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36 Tech Ed Articles–36 Articles on How to Put Technology into Your Classroom–includes the 36 most requested 2012-13 tech ed articles from Ask A Tech Teacher© , a group of technology professionals who run an award-winning resource blog where they provide free materials, advice, lesson plans, pedagogic conversation, website reviews, and more. They cover critical topics like how blogging makes students better writers, the importance of social media to education, how to teach keyboarding the right way, why technology is important for all learners, what to include on the youngest child’s computer, using internet start pages in tech lab and more. Each article is quick (1-2 pages), pithy, and easy-to-understand.

Articles include:

  • 5 Must-have Skills for New Tech Teachers—Plus One More–These 5 skills plus one will make thriving with technology work oh so much better.
  • 5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences–There’s no better place to break in new technology than an education conference. Here are five tools you’ll want to include.
  • 5 Tech Ed Tools to Learn This Summer–Bring your laptop to the local hotspot and try five new tools to change your class.
  • BYOD—the lowdown–If you’re considering a BYOD program, here’s what you should know.
  • New Literacies Enable Smarter Researching–New literacies—the ones that rhyme with ‘technology’.
  • Should Tech Teachers be in the Class or Lab–Tech teachers are struggling with their future: Should they teach skills or integrate technology into class inquiry?
  • The Elephantine Impact of Technology on Education–Have you noticed what’s happening in your child’s school? It’s called ‘technology’ and it’s taking over.
  • 8 Education Tools That Are Going Away-Technology is forcing out what we consider cornerstones of education. Here are eight that will disappear… soon
  • 11 Things to Love About Common Core–As you acclimate to Common Core, you’ll find reasons to be thrilled they are part of education. These are the top eleven.
  • 7 Ways Common Core Will Change Your Classroom–Here are 7 of the most dramatic shifts effected by Common Core.
  • Common Core wants publishing. Tech makes it happen–The world of student work being shared with the teacher only—maybe hung on the classroom wall for a few weeks—is over. Common Core expects it to be published so all can benefit.
  • 5 Sure-fire Ways to Teach Vocabulary–Common Core moves vocabulary from a weekly class to a constant theme, woven throughout inquiry. Here’s how you make that happen.
  • 5 New Web Tools for  School —You don’t have to know all 2,878 (and counting) tech tools Early Education Adopters use. You just need to know five.      
  • Time to Toss Binders–3-ring binders—the mainstay of education—have been replaced. By what, you ask? Read on.
  • What’s a Digital Portfolio and Why Should You Use it?–In a nutshell, it’s a locker in the cloud that can be accessed from anywhere. And that is why you should use it. Need more detail? Read this article.
  • 20 Tech Problems Teachers Need to Know How to Solve–80% of the tech problems you face in class are from the same 20 problems. I’ll  share those and how to solve them.
  • 10 Things a Blog Taught Me–The more I blog, the happier I am that I blog. It’s not about social media; it’s about writing skills, speaking and listening, and much more.
  • 13 Reasons to Tweet in Class–Want Twitter in your class? Here’s ammunition for what often turns into a pitched, verbal brawl among stakeholders on using Twitter
  • 12 Tips on Hard-to-teach Classes–The Hard-to-teach Class, one that makes you reconsider your academic career. You’re willing, but how do you do you teach these oft-brilliant students?
  • 7 Great Tech Tools that Differentiate Learning–Technology can optimize learning better than any other educational strategy. Here are 7 tools to make that happen.
  • Be an Inquiry-based Teacher–11 traits shared by inquiry-based teachers. Does it describe you?
  • Teach Inquiry based Classes-In inquiry-based classes, teaching is more about process than product. The doing, not the test. It’s what you’d hoped to do when you started your career. How do you make it happen?
  • 17 K-8 DigCit Topics–Using the internet safely and effectively must be taught. Here’s how to do that.
  • Is Keyboarding Dead?–Is keyboarding the cornerstone of Common Core Standards—or is it dead? You decide.  
  • When is Typing Faster Than Handwriting?–Most elementary-age students are better at handwriting than typing, but at some point, that changes. When is that?
  • How to Use iPads in Class–If you’re planning to introduce iPads to your Elementary-age students, here’s a lesson plan for you.
  • The Tablet’s ‘Killer App’–Kids love tablets. It doesn’t matter they won’t run most software, don’t have USB  ports, have no flash, allow little storage, and can’t print (with ease). So, you ask, why? There’s one great reason.
  • Will Texting Destroy Writing Skills?–Trying to separate students from their smartphones for eight hours is a nightmare. Is this a battle worth fighting or is it a tempest in a teapot?
  • 5 Digital Tools for the No Budget Class–Here are 5 freebies that will make a difference in your class.
  • Minecraft In school–Using programs students love—like Minecraft, SimCity, Hunger Games—makes learning fun, authentic and rigorous. Have you gamified your class?
  • 7 Digital Ways to End the School Year–What better way to grab the end-of-school attention of tech-loving students than a tech-centric project. Here are 7 you’ll love.
  • 14 Educational Websites Students Will Ask to Visit–These are perfect for a summer program, summer homework, but also to inject tech into inquiry in authentic, rigorous ways.
  • 5 Digital Tools Parents Love–Getting parents on speaking terms with their child’s tech needs is difficult. Here are five tools that make this easier.
  • 13 Tips To Speed Up Your Computer–Treat your computer like a car. Every few months, do preventive maintenance to be sure it’s in tip top shape.
  • A Virtual Oil Change for your Online Presence–For most teachers, life zooms by with few breaks to clean up the clutter of their everyday online presence. Like updating where we work, what awards we’ve received, who our latest boss is—who has the time? You do. Now.
  • Yes, I’m Resilient, and I Wish Computers Were-I hate to think about the many times I’ve had to adapt because the tech I wanted to use in class didn’t work. It’s no one’s fault, but it sure makes me tired.


