10 tips to more meaningful Skypes in the classroom

Skype is a powerful tool that can bridge a gap of a thousand miles between schools. It can make conversations and activities happen that never could exist otherwise. It can also fall apart and lead to wasted classroom time and opportunities because of certain pitfalls. I’ve missed Skype calls altogether. I’ve seen entire class periods […]

About Mystery Skypes/Hangouts and why we need more

One of the most transformative effects the Internet can have on classrooms is opening them up to the world. Before the Internet, global communication was expensive and slow. Think long-distance phone calls and letters, even world travel. Now, the world is at our classrooms’ beck and call:  Social media can connect us to anyone. Video […]

Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We have access to […]

Hanging out with Google Hangouts (GTT038)

Using this free tool that most teachers have available to them, they can let their students see and hear from any expert, class or other guest from around the world. They can get in touch with a buddy classroom whenever they want, share their learning and work together. This tool has amazing power, and many […]

Ditch That Textbook/Homework (Taylorville, IL)

Find this page: DitchThatTextbook.com/taylorville

Part 1: Google Genius

Part 2: Connecting Classrooms to the World

Mystery location calls

Finding video chat partners

Other resources

Part 3: Gameshow Classroom: 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

Part 4: Getting 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:

Part 5: Ditch That Homework: Practical ways to make homework obsolete

In this presentation, we'll talk about:

  • the issues surrounding homework
  • how to define homework
  • what the research says about homework
  • what we can do to reduce our reliance on homework

Click here (DitchThatTextbook.com/DitchHW) to view the presentation resources for this session.


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.