Finding a class to partner with virtually AND activities to do together

Video calls can get your students connected to others just like them around the country and world! Here’s how to do it using Skype, Google Hangouts and others. (Graphic by Matt Miller)It’s a big, big world out there, and it’s easier than ever to reach out to someone.Does your class reflect that?We have access to […]

Tech for 2018: 10 things worth trying this year

Tech tool options continue to grow. There’s a lot out there. Here are some new — and familiar — ones to try in 2018. (Icons via TheNounProject.com)The joy of teaching in the 21st century is that there’s so much available for teachers and students to use.Sadly, that’s also the frightening, crippling thing about it.There’s so […]

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity

This post is co-authored by Ditch That Textbook’s Matt Miller and Laura Steinbrink. Laura is a high school English teacher and tech coach from Plato, Missouri. Check out her blog, Rockin’ the Boat, at rockintheboat.wordpress.com. If you are like me (Laura), you are constantly searching for a new, fresh activity to help connect your students […]

Ditch That Textbook’s Best of 2017

And just like that, 2017 is in the books. Technology in classrooms has seen some great changes. For instance, “Flipgrid Fever” (flipgrid.com) has really taken off. Students have really shown their voice by recording short Flipgrid videos and sharing them with their classmates and the world. In some ways, though, a lot has stayed the […]

Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

We (Cori and Matt) are betting that comics are a memorable part of your childhood, whether they were the color comic strips in the Sunday newspaper or comic books. If not, then it was probably animated comics — cartoons! They’re visual. They’re colorful. Adults and children alike flock to animated movies at theaters when they’re […]

Rock these creative Google Slides templates in class (GTT034)

It’s nice to have some ideas to help kickstart our creative thinking when it comes to using Google Slides in non-traditional ways. That’s where Ryan O’Donnell can help. He’s a technology TOSA (teacher on special assignment) and former social studies teacher from Rocklin, California. Ryan has created some amazing Google Slides templates that you can […]

Mind-blowing Google tricks with Jake Miller (GTT033)

When Ohio tech integration specialist Jake Miller shares his Google tricks on social media, they’re enough to catch your eye. When he creates them in amazing animated GIF images, the amazingness is without question. In this episode of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, you’ll get plenty of both. Jake will share some of his favorite […]