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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

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.

7 ways you can remix your classroom and teach like a DJ

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Have you ever seen an amazing DJ who can rock a crowd of hundreds, even thousands of party-goers? What is it that makes that DJ so amazing and so darn cool? Guys like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, Zedd, female DJs like Krewella, Alison Wonderland, and Rezz all have similar characteristics and objectives and dare I […]. Guest Blog Student engagement Teaching creative teaching edtech educational technology remixing education student engagement teach like a dj

Ditch That Grade! 9 ways to move beyond the grade and on to meaningful learning

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I know what you are thinking, ditch that grade? Really? Well, maybe not all grades… or maybe? It begs the question, why give grades? Where did this whole grading frenzy start? What do grades really measure anyway? What about schools that don’t give grades? Do students stop learning? If April showers bring May flowers… Okay, […]. Assessment Guest Blog Teaching assessment assessments ditch that grade going gradeless grading

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.

10 ideas for digital exit tickets (and some analog ones, too)

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Class is done. We’ve learned a lot. We’ve tried some new things. We’ve had some great discussions. So … now what? How can we make the most of the end of class? How can we tie a bow on a day of class to wrap everything up? An exit ticket gives us that opportunity — […]. Ed Tech digital exit tickets digital formative assessment exit tickets technology exit tickets

20 tools for a more accessible classroom

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ALL of our students deserve to have access to the content we are teaching. A one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students. Luckily with the technology available to us, we can create a learning environment that makes the content accessible to all of our learners. Matter of fact many of the technology […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive reader

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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10 steps to create a student-driven classroom

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One day back in 2005, my student Malin walked in looking for me. She just wanted to tell me that she used to hate English before I became her teacher. The reason for the change, she said, was that she got to decide a little more herself and that she could learn more because she […]. Guest Blog creative teaching relationships student engagement student voice student-driven classroom

10 ideas for digital end-of-semester final projects

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After months and months of learning, it all comes down to this. The end of the semester project. How can your students encapsulate the most important parts of the semester to demonstrate learning? At the end of the semester, it’s easy to slip into “review for the test” mode. Projects let students take what they’ve […]. Ed Tech digital project ideas edtech educational technology end of semester project ideas final project ideas

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 Google Sheets tricks you (probably) don’t know about

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Google Sheets might look a little scary and a bit threatening at first glance but once you take the time to unlock its secrets you’ll discover that it can do so much more than just crunch numbers. So how can we get started using Google Sheets ourselves? And what are some great Google Sheets activities […]. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite g suite google google for edu google sheets google sheets in the classroom

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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

35 creative Google Drawings activities for classes

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If you are looking for a tool that can be integrated into any content area and at any grade level then you have hit paydirt. Google Drawings is like a big digital sheet of paper. You can add text, images, shapes, and lines. The simplicity of it makes Google Drawings easy to use for students of […].

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30 activities for any Depth of Knowledge level

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Norman Webb’s Depth of Knowledge model can help teachers create learning opportunities that hit a variety of complexity levels. It is a framework for evaluating the level of complex thinking required to complete a task. The framework consists of four levels. DOK level 1: Recall. What is the knowledge? Where? DOK level […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching depth of knowledge depth of knowledge activities dok DOK activities lesson planning webb's depth of knowledge

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.

60 ideas for using Google MyMaps in any content area

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Maps are a great way to hook your students. Creating customizable maps that allow you to track places that are relevant to your topic is even more engaging. Can you imagine tracking the path of an army and adding information about the locations of famous battles in history? Or plotting the path of a character’s […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech google Google Apps google for education google maps google my maps google mymaps maps maps in the classroom mymaps teaching

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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

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

Google Slides interactive notebooks + 20 activities to fill them

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Interactive notebooks have taken lots of classrooms everywhere by storm. The idea: a central space where students can create, write and make meaning. When they’re done well, students get that spark of excitement. Learning goes to a different level. When they’re done poorly, it becomes worksheets glued to pages. Interactive notebooks don’t have to go […].

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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.

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

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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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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5 ways to help tech coaches maximize their role

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Tech Coach, Technology Integration Specialist, ecoach… No matter the title, the role of this specialist focuses on helping educators successfully integrate technology into their curriculum in a meaningful way. Having been in this role for 5 years now, I often get asked, “how do you do it?”. As I am the sole person for my […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog tech coaches tips for edtech coaches tips for tech coaches tips for tosas tosas

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 Mosaic Art with Google Drawings

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Let me just get this out of the way. I am in love with Google Drawings. I know it is often overlooked by many in favor of Slides, Docs or Forms but Google Drawings is my number one go-to for pretty much anything – especially when it involves creativity. I am always looking for new […]. G Suite Google Drawings Guest Blog art with google drawings art with gsuite google drawings gsuite mosaic art with google drawings

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20 ways to analyze text, images with Edji

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Texts and images related to the content we teach can spark students’ imagination. Provoke controversy and fierce debate. Inspire them to see themselves — and the world differently. But done poorly, they can be one-dimensional learning. Fact recall-based. Anything but memorable. What makes the difference? What causes some lessons to flourish and others to flop? […].

60 tips to spark creative lesson ideas

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If you’re like me, you want to make school a memorable experience. You want to improve on the “eat your vegetables” approach to learning. It’s hard. “But I’m not a creative person.” ” “But I’m not good at coming up with new ideas.” ” “But I’m not innovative.” ” Coming up with cool ideas for learning is tricky. […].

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

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.

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.

8 easy brain boosts for state testing time

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State testing is an expected part of life in many states across the U.S. and in lots of countries). At the end of the year, as mandated by law, students endure hours of testing to measure their progress. There’s a lot on the line — for teachers, for students, and for school districts. Much of […]. Assessment Teaching standardized testing strategies standardized testing tips state testing strategies state testing tips

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!”

5 ways to use Adobe Spark Page in your classroom

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Creating web pages used to be very time-consuming. If you didn’t know HTML then putting together a webpage was almost impossible. Luckily web design tools have come a long way and designing your own web story is now even easier with Adobe Spark Page. You can create eye-catching web pages with magazine style themes. Want […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog adobe spark creating web pages with students creative teaching edtech educational technology web design

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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.

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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10 awesome lesson planning tips from the #Ditchbook community

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Writing and organizing your lesson plans can be difficult. Our time is precious and we want our lesson plans to be a meaningful part of our teaching day. But sometimes it’s hard. Lesson planning can become just a check on our to-do list. So where do you come up with new ideas? And how can […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Teaching lesson planning lesson plans organizing teaching

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.

50+ awesome end-of-year ideas, activities and projects

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The end of the school year is upon us. It’s time to reflect on the growth we’ve made and showcase our learning. We get to pull out our favorite end-of-year projects and activities. It’s also the perfect time to try something brand new. If you are looking for: ways to keep motivation high as you review […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Assessment Student engagement assessment review end of year ideas end of year projects fun end of year activities review student engagement