Published

Here is a collection of the books I’ve published both as editor and author. They’re all available for sale on Amazon and a variety of other popular outlets:

BUILDING A MIDSHIPMAN

How to Crack the USNA Application

You don’t have to be a miracle-worker to the 10% of applicants accepted to a military academy, but you do need a plan. For the thousands of students who apply every year–and slog through the numbing concatenation of decisions preceding a nomination–there is no greater discouragement than the likely event that they will fail. This, though, is the Board’s peek into an applicant’s moral fiber and an important ingredient to the go/no go decision. In the words of James Stockdale, USNA ’46 and Medal of Honor Winner: “The test of character is not ‘hanging in there’ when you expect a light at the end of the tunnel, but performance of duty and persistence of example when you know that no light is coming.” This is the true story of Maggie Schmidt, an All-American kid who dreamt of attending the Naval Academy when her research into the typical Midshipman uncovered a profile alarmingly like herself. This book describes her background and academic interests, her focus, as well as her struggle to put together a winning admissions package. Along the way, you gain insight into the moral fiber that grounds everything she does and the decisions she must make that some consider impossible for an adolescent, but are achievable for thousands of like-minded teens. This workbook walks you through the long process, provides check lists of everything required, decision making matrices, goal-setting exercises to determine if USNA is a good fit for you, and a mix of motivation and academic advice to balance a decision that rightfully might be the biggest one most teens have ever made. See the publisher’s website at structuredlearning.net for more details.

Amazon.com–paperback

Amazon.com–Kindle Edition

Scribd.com–ebook

Publisher’s website

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collage of 5th ed K-6  textbooks- with AATT copyKindergarten through Eighth Grade Technology Curriculum (editor)

The choice of hundreds of school districts, private schools and homeschoolers around the world and tens of thousands of students, this nine-volume tech ed curriculum is the all-in-one solution to running an effective, efficient, and fun technology program for kindergarten-eighth grade (each grade level textbook sold separately) whether you are the lab specialist, IT coordinator, or classroom teacher. Each lesson is aligned with both Common Core State Standards* (6th grade: aligned via the Table of Contents) and  National Educational Technology Standards, and includes an Essential Question, Big Idea, suggested Assessments, required materials, vocabulary, problem solving, teacher preparation required, how to extend learning, examples, grading rubrics, additional resources, and how students can collaborate/share projects. Using a tested approach that promotes literacy, critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making, students learn the technology required to prepare for their future. The secret for you, as teacher, is knowing what to teach and when.

Each textbook includes a wide-ranging Scope and Sequence, 32 weekly lessons, monthly homework (3rd-5th only), student Certificate of Completion (K-5), a comprehensive list of websites to support learning (K-6), articles that address tech pedagogy, and posters ready to print and hang on your walls.

With your purchase, you receive FREE access to a wealth of online resources including hundreds of teacher materials that differentiate instruction, websites that extend learning, and free help from professionals using the curriculum (membership included with purchase). Note: Color and embedded links shown in Click to Look Inside are included in pdf only.

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks)

Scribd.com (ebooks)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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55 cover55 TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS FOR THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM

Everything you need to integrate computers into K-8 classes

Volume I and II

The all-in-one K-8 toolkit for the lab specialist, classroom teacher and homeschooler, with a years-worth of simple-to-follow projects. Integrate technology into language arts, geography, history, problem solving, research skills, and science lesson plans and units of inquiry using teacher resources that meet NETS-S national guidelines and many state standards. The fifty-five projects are categorized by subject, program (software), and skill (grade) level. Each project includes standards met in three areas (higher-order thinking, technology-specific, and NETS-S), software required, time involved, suggested experience level, subject area supported, tech jargon, step-by-step lessons, extensions for deeper exploration, troubleshooting tips and project examples including reproducibles. Tech programs used are KidPix, all MS productivity software, Google Earth, typing software and online sites, email, Web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, internet start pages, social bookmarking and photo storage), Photoshop and Celestia. Also included is an Appendix of over 200 age-appropriate child-friendly websites. Skills taught include collaboration, communication, critical thinking, problem solving, decision making, creativity, digital citizenship, information fluency, presentation, and technology concepts. In short, it’s everything you’d need to successfully integrate technology into the twenty-first century classroom.

