Sketchnotes of all 9 DTT Digital Summit presentations

The first Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit reached educators all over the world with innovative teaching ideas. Thousands of teachers from dozens of countries signed up. The nine video presentations were viewed more than 15,000 times during the 16 days of the summit. The #DitchSummit Twitter hashtag was a flurry of activity, with hundreds of […]

Sketchnotes: Tools and tactics for visual notetaking


About the presenter:

Matt Miller has taught for more than a decade, integrating technology to engage students and create unique learning experiences. He created the Ditch That Textbook blog, is a Google Certified Teacher and co-hosts a podcast on the BAM Radio Network.

dtt front coverMatt’s book, Ditch That Textbook, was recently published. It’s all about upgrading your classroom with powerful technology and innovative mindsets to meet students in the 21st-century world where they live.

Buy a copy of Ditch That Textbook on Amazon, or don’t wait — get a copy from Matt for $20, cheaper than the Amazon price. He’ll sign it and throw in a Ditch That Textbook laptop sticker for free!

Matt travels around Indiana and the United States to present at schools, workshops, conferences or any other professional development event. Ask him about it in person or email him at

Great sketchnoting resources:

Matt’s posts on sketchnoting and sketchnote-related ideas:

Carrie Baughcum’s sketchnoting for beginners video:

Other visual notetaking resources:

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 […]

How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right? If your students are studying anything that connects to […]

50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened. I was at the Indiana Conference on Learning in Indianapolis, and our state Superintendent of Public Instruction was giving the keynote […]

Ditch That Textbook workshop (Midland, TX)

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Matt headshotMatt Miller is a teacher, blogger and presenter from West Central Indiana. He has infused technology and innovative teaching methods in his classes for more than 10 years. He is the author of the book Ditch That Textbook: Free Your Teaching and Revolutionize Your Classroom and writes at the Ditch That Textbook blog about using technology and creative ideas in teaching. He is a Google Certified Innovator, Bammy! Top to Watch in 2016, and winner of the WTHI-TV Golden Apple Award.Onalytica named him one of the top 10 influencers in educational technology and elearning worldwide.


Practical Google activities for class tomorrow

Looking for some new ideas for using Google Apps (G Suite) in the classroom? These go beyond the typical “write essays” and “create slide presentations” options. Find something new in this session!


We can connect to virtually anyone in the world with video calls through Skype, Google Hangouts, FaceTime and more. How can we leverage these in the classroom to create unforgettable experiences that will get kids engaged?


Sketchnoting has great brain benefits. It can help us summarize effectively. It can help us remember and recall information more easily. How can we do it — and how can our students do it — even if we don’t feel artistically gifted?


teach like a pirateWhen you combine the engagement hooks in the book “Teach Like a PIRATE” with free tech tools, you get memorable learning experiences! See some concrete ideas you can start using immediately.


google-classroom-logo1Google Classroom helps teachers spend more time teaching and less time “teching.” It simplifies the assigning, collecting and grading of digital work with feedback for teacher and student all throughout. By knowing the basics and some tips and tricks, you can become a Google Classroom master!


Finding a million new ideas

Using social media as an educator/professionally was the single most important thing I ever did to improve my teaching and my classroom. (And that’s not overstating.) Social media like Twitter can give you access to resources, connect you with similar teachers and expose you to new ideas in education. Find out what to do and where to go.




Join us on Thursdays for discussion on a variety of topics related to “Ditch That Textbook!”

Thursdays 10pm Eastern // 9pm Central // 8pm Mountain // 7pm Pacific

Previous topics:

July 20, 2017: #Ditchbook’s 3rd Annual Book Study: Chapters 28- (Transcript)

July 13, 2017: #Ditchbook’s 3rd Annual Book Study: Chapters 23-27 (Transcript)

July 6, 2017: #Ditchbooktakeover (Transcript)

June 29, 2017: #Ditchbook’s 3rd Annual Book Study: Chapters 15-22 (Transcript)

June 22, 2017: #Ditchbook’s 3rd Annual Book Study: Chapters 8-14 (Transcript)

June 15, 2017: #Ditchbook’s 3rd Annual Book Study: Chapters 1-7 (Transcript)

