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Tech Tip #161: Ten Most Important Keyboard Keys

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In 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.

Great Websites for Special Needs

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Here’s a great list of Special Needs websites. I’ll display it below but click the link for an updated library: Occupational Therapy –a long list of great apps including stress, social skills building, and more.

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5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Do at Home

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Getting ready for extra time with kids? Here are five great ideas that are energizing and motivating: 5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home. All children are born scientists. Until education – or spoilsport parents – ruins them.

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Edtech Trends From 2020 And Beyond

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Hi there, my name is Roman Zhidkov, a happy contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher. I’m the CTO of a tech company and for more than five years I have been busy with teaching programming courses and sharing my expertise with novice specialists.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Public Domain Day and Happy New Year!

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Every year, January 1st, is P ublic Domain Day. This is an observance of when copyrights expire and works enter into the public domain–free for all to use.

Ten Tech Problem-Solving Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

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Here are the top ten problem-solving tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Tech Tip #108: Got a Tech Problem? Google It! What to do when your Computers Don’t Work. 25 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix–Update. How to Teach Students to Solve Problems. I Can Solve That Problem…. Let Students Learn From Failure. Let’s Talk About Habits of Mind. Computer Shortkeys That Streamline Your Day. #81: 81: Problem Solving Board. 5 Ways to Cure Technophobia in the Classroom.

Why Game Based Learning Is the Right Choice for Remote Teaching

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I don’t know many kids who aren’t excited to play games. Savvy educators have built lesson plans based on this interest for years.

2021, I Resolve…

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New 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.

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10 Hits and 10 Misses for 2020

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Since we at Ask a Tech Teacher started this blog nine years ago, we’ve had almost 5.3 million views from visitors (about 10,000 follow us) to the 2,444 articles on integrating technology into the classroom.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

10 Top Tips and Click-throughs in 2020

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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.

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More Holiday Activities That Keep the Learning Going

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8Teaching the days before big holidays is challenging. Students and teachers alike are ready for a break. Both struggle to pay attention regardless of how innovative and engaging are the lesson plans. I’ve been there often.

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Subscriber Special: 2 Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans

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Subscriber Special. Until January 18th: Free Martin Luther King Day Lesson Plans.

11 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

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This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live ): Speed Up and Protect Your Computer.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I’m taking the next few weeks off. I’ll be preparing for… I’ll be back November 30th. Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher). Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

New Blog Directory–and it’s free!

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A friend started a free blog directory that includes categories for writers and teacher-authors. I’ve added WordDreams. It’s free, just getting going. If you’re looking for another way to market your books, here’s how you sign up: [link]. Why the Blog Directory?

Hour of Code? Here’s why to participate

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December 7-12th, 2020, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator.

Tech 101 for Teachers

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This week, I’ll post my updated suggestions for three holiday activities that will get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of teaching that starts after the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get (the links won’t be active until the post goes live ): Speed Up and Protect Your Computer.

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

Have Santa Call Your Kids!

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DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas. This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa.

Top 10 Reviews of 2020

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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’s a Preview of December

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Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in December: More Hour of Code projects, websites, resources. Unplugged activities for coding. Subscriber Special. Holiday activities to keep the learning going. Holiday gifts for teachers.

Students decide: PC or Mac

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If your school’s digital devices extend beyond Chromebooks and iPads, here’s a good discussion about the strengths-weaknesses of Macs and Pcs, from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor: Students often decide between PCs and Macs.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Halloween Projects, Websites, Apps, Books, and a Costume

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Three holidays are fast-approaching–Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. If you’re a teacher, that means lots of tie-ins to make school festive and relevant to students. Here are ideas for Halloween projects, lesson plans, websites, and apps: Websites and Apps.

6 Unplugged Activities for Hour of Code

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Hour of Code–December 7th-12, 2020–is a time when teachers show students why they should love-not-fear coding and students find out that these activities — often seen as geeky or impossible — aren’t. They’re actually fun.

9 Great Websites to Inspire 1st Graders

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Here’s a great list of age-appropriate, safe websites that will inspire 1st graders whether they’re in your classroom or at home: Geography—find messages around the world. Hangman. Brown Bear Typing. Aesop Fables—no ads. Aesop’s Fables–audio and visual. Audio stories—read by actors.

10 Unusual Projects for Hour of Code

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Over the next week, I’ll share ideas that will get you ready for Hour of Code. This includes (links won’t work until the articles are posted) : Hour of Code? Here’s why you should participate. Long list of websites by grade. 10 Unusual Projects.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Happy Holiday!

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I’ll be taking a few weeks off–until after the New Year–to edit/format my website, work on projects with a deadline, prioritize life, and wish my two adult military children could come home to visit.

What You Might Have Missed in November

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Here are the most-read posts for the month of November: How to Put Kindness in Your Classes. National STEM/STEAM Day Nov. Four Stages of Keyboarding Growth. 16 Sites, 3 Apps, 7 Projects for Thanksgiving. Should Coding be a Part of the Modern School’s Curriculum?

2020 Holiday Gifts for Teachers

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I was going to update this list from last year but when I checked around, my fellow teachers had the same holiday wishes, just tweaked for current circumstances: Holiday gifts for teachers are a challenge.

Music, Academics, and Keyboarding–Transferrable Skills

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Bill Morgan is a frequent contributer to Ask a Tech Teacher. Today, he is sharing his experience and research on how keyboarding skills benefit other topics I found this every interesting: Finger Dexterity. Transferable Keyboarding Skills. Dr. Bill Morgan, Ph.D.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.