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10 online whiteboard options for remote learning

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Whiteboards are a staple of face-to-face classrooms. During remote learning, you can still recreate that experience. Here are 10 ideas to get you started. Let's face it. When you're not present in your classroom, you miss your whiteboard. It's convenient. Everyone in the room can see it.

10 easy ways to clean up your Google Classroom

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As the school year comes to an end we begin clean and organize. Our Google Classrooms are no exception. Here are 10 easy ways to clean up your Google Classroom.As we wind down the school year we want to make sure that things are organized as things are ready to go for the fall. Our […].

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Novel HyperDocs: 25 ready to use units for your class

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Novel HyperDocs take the old curriculum guides we know and turn them into engaging blended learning units of study. Here are 25 ready to use novel HyperDocs for your class.

Use Explore Explain Apply to plan remote learning lessons

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Put learning in the hands of your students. Use the Explore Explain Apply method to guide your remote learning lesson planning. Here's how.Post by Karly Moura (@KarlyMoura) and Matt Miller (@jmattmiller) Have you ever had someone tell you, "I'm going to teach you a lesson"?

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

Awesome teacher summer: PD bingo choice board

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Summer is a great time to learn what YOU want to learn. This PD bingo choice board gives you LOTS of options! ?Summer Summer is a time for rejuvenation and relaxation. It’s a time to focus on our lives outside of education and recharge.

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30+ FREE PowerPoint education templates + how to make them

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PowerPoint education templates create meaningful interactive activities for students. Find free templates and how to make your own. Templates are productivity boosters. They can help us get more done in less time. They're also great lesson design frameworks.

20 ways to use Pear Deck to engage students

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Pear Deck flips the traditional lecture by actively engaging students in real-time. Ask questions. Students answer. Want to use Pear Deck in your class? Here's how. The standard lecture has plenty of detractors, and rightfully so.

20 ways Google tools can make the end of the year ROCK

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The end of the year is unique. Google tools can help! Here are 20 ways to use them in class.?When When the end of the school year is in sight, it's a time of excitement coupled with the importance of finishing the year STRONG.The end of the year is a time unlike any other.State tests are […].

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Storytelling: Bringing the power of stories to your teaching

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Stories draw us in. They capture our attention. When we use powerful elements of storytelling in our instruction, it can transform learning. This post is adapted from a chapter in the original manuscript for my book, Tech Like a PIRATE.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

10 no-internet remote learning activities

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When students don't have reliable access to internet at home, what can they do to keep learning going? Here are 10 no-internet activities. When schools turned to remote learning all across the world, it only further pointed out a stark reality. Not all students have reliable internet access.Some students have devices -- school-provided or otherwise -- […]. The post 10 no-internet remote learning activities appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Creativity eLearning Teaching

How to use Google Meet for elearning, online learning

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When students are learning from home, Google Meet can be the connection you need with them. Here are ideas for using it.When students and teachers can't physically meet face to face, that doesn't mean they can't do it through video. When doing elearning / distance learning / remote learning, video has lots of benefits:It gives that […]. The post How to use Google Meet for elearning, online learning appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech eLearning Video in the classroom

5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

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Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. We’re already looking at the possibility of widespread smart houses, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence that can talk to us and work on our behalf.

50 elearning activities, templates and tutorials

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Elearning activities can be fun AND promote quality learning. Here are lots of examples and templates to use! It's easy to feel anxious, overwhelmed and frustrated if you're asked to create elearning activities and teach remotely because of a school closure. You might be asking.What are my students going to do?How How can they continue learning […]. The post 50 elearning activities, templates and tutorials appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

10 tips to support students with slow internet

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Slow internet is a way of life for many families. We can minimize internet limitations by using some of these tips. It's a fact at my house. The internet is slow sometimes. I live in very rural west central Indiana. We have two neighbors in a mile radius of our house. The internet is OK but not […]. The post 10 tips to support students with slow internet appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. eLearning Screencasts Video in the classroom

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10 live video streams for students

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A school bus isn't required for a fun educational experience! Live streams can be a great way to connect students to people, places and events. The best news is that many of them are available for free!

