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The HyperDocs Toolbox: 14 engaging example activities

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Creating student-centered activities — where we put learning in the hands of students — can be a powerful learning experience. When it’s student-paced, no one gets left in the dust and no one gets bored waiting for the class to move on. If you haven’t tried HyperDocs yet, they’re a fantastic blend of both. HyperDocs […]. Ed Tech hyperdocs activities hyperdocs examples hyperdocs templates hyperdocs tools

4 ways to make math come alive with Google tools

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So many of the Google tools are valuable for many content areas and grade levels. When a teacher finds a creative use for one, it’s almost always easy to cross it over to another class. Almost always. Except for one. My teaching career has been in high school Spanish. But working with math teachers, […]. Ed Tech g suite algebra g suite math google apps algebra google classroom math google math google math activities math with google apps

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6 ways to start using Augmented Reality in your classroom

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When Merge Cube eMERGEd onto the instructional technology scene, this six-sided sensation triggered a veritable frenzy of educators trying to get their hands on the tool to bring the power of Augmented Reality (AR) into their classrooms. If you haven’t heard of Merge Cube, I encourage you to check it out here. Basically, it’s an […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog ar in the classroom augmented reality edtech educational technology

A beginner’s guide to Twitter for educators

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Joining Twitter can be a career-altering event. For many of us the connections, support, and resources we gain from being part of a professional learning network on Twitter are what give us back our passion for teaching. The leap into the Twittersphere can be daunting. I hear even the most active Twitter users say that […]. DitchBook Twitter chat beginner's guide to twitter for educators edtech twitter twitter chats twitter for educators twitter for teachers twitter guide for teachers

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.

15 go-to resources for teachers short on time

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There is one thing that all teachers agree we need more of. One thing we can never have enough of and one that we seem to always be running out of in our classrooms. Although it may not be possible to actually add hours to our day, we can utilize the resources available to […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech go to lesson ideas lesson ideas teaching time saving lessons

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.

30 Google Classroom tips every teacher must know

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Google Classroom is a favorite among the many useful G Suite tools. It allows us to manage our classroom assignments digitally and saves us lots of time. Like most of the G Suite tools, Google Classroom is constantly getting updated with new features. By utilizing these features we can make Google Classroom work even […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech edtech educational technology g suite Google Apps google apps for education google classroom gsuiteedu

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The changing face of PD

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The current PD model is familiar. Every teacher, every subject, all together. Early after-school dismissal, or late start. Exhausted after a full school day, or overwhelmed prepping for the day ahead. File into the cafeteria, library or auditorium. Sign in. Collect piles of handouts. The presenter reads aloud from a slide presentation, and you notice […]. Guest Blog education pd productivity professional development professional learning professional learning network

10 educational podcasts you’ll love to listen to

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There are hundreds of educational podcasts available to teachers on almost every subject you can think of. We see new podcasts launching all the time and some we have been hearing about for years but haven’t had the chance to check out. What are the podcasts that other educators love to listen to? And how can […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Podcasts Teaching best podcasts for educators educational podcasts podcasts professional development

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

3 ways to incorporate the 4 Cs into any class

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Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. Friends are at our fingertips and you can binge watch countless shows and movies without even leaving your couch. We as a society are exposed to more content and diverse ideas than ever before. So how does this affect education? If students become proficient communicators, collaborators, creators, […]. Guest Blog 4 c's collaboration creativity edtech educational technology four cs

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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

One story, MANY endings: A fun, creative Google Slides activity

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Reading a story as a class is great. It transports everyone to a different world, to a different time, with a different set of characters. Solo reading is great for the same reasons. We learn great life lessons we can take with us for years — sometimes forever — from a good story. But we […]. Ed Tech choose your own adventure stories google classroom google slides classroom google slides learning linking google slides

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9 reasons why HyperDocs can transform your class

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I have been enjoying creating, sharing, and using HyperDocs in my classroom for the past three years now after learning about them during the very first night of the inaugural #DitchBook book study Twitter chat. Ever since then, I have been a diehard shouting “HYPERDOCS!”

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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5 things you might not know about Kahoot!

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When I do presentations and workshops with teachers all over the United States and beyond, hands go up all over the room when I ask if they’re familiar with Kahoot! It launched in August 2013 and has taken off like a rocket. In May 2017, it had 50 million monthly active users.

