Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom

Record a video of your screen. Split the screen of your web browser. Block ads. Keep digital sticky notes. Even make your phone ring to end a conversation that’s gone on too long. Google Chrome extensions turn your Chrome web browser into a veritable Swiss Army knife of versatile options. There are thousands of these […]

Time savers for teachers: A more efficient you!

Time is always a factor for teachers. Looking for some time-management, productivity ideas to get more done? Look no further. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)It’s something we’re always looking for as teachers. Something always holding us back.Time. We never seem to have enough of it. If we had more of it, we could get more […]

Hear the best ideas from #DitchSummit from participants

Technology. Brain-friendly learning. Gamification. Happiness. The topics shared at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit — a free online conference for teachers — have been timely and useful. As this year’s summit is wrapping up (ending on Dec. 31, 2017), participants in the regular Thursday #DitchBook Twitter chat shared their key takeaway points. Instead of […]

How to connect EVERY educator to awesome professional learning

For me, professional development has often meant sitting through a staff-wide meeting about topics with limited interest and little time to practice hands-on. That kind of professional learning stinks. Thankfully, we have TONS of options for fun, hands-on, relevant professional learning — on our own terms. How can find this kind of professional learning — […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]