40+ ideas for making technology integration meaningful

Almost daily teachers are bombarded with shiny new apps designed for education. It can be enough to make our heads spin. We WANT to use technology that is meaningful and manageable for ourselves and our students. We don’t want “one more thing”. Technology, when used with purpose can have incredible effects on student learning. We are able […]

Teaching digital citizenship with picture story books

Teaching digital citizenship in a meaningful way can be daunting. These picture books illustrate important concepts beautifully. This post is written by Eleni Kyritsis, a Year 3 teacher and Leader of Digital Learning and Innovation from Melbourne, Australia. She was named the 2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year. Find her on Twitter (@misskyritsis) and […]

The juice that makes Flipgrid even better (#DitchPod wrap-up)

Educators have incorporated Flipgrid video discussions into their classes all over the world. Flipgrid Fever is a real thing and students are responding. There’s a way to help students have more success with their Flipgrid videos, though. I recently dug into Erik Palmer’s Well Spoken, a book encouraging teachers to support students in developing their […]

Unlocking motivation in the classroom: Strategies and tools from fellow educators

Getting to the gym. Folding that pile of laundry. Writing a new blog post.Some projects we find easier to get motivated for than others. The same is true for our students, our fellow educators and ourselves in the classroom. Motivation has a powerful impact in education. However, increasing motivation is one of the biggest challenges teachers […]

Social media tips, books and more (#DitchPod wrap-up)

Social media can be a deep, wide reservoir of ideas and inspiration in the classroom. But at some point, it can make a huge shift in effectiveness. The way we use it can go from transformation to entertainment. It can eat up hours of our lives without actually changing our practice. How can we make […]

Redefining annotation: Ditch That PDF and hyper-annotate

Learning how to read and annotate text is an important skill all our students need to truly understand stories, articles, and *GULP* textbooks. This is a skill that can be learned over time. The hard reality of the situation, though, is most college level texts are now distributed in PDF or other digital formats for […]

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so. Done poorly, it can be an uninspired stream of facts, delivered in sit-and-get style that get forgotten quickly. However, we can turn the standard lecture — and its tool of choice, the presentation slide! — on its head. The result can be students actively working […]