Available in print and digital from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com (ebooks)

Publisher’s website

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common coreTHE KEY TO ALIGNING YOUR K-5 CLASS WITH COMMON CORE STATE STANDARDS

30 Projects that integrate technology into core lesson plans

30 Technology Projects Aligned With Common Core State Standards is for classroom teachers, technology integration specialists and lab professionals, as a resource for aligning their technology program with the Common Core State Standards now implemented in forty-six states. You will find it a foundational tool for scaffolding technology into the areas of math, language, reading, writing, speaking and listening as is required in CCSS. Overall, they are authentic approaches to student-centered learning, asking the student to be a risk-taker in his/her educational goals and the teacher to act as guide. The essential questions are open-ended and conversations organic and inquiry-driven, ultimately asking students to take responsibility for the process of their own learning.

It can be used as a resource book, to provide exciting new lessons that seamlessly blend technology with lesson plans and involve students in the many new tools available to enrich their educational experiences, or a road map, plotting the vertical planning and differentiated instruction fundamental to CCSS goals.

There are thirty lessons, five per grade level. Each includes:

  • The Common Core State Standard alignment
  • The Essential Question—the Big Idea
  • An Overview
  • Objectives and Steps
  • A Sample (where appropriate)
  • Links to related websites and material (where applicable)
  • Additional grade levels suitable for the lesson

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print–late June)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks–late June)

Scribd.com (ebooks–late June)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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front coverK-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

This is your guide to what our children must know at what age to thrive in the community called the internet. It’s a roadmap for blending all pieces into a cohesive, effective student-directed cyber-learning experience that accomplishes ISTE’s general goals.

Each grade level includes 3-8 lessons, a full year of instruction for K-8, in non-sequential order so it fits nicely into your school schedule or current technology curriculum, with a project for each topic. It can take the entire 45-minute class if you have time or multiple pieces of various classes. Here’s a schedule of what topics are covered at which grade level. Some start in kindergarten and are reinforced each year. Others, we wait until students have the maturity to understand the concept

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks–late June)

Scribd.com (ebooks–late June)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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essential guide to --coverK-8 Keyboarding Curriculum

You may think it impossible to find an effective keyboarding curriculum for the skimpy forty-five minutes a week you can devote to keyboarding. You teach what you can, but it always seems to be the same lessons—hands on home row, good posture, eyes on copy. You wonder if it’s making a difference, or if it matters.
Yes, it does and there is a way. It requires a plan, faithfully executed, with your eye relentlessly on the goal, but if you commit, it works.
In this book, The Essential Guide to Teaching Keyboarding in 45 Minutes a Week: a K-8 Curriculum, I’ll share a unique keyboarding curriculum for K-8 that I’ve seen work on thousands of students.
The book includes:

  • A summary of the literature
  • Answers to questions like ‘Can youngers learn to keyboard—and should they?’
  • Importance of the teacher

The K-8 curriculum includes a lot more variety than keyboard exercises on installed software. Here’s a rundown of pieces used:

  • Keyboarding software (yes, you do need repetition)
  • Online keyboarding websites
  • Age-appropriate use of hand covers
  • Quarterly speed/accuracy quizzes
  • Quarterly blank keyboarding quizzes
  • Monthly homework
  • Wall charts to support learning and display evidence of success
  • Grading based on student improvement, not conformity to class norms

You’ll learn practical strategies on how to blend these pieces, each added at the right time, to teach the keyboarding skills required for today’s classroom. Each lesson includes:

  • Overview
  • Objectives and steps
  • Best Practices
  • Extensions
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Where to get help

Note to readers: Color shown in the sample image gallery are included in PDF version only, sold separately.

Available in print and digital from:

Amazon.com (print)

Teachers Pay Teachers (ebooks–late June)

Scribd.com (ebooks–late June)

Publisher’s website (print and digital)

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43 Themed PDF Bundles

What’s included in each bundle:

  • Four to eight technology-specific step-by-step lessons, including reproducibles, grading rubrics, sample projects, extensions for advanced students and troubleshooting tips.
  • Next-day delivery via email in the universally-readable .pdf format
  • How projects integrate technology into your curriculum whether you’re the classroom teacher, the lab teacher or home-schooling your child
  • A summary of each project, suggested grade level and prior knowledge, time required, software required, and projects that should be completed prior to this one
  • A summary of which higher-order thinking skills and which NETS-S technology-specific skills are covered

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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98 Tech Problems From the Classroom:
And How Students Can Solve Them

Running a tech lab can be frightening. What if there’s a problem you don’t know how to answer? What if the computers break? What if they all break at once?

