Updates abound: New features for Flipgrid, Google Classroom, Formative and Kahoot!

This year is no exception. In fact, just yesterday (the day before I publish this post), Flipgrid threw a HUGE bash at their Minneapolis headquarters to release the all new Flipgrid and a slew of new features. It’s a good time to be in education, folks. Technology makes all sorts of meaningful, engaging education accessible […]

Teach with Kahoot!: Go beyond review with the Blind Kahoot

Teachers all over the world use Kahoot! for formative assessment and to review content with students. And why wouldn’t they? Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) is a fun gameshow-style assessment activity. There are tons of creative ways to review and assess with it. Kahoot! lets students answer questions with their own device. It has music and a leaderboard, […]

Ditch That Homework Workshop

Find this page: DitchThatTextbook.com/DitchHW

Introduction: Setting the foundation

Ditch That Textbook: Using technology to remix “textbook" activities and practices

Ditch That Referral: Building relationships with students that pay dividends for everyone

Ditch That Resistance: Communicating with parents to build mutual understanding and support

Ditch Those Habits: Unleashing powerful, brain-friendly learning

Ditch That Compliance:
Helping students own their learning

Ditch That Red Pen: Providing timely, meaningful feedback that students can really use

Formative assessment / feedback tools:

The Meaningful Tech Workshop by Ditch That Textbook

SMCAA Fall Conference

Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/SMCAA

meaningful tech workshop image


Getting started

The Voice of the Active Learner: Education from a Digital Native’s Perspective (YouTube link)

voice active learner

TAKE STUDENTS THERE.

Maps and mapping tools can reach so many content areas and grade levels:

  • Distances and scale in math
  • Geography in social studies
  • Locations of settings of literature in English
  • Physical science (environment, weather, etc.)
  • Culture in world languages

These mapping tools can take students places the bus can’t. Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/mapping

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com

Google Maps Treks: https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/grid

MAKE CREATORS, NOT CONSUMERS.

Animation. This is a great hack (i.e. non-traditional use) of Google Slides that could take some time to complete but yield amazing results. Check out this video, where the creators made an impressive animation with 450 slides in a Google Slides presentation just by clicking through the slides quickly.

Interactive posters. Google Drawings are great for bringing images, text and shapes together. Those elements combine for a great digital poster. But these digital posters are way better than a regular one made of poster board. Various elements in the poster can be clicked, delivering webpages and other online content to viewers.

Make video. These tools will help students use their creativity to make and share good-looking video.

Photo comic strips. Take photos of students using a webcam and add them to a Google Drawing. Add speech bubbles to the photos. Then save those images and add each one to a different slide in a Google Slides presentation. Here’s a Google Site about Comics with Google Tools and Creativity Games for examples and more details.

Infographics. Using images and text together is very brain-friendly. Instead of sticking to the traditional essay or research report, have students create infographics instead. These very visual products of learning can be created with text, shapes and icons from The Noun Project (thenounproject.com). Here are some ideas for creating infographics with Google Drawings. 

Annotating images. This one is very basic, but it can be very powerful. Find images by using the image search built into the Google tools. When the picture is pulled into a Google Drawing, use shapes, lines, arrows and text to mark up the image. It’s a great way for students to demonstrate what they know right on top of an image of what they’ve been studying. Here’s an example of what that might look like (and see image at right). 

Graphic organizers. Drawings gives users a blank canvas where they can add text, shapes, lines, etc. When done, they can save their work as image files or PDF files and can add those images to documents, slides and spreadsheets. It’s a perfect medium for creating graphic organizers. I’ve created 15 of them that can be copied, saved, changed, tweaked or completely redone to fit your needs and your students’ needs.

COLLABORATE.

Shared presentations. Create a presentation with one slide per student and give students permission to edit it. Then assign an activity — some quick Internet research, a writing prompt, an image search to find an example, etc. When they’re done, show the presentation on a projector. It’s student work instantly on display.

For more fun, creative uses of Google Apps, go to:

MAKE CLASS ENGAGING!

Use free technology tools and engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE” to create exciting learning opportunities your students won’t want to miss!

Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/pirate to get your copy of Matt’s free ebook, “The Digital PIRATE” and to see examples of several of the activities that YOU can use in your classroom.

QUICK FOCUS: GET NEW IDEAS

Using social media is a great way to gather new ideas and connect with other educators like you. Using Twitter professionally as an educator has had the greatest impact on my teaching of anything in my career!