  • Digital: 94 pages
  • Publisher: Structured Learning (January, 2014)
  • Language: English

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Reviews of SL Tech Ed books

Wonderful information for a Tech Teacher. Excited to use the lessons in my classroom.–Amazon customer

I’m a fifth grade teacher and bought this book to find projects that would integrate technology into my classroom curriculum. What a find. There are projects that cover math, geography, history, science, writing, word study–everything I needed. Most of them can be completed in less than an hour and are fun for the students so they don’t mind doing them. Along the way, students are learning valuable technology skills they’ll take with them to sixth grade. It’s also saved me a lot of time not having to develop grading rubrics or samples myself. Overall, a great idea for any elementary school teacher. –Amazon customer

I bought this as a gift for the homeschooler at the recommendation of a fifth grade tech teacher I know. What an amazing find it turned out to be! The lessons are organized by topic, software, grade level, with information on skills taught, standards addressed, as well as step-by-step instructions with reproducibles and rubrics. The projects are unique and got my homeschool friend through an entire year with her four children. Most important, her kids loved them–never got bored. I’d highly recommend it to anyone looking for an all-in-one book for k-8 technology. –Amazon customer

This is the first book you’ll want to purchase if you’re new to tech ed. It has projects in history, science, literature and more. Each lesson includes examples, grading rubrics, ISTE guidelines, enrichments and trouble shooting. I’m the tech coordinator for my school. I leave the book out for the teachers to look through when they need a project. The author has done an excellent job of hitting all the high points. The book is even better than I expected because it includes links to an active blog where readers can ask questions and interact with other teachers using the material. It’s clear the author has a lot of experience in this area. –Amazon customer

I love the changes in this book. I bought the original volume, and now the update. This 2011 version provides more samples, more links, more extras (like wall charts and advice on teaching different skills like keyboarding) that will be great for my classroom next year. This volume has a lot more projects for middle school age students than Volume I, which is what I needed. I’d recommend this to any tech lab teacher or even classroom teachers looking to expand their tech ed connections. –Amazon customer

About the Authors

Ask a Tech Teache is an award-winning resource blog run by a group of technology teacher who provide free materials, advice, lesson plans, pedagogic conversation, website reviews, and more. It has more than 90,000 visitors a month in search of teaching materials and advice,offers oodles of free lesson plans, pedagogical conversation, website reviews and more. Its free newsletters and website articles are read by thousands, including teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone serious about finding the best way to maneuver the minefield of technology in education.

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, presentation reviewer for CSTA, Cisco guest blogger, a monthly contributor to TeachHUB, columnist for, featured blogger for Technology in Education, and IMS tech expert. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.