The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more

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I had heard a TON about In-N-Out Burger. Heard that the food was amazing. Heard that it was an experience I should try. While on vacation in California with my family recently, we made a stop at an In-N-Out Burger. It did not disappoint. Our burgers were tasty. The tiny menu surprised me but made […]. Ed Tech g suite secrets g suite tricks google classroom google secrets google tricks

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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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Slides Superpowers: Engaging slide-to-slide linking activities

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Google Slides is WAY more than a slide presentation tool. On the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, co-host Kasey Bell and I like to call it the “Swiss Army knife of G Suite.” ” You can use it to … Create stop-motion animation Make a collaborative workspace for your class Brainstorm with sticky notes Plan lessons digitally […]. Ed Tech google slides activities google slides classroom link slides to slides

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The Digital Gallery Walk: Collaboration on their feet

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Collaboration is cemented as one of the four C’s in education, right along with communication, critical thinking and creativity. When it comes to digital collaboration, one characteristic highlights almost all of our approaches. Sitting. A lot of sitting. The concerns with obesity and Type 2 diabetes are well documented, along with the harmful effects of […]. Ed Tech Teaching digital classroom activities digital collaboration digital student interaction g suite collaboration

20 ideas for making thinking visible

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Visible thinking strategies aim to do exactly what they say, help students demonstrate their thinking in a way that others can see and understand. Visible thinking can take many different forms. Students may explain their thinking through discussion, model it with manipulatives, or create a drawing or sketch to explain or demonstrate their thinking. This […]. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching student engagement teaching visible thinking visible thinking in the classroom

12 must have templates for teachers and students

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Sometimes just getting started with a task is the hardest part. Where do you begin? How do you organize all of your ideas in a way that others can understand? Templates can help with that. Templates can guide teachers as they design great lessons or activities. They are also powerful tools to use with students, […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech google templates templates templates for students templates for teachers

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10+ tech-free ways to Ditch That Textbook

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Technology has revolutionized the way we teach. For most of us, we can’t imagine our classrooms without it. We can find ourselves depending on technology for our lessons. And then there are times when tech fails us. Have you ever been teaching a tech-dependent lesson when the wifi goes down? Suddenly you have a block […]. DitchBook Twitter chat creative teaching creativity edtech education student engagement teaching

Google Chrome extensions galore! 50+ for the classroom

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Record a video of your screen. Split the screen of your web browser. Block ads. Keep digital sticky notes. Even make your phone ring to end a conversation that’s gone on too long. Google Chrome extensions turn your Chrome web browser into a veritable Swiss Army knife of versatile options.

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How to waste your time at an edtech conference in 7 easy steps

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Last month I attended the TCEA Expo and Convention in San Antonio, Texas as a presenter and a super volunteer. I even had the pleasure of presenting in the room next door to Matt Miller! Being a presenter and volunteer, allowed me the opportunity to observe some key behaviors that lead to a wasted experience […]. Guest Blog conferences edtech edtech conferences educational technology getting the most out of conferences

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.

3 tips for creating a positive AR and VR experience in every classroom

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“I don’t have enough devices.” This is a common reason teachers give for not being able to integrate augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) experiences into their classrooms. Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are powerful learning mediums that continue to find a foothold in education. Augmented Reality (AR) – always involves adding […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog ar in the classroom augmented reality edtech virtual reality vr in the classroom

Sketchnotes: A mini-course and #Sketch50 challenges!

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Let’s see if you sound like many people I’ve talked to about sketchnotes (and the former version of myself): “I’d love to be able to do that. I’d love for my students to be able to do it. But I can’t draw! I’m not an artist.”

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Ditch those sub plans

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Teachers never realize how much work they do, until they have to write sub plans! Isn’t that the truth? I used to spend hours writing sub plans, detailed, step-by-step plans. And then I would pray the substitute would follow them. Once our school began going digital, I started changing the way I planned for a […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog digital sub plans edtech educational technology sub plans teaching

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10 fantastic Google tips from the Google Teacher Tribe

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Google is so deep and so broad and so wide. It’s constantly updating and adding — and sometimes removing — features and services. It’s almost impossible to keep up. And even if you do, there’s no way to know all the best ways to use G Suite and all of the Google tools. It helps […]. Ed Tech Google Teacher Tribe google classroom google drawings google education tips google forms google slides google teacher tribe google tips

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Five questions to ask before assigning homework

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After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and we should ban it all the way across the board.”

10 tips for creating awesome diginotes with Canva

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I’m pretty sure I am addicted to Canva, the graphic-design tool website. Canva, which uses a drag-and-drop format allows non-designers to create a variety of graphic designs with ease. Seriously though, anytime someone says they need a poster, marketing tool, social media graphic, I’m drooling at the thought of creating my next design. A while […]. Guest Blog canva diginotes digital notes edtech educational technology sketchnotes sketchnoting visual notetaking

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

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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 behind us. Many students are working on big projects or papers. It can be a great time […].

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The future-proof educator

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The rise of computers and the Internet has changed the way we consume. From automated checkouts to online banking, every industry has been disrupted. Let’s take a look at the salesperson. I remember as a child having the door-to-door vacuum salesperson come to sell a Kirby vacuum to my parents. Now, unless you are a […]. Guest Blog Teaching edtech educational technology future of education future-proof educator timeless teaching practices

10 Chromebook features you (probably) don’t know about

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Chromebooks are packed with some pretty amazing features that make them unique digital devices for students. In a Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit video presentation, I shared some of my favorite tips for making the most of Chromebooks in the classroom — for students and for YOU! The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE […]. Ed Tech chromebook in the classroom chromebook tips ditch summit ditch that textbook digital summit google classroom chromebook

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

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If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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