10 ways to connect classes to global audiences

The world is out there, ready to educate your students! Find tips for bringing it to the classroom from this junior high teacher. (Google Hangout screenshot)

Students are connecting with audiences much bigger than their school communities every day. They tweet, share photos on Instagram and write comments on various websites. Wouldn’t it make sense that teachers help guide them to share responsibly and safely AND to use it for a greater good? That’s a passion of Paula Neidlinger, a junior […]

Free ebook: 101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook

You'll find great ideas, tips and tools for ditching your textbooks in this free ebook, "101 Practical Ways to Ditch That Textbook."

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to save time and ready-to-use ideas to implement in class now. If that sounds right, you’ve come to the right place. I have compiled 101 of my best practical ideas to “Ditch That Textbook” in a free 18-page ebook. In the book, I organize some of the […]

12 tips for funding classroom projects on Donors Choose

Serious innovation can happen in classes with free tech tools, creative thinking and inspiration, among others. But sometimes, you just need some cash to create life-changing learning experiences. If your school is like me, you don’t have a money tree sprouting cash for the picking in the office. There’s a resource that feels a little like […]

Learning about relevant education, the future from NYT’s David Carr

New York Times columnist David Carr's media course, "Press Play," was forward-thinking. It can inspire and drive our own classes. (Wikipedia / Ian Linkletter)

I admit that I didn’t know much about David Carr when he died, but there are several things that endeared him to me. He was a New York Times columnist and writer. I was a journalism major and wrote for several daily Indiana newspapers. He was a reporter-turned-educator, serving as the Lack Professor of Media […]

6 new free Google tools to upgrade your classroom

Presentations look much sharper with the right slide template and eye-catching photos. These tools will improve your slide shows and more. (Flickr / Danny Sullivan)

When my students and I work with Google Apps, there are two common struggles that we face: 1. Options for slide templates are scarce (and the ones in Google’s directory aren’t very good). 2. When we add Creative Commons images to our work, adding accurate attribution can be tricky. Thankfully, I’ve come across some solutions in the […]

10 edu-books to inspire and stimulate

Books for educators can inspire us to be at our best and plan our best lessons. Here are 10 books worth checking out. (Flickr / Michael D Beckwith)

I love checking Twitter and Google Plus for new ideas for teaching. I love to see what other teachers are talking about and what they’re interested in. I also love reading blogs. I love to see how educators take an idea and flesh out the details with their experiences, opinions and thoughts. But there’s something about […]

10 ways to find global connections for your class

Finding a virtual guest for your classroom is as easy as asking. But where? This list of 10 options should get you started. (Flickr / Patrick Bombaert)

Taking classes global is one of my favorite ways that technology redefines what education can do. It boggles the mind to think that a classroom, individual or place can be thousands of miles away but close enough virtually to engage in face-to-face conversation. With communication tools like Google Hangouts, Skype and FaceTime, virtually anyone with […]