3rd-5th Technology with Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray PhotoMaster technology teacher Jacqui Murray shares her plans, insights, and resources for 3rd-5th grade technology integration, Common Core lessons, and how to develop good digital citizens from today’s digital natives.

Texts: Structured Learning K-6 Technology Curriculum & Structured Learning K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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About Jacqui Murray

Jacqui Murray has been teaching for thirty years, the last fifteen in K-8 technology. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and authored multiple K-8 technology training books that integrate technology into education. Her areas of expertise include MS Office, KidPix, Photoshop, Google Earth, Scratch, robotics, keyboarding, critical thinking in the K-8 tech classroom, how to turn digital natives into digital citizens, web-based tools, online communications including social media for students, curriculum planning, curriculum alignment (focus on Common Core and ISTE), faculty training in technology integration, new teacher mentoring, and faculty workshops in anything tech related .

She is webmaster for six blogs including the popular Ask a Tech Teacher, Editorial Review Board member for ISTE’s Journal for Computing Teachers , CSTA presentation reviewer, Cisco guest blogger, bi-monthly contributor to TeachHUB, tech ed columnist for Examiner.com, featured blogger for Technology in Education, Amazon Vine reviewer, and IMS tech expert. Ms. Murray has a Bachelor in Economics, Bachelor in Russian, Masters in Business, and California Teaching Credential.

This class will cover how to teach K-5 students in a mixed lab/classroom setting (dependent upon the group of students) and how to teach Middle School technology based on a unit/theme approach. It will provide a teaching roadmap that starts with mouse skills and ends with Photoshop and Scratch. It will share the most common problems teachers face and how to solve them including how to manage diverse learning levels, how to differentiate instruction, how to align with relevant standards like Common Core and ISTE, how to authentically integrate tech into core units, what are practical strategies for making lessons inquiry-driven and student-centered, what are best practices in tech education, and how to assess student learning including evidence of learning and transfer of knowledge. Each lesson includes the Big Idea, Essential Question, materials and teacher prep required, steps to completion, additional resources (rubrics, samples, websites), assessment strategies, and trouble-shooting.

Programs included in lesson plans are MS Office, Google Earth, Photoshop, KidPix, and Scratch, Other topics include digital citizenship, social media and students, robotics, web-based tools (Web 2.0) students can use to communicate ideas, use of iPads in the classroom, how to problem solve tech problems in the busy classroom, and how to ignite student enthusiasm for technology.

Required textbooks include the Structured Learning K-6 technology curriculum and K-8 digital citizenship curriculum. Optional texts include K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-5 Common Core Lesson Plans, and 98 Tech Tips from the Classroom.