10 ideas from Google’s 2016 Education on Air Conference

Looking for ways to innovate in the classroom with Google tools? These videos will help! (Screenshot from educationonair.withgoogle.com)

Students and teachers are doing amazing things with Google tools in the classroom. They’re collaborating. They’re creating. They’re sharing. They’re doing things that would be pretty tough — or impossible — without those tools. Some people look at all that innovation and think, “That’s all well and good … but I can’t dream up all […]

Sneak peek: 9 ideas from the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

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As I’m writing this, it’s Monday, and the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit kicks off on Friday. I couldn’t be more excited. (Wait, that’s probably not true. I’ll probably be even more excited on Thursday.) So … what is the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit? It’s a free online conference from Dec. 16-31, 2016. (Did […]

Digging into design thinking: 10 key ideas

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It’s well documented that the world is moving away from routine, repetitive, low cognitive capacity jobs. The “four C’s” — critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity — are on the rise. Instead of being told what to do, workers will need to do more brainstorming, more creating, more problem solving. What better way to learn […]

15 YouTube videos all educators must see

These videos will inspire, educate, give you ideas and entertain. They're messages all educators should see! (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Whenever I work with teachers, I always have a YouTube playlist handy. It has videos that always seem to resonate, entertain, educate or inspire. I constantly find encouragement in videos that others share. And in a world where well produced, stunning videos can be created by virtually anyone, it’s easier to find than ever. Here […]

Creating eye-popping infographics with Google Drawings

Infographics are visually stimulating and force us to summarize well. What if we did more infographics in schools and less research papers? (Graphic by Matt Miller)

Infographics are everywhere. I first started noticing them on the front page of USA Today as a journalism major in college. As Pinterest became more popular, the long, tall infographics have begun popping up everywhere. There’s a reason you see infographics all over social media and beyond: They’re eye-catching. They summarize information succinctly. They’re very visual, […]

My ideal 21st century classroom. What’s yours?

Teaching and learning have changed in the 21st Century. They have that potential, at least. What would your 21st Century classroom look like? (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

I know. We’re already many years into the 21st Century. And I know there’s a chance that the term “21st Century” might rub you the wrong way. But we’re here, and teaching and learning look very different. At least they have the potential to. When I started teaching in 2004, there was one computer in […]

A free online conference to inspire and equip you

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I’m excited to tell you about a great conference you can attend in your pajamas from the comfort of your own couch! In December, you can take part in the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit. It’s an online conference that features nine presentations from educators who are doing amazing things in technology, pedagogy, inquiry and more. […]

Mobile Storyteller, and how your students can tell stories, too

Students are capable of producing professional quality video anymore, but basic technology can turn students in any class into storytellers. (Public domain photo via Pixabay.com)

Anyone can tell stories. They’re powerful and compelling. It’s how humankind has passed information down from generation to generation. Students at Hoover High School of North Canton City Schools (North Canton, Ohio) get to tell stories with some impressive equipment. They use industry-standard digital video cameras. They edit video using Adobe Premiere and Avid, both powerful […]