Sometimes our most successful teaching efforts are those teachable-moment lessons that arise unexpectedly to meet an immediate need. The "Technology P’s lesson" is one of those. The immediate need? A 4th-grade boy had attempted to access an inappropriate Internet site beginning with the letter P; another had printed an excess of personal signs warning her siblings to keep out of her room. With spring approaching, student infractions were certainly going to be on the rise; it was time for immediate action and time was short. A quickie lesson titled The Technology P’s was created—using that instant presentation tool PowerPoint. In keeping with the often practical nature of this column, this month I will address how a simple lesson became a successful unit and how it supports information and technology literacy standards.
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