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Helping you teach with less reliance on the textbook through technology, creativity and innovation. Hosted by Ditch That Textbook author Matt Miller.

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089: Firefly Classrooms with Troy Cockrum
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Did you ever spend time catching fireflies (or "lightning bugs") as a child? Author Troy Cockrum believes that learning should be more like that, where we capture our students' interests. He talks about the ideas he shares in his recent book.
Aug 16, 2018
088: A sticky note tech app smash!
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We usually use sticky notes in the physical world to gather and save ideas. But by smashing the Post-It app and Google Drawings together, your students can do some unique digital brainstorming. Kelli Lane, a tech integration specialist from Illinois, shares how.
Aug 15, 2018
087: The Quizizz you never knew ...
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Quizizz is a fun, student-centered study tool. Many teachers use it to help students review material they've studied. But other teachers are innovating and using Quizizz in very clever ways. Deepak Cheenath, co-founder of Quizizz, shares some ideas.
Aug 14, 2018
086: What the work world is begging us for
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Sarah Kearns has spent her entire career in the corporate world, now working as Director of Marketing for ViewSonic. Her perspective helps us see what the work world really wants from students and how we can help prepare them for it.
Aug 13, 2018
085: Ditch That Panel with Lance McClard
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Missouri administrator Lance McClard and I participated in a panel discussion at the ISTE Conference in Chicago. Lance shares some of his takeaways and his responses to questions, including: "What happens when everything blows up in your face?"
Aug 10, 2018
084: Real world connections with Sidekick
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What if your students could partner with organizations outside of school? If they could brainstorm solutions to big problems together? Sidekick Education is making that happen. Sarah Shaw shares how all sorts of classes are starting these projects.
Aug 09, 2018
083: Try the Connected Kahoot!
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Kahoot! games don't have to be limited to the students in your classroom. Steve Auslander (of Indiana, USA) and Steve Sherman (of Cape Town, South Africa) share how a video call can turn your traditional Kahoot! game into a "Connected Kahoot!" game.
Aug 08, 2018
082: Teaching for the long game
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Sometimes, the most important things we do in the classroom or school doesn't give us immediate results. We need to focus on the long game, according to Megan Hacholski and Michael Abramczyk.
Jul 20, 2018
081: The Martians in Your Classroom w/@rachaeledu
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The first person to set foot on Mars has likely been born, and there's a chance that she/he is in your classroom. What will that person need as a student, and how do we need to change as educators/schools to provide it? Rachael Mann, author of The Martians in Your Classroom, shares ideas from her book.
Jul 19, 2018
080: Let's do PD (or class!) at a destination!
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One of the coolest professional learning experiences I've seen was at a zoo. We did PD at a ZOO. I got to reflect with Kari Espin and Andi McNair of Region 12 ESC in Waco, Texas, about the experience and how classes/schools could do the same.
Jul 18, 2018
079: Create easy augmented reality in the classroom
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I found an amazing way to merge student art and creations with augmented reality at a recent visit to Region 12 educational service center in Waco, Texas. We talk about how it could be used in schools and the classroom.
Jul 17, 2018
077: Three FREE online conferences for teachers
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Now's the time to get FREE inspiration and ideas online! Check out three "digital summits" -- awesome speakers you can watch from the comfort of home on your time!
Jul 16, 2018
078: Concerns about "locked mode" in Google Forms quizzes
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Google recently announced that teachers could impose "locked mode" when giving students quizzes in Google Forms. This prevents students from switching to other tabs while taking a quiz. Lots of teachers certainly asked for this feature, and I can imagine why. But it feels like a move that moves us in the wrong direction heading into the future of education.
Jul 16, 2018
076: Co-teaching across the world from your classroom
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Mike Pennington learned early in his education career that instruction isn't limited to the teacher standing in the classroom. He shares how he co-taught with teachers beyond his state -- and how YOU can too!
Jul 12, 2018
075: Awesome animated GIFs with Jake Miller
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Animated GIFs are these fun, very useful moving images you see all over social media. But you can make your own -- so can your students -- and they can support teaching and learning! Jake Miller shares his expertise in this episode.
Jul 11, 2018
074: TONS of places to go virtually with students
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Looking for inspiration on using Skype, Google Hangouts and the like in the classroom? Ohio educator Ann Radefeld has plenty of experience and shