9 issues about homework and teacher thoughts on each (#LeadLAP)

Homework is such a difficult topic to discuss. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Sometimes, we think we disagree on something and it turns out we’re talking about completely different things. Few people have positive memories or remember solid successes from doing homework, but it’s still widespread in schools. Does homework still have […]

Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We have access to […]

Hanging out with Google Hangouts (GTT038)

Using this free tool that most teachers have available to them, they can let their students see and hear from any expert, class or other guest from around the world. They can get in touch with a buddy classroom whenever they want, share their learning and work together. This tool has amazing power, and many […]

Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom

Record a video of your screen. Split the screen of your web browser. Block ads. Keep digital sticky notes. Even make your phone ring to end a conversation that’s gone on too long. Google Chrome extensions turn your Chrome web browser into a veritable Swiss Army knife of versatile options. There are thousands of these […]

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Tech tool options continue to grow. There’s a lot out there. Here are some new — and familiar — ones to try in 2018. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there’s so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that’s also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There’s so […]

A #DitchSummit encore! The Digital Summit is back in January!

Did you love the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? Get more of it from Jan. 12-18, 2018! (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)Apparently, people love to get PD in their PJ’s!The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit brought professional development into your living room, on your favorite couch, with slippers and pajamas and coffee (or hot chocolate […]

What You Missed in 2017 (GTT037)

2017 has come and gone and there are some things that you may have missed in the world of Google. We do a little year-end wrap up on the Google Teacher Tribe podcast.We’ve seen a lot of new products and features from Google in 2017. We’ve gotten more closely acquainted with the Google Assistant.YouTube has made […]

Time savers for teachers: A more efficient you!

Time is always a factor for teachers. Looking for some time-management, productivity ideas to get more done? Look no further. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)It’s something we’re always looking for as teachers. Something always holding us back.Time. We never seem to have enough of it. If we had more of it, we could get more […]

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity

This post is co-authored by Ditch That Textbook’s Matt Miller and Laura Steinbrink. Laura is a high school English teacher and tech coach from Plato, Missouri. Check out her blog, Rockin’ the Boat, at rockintheboat.wordpress.com. If you are like me (Laura), you are constantly searching for a new, fresh activity to help connect your students […]

Hear the best ideas from #DitchSummit from participants

Technology. Brain-friendly learning. Gamification. Happiness. The topics shared at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit — a free online conference for teachers — have been timely and useful. As this year’s summit is wrapping up (ending on Dec. 31, 2017), participants in the regular Thursday #DitchBook Twitter chat shared their key takeaway points. Instead of […]