Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

So many people carry cameras with them everywhere they go -- in their smart phones. Here are activities for the classroom that can harness that power. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many […]

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Technology can help us kick teaching and learning up a notch. Here are five concrete examples of what tech can do and how to do it. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use. Technology is the future of […]

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

When teachers share their life's work with other teachers, students and schools flourish. Here are 20 books for teachers, by teachers. (Image by Matt Miller)

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach […]

12 U.S. election resources to use with students now

The presidential elections are a hot topic. These activities, sites and games will engage and inform your students. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

The 2016 U.S. presidential elections have been some of the most talked-about in a long time. Your students are likely talking about them, too, or have heard about them. There are lots of ways to incorporate the elections into your curriculum, no matter what you teach. One of my favorite resources for finding activities, games […]

10 engaging ways to use mobile devices in the classroom

Students of all ages have mobile devices, and many bring them to school. Here are some ways to leverage that technology in your classroom. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Mobile devices are everywhere. Adults and children are using smartphones, tablets, e-readers and more to interact with each other and the web every day. More people interact with digital media through mobile now than through desktop computers, and that number continues to grow. Seventy five percent of kids under eight have their own mobile device. […]

Improve retention, re-teach less with this learning technique

Many well-meaning teachers have been giving bad advice when it comes to studying. Cognitive science gives us a better option that will benefit everyone. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

What if you didn’t have to spend so much time re-teaching material to your students? What if that material was securely saved in their minds, ready for recall whenever necessary? And they could apply that knowledge to whatever they were learning at the moment? Even though there’s no magic bullet to make students remember everything […]

14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Screencastify makes it easy to record video of your screen or with your webcam. Here are ideas for classroom implementation. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person. My, how things have changed. Everything seems to have a camera […]

A foolproof solution to tech breakdowns in class

Technology fails. But how we react to it can teach students life lessons that we never expected. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

It never fails. At some point, if you use technology in the classroom, it’s going to burn you. The projector won’t turn on. The Internet will go down. The website you’re using will display strange errors — for everyone. The power will go out. Everyone has their stories. Suddenly, you’ll feel out of control … […]

The Magic Automatic Lesson Planner with Google Forms

Take the hassle out of lesson planning. Go digital. Make your plans searchable and shareable. Use Google Forms!

Traditional lesson plan books have their limitations. Being paper-based, they’re not searchable and they’re not easily shareable. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to search quickly for a specific lesson plan instead of flipping back page by page? How about being able to share lesson plans with others without making photocopies? You can use […]