Several years ago, in an effort to create a practical strategy for technology success, I started tracking how often I got the same tech questions from students. Soon, I extended it to parents who, in a well-intentioned effort to help with school work, often got stuck on a techie issue. Some spent hours on a problem that could have been solved in minutes–if only they knew how to do that.

Turns out, 70% of the time, it was the same 98 problems.

I’m going to share these with you. You’ll find them inquiry-driven and student-centered, authentic solutions to organic conversations. If you’re a new tech teacher, make sure you know them because you’ll be asked for these answers over and over throughout the school year—in fact, you’ll be expected to know them. After all, you’re the tech expert.

If you’re a veteran teacher integrating technology into units of inquiry and/or Common Core State Standards, these tips will be invaluable. You are usually on your own in the classroom, without tech experts to assist. Keep this ebook handy and you’ll have more time to devote to classroom projects.

Whoever you are, you’ll want to teach your students these practical strategies for fixing their biggest show stoppers.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers (mid-June)

Scribd.com (mid-June)

Publisher’s website 

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19 Posters to Decorate Your Technology Lab

19 eposters for new and experienced tech teachers to remind students of the basics of computer use. Includes keyboard tips, website usage, mouse control, how to solve common problems, parts of the computer, email netiquette, how to search, volunteer guidelines and more. Bonus: sample structure for a 45-minute tech class. A must-have for new teacher. A time-saver for everyone.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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18 More cover copy18 (more) Posters to Decorate Your Technology Lab

18 More Posters for the technology lab or classroom–all 8.5×11 in full color (digital delivery–print yourself). A must for new tech teachers. A bonus for everyone else. (Digital delivery)

Here’s a summary of posters

    1. Plug in
    2. 10 Steps to become a BETTER GEEK
    3. 15 ways to get Your Geek On
    4. Want to use this image?
    5. The Virtual Neighborhood
    6. Evidence Wall
    7. Portrait Orientation
    8. Landscape Orientation
    9. Learn like a Champion
    10. Learn on!
    11. Netiquette rules
    12. Email Etiquette
    13. Save early, save oftehn
    14. Select-do
    15. Copyright law
    16. Digital Citizenship To Do List
    17. Shortkey list for computers
    18. Use shortcuts. Get done faster
    19. What’s a Mulligan? (Bonus)

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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760 cover760+ Tech Ed Links

Are you the tech specialist? IT Coordinator? Do the teachers at your school ask you for websites to tie in with their classroom topics–and want it in an hour?

This is for you.

This 36-page PDF includes over 760 K-5 websites organized by grade level and subject that will connect tech to every subject in your school. They’re sites that the Ask a Tech Teacher crew uses every year in every class they teach. If you’re the IT coordinator or tech ed specialist or the technology teacher, you’ll want this.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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tech ed36 Articles on How to Put Technology into Your Classroom

The 36 most requested 2012-13 tech ed articles from Ask A Tech Teacher©. 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.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Publisher’s website

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tech ed articles38 Web 2.0 Articles That Will Turn Your Class Around

Seventy-six epages of the 38 most requested articles from Ask A Tech Teacher©. They cover critical Web 2.0 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.

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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holiday projects16 Holiday Projects

for Kindergarten-Eighth

A 45-epage student-tested collection of 16 holiday-themed projects for kindergarten through eighth grade using Word, Excel, Publisher, KidPix, TuxPaint, Web 2.0 tools and more. They’re from the team of Ask a Tech Teacher technology teachers, designed to to be fun, festive, while teaching important tech skills. Use them for any holiday. They’ll fill your year with pictures, calendars, wallpaper that kids will love making and want to give to family as gifts.Free if you buy 3 SL books

Available for next-day digital delivery from:

Teachers Pay Teachers

Scribd.com

Publisher’s website

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  3. Wow, wish I’d found this before I retired from teaching! Technology integration is vital but intimidating for many older teachers. I applaud you for helping educators with this important element.

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