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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.

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 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

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.

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 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

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

Google Forms magic ? with pre-filled links

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This post is written by Craig Klement, an RTI facilitator, working with teachers and struggling students from Garland, Texas. You can connect with Craig on Twitter @CraigKlement and check out his blog at craigklement.wordpress.com. Have you ever had a student type in their name or ID number incorrectly into a Google Form? Or select the wrong teacher or […]. The post Google Forms magic ? with pre-filled links appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Google Forms Guest Blog

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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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EdTech at School

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

We don’t do tests: Using Gimkit for assessment

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Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that makes assessments feel like fun! How can you use Gimkit in your class? Read on for ideas. This post is written by Omoyemwen Ngei, a grade six teacher at Ellerslie campus, Edmonton Public School District. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Prior to teaching in Canada, she was […]. The post We don’t do tests: Using Gimkit for assessment appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Assessment Guest Blog assessment

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.

“That’s Not Fair!” The Myth About Assistive Technology

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Some label assistive technology as unfair. We hold onto myths about it. In this post, Catherine Day identifies and dispels some of those myths. This post is written by Catherine Day a graduate student at Edinboro University currently majoring in Reading and Literacy. Day currently resides in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. You can connect with her […]. The post “That’s Not Fair!” The Myth About Assistive Technology appeared first on Ditch That Textbook. Guest Blog Teaching

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.

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.

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.

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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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 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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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.

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.

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

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 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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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.

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 […].

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 […].

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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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

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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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

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.

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

What is a Lifecycle of Learning?

How to recognize each stage of your learning initiative and maximize its potential.