How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning

Google MyMaps lets students create maps with custom-pinned location. The magic, though, is in what you put in those pins. (Infographic by Matt Miller)

If we want to use technology in the classroom, we can’t just do the same kind of learning we did before it. Technology should improve the learning. Kick the lesson up a notch. Otherwise, our technology isn’t any better than our paper and pencil lessons, right? If your students are studying anything that connects to […]

50 people and hashtags you MUST check out on Twitter

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Getting connected professionally on Twitter was the single most important, most powerful thing I ever did as an educator. The most important. I’m not overstating that. And I can remember exactly when it happened. I was at the Indiana Conference on Learning in Indianapolis, and our state Superintendent of Public Instruction was giving the keynote […]

How video games can help students in class, at home

Adults worry about kids' video game time constantly. A researcher suggests that video games can really help kids at home and in the classroom. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Games are a daily part of our existence for most of us. We play video games on our phones, our tablets, our computers, or TVs … almost everywhere. We take part in games through rewards programs, accumulating points with our favorite restaurants, hotels and stores to redeem. Elements of games are showing up more and […]

Teaching through the camera lens: 10 activities with photos and video

So many people carry cameras with them everywhere they go -- in their smart phones. Here are activities for the classroom that can harness that power. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Once, it was so handy to carry one of those disposable film cameras around in our pockets. Once, we were so thankful for our point-and-shoot digital cameras because they made instant photography so much easier. Today, so many of us carry cameras around in our pockets. We pull them out at a moment’s notice. Many […]

5 ways tech can truly improve learning (with examples)

Technology can help us kick teaching and learning up a notch. Here are five concrete examples of what tech can do and how to do it. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

Trainers, bloggers and education pundits tend to use lots of catch phrases and buzz words to talk about the power of technology in education. You’ll hear things like this: Technology is a game changer. Technology can do so much for education. The Internet is full of resources we can use. Technology is the future of […]

20 books by teachers, for teachers to inspire your teaching

When teachers share their life's work with other teachers, students and schools flourish. Here are 20 books for teachers, by teachers. (Image by Matt Miller)

I wrote my book, Ditch That Textbook, in 2014 and it was published in spring 2015. When that book was published, I didn’t realize that I would be part of a huge movement to equip and empower teachers. My book was published by Dave Burgess Consulting, led by Dave and Shelley Burgess. Dave wrote Teach […]

12 U.S. election resources to use with students now

The presidential elections are a hot topic. These activities, sites and games will engage and inform your students. (Public domain image via Pixabay.com)

The 2016 U.S. presidential elections have been some of the most talked-about in a long time. Your students are likely talking about them, too, or have heard about them. There are lots of ways to incorporate the elections into your curriculum, no matter what you teach. One of my favorite resources for finding activities, games […]