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38 Tech Ed Articles–the 38 most requested 2011-12 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, top ten tips for teaching MS Word, 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. They’re written by a working tech teacher with fifteen years experience teaching technology to all age groups.
Articles include:

  • Tech Makes it Easy to Stay On Top of Everything
  • What Should You Include on a Younger Child’s Computer
  • What Every Parent Should Know About Computers
  • How to Talk to Your Child’s Teacher (Parent)
  • The Secret to Teaching Tech to Kids: Delegate
  • How Every Student Can Excel in Technology
  • Typical 45-minute Lesson–Kindergarten
  • Typical 45-minute Lesson—Grades 1-2
  • Typical 45-minute Lesson—Grades 3-5
  • Kids are Natural Problem Solvers
  • Are you as Tech-Smart as a Fifth Grader?
  • How to Solve the Hardest Computer Problem
  • Get Rid of Computer Fear
  • 8 Simple Fixes if Your Computer Won’t Work
  • 20 Techie Problems Every Student Can Fix
  • How to Teach Problem-solving with Oregon Trail and Win 7
  • 3 Steps to Keep the Internet Child-Safe
  • What’s it Like to Be a Blogger?
  • How Blogs Make Students Better Writers
  • What Do You Think of Facebook in Schools?
  • Never Heard of Tagxedo?
  • Email Etiquette
  • 3 Way Twitter Makes You a Better Writer
  • Using an Internet Start Page
  • How I Use Web 2.0 Tools to Communicate with Parents
  • 41 Websites to Integrate Tech into Your Classroom
  • Five Great Summer Websites Your Kids Don’t Want to Miss
  • How Fast Should Kids Type
  • How to Teach Keyboarding in Lower School
  • Ten Best Keyboarding Hints You’ll Ever See
  • Keyboarding Hints—K-5
  • Great Keyboarding Hints for K-2
  • Third Grade-Fifth Grade Keyboarding Grading
  • 6 MS Word Tricks Every Student Should Know
  • What About Our Kids Endangered Minds
  • Disrupt Class—Yes, That’s What I Said
  • ISTE 2011 Take-aways: Don’t Hide the Internet from Today’s Kids


  • Digital: 76 pages
  • Publisher: Structured Learning (October, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-9845881-1-4

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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

Structured Learning IT Team is the premier provider of technology instruction books and ebooks to education professionals. Technology and keyboarding curricula, how-to books, tips and tricks, a one-of-a-kind blog-based helpline—all the tools required to fulfill the tech needs of the 21st century classroom. All materials are classroom-tested, teacher-approved with easy-to-understand directions supported by online materials, websites, blogs, and wikis. Whether you are a new teacher wanting to do it right or a veteran educator looking for updated materials, Structured Learning and its team of technology teachers is there to assist you.

 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 curriculumK-8 keyboard curriculumK-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 Teacherspresentation 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.