My Twitter for Teachers guide: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter

Some social media resources to check out:

SHORTEN THE FEEDBACK LOOP.

If we want students to practice new skills with homework, the feedback loop is pretty long … often two days or more from assigning to returning to students. Shorten the feedback loop with some of these great tools to assess your students. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/gameshow

CONNECT TO THE WORLD.

The tools

Google Hangouts: hangouts.google.com
Skype: skype.com
Facetime (iPad, iPhone)

Mystery location calls

Finding video chat partners

Other resources

 

THE ESSENTIAL TECH TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS

  1. Google Apps / G Suite (drive.google.com)
  2. Stackup (stackup.net)
  3. Formative (goformative.com)
  4. Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) (Ditch That Conference Flipgrid)
  5. Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. Skype (skype.com) and Google Hangouts (hangouts.google.com)
  7. Quizizz (quizizz.com), Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) and Quizlet Live (quizlet.com/live)

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

matt headshot (2)Click here to learn more about Matt. Click here to see Matt’s book, Ditch That Textbook, on Amazon.

Matt Miller is available to present at your school or event! He presents to thousands of teachers all around the United States on a wide variety of technology and innovative instruction topics. See his “Work With Matt” page for more details.

The Meaningful Tech Workshop

Ditch That Textbook

Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/MTW

meaningful tech workshop image


Getting started

The Voice of the Active Learner: Education from a Digital Native’s Perspective (YouTube link)

voice active learner

TAKE STUDENTS THERE.

Maps and mapping tools can reach so many content areas and grade levels:

  • Distances and scale in math
  • Geography in social studies
  • Locations of settings of literature in English
  • Physical science (environment, weather, etc.)
  • Culture in world languages

These mapping tools can take students places the bus can’t. Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/mapping

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com

Google Maps Treks: https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/grid

MAKE CREATORS, NOT CONSUMERS.

Animation. This is a great hack (i.e. non-traditional use) of Google Slides that could take some time to complete but yield amazing results. Check out this video, where the creators made an impressive animation with 450 slides in a Google Slides presentation just by clicking through the slides quickly.

Interactive posters. Google Drawings are great for bringing images, text and shapes together. Those elements combine for a great digital poster. But these digital posters are way better than a regular one made of poster board. Various elements in the poster can be clicked, delivering webpages and other online content to viewers.

Make video. These tools will help students use their creativity to make and share good-looking video.

Photo comic strips. Take photos of students using a webcam and add them to a Google Drawing. Add speech bubbles to the photos. Then save those images and add each one to a different slide in a Google Slides presentation. Here’s a Google Site about Comics with Google Tools and Creativity Games for examples and more details.

Graphic organizers. Drawings gives users a blank canvas where they can add text, shapes, lines, etc. When done, they can save their work as image files or PDF files and can add those images to documents, slides and spreadsheets. It’s a perfect medium for creating graphic organizers. I’ve created 15 of them that can be copied, saved, changed, tweaked or completely redone to fit your needs and your students’ needs.

COLLABORATE.

Shared presentations. Create a presentation with one slide per student and give students permission to edit it. Then assign an activity — some quick Internet research, a writing prompt, an image search to find an example, etc. When they’re done, show the presentation on a projector. It’s student work instantly on display.

For more fun, creative uses of Google Apps, go to:

MAKE CLASS ENGAGING!

Use free technology tools and engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE” to create exciting learning opportunities your students won’t want to miss!

Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/pirate to get your copy of Matt’s free ebook, “The Digital PIRATE” and to see examples of several of the activities that YOU can use in your classroom.

QUICK FOCUS: GET NEW IDEAS

Using social media is a great way to gather new ideas and connect with other educators like you. Using Twitter professionally as an educator has had the greatest impact on my teaching of anything in my career!

My Twitter for Teachers guide: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter

Some social media resources to check out:

SHORTEN THE FEEDBACK LOOP.

If we want students to practice new skills with homework, the feedback loop is pretty long … often two days or more from assigning to returning to students. Shorten the feedback loop with some of these great tools to assess your students. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/gameshow

CONNECT TO THE WORLD.

