

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What You Might Have Missed in November

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

  1. 10 ways to use QR Codes for Hour of Code
  2. 10 Projects to Kickstart Hour of Code
  3. Websites for Hour of Code by Grade
  4. Coding and US Security
  5. 18 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps and 4 Projects for the Holiday

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 20 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 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. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days

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18 Thanksgiving Sites and Apps and 4 Projects for the Holiday

tagul thanksgiving2Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving websites that will keep students busy and still teach them:

  1. Canadian Thanksgiving
  2. Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities
  3. Plimoth Plantation–a field trip of a Pilgrim’s life. Included on this real-life site is a video of the Pilgrim’s crossing to the New World.
  4. Starfall–Silly Turkey
  5. Thanksgiving edu-websites–CybraryMan
  6. Thanksgiving Games
  7. Thanksgiving games and puzzles
  8. Thanksgiving games–Quia
  9. Thanksgiving information–history, more
  10. Thanksgiving Jigsaw
  11. Thanksgiving Jigsaw II
  12. Thanksgiving Lesson Plans
  13. Thanksgiving Tic-tac-toe
  14. Thanksgiving video–Brainpop
  15. Thanksgiving Wordsearch
  16. The First Thanksgiving

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What You Might Have Missed in October

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

  1. 9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
  2. 10 Great PowerPoint Changes You Probably Don’t Know About
  3. 10 Tips About Using Images in Your Classroom
  4. How NOT to Assess Student Writing
  5. How to Grow Global Digital Citizens
  6. Should You Unschool?
  7. Visible Learning and John Hattie
  8. What is Standards-based Grading?
  9. What is WittyWe and Why You Want to Use it

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 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, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice 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. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente, and her upcoming historic fiction, Born in a Treacherous Time.

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