Sketchnotes of all 9 DTT Digital Summit presentations

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The first Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit reached educators all over the world with innovative teaching ideas. Thousands of teachers from dozens of countries signed up. The nine video presentations were viewed more than 15,000 times during the 16 days of the summit. The #DitchSummit Twitter hashtag was a flurry of activity, with hundreds of […]

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2016

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Wow. The end of 2016. The education scene has seen a continued push in several big areas. Google Apps (now called G Suite), the maker movement and design thinking didn’t start in 2016, but they’ve grown bigger and bigger in 2016. 3D printing, drones, virtual reality and augmented reality have slowly crept into classrooms all […]

Introducing: The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast

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I love listening to podcasts. They’re kind like personalized radio. I can pick shows that I like and listen to them whenever I want. Podcasts have been a driving force for me in becoming a better educator. I’ve listened to hours of them while driving, exercising or cutting the grass. I can take that down time […]

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, […]