A free online conference to inspire and equip you


The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a 9-day FREE virtual event with practical, inspiring presentations from amazing educators.

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.

We have some fantastic speakers, including:

  • two Global Teacher Prize finalists,
  • a New York Times best-selling author,
  • state and national teachers of the year, and
  • creators of some amazing blogs and online resources for teachers.

Each presenter brings a ton of value, inspiration and encouragement. I know you’ll finish this digital summit ready to do new, exciting things in your classroom.

The best part about this event? It’s totally free. No cost whatsoever.

All you have to do is sign up.

To get your free ticket to the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit, click here or go to DitchSummit.com/ticket. 

Here’s what you need to know about the digital summit:

  • A new video will be released every day from December 16-24. You’ll be able to find them on the speakers’ pages at DitchSummit.com.
  • From December 25-31, the videos will stay visible so you can catch up with any that you miss.
  • After December 31, the summit will be closed and the videos will disappear.

Why late December?

  • It’s during winter break here in the United States, and it’s a time when many teachers recharge and get ready for a new semester (or new calendar year).
  • The new year is a time for making new plans and setting new goals.
  • If you’re on break, you don’t have papers to grade, classes to teach and meetings to attend! A little extra time will make this the perfect opportunity.

The speaker list is unbelievable. I brainstormed some of the most inspiring, innovative educators I could imagine and asked them to be part of this event … and thankfully, pretty much everyone I asked said yes!

Check out this lineup (and click on a name to go to the speaker page for that presentation):

I hope you’ll sign up, and I hope I’ll see you at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit starting on December 16.

But I also hope that you’ll share this free event with others. There are great ideas and inspirational content in every presentation. I’d love to reach as many educators around the globe as possible!

Question: Any questions about the event? What do you think about it and the presenters? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

For notifications of new Ditch That Textbook content and helpful links:

Interested in having Matt present at your event or school? Contact him by e-mail!

Matt is scheduled to present at the following upcoming events:

  Date Event / Event Details City / More Info
+ 04/29/2017
Fox Valley Reading Council Peoria, IL
   Private Event
+ 05/05/2017
Ecorse Public Schools Ecorse, MI
   Private Event
+ 05/06/2017—05/07/2016
CUEBOLD Lafayette, CA
  Venue:Burton Valley Elementary School
561 Merriewood Dr,
Lafayette, CA 94549
Public Event
+ 05/20/2017
TXGoo17 Klein, TX
   Public Event
+ 05/30/2017
Innovate RE-4 EdCamp Windsor, CO
  Venue:Windsor Middle School
Windsor, CO
+ 05/31/2017
Summer Technology Institute Norfolk, NE
   Public Event
+ 06/05/2017
PowerED UP Conference Leopold, IN
  Sponsor:Indiana Department of Education Office of eLearning  
Venue:Perry Central Jr/Sr HS
18677 Old State Road 37
Leopold, IN 47551
+ 06/06/2017
iPadPalooza 2017 Austin, TX
  Venue:Westlake High School
4100 Westbank Dr 78746
Austin, TX 78746
Register to attend
+ 06/07/2017
Innovation Institute Springdale, Arkansas
   Public Event
+ 06/09/2017
Region 6 Digital Learning Conference Huntsville, TX
   Public Event
+ 06/15/2017
Whatever It Takes Conference Galesburg, IL
+ 06/16/2017
East Porter County Summer of eLearning Kouts, IN
+ 07/11/2017
+ 07/25/2017—07/26/2017
Roughrider Education Services Program Dickinson, ND
   Private Event
+ 08/08/2017
Tulare Joint Union High School District Tulare, CA
   Private Event

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    • They will all be prerecorded, so watch as you can. New videos will be available every day from Dec. 16-24, and they will all remain available through Dec. 31 if you want to rewatch or catch up.

  1. Thank you so much for putting all of this together. Now I need to sort through all these fantastic ideas, start small and give it a shot.