June 8, 2017: “Stranger Things” (Transcript)

June 1, 2017: What are you going to DITCH? (Transcript)

May 25, 2017:  Crusin’ into Summer (Transcript)

May 18, 2017:  Hyperdocs (Transcript)

May 11, 2017: College Methods Class Flashback (Transcript)

May 4, 2017: Ferris Bueller Fun (Transcript)

April 27, 2017: Making a Positive CHANGE (Transcript)

April 20, 2017: Being a Feedback Superhero (Transcript)

April 13, 2017: The 4 Cs (Transcript)

April 6, 2017: HANDS-ON (Transcript)

March 30, 2017:  CREATIVE (Transcript)

March 23, 2017: Talking T = Tech laden! (Transcript)

March 16, 2017:  INNOVATION (Transcript)

March 9, 2017: Make Things DIFFERENT (Transcript)

March 2, 2017: Flipgrid: Flipgrid Ditchbook Chat (Transcript)

February 23 2017: Gamifying DITCHBOOK (Transcript)

February 16 2017:  DIFFERENTIATED #ConverseChat (Transcript)

February 9 2017:  D.I.T.C.H (Transcript)

February 2 2017: MATH (Transcript)

January 26 2017:  Exploring Google Cardboard (Transcript)

January 19 2017:  Future (Transcript)

January 12 2017:  Let’s get Googley! (Transcript)

January 5 2017:  Sharing (Transcript)

December 29, 2016:  #DitchSummit After party!!! (Transcript)

December 22, 2016:  #DitchSummit (Transcript)

December 15, 2016:  Teacher, Leaders, & Ditchers (Transcript)

December 8, 2016:   #Booksnaps #Ditchbook @bitmojo (Transcript)

December 1, 2016: Guiding your class with a Mission Statement (Transcript)

November 17, 2016:  Student Centered (Transcript)

November 10 , 2016:  Coaching Teachers Towards a DITCH Mindset (Transcript)

November 3, 2016: DITCH the Classroom (Transcript)

October 27, 2016: Sketchnotes (Transcript)

October 20, 2016:  #ditchbook and #tlap safari hook smash (Transcript)

October 13, 2016: Blogging (Transcript)

October 6, 2016: Superheros (Transcript)

September 29, 2016: #ditchbook and #moedchat (Transcript)

September 22, 2016: Learning “Old School” (Transcript)

September 16, 2016: Voodoo Doughnuts: How to create a buzzworthy class (Transcript)

September 8, 2016: Student Interview: Textbooks (Transcript)

September 1, 2016: Global Connections with Tech (Transcript)

August 25, 2016: GAFE Help (Transcript)

August 18, 2016: Relationships (Transcript)

August 11, 2016: #GeniusHour and You (Transcript)

August 4, 2016: How can Disney inspire your Classroom? (Transcript)

July 28, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Ch 34-Conclusion (Transcript)

July 21, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Ch 28-33 (Transcript)

July 14, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Ch 23- 27(Transcript)

July 7, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Ch 15-22 (Transcript)

June 30, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Ch 8-14(Transcript)

June 23, 2016: Summer #Ditchbook Study: Intro-Ch 7 (Transcript)

June 16, 2016: D.I.T.C.H GIFfy style (Transcript)

June 9, 2016: Week 2 #Ditchbook EdCamp (Transcript)

June 2, 2016: #Ditchbook EdCamp (Transcript)

May 26, 2016: End of the Year Luau (Transcript)

May 19, 2016 : Reflecting on our Ditching (Transcript)

May 12, 2016: Art Integration (Transcript)

May 5, 2016: “Despicable end of the year #Ditchbook chat” (Transcript)

April 28, 2016: BreakoutEDU (Transcript)

April 21, 2016: #NoWorksheetWeek (Transcript)

April 14, 2016: Homework (or lack thereof!) (Transcript)

April 7, 2016: Ditch like a Pirate (Transcript)

March 31, 2016: DITCHing Vocabulary (Transcript)

March 24, 1016: Student Created Videos (Transcript)

March 17, 2016: Google Classrom (Transcript)

March 10, 2016: Consumer vs Creator (Transcript)

March 3, 2016: Self Assessment and SBL (Transcript)