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How will “Merit Pay” Work with Tech Teachers?

As a middle school technology teacher, I am really interested in how the government in Ohio plans on paying teachers who do not teach a core subject? Maybe all those teachers will just get canned?

 They think shoving SB 5 down our throats is so great, I am sure that they must have it all planned out. Is there going to be a standardized technology test that Ohio is going to adopt? If so, who is going to make that test? What is going to be on it? Is %40 passing? like some other so-called “proficiency” tests? All I have is questions and no answers.

School is about learning not just passing some test.

What about Art, Gym and Music? How are those teachers going to get the Merit-Pay?

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New To Teaching Technology?

Are you new to teaching a technology class and looking for useful materials to get you started? Or are you a seasoned veteran looking for new lessons to add to your arsenal?

Middle School Computer Lessons Publishing has what you are looking for! www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com check it out!

When I first started teaching a computer class, I had nothing (apple II’s) then upgraded to a pc lab with only Office, the internet and no materials.

This class book would have been perfect to get me started, it has everything I anyone would need. There are over 70 hours of classroom materials; a teacher book, student book, 35 worksheets and a rubric for each lesson. This book is classroom tested and is the real deal. When working on the individual activities in this book, my class is extremely quiet and on task , the kids are totally interested,and working within standards. Other activities like the “Google Search Game” the class is competing with each other with some real intensity! Students ask me “Are we going to play this tomorrow?” all the time. This book has it all, you could use it in any order or pick and choose the lessons that you think would work for your class. 

Lastly and  most importantly, as far as “Site License/Ebooks” go the price is less than half of most on the market while giving you 2 to 3 times the materials.

You can send an email to request 2 free lessons to see what it is all about.

Check out the “Complete Technology Curriculum” e-book at www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

Do you teach a Computer Class? Middle School Computer Lessons has great materials.

Do you teach a computer class and are looking for great materials? MSCL Publishing has exactly what you are looking for. The Ebooks contain hours of projects that will take your help your class become 21st century learners!

The lessons contain clear student instructions, easy teacher instructions and tips, also there are worksheets and rubrics for each lesson. If you are looking to expand your computer/technology class with projects that include PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Google Applications, Skype in the classroom, Ipods, Robotics and more visit www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com .

These materials are all teacher tested and are ready to use in your classroom immediately.

Middle School Computer Lessons; Are you Overwhelmed by technology?

Middle School Computer Lessons; Are you Overwhelmed by technology?

When I am not at school I must confess that I feel a little overwhelmed…I have 5 email accounts, 3 web sites, this blog, social media, oh and to relax, there is the Netflix account, cable on demand, dvr, telephone through the cable and countless other distractions. I forgot about all the Ipods, 3 laptops, satellite radio and cell phones in my house.

Really, how much is too much? I find myself telling my son “wait a minute…” so I can finish this email or text or whatnot. No, more. When I am home most of the best times is when the technology is off. I am going to make an effort to severely limit myself at home.

But if you are looking to teach Office; Powerpoint, Excel, Word, Google, Robotics, Skype and more check out www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

Do you feel this way? I would like to know your comments.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; Are Ebooks the Future?

Middle School Computer Lessons; Are Ebooks the Future? 

Of course. for the best Middle School Technology Ebooks go to www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

Yes, ebooks are obviously the future. Just look at book sales. Ebooks are topping print books more and more. But, what is the best delivery system for students? Right now, the choices may be limited…ipad? kindle? Netbook? In my opinion the Netbook is the best choice right now. You could use it as an ebook but also a computer. Student could use their online textbooks the use a word processing program to complete the homework. (a blog could be better for homework) Even though a Netbook would be my choice right now. I don’t think the best solution for student ebook readers is actually out there right now.

