Rock these creative Google Slides templates in class (GTT034)

It’s nice to have some ideas to help kickstart our creative thinking when it comes to using Google Slides in non-traditional ways. That’s where Ryan O’Donnell can help. He’s a technology TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and former social studies teacher from Rocklin, California. Ryan has created some amazing Google Slides templates that you can […]

20+ strategies to strengthen the link with parents at home

In the end, parents and teachers really do have the same goals. Parents want to see their kids become the best human beings they can be. Teachers want to see that, too. If teachers communicate their efforts toward that — and if parents communicate to teachers — that chain of communication can only benefit everyone. […]

20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them)

Podcasts are learning on the go: in the car, while working out or as you garden. Here are some great ones for educators. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)  Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment. They’re like radio shows on virtually any topic under the sun. Actually, they’re […]

Mind-blowing Google tricks with Jake Miller (GTT033)

When Ohio tech integration specialist Jake Miller shares his Google tricks on social media, they’re enough to catch your eye. When he creates them in amazing animated GIF images, the amazingness is without question. In this episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, you’ll get plenty of both. Jake will share some of his favorite […]

How to add Hour of Code to YOUR classroom

Coding is a skill that opens doors for students of all backgrounds. No matter where they live, what color their skin is, what their gender is or how much education they have, if someone knows how to code, he/she has opportunities. Companies are begging for coders. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer […]

7 strategies to THRIVE at the end of the semester

The end of the semester can be full of challenges. But it also creates unique opportunities, too. Here are some ways to seize them. (Photo by Eric Rothermel via Unsplash.com)When the semester winds down, it brings its own unique list of challenges. Special programs cut into class time. Absences seem to go up (at least here […]

Mobile Learning with Google (GTT032)

Students carry these high-tech devices to school in their pockets all the time. Cell phones. The mobile devices so many students are equipped with have plenty of processing power — and plenty of potential to amplify learning. It’s so easy to shut them off. Put them in a shoe holder. Confine them to the lockers. […]

A FREE online conference for teachers: #DitchSummit!

Gain ideas and inspiration for the new year with the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit in December. Sign up now for your FREE ticket at DitchSummit.com!For many of us, December is a time when life slows down a bit. We’re between semesters. The holidays give us time to recharge and reflect. We teachers are a […]

The Iceberg: Getting beneath the surface of #edtech fears (#DitchBook)

About 90 percent of an iceberg is underwater. Like an iceberg, what reluctant adopters say may only be 10 percent of what they’re feeling. For anyone that encourages educators to try something new — especially with tech — there are responses that we often hear … I’m not tech-savvy. I don’t have the time to […]