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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.

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

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3 ways to support your students with Immersive Reader

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Immersive Reader supports students who struggle to read in a non-stigmatizing way. Students can use it for free in several ways.Picture your classroom full of students. Now, realize that, on average, one out of every five of them has some form of reading disorder. Now, imagine being one of those students. You need help, but you […]. The post 3 ways to support your students with Immersive Reader appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

Use your school Google account to get 22 free Microsoft apps

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Did you think Microsoft Office 365 was paid? Or your school Google account meant it was off limits? There's good news! Your school Google account can get you access to 22 Office 365 apps for free. Here's how.For a long time, it's seemed like there were two big camps in educational tech -- the Google […]. The post Use your school Google account to get 22 free Microsoft apps appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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.

Ditch those homework packets with family choices boards

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Can we shift the homework culture while still bridging home-school connections? It's possible with family choice boards. Read on for examples, templates and ideas for getting started. This post is written by Susan Stewart, PK-12 Instructional Technology Coach in California. Susan is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer with a passion for technology integration in […]. The post Ditch those homework packets with family choices boards appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

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Bring the back row in class to the FRONT row! Flipgrid, a FREE video discussion platform, gives all students a voice. Here are more than 30 ideas on how to use it in class. This post is by Karly Moura, a teacher on special assignment (TOSA) in Mount Diablo USD in Concord, California. You can follow […]. The post Catch the Flipgrid fever! 30+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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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Why feedback is SO time consuming — and how to fix it

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Tell me if this sounds familiar. You’re chained to your desk grading papers. It’s getting monotonous, but you feel like you need to do it because it’s important. You hand those papers back to the students, and where do they end up? Yep, the trash. Even if you make them keep that homework in a […]. Teaching effective feedback in the classroom how to make auto-graded quizzes providing digital feedback save time feedback to students

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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.

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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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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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 […].

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

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.

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.

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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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 […].

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

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.

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.

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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10 ways to help students become “future ready”

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Our students' future is an uncertain one. Their workforce will look much different than ours. Here are ways we can help them to be "future ready".Educators Educators have a daunting task. It's our job to help students prepare for a workforce that we can't describe. Today, people have jobs that we couldn't dream of several years ago. […]. The post 10 ways to help students become “future ready” appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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Leveraging Learner Variability to Elevate Equity in EdTech

Speaker: Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer & Executive Director, Learner Variability Project

In this webinar, Vic Vuchic, Chief Innovation Officer of Digital Promise, will share his insights into the modern boom in neuroscience and learning sciences research. You'll discover how much more we know now about how students learn - and how we can use that knowledge to create EdTech-enabled classrooms that can meet the diverse needs of all students.

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

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

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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How to create a PDF ebook with Google Slides

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PDF files are about as universal as it gets. You can open them on almost any Internet-ready device. They’re read-only, so publishing a PDF is a good way to distribute information to be consumed by reading. It may not be the first thing you think of when you use Google Slides but it really is […]. G Suite Google Slides Templates ebooks with google slides google slides google slides ebook gsuite how to create ebooks with google slides

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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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20 sites for students with free time on their hands

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When students are done with an assignment or project, how can they spend extra time wisely? These sites give them something academic to chew on.>>> >>> UPDATED DECEMBER 2019! <<<As <<<As a teacher, there’s always been a question that I wanted to have an answer to. “I’m done. What do I do now?” ” Early in my teaching career, my […].

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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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Creating with Google Earth: 10 activities to try

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Google Earth's new creation tools let students demonstrate their learning on a map. Tell stories. Share information. Then share it with class!Google Google Earth calls itself "the world's most detailed globe." It's true! Zoom in to anywhere in the world. Tilt to see the elevation and buildings pop out of the ground. Click on locations to gather […]. The post Creating with Google Earth: 10 activities to try appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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.