My ideal ebook reader for say middle schools would have the following things;

  1. Durability
  2. Ability to run software easily
  3. Security (ease of loading and controlling software for the school)
  4. a Keyboard (maybe like a tablet PC -I use one a hp tc4000) it can be a pad and a laptop.
  5. Teacher controls (teacher could take control of the class’s devices)
  6. Low cost ; give the students the option to buy their own or use the schools while in school. I really think students should own their own. If it is theirs they should take care of it.
  7. LONG- battery life (as a teacher I don’t want this to be an issue)
  8. Reliable wireless connection (again, teachers should not have to even deal with this)


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Middle School Computer Lessons; GOP out to destory public education?

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I am going to get a little off subject today…

Every story I read about the state of public education around the country is similar in many ways. First, the Republicans have taken control of the state, next public education funding is being cut, then unions are being attacked, and some kind of merit pay and charter schools will be the solution in yet some way. As a parent, I would never send my child to a charter school,     N E V E R!. I am pretty happy with the public schools in my area. What the people in charge dont even take into account that education is a 3-way partnership between teachers, parents, and the students themselves. You can’t put it all on the teachers. If my kid is 10 and can’t read, I am not going to march down and confront my local school board. C’mon, who’s falt is it really?

Merit pay for test scores: Where do the “Special” classes fit into that? Art, Gym, Health, Consumer Sciences, Music, Computer/Technology. Do those teachers get the Max pay or the Minimum pay? Are these classes even important any more? They don’t contribute to passing some test? But what they do is make students more rounded. Maybe even giving them a reason to like to come to school. If I taught a “core” subject and my pay was going to be based on some test, I am going to teach that test every day. Nothing else, just teach the test, EVERY DAY. They would pass it, but who cares? Who makes up the tests anyway? What questions are “valid” and will some be thrown out? What is a passing score? %40? What are we really testing?

 But I also hear how “Technology in education” is so vital we’ll see. When teachers are being cut. I’ll bet these teachers ( myself included) will be the first to go.

I clearly remember Obama saying how he was going to increase pay for teachers. In the next few years of his Presidency, I fully expect my pay to go down.

I would love to hear your comments about this, especially if you are a fellow “Tech” teacher.

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Middle School Computer Lessons; 10 Great Resources for class

Middle School Computer Lessons; 10 Great Resources for class. —–for the best Middle School Computer lessons visit: www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

These are some of the best no or low-cost resources that I use in my Computer/Technology class: I am not necessarily ranking these in any order they are all useful resources in their own way.

    10. West Point Bridge Design Contest: a really cool bridge design setup, my classes love when we use it. http://bridgecontest.usma.edu/download.htm

      9. Gabe’s Type O Meter: This will measure you WPM of any sentence you choose. I use it for typing quizzes. http://www.informatics.no/progvareTMLoc.htm

      8. Icy Tower:  This popular game is found on Facebook, I use this as a time filler or as a reward.                                                                                                    http://icy-tower.en.softonic.com/

       7. Tux Paint is a free painting program, I use this at the end of class if the are a few minutes or if my lesson for the day is not quite ready yet.   http://www.tuxpaint.org/download/

      6. Tux Typing is an open source typing program. I use this for one half of my typing in class for my 6th grade students. It is a solid typing practice application, perfect for that grade. http://tux-typing-2.en.softonic.com/

      5. Open Office if your school won’t pay the money for MS office this is a free substitute that will do the job if needed. http://www.openoffice.org/

      4. Google Skechup If you don’t know this, you need to check it out NOW! This is like a standard in any technology class. http://sketchup.google.com/

      3. Free Typing Games is a typing game website which is used in my class as a break from a normal typing day or at the end of class. http://www.freetypinggame.net/ 

      2. Google Earth http://www.google.com/earth/index.html

      1. MCSL Publishing: Middle School Computer Lessons Publishing; This publisher puts many of these resources to use and has computer lessons that are perfectly designed for the jr. High classroom. For the cost of a site license you really get a lot, including unlimited usage/printing of all the materials like the teacher book, student book, rubrics and worksheets. If you look at other publishers that sell similar materials the resources here are a fraction of the cost and have  clearly been tested in real classrooms. www.middleschoolcomputerlessons.com

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