The tools

Google Hangouts: hangouts.google.com
Skype: skype.com
Facetime (iPad, iPhone)

Mystery location calls

Finding video chat partners

Other resources

 

THE ESSENTIAL TECH TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS

  1. Google Apps / G Suite (drive.google.com)
  2. Stackup (stackup.net)
  3. Formative (goformative.com)
  4. Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) (Ditch That Conference Flipgrid)
  5. Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. Skype (skype.com) and Google Hangouts (hangouts.google.com)
  7. Quizizz (quizizz.com), Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) and Quizlet Live (quizlet.com/live)

CONCLUSION: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.

Let’s take some time to process what we’ve learned and thought about today. (video)

Plus:

girls first ski jump

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

matt headshot (2)Click here to learn more about Matt. Click here to see Matt’s book, Ditch That Textbook, on Amazon.

Matt Miller is available to present at your school or event! He presents to thousands of teachers all around the United States on a wide variety of technology and innovative instruction topics. See his “Work With Matt” page for more details.

The Meaningful Tech Workshop

Logansport, Indiana

Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/logansport

meaningful tech workshop image


Getting started

The Voice of the Active Learner: Education from a Digital Native’s Perspective (YouTube link)

voice active learner

TAKE STUDENTS THERE.

Maps and mapping tools can reach so many content areas and grade levels:

  • Distances and scale in math
  • Geography in social studies
  • Locations of settings of literature in English
  • Physical science (environment, weather, etc.)
  • Culture in world languages

These mapping tools can take students places the bus can’t. Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/mapping

Google Maps: http://maps.google.com

Google Maps Treks: https://www.google.com/maps/about/treks/#/grid

MAKE CREATORS, NOT CONSUMERS.

Animation. This is a great hack (i.e. non-traditional use) of PowerPoint that could take some time to complete but yield amazing results. Check out this video, where the creators made an impressive animation with 450 slides in a Google Slides presentation just by clicking through the slides quickly.

Interactive posters. OneNote is great for bringing images, text and shapes together. Those elements combine for a great digital poster. But these digital posters are way better than a regular one made of poster board. Various elements in the poster can be clicked, delivering webpages and other online content to viewers.

Photo comic strips. Take photos of students using a webcam and add them to a OneNote. Add speech bubbles to the photos. Then save those images side by side for a comic strip. Here’s a Google Site about Comics with Google Tools and Creativity Games for examples and more details.

COLLABORATE.

Shared space in OneNote. Create a OneNote Classroom with a section for your activity. Each student gets one page. Then assign an activity — some quick Internet research, a writing prompt, an image search to find an example, etc. When they’re done, show the presentation on a projector. It’s student work instantly on display.

For more fun, creative uses of Google Apps, go to:

QUICK FOCUS: GET NEW IDEAS

Using social media is a great way to gather new ideas and connect with other educators like you. Using Twitter professionally as an educator has had the greatest impact on my teaching of anything in my career!

My Twitter for Teachers guide: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter

Some social media resources to check out:

SHORTEN THE FEEDBACK LOOP.

If we want students to practice new skills with homework, the feedback loop is pretty long … often two days or more from assigning to returning to students. Shorten the feedback loop with some of these great tools to assess your students. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/gameshow

MAKE CLASS ENGAGING!

Use free technology tools and engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE” to create exciting learning opportunities your students won’t want to miss!

Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/pirate to get your copy of Matt’s free ebook, “The Digital PIRATE” and to see examples of several of the activities that YOU can use in your classroom.

CONNECT TO THE WORLD.

The tools

Google Hangouts: hangouts.google.com
Skype: skype.com
Facetime (iPad, iPhone)

Mystery location calls

Finding video chat partners

Other resources

 

THE ESSENTIAL TECH TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS

  1. Google Apps / G Suite (drive.google.com)
  2. Stackup (stackup.net)
  3. Formative (goformative.com)
  4. Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) (Ditch That Conference Flipgrid)
  5. Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. Skype (skype.com) and Google Hangouts (hangouts.google.com)
  7. Quizizz (quizizz.com), Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) and Quizlet Live (quizlet.com/live)

CONCLUSION: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.

Let’s take some time to process what we’ve learned and thought about today. (video)

girls first ski jump

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

matt headshot (2)Click here to learn more about Matt. Click here to see Matt’s book, Ditch That Textbook, on Amazon.

Matt Miller is available to present at your school or event! He presents to thousands of teachers all around the United States on a wide variety of technology and innovative instruction topics. See his “Work With Matt” page for more details.

The Meaningful Tech Workshop

Alden-Hebron School District #19

Find this page at: DitchThatTextbook.com/hebron

meaningful tech workshop image


Getting started

The Voice of the Active Learner: Education from a Digital Native’s Perspective (YouTube link)

voice active learner

TAKE STUDENTS THERE.

