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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.

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 […].

25 ways to infuse art into any class

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Art can bring out the kind of creativity and passion in our students that we can only dream about seeing in other subject areas. Art gives our students the opportunity to express themselves in new and different ways. But oftentimes art is just an add-on, something that we throw in as an extra piece at […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Creativity art art in the classroom art integration arts integrations educational technology teaching art

75+ Google Classroom tips and tricks

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Google classroom is great for speed, simplicity, and efficiency but not all functions are easy to get at first and even if you’re a pro there are always new updates and features we need to dive into. So we have compiled our best Google Classroom resources into one ultimate post to get you geared up […]. G Suite Google Classroom google classroom google classroom tips gsuite guide to google classroom

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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.

20 add-ons and extensions to supercharge your Google Slides presentations

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Google Slides is an incredibly versatile tool. On the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, Kasey Bell often refers to it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the G Suite tools because of how much you can do with it. But what if we could supercharge this already powerful tool? We can! With add-ons (extra features within […]. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite Google Slides g suite g suite add-ons g suite extensions google slides google slides add-ons google slides extensions

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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 […].

27 tips to deliver powerful professional development

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My first presentation at a teacher conference was in 2012. My state foreign language teachers conference. I shared technology and teaching strategies I was using in my classroom. People paid attention. Clapped at the end. Told me what I had shared would help them. I was hooked. Since then, professional development has been a passion […].

10 ways to use emojis in the classroom

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Emojis are the modern-day hieroglyphics. In fact, our students are sharing complete thoughts and complete stories in, get this…PICTURES. It’s true! Take a peek at the phone of any tween or teen. They’ve traded words for icons. Something’s drop-to-the-floor funny? ?? will do. Their parents are looking over their shoulders? Insert ??. Emojis can […]. Creativity Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching. using emojis edtech educational technology emojis in the classroom student engagement

3 easy strategies to organize your Google Classroom

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Let’s be honest. Your Google Classroom is a hot mess. If it is, you’re like many, many other teachers. (If If it’s not a hot mess, kudos to you. We can learn something from you!) Thankfully, Google Classroom has a feature that helps you keep your classwork page neat and tidy and orderly — topics! Some […]. Ed Tech G Suite Google Classroom google classroom google classroom organization google classroom topics how to use google classroom

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.

Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

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You come to the foot of a mountain and notice a cave. If you want to enter the cave, turn to page 56. If you want to continue up the mountain, turn to page 84. I was in LOVE with Choose Your Own Adventure stories like this as a kid. In these books, the reader […].

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25 creative ideas for using mobile devices in school

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Whether you have iPads, Android tablets or a bring your own device policy for students, mobile devices are a great way to engage our students. And the best part is that these devices encourage our students to get up and moving because they are made for using on the go. So how can we utilize […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Teaching ipads in the classroom mobile devices in the classroom teaching with mobile devices

An educator’s guide to podcasting beyond the classroom

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Other than AR or VR, podcasting is one of the more recent edtech tools that has made its way into the hands of educators. And like any tool, given the right supports and practices, it can make extraordinary things possible for teachers, students, and their communities. Maybe it’s a capstone project at the end of […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog Templates don't ditch that tech edtech educational technology educators's guide to podcasting podcasting podcasting ebook podcasting in the classroom

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

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.

Creating student blogs with Wakelet

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Writing sucks. That’s the essence of what so many kids express during writing time in school. In my experience, many children who could spend hours talking your ear off all of a sudden have nothing to say when asked to put their ideas in a journal- regardless of if a prompt is given or not. […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog edtech educational technology writing writing in the classroom

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Tech tip smackdown! 70+ edtech tips from fellow educators

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Warning! This post contains SO many great tips, tricks, links and ideas that you may end up with a case of “too many open tabs” That’s OK, it’s totally normal. Using the Wakelet or OneTab extension can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition. As educators, we have many amazing tech […].

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3 powerful lesson plan templates – and how to make your own

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If you’ve ever bought a lesson plan book, you’ve probably flipped through it and looked at all the extra pages at the beginning and the end. Many times, I’ve thought, “Wow. All of these extra pages and I can’t use a single one of them!” Having some places for big-picture planning and tracking data can […]. Lesson planning Teaching Templates lesson plan templates lesson planning lesson plans teaching

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20 ways to Ditch That Textbook in K-2 (with templates!)

