Family, virtual, community: Ideas for finding an audience for your students

They’re out there, waiting for what your students have to offer. An audience. It could be parents, grandparents and other family. It could be members of your local community who want to cheer them on. It could be people all over the world that want to see student succeed. We all know that students have […]

Cultivating creativity in the classroom: Ideas for teachers by teachers

As we move further and further into the digital age, creativity continues to surge to the top of skills students will need in the future. Barbara Dyer, president of The Hitachi Foundation, wrote that creativity is no longer an option in the workplace. Creativity and innovation are key requirements for the growth and adaptation of […]

20+ sources of great digital content for your class

The Internet is a treasure trove of information and resources for learning. Not all of those resources are created equal, and not all were meant for the classroom. If we can find the right ones, it can transform an otherwise lifeless lesson. But how do we find the right ones? And when we do, how […]

A new twist on traditional assessments: Ideas you can use

The metaphors you can use for assessments go on and on. It can be a measuring stick. A magnifying glass. It’s a glimpse into student understanding. Assessments don’t, however, have to be a formal quiz or test. They can be varied and as informal as a conversation at times. Assessments can be creative and innovative. […]

Big, moonshot-sized ideas for changing classrooms and schools

In the midst of the chaos of our educator lives, it’s hard to find time to think big. Lesson plans. Grading. Emails. Meetings. When do we get the opportunity to dream, to cook up crazy-big ideas that can really change the course of our students’ lives — and our community, or maybe even the world? […]

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. […]