Maps and mapping tools can reach so many content areas and grade levels:

  • Distances and scale in math
  • Geography in social studies
  • Locations of settings of literature in English
  • Physical science (environment, weather, etc.)
  • Culture in world languages

These mapping tools can take students places the bus can’t. Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/mapping

CONNECT TO THE WORLD.

The tools

Google Hangouts: hangouts.google.com
Skype: skype.com
Facetime (iPad, iPhone)

Mystery location calls

Finding video chat partners

Other resources

MAKE CREATORS, NOT CONSUMERS.

Animation. This is a great hack (i.e. non-traditional use) of PowerPoint that could take some time to complete but yield amazing results. Check out this video, where the creators made an impressive animation with 450 slides in a Google Slides presentation just by clicking through the slides quickly.

Interactive posters. Google Drawings/OneNote are great for bringing images, text and shapes together. Those elements combine for a great digital poster. But these digital posters are way better than a regular one made of poster board. Various elements in the poster can be clicked, delivering webpages and other online content to viewers.

Photo comic strips. Take photos of students using a webcam and add them to a Google Drawing/OneNote. Add speech bubbles to the photos. Then save those images and add each one to a different slide in a Google Slides presentation. Here’s a Google Site about Comics with Google Tools and Creativity Games for examples and more details.

Graphic organizers. Drawings gives users a blank canvas where they can add text, shapes, lines, etc. When done, they can save their work as image files or PDF files and can add those images to documents, slides and spreadsheets. It’s a perfect medium for creating graphic organizers. I’ve created 15 of them that can be copied, saved, changed, tweaked or completely redone to fit your needs and your students’ needs. (You can open these files and go to File > Download as … > PDF so students can annotate on them with OneNote.)

COLLABORATE.

Shared presentations. Create a slide presentation with one slide per student and give students permission to edit it. Then assign an activity — some quick Internet research, a writing prompt, an image search to find an example, etc. When they’re done, show the presentation on a projector. It’s student work instantly on display.

For more fun, creative uses of Google Apps, go to:

MAKE CLASS ENGAGING!

Use free technology tools and engagement hooks from “Teach Like a PIRATE” to create exciting learning opportunities your students won’t want to miss!

Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/pirate to get your copy of Matt’s free ebook, “The Digital PIRATE” and to see examples of several of the activities that YOU can use in your classroom.

QUICK FOCUS: GET NEW IDEAS

Using social media is a great way to gather new ideas and connect with other educators like you. Using Twitter professionally as an educator has had the greatest impact on my teaching of anything in my career!

My Twitter for Teachers guide: DitchThatTextbook.com/twitter

Some social media resources to check out:

Some great Twitter hashtags to check out:

SHORTEN THE FEEDBACK LOOP.

If we want students to practice new skills with homework, the feedback loop is pretty long … often two days or more from assigning to returning to students. Shorten the feedback loop with some of these great tools to assess your students. Plus, they’re a lot of fun! Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/gameshow

HOW MUCH HOMEWORK?

Let’s discuss our homework practices. How beneficial is homework? How much should students actually have? What would class look like if we didn’t give homework at all … and how can we make that more of a reality? I’ll share my journey to being homework-free and what research says about homework. We’ll discuss our own homework situations and thoughts we have about it. Go to: DitchThatTextbook.com/homework

 

THE ESSENTIAL TECH TOOLKIT FOR TEACHERS

  1. Google Apps / G Suite (drive.google.com)
  2. Stackup (stackup.net)
  3. Formative (goformative.com)
  4. Flipgrid (flipgrid.com)
  5. Twitter (twitter.com)
  6. Skype (skype.com) and Google Hangouts (hangouts.google.com)
  7. Quizizz (quizizz.com), Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) and Quizlet Live (quizlet.com/live)

CONCLUSION: PUT IT ALL TOGETHER.

Let’s take some time to process what we’ve learned and thought about today. (video)

Plus:

girls first ski jump

ABOUT YOUR PRESENTER

matt headshot (2)Click here to learn more about Matt. Click here to see Matt’s book, Ditch That Textbook, on Amazon.

Matt Miller is available to present at your school or event! He presents to thousands of teachers all around the United States on a wide variety of technology and innovative instruction topics. See his “Work With Matt” page for more details.