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Are you a primary educator? Are you interested in Ditching but don’t know where to start? Don’t worry! This post will walk you through template after template of rich learning experiences you can provide your students today! 20 activities to Ditch that Textbook in K-2 1. CVC Word Builder – Simply pull down either the […].

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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.

Slide into science: Demonstrating learning with Google Slides

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With the introduction of new standards across different content areas, the focus of learning has moved beyond simply mastering content knowledge to applying skills within disciplines. The Next Generation Science Standards is an example fo this. It contains 8 different science practices across all grade levels k-12. They are: Asking questions and defining problems Developing and […].

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10+ FREE EduProtocol templates + ideas for using them

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What teacher doesn’t want to save themselves time and teach better? It’s finding those low-prep, high-return activities that we can use right away that can be challenging. That’s where EduProtocols come in. EduProtocols, created by Jon Corippo and Marlena Hebern, are a series of lesson frames that are easy to adapt to any subject or […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Lesson planning Student engagement Teaching Templates creative teaching eduprotocols student engagement teaching

10 MORE digital bell-ringer activities to kickstart class (Part 2)

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We have a golden window of time at the beginning of any class. For these first five or ten minutes of class (OK, probably more the five than the ten), we have our students’ most attention. It’s the most focused they’ll likely be for us all day. If we squander that time, the rest of […]. Ed Tech bell ringers edtech educational technology flipgrid formative padlet prior knowledge screencastify

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Take a road trip with Google MyMaps

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This post comes from accepting a challenge. I’m a regular listener of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast hosted by Matt Miller and Kasey Bell. After listening to an episode about how to use Google MyMaps in the classroom I was inspired to create a choice board using Google MyMaps as the platform. I shared my […]. Ed Tech G Suite Guest Blog edtech google google mymaps gsuite gsuite edu

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EdTech at School

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

Shorts season: An introduction to the NEW Flipgrid camera

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On August 1st, Flipgrid released an all-new camera that goes way beyond the simple recording tool it once was. The Shorts Camera can now function as a video recorder, screen recorder, interactive whiteboard, and video editing tool! And of course, it’s completely free. Want a peek at just some of the things you can do […].

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55 creative Chromebook projects to try at the end of the year

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The end of the year provides us with lots of opportunities to try something new. We might have a little bit of time before or after an end of the year activity or maybe your class has finished all of the requirements for the year and you just want to try something fun. Hey, it […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech G Suite Teaching chromebook projects create with chromebooks creating with chromebooks google edu gsuite

10 ways to build a growth mindset in your classroom

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The term “growth mindset” was coined by Carol Dweck over 30 years ago to describe the beliefs that people have about intelligence and learning. She describes a “fixed mindset” as one that believes the intelligence is fixed and can’t be changed. Those who have a growth mindset, however, believe that they can get smarter and […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Feedback feedback feedback in the classroom growth mindset growth mindset in the classroom teaching

Dear New Teacher: Tips and advice for beginning educators

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If we think back to our very first year of teaching many of us wish we could have a do-over. The opportunity to take that first class back and teach them again after years of experience. But the truth is that those first years helped shape us into the educator we are today. And we […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching beginning teachers creative teaching education student engagement teaching tips for new teachers

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.

6 things that make auto-graded Google Forms quizzes better

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Auto-graded quizzes have their pro’s and con’s. They cut back on teacher grading time and provide students with quick feedback. But they don’t show what students can do with what they’re learned and limit 21st century skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking). Should we use auto-graded quizzes? That’s a question I wrestled with in this […].

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10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

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Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day.

30+ digital escape rooms (plus tips and tools for creating your own)

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Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They can be an exciting and engaging activity for the whole class or as an option for early finishers. In a spin on the popular Escape Room challenge, a digital version […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Gamification Teaching breakoutedu digital digital breakoutedu digital escape room digital escape rooms edtech games in the classroom gamification

How to create a digital escape room for your class or PD

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Escape rooms are a fun adventure where you solve puzzles to escape from the room. To add to the adventure, you usually have a time limit. I love creating physical escape rooms in my classroom. They are fun and they get the students up and moving in the classroom. However, there are a few drawbacks […]. Gamification creative teaching edtech games in the classroom gamification

LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.