Blended learning with G Suite (GTT040)

Many classrooms are coming into the digital age, but that doesn’t mean that face-to-face interaction has lost its value. In fact, when they’re both used together, fantastic, engaging learning can happen. That’s the beauty of blended learning: a combination of in-person, face-to-face activities and digital learning. G Suite has plenty of options for making this […]

How to add a Family Feud-style game to your next class/PD

Games can make class and professional development more fun! Here are the steps to create a Family Feud-style. (Family Feud logo used via fair use)Who doesn’t like adding a good game to a class or professional development session? It’s great for mixing things up and breaking out of the traditional hum-drum.PowerPoint Jeopardy! has been done […]

9 issues about homework and teacher thoughts on each (#LeadLAP)

Homework is such a difficult topic to discuss. Everyone seems to have an opinion on it. Sometimes, we think we disagree on something and it turns out we’re talking about completely different things. Few people have positive memories or remember solid successes from doing homework, but it’s still widespread in schools. Does homework still have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Tech tool options continue to grow. There’s a lot out there. Here are some new — and familiar — ones to try in 2018. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there’s so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that’s also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There’s so […]

A #DitchSummit encore! The Digital Summit is back in January!

Did you love the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? Get more of it from Jan. 12-18, 2018! (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)Apparently, people love to get PD in their PJ’s!The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit brought professional development into your living room, on your favorite couch, with slippers and pajamas and coffee (or hot chocolate […]