Sunday, December 30, 2012

Teaching Technology Through Interest Projects Review!

Brainstorm, research interests, become tech-savvy, create presentations in slide show, documentary movie and animation fashion AND reflect on the project by blogging. These are all contained in  Teaching Technology Through Interest Projects.  Use this book as a main curriculum or as a reference for future projects.

Teaching Technology Through Interest Projects
From Critical Thinking:

Developed over six years by a classroom teacher, this fun, highly effect method for teaching research and presentation technology to students provides easy-to-follow step-by-step guidance for the teacher/parent and student.  Covering all National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S, these activities and handouts will save you hours of time regardless if you are a novice or expert.

Students love creating a presentation on something that interests them.  Therefore, Interest Projects work great in all types of classrooms:  regular, gifted, or homeschool.  All activities may be taught by grade level or in multi-age classrooms.
This program introduces students to:

* PC and Mac file storage system
* Microsoft Word
* Mac Pages
* Open Office Writer
* Microsoft PowerPoint
* Mac Keynote
* Open Office Impress
* Windows Live Movie Maker
* iMovie
* Photo Story 3 for Windows
* Scratch

Completion of activities within this book will assist students in acquiring the following skills and abilities:

* Comprehension of basic computer operation and file storage system
* Comprehension and application of basic Internet functions and research techniques
* Understanding the importance of citing references
* Keeping work on computer organized to save time and minimize frustration
*Comprehension and application of presentation technology programs for synthesizing information.
*Presentation of information and communication with peers as essential leadership skills.

Take a peak inside.

This is another great curriculum from Critical Thinking. Eventhough the age is marked grade 3+, I would say it's best for middle and high school students.

I found that finding time to work on such a curriculum was difficult without planning for it at the beginning of the year.  I would suggest pre-planning this for your next school year OR using it as a summer project.

As for our homeschool, it will fit nicely into our summer plans for my middle and high schoolers.  In fact, they look forward to it!

I received a copy of this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Looks like something I've been looking for...thanks for the review, Lisa!

  2. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks so much for reviewing my book! I didn't know Critical Thinking sent it to you, but am so pleased that you tried it and liked it.

    I taught public school for 15 years, but switched to home school last year when my husband and I decided to take a family sabbatical and travel with our kids. If you have time, check out my blog about our year- road school and all- I also posted my children's home school interest projects that they completed from my book.

    Finally, if you or any home school parent has any questions or need support with my curriculum, please don't hesitate to ask me: jenny

    Thanks again and best wishes for a wonderful new year,

    Jennifer K. Brooks
    Author of Teaching Technology Through Interest Projects

    1. Thanks so much for visiting, reading and commenting Jennifer! We are looking forward to really giving this curriculum our full attention this summer!