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Middle School School Lessons; Keeping Students Intrested

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In an ever-growing technology age, as teachers we are constantly competing with student’s attention. My goal is to integrate the latest technologies into my classroom. It is getting more and more difficult to keep kids interested in new technology, the novelty is long gone. They is introducing technologies in a way where they can see how it can affect them in their daily lives.

Take typing for example. Now, teaching typing as a skill is as important as ever. With renewed interest in texting and social networking kids seem to understand that it is a skill that they can use in their everyday lives. I try to emphasize this in my class.

The goal for me as a “Technology Teacher” is to give my students a broad range of computer activities. I only have a short time to do this (about 45 classes). We do projects that concern MS Office, Social Networking, Cell Phones, Skyping and Google Earth just to name a few. Some students have a good grasp on these programs and others have not ever heard of them. If I can just give kids a reference to new technology, in most cases I feel that I have done my job.

Today, we will be Skyping with another computer class that is in Michigan. It is just far enough away so kids feel that the school is different from mine. Most of the time the kids want to show off to the other class. I will keep them on task with a question and answer session. Next, the other teacher and myself will select the best classes to do an additional lesson. Usually out of 5 classes we select one or two to talk again. The goal is to set up the two classes for one on one Skyping. My cameras are all set up and ready to go, but the other teacher is waiting for theirs to be ordered, don’t you love public education…?

Now a days, kids are less impressed by the technology itself, which used to be my bread and butter. So, the solution is to stay current and keep the lessons interesting to the student. Even if kids are familiar with the technology, maybe I can show them something new or even better, inspire them to use technology in new ways.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Collective Bargaing

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As teachers that are part of a union we support all public employees and their right to collectively bargain. No one goes into education to get rich. However, one tradeoff for not getting paid a high salary is a little job security. Take that away and the luster of being a professional education is diminished. The next steps are lower wages and less benefits.

Most teachers today have advanced degrees. Do we not deserve to be rewarded for improving ourselves professionally? Everyone says how important education is and how that is one of the things that is going to improve the economy, and when these people get elected….its suddenly time to hurt the teachers.

What is the message being sent to those who are aspiring to go into the field of education? With less incentives to go into education, what kind of professionals will be attracted to a career with less pay and less benefits in a field that is already notorious for having low wages?

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Smartboards

Middle School Computer Lessons; Smartboards

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Smartboards can be great in any classroom. However it is up to the teacher as to how much a part of the class they become. I recently went to a conference on SB’s and attended several classes about them. Every time I go to one of these things I feel overwhelmed about all the ideas out there in technology in education. I have to remind myself that I cannot be an expert in everything and need to pick what is best for me and my teaching situation. I do teach technology and actually no longer have a sb in my room. But I have had one in the past and would categorize myself as an “expert” in the Beginner category. I know enough to advise teachers who are looking to use one.

If you are new to SB’s, I suggest you find a workshop and attend. When I leave I want to get into it with my students. If I taught a core subject, this would be a vital tool in my teaching. The possibilities are endless.

I my building, we have the wide range of SB usage. Some teachers are masters and others the SB sits in the room unattended. I would encourage any teacher who is remotely interested in using one in their room more to attend a workshop.

One of the best features of a SB is the software (Notebook 10) it is actually free. You don’t even actually need a SB to use it. That in itself is an extremely useful teaching tool.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Tech conferences

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Tech conferences are vital to teaching technology in the middle school classroom. If your school is willing to pay for you to go, great, if not there are usually free ones out there. Actually, the one that I am attending today is a free one , and over the years it is consistently the best one that I attend.

My point is that sharing ideas with other tech educative is the key ton staying current. When I leave one of these things, I always feel overwhelmed. So, I try to focus on the ideas that I encounter that I can use. You need to find what you can use.

This presenter is speaking about social networking, a published author and professor, and allni can thinking “wow, this guy is old and out of touch”. Yes, I just quoted myself.

Our site provides materials that are current and realivent to today’s students.

This guy gets more interesting when he tells storiesnabout students.

Next session, smart boards. The best part is seeing other teachers tehc strategies. I don’t have one, but teachers in my building do. I am intrested to learn more….

Every teacher in my building shoould attend this skateboard workshop. It is really good for learning to use the smart board tools in your classroom. Smarted services.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; tech conferences

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Tech conferences are vital to teaching technology in the middle school classroom. If your school is willing to pay for you to go, great, if not there are usually free ones out there. Actually, the one that I am attending today is a free one , and over the years it is consistently the best one that I attend.

My point is that sharing ideas with other tech educative is the key ton staying current. When I leave one of these things, I always feel overwhelmed. So, I try to focus on the ideas that I encounter that I can use. You need to find what you can use.

This presenter is speaking about social networking, a published author and professor, and allni can thinking “wow, this guy is old and out of touch”. Yes, I just quoted myself.

Our site provides materials that are current and realivent to today’s students.

This guy gets more interesting when he tells storiesnabout students.

Next session, smart boards. The best part is seeing other teachers tehc strategies. I don’t have one, but teachers in my building do. I am intrested to learn more….

Every teacher in my building shoould attend this skateboard workshop. It is really good for learning to use the smart board tools in your classroom. Smarted services.

For the best computer lessons on the web check out www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com.

Middle School Computer Lessons; tech conferences

Tech conferences are vital to teaching technology in the middle school classroom. If your school is willing to pay for you to go, great, if not there are usually free ones out there. Actually, the one that I am attending today is a free one , and over the years it is consistently the best one that I attend.

My point is that sharing ideas with other tech educative is the key ton staying current. When I leave one of these things, I always feel overwhelmed. So, I try to focus on the ideas that I encounter that I can use. You need to find what you can use.

This presenter is speaking about social networking, a published author and professor, and allni can thinking “wow, this guy is old and out of touch”. Yes, I just quoted myself.

Our site provides materials that are current and realivent to today’s students.

This guy gets more interesting when he tells storiesnabout students.

Next session, smart boards. The best part is seeing other teachers tehc strategies. I don’t have one, but teachers in my building do. I am intrested to learn more….

Every teacher in my building shoould attend this skateboard workshop. It is really good for learning to use the smart board tools in your classroom. Smarted services.

For the best computer lessons on the web check out http://www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com.

Middle School Computer Lessons; Tech Support for teachers

Middle School Computer Lessons; Tech Support for teachers

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As the “Computer Teacher” in my building, I am often called to duty when teachers have a problem. I am kind of like the first line of defence before the paid professional “Tech Support Team” is called. We do not have a network engineer or dedicated computer guy to fix things. Instead the school pays a company to service any issues. At first I thought this was a bad idea, however it works well and saves the school district money.

But, I am still the first person that is usually contacted when a problem occurs. I like doing this, but what I really like is when teachers come to me to for help integrating technology into their classrooms.

I see a wide range of issues. Here are some of favorites:

  1. There is no power. (the 5 plug splitter was plugged into itself)
  2. Printer does not work (No paper)
  3. Printer does not work (Not plugged in)
  4. No internet connection (plug is out)
  5. Mouse does not work (no ball)

I try to not make people feel bad when they call me down, so I may not always tell them what the actual problem was.

Sure, most things are really simple, but some are more challenging. I get a lot of prblems with printers. All of our teachers started out with high-volume hp business printers, after 5 years I would say only about %40 are still functioning. The major problem with these was teachers would not use them enough. They would worry about using up the ink. When they are not used the ink would dry up and then that would be it. I have the same one and I print constantly. I am talking full color pages in the “Best” setting. The ink really lasts. I would only use about a set of ink per year. Now, all the teachers can print directly to the copy machine in the office. That is pretty handy. The only disadvantage is that it prints in color black, white and grey.

I handle a many issues around the building. Setting up smartboards, blue tooth slates, Netbooks, Projectors and installing software take up most of my time.

I like doing this, I get to see how the other teachers are using technology to teach. There is a wide range of usage. Some teachers are lost if their wireless slate goes out. Today I saw one teacher that was using her slate as a MOUSEPAD!!! So, the point is that people use the technology in their own way. Those who want to use it will, and those that don’t see the merit do not.

Either way, if you are a “Technology” teacher and you find yourself being the expert in your building when something goes wrong, know that you are not alone.

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