15 YouTube videos all educators must see

These videos will inspire, educate, give you ideas and entertain. They're messages all educators should see! (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Whenever I work with teachers, I always have a YouTube playlist handy. It has videos that always seem to resonate, entertain, educate or inspire. I constantly find encouragement in videos that others share. And in a world where well produced, stunning videos can be created by virtually anyone, it’s easier to find than ever. Here […]

Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Infographics are visually stimulating and force us to summarize well. What if we did more infographics in schools and less research papers? (Graphic by Matt Miller)

Infographics are everywhere. I first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond: They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, […]

My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Teaching and learning have changed in the 21st Century. They have that potential, at least. What would your 21st Century classroom look like? (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in […]

A free online conference to inspire and equip you

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I’m excited to tell you about a great conference you can attend in your pajamas from the comfort of your own couch! In December, you can take part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. It’s an online conference that features nine presentations from educators who are doing amazing things in technology, pedagogy, inquiry and more. […]

Mobile Storyteller, and how your students can tell stories, too

Students are capable of producing professional quality video anymore, but basic technology can turn students in any class into storytellers. (Public domain photo via Pixabay.com)

Anyone can tell stories. They’re powerful and compelling. It’s how humankind has passed information down from generation to generation. Students at Hoover High School of North Canton City Schools (North Canton, Ohio) get to tell stories with some impressive equipment. They use industry-standard digital video cameras. They edit video using Adobe Premiere and Avid, both powerful […]

How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

Google MyMaps lets students create maps with custom-pinned location. The magic, though, is in what you put in those pins. (Infographic by Matt Miller)

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right? If your students are studying anything that connects to […]