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20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers

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This post is by Paula Martínez, the creator of Slides Mania. Paula has a 9 to 5 job that has nothing to do with design or creativity or education! Making presentation templates has become a fun hobby that allows her to express her creativity. This led to SlidesMania being born. You can connect with Paula […]. The post 20 free Google Slides and PowerPoint themes for teachers appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Google Slides Templates

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Microsoft Educator Insider podcast + 16 innovative ideas

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The Microsoft Educator Insider series will give you inspiration, big ideas, and practical strategies for your classroom. Here are 16 excerpts from the show.This post is sponsored by Microsoft. It was independently conceived and created by Ditch That Textbook's Matt Miller.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Tech Like a Pirate: 10 things you’ll find in the book

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Can classroom technology help us create a memorable learning experience? In Tech Like a PIRATE, you'll get tons of practical ideas and inspiration. Here's a glimpse. Before I wrote Tech Like a PIRATE, I read this: "Don't just teach a lesson. Create an EXPERIENCE!"

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how.

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Chances are, you're already doing video calls in your personal life. Using them in the classroom is easier than you might think! Here's how.Chances are, you’re already using video calls in your personal life. You FaceTime your far-away family or Skype friends from other countries.

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30 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement

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Google Slides isn't just for delivering presentations to an audience. Here are 30 activities that bring interactive learning to students.So often, people think of presentation slides as just that: a visual aid for delivering a presentation in front of an audience. But these slide apps (like Google Slides and PowerPoint in Office 365) really are powerful tools […]. The post 30 interactive Google Slides activities for classroom excitement appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework

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No internet at home? No problem. Set up Chromebooks and laptops with offline access to G Suite. Your elearning day activities just got a lot more interesting!Having Having Chromebooks and G Suite can supercharge learning in class. Information is at students' fingertips. They can create digitally with what they learn. They can share, collaborate and make […]. The post How to use Chromebooks offline for elearning day activities, homework appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas

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Students watch LOTS of YouTube videos. Certain types of YouTube videos are VERY popular. Here are some classroom video ideas based on them. You've probably heard that YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world. You can also probably imagine how much of a behemoth YouTube has become. Some stats:2 billion logged-in monthly users81% […]. The post 8 YouTube-inspired classroom video ideas appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Ed Tech Student engagement Video in the classroom

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20 Seesaw ideas with Chromebooks for K-12 classes

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Creating is memorable. When students learn something and then can create something with it — a digital project, a story, a video — that’s something they can be proud of. Sharing what you’ve created enhances the experience. Who wants to work hard on something that no one else sees? Creating and sharing, all in one […].

20 Google Sites tips and tricks

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Google Sites provide us and our students with the ability to create beautiful web pages. There are so many other ways to use this tool. Here are 20 tips and tricks you might be surprised to know!Google Google Sites has been around for a long time and a few years ago Google Sites got a major update. […]. The post 20 Google Sites tips and tricks appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite google sites

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20 ways to gamify your class

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Games are fun. We love playing them, watching them and even creating them. But how can we bring elements of gameplay into our classroom in meaningful ways? Here are 15 ways to gamify your class.A quick way to start a conversation is by asking someone about their favorite game. Whether it’s the latest video game […]. The post 20 ways to gamify your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

20 activities to “Bloom” with the new Flipgrid camera

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Video is so easy to create in the classroom now. What used to take expensive equipment and advanced know-how can be created in seconds with devices we already have. Video is a rich medium for learning. Students can practice speaking skills, show their passion through their voice, and make learning visible. In summer 2019, Flipgrid […].

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Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations

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Classroom tech CAN be transformational. But when should we use it? And what does that look like? Here are some ideas.When schools provide technology for students, many teachers find themselves asking, "What am I going to do with all these devices?" One might think the "Should I use classroom tech? And how?" is a one-time, "yes/no" […]. The post Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Ditch That Marking: 5+ ways to improve grading

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I had a pile of assessments to mark (grade). I knew was going to take the best part of four hours to get done. I seemed to be writing the same comments as feedback: “Use a quotation to support your argument.” ” “Include a religious view as an alternative.” (I

25 beginning of the year activities you can use right away!

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The beginning of the school year is filled with teaching procedures and getting to know you activities. Most of us have our tried and true go-tos that we pull out year after year. But what if we want to shake things up a bit? What if there were tons of different and innovative activities out […].

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.