How to add Hour of Code to YOUR classroom

Coding is a skill that opens doors for students of all backgrounds. No matter where they live, what color their skin is, what their gender is or how much education they have, if someone knows how to code, he/she has opportunities. Companies are begging for coders. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, software developer […]

7 strategies to THRIVE at the end of the semester

The end of the semester can be full of challenges. But it also creates unique opportunities, too. Here are some ways to seize them. (Photo by Eric Rothermel via Unsplash.com)When the semester winds down, it brings its own unique list of challenges. Special programs cut into class time. Absences seem to go up (at least here […]

Mobile Learning with Google (GTT032)

Students carry these high-tech devices to school in their pockets all the time. Cell phones. The mobile devices so many students are equipped with have plenty of processing power — and plenty of potential to amplify learning. It’s so easy to shut them off. Put them in a shoe holder. Confine them to the lockers. […]

A FREE online conference for teachers: #DitchSummit!

Gain ideas and inspiration for the new year with the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit in December. Sign up now for your FREE ticket at DitchSummit.com!For many of us, December is a time when life slows down a bit. We’re between semesters. The holidays give us time to recharge and reflect. We teachers are a […]

The Iceberg: Getting beneath the surface of #edtech fears (#DitchBook)

About 90 percent of an iceberg is underwater. Like an iceberg, what reluctant adopters say may only be 10 percent of what they’re feeling. For anyone that encourages educators to try something new — especially with tech — there are responses that we often hear … I’m not tech-savvy. I don’t have the time to […]

Five questions to ask before assigning homework

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and we should ban it all the way across the board.” (This is a common misconception about the title of the book …) Homework is a contentious topic. Everyone seems to […]

Gearing Up for Hour of Code (GTT030)

Think of the most important languages students could learn to prepare them for the future. What makes your list? Chinese? Arabic? Spanish? (Deep down inside, my Spanish teacher heart hopes you picked Spanish …) What about code? Coding — the language used to create apps, computer software, anything on the Internet, etc. — is definitely […]

Deep thinking with G Suite (GTT029)

It’s easy to replace what you were doing in the classroom before with a technological version of it. Some would use the SAMR model and label it substitution: direct tool substitute with no functional change If you’re using all of this cool technology to do the same things you were doing before, it feels like […]