STOP! Did you download all of the files that came with your purchase and READ them yet?
Common Questions about Registering a TpT Purchase
If you purchased from TpT, you have a PDF called Registering for the Tech Curriculum Yearly.
If you’re using the full K-5 curriculum, there is a separate file called “K-5 Bundle Registering for Tech Curriculum Yearly PDF” that enables you to register for all 6 grade levels at once.
The registration link is going to bring you to a checkout page. It should be a $0 transaction once you put in the coupon code and not ask you for any billing information (unless you have something else in your cart too).
Fill out the required information and you’ll have instant access once the order goes through.
- Start at your My Account page.
- Click Subscriptions on the left menu.
- Click View next to this subscription.
- Click Renew or Resubscribe and add the product to your cart. Use the Coupon Code from the Registration Directions PDF to put through the order.
- If you do not see a Renew or Resubscribe button, click Cancel (I know that sounds counter-intuitive but I promise that the active dates of the subscription will still work correctly). After you’ve cancelled you should then see the Resubscribe button. Follow the Resubscribe directions from Step 4.
- Email me if you’re stuck – [email protected]
On the checkout page, just sign in and go through the checkout process.
If you need to change your username, see the answer below.
I have to manually change the username for you, so please email me [email protected] and let me know what your first and second choice username is. If your first choice is already taken, I’ll try the second choice.
Most people choose their school name or mascot so that it is easy for students to remember.
You can change your password at any time using the Password Reset link under the login box.
- Check your confirmation email for the download links.
- On the footer of the website there is a link called Access Order Downloads. You can always go there to retrieve your order details and downloads.
Common Questions about Student Access
The account you made to register is the same username and password that your students will use to access their lessons.
The website was first built with students in mind. Then I added my shopping area for teachers. I like to think that the site is for the students not the teachers.
*Choose “remember me” in the login box the first time so that the browser will remember the login credentials and your students don’t have to type them every time.
No. The teacher has full control over which lesson students should access and collecting finished projects. The site doesn’t keep track of anything. This enables us to use it with students under the age of 13.
This means you’ll need a way for your students to share their finished files with you. A Learning Management System like Google Classroom makes it really easy to collect files from students.
You can also keep your own anecdotal records of student progress. Click here to read a blog post about grading in the computer lab.
Some of the activities on the site require an account on the external websites.
An example of this is MobyMax and Discovery Education from the Sponge Activities. If your students don’t have accounts for these sites then have them skip these activities.
Q: How can I get my students onto the website quickly?
- Have the page linked to your school website (or whatever website is the home page when your students open the browser).
- Make a desktop shortcut on each computer that goes directly to k5technologycurriculum.com/homepage.
- Use a software like Lanschool to push the link out to your students.
- Bookmark the URL on the browser. *Choose a super easy username and password when you register.
Common Questions about Files
I do believe I’ve now replaced all of the flash content in the lessons. Being that there are over 300 pages, it is possible that I missed something. If you find a Main Activity link that still leads to a Flash activity please email me and I’ll put it on my to do list.
While Flash will no longer be supported by Chrome Browser at the end of 2020, we believe that flash activities will still work for a time. Let’s give our favorite early finisher websites time to update their activities!
This file type will automatically prompt users to “make a copy.”
If students do not have a Google Account, have them change the end of the URL from the word “copy” to “edit” to open the file. Then they will need to click File-> Make a Copy in order for the file to be interactive.
If your students don’t have google accounts then don’t use the Google Apps units. Use the MS Office units instead.
These file types will download to the device in protected mode.
Click on the button “Enable Editing” to start using the files.
*Even if you have a different version of these programs at your school, all of the activities are generic enough to still work. You may have to point out where different icons are in your version for your students.
Depending on your browser settings, the downloads may end up in weird places. Be sure that students know how to get to their downloads folder to retrieve the files.
There are several Padlet pages linked in the lessons. You have 2 choices for using them with students.
- Students enter their answers right into the padlets provided. I clear out the responses daily, so be sure to watch your students input their answers in real-time so you don’t miss anything.
- You (the teacher) make a copy of the padlet and provide a link to it to your students.
The benefit of making your own copy is that your students can put more identifying information (like their first name and last initial) and that you can moderate content.
I set aside time every Tuesday to fix broken links/images/files, etc. Please fill out a the bug report form and I’ll get to it that week.
Occasionally, a link to an external site shows us that the activity has been removed. I reserve the right to change the activity completely without notice in this situation. I will always do my best to make sure the replacement activity meets the same standard(s).
*The bug report form is on the TEACHERS page. Look for the Blue Button.
This form is meant to be filled out by students who haven’t followed expectations.
Once submitted, the form goes to a filtered folder in my inbox. I don’t look at them, but if you need me to forward you the copy of it, you can email me.
I recommend using the form as a way to hold students accountable for their actions.
Other Misc. Questions
The question comes up every once in a while about students being able to access the “teacher side” of the site.
1. The site was built for students in the first place. Only later did I add the Teacher page with links to my blog and shop. I built the pages with intention so that students wouldn’t have any reason to access the other areas of the site.
2. Even if students do find their way to the teacher page, there isn’t anything there that should interest them.
3. If by chance a student accesses your order downloads, then they get to play teacher for a day. No harm done. If a student sends a password reset link, it will go to the email address on file. The password won’t be changed unless you access the link from the email and change it. A student can’t make a purchase from your account unless they enter their own payment info. No payment information is stored on my site. If you see payment info populated it is being done by your browser.
4. If it makes you uncomfortable to have students see your home address, change it to your school address.
Can students use the site at home during distance learning? YES!
Please share the class username and password with parents in a secure way so that the info doesn’t end up public on the internet.
You may need to record some of your own screencast videos since you won’t be in person to do a mini lesson. Or you can only assign the pages that have a video or full text instructions. Up to you!
Every year I have at least one teacher reach out to me to ask me if there is a way to prevent a student from working ahead. There isn’t.
One of the skills in the ISTE Standards for Students is the ability to navigate a website. Students need access to everything in order to learn this skill. Plus it enables you (the teacher) to be able to pick and choose lessons in any order you want.
It is almost guaranteed that you’ll have an eager student each year that works on lessons at home on his/her own time. This doesn’t bother me a bit! I love the enthusiasm. I just let students in this situation know that during class time they’ll still be expected to work on that day’s assignment.
Other Resources for New Tech Teachers
Blog Posts I recommend reading:
Check out these blog posts for a lot more information. The question is on the left and then there is hyperlinked text on the right.
Some questions you probably have that I figured out along the way…
- Oh crap, I have to track data and give grades?! Let me help you get organized
- What in the world do I do if my students don’t work at the same pace? Early finisher activities
- How do I make sure all of my students are learning the standards? Take my free email course
- How do I plan for 6+ grade levels each week? Save yourself the headache!
- I’m brand new at teaching tech. How do I even get started?
- The classroom teachers want me to do what? Online Research Skills for Students
- What do I do when the technology isn’t working? Take apart some old computers and look inside!
- I know how to teach, but I have no idea how to be a technology teacher. Here are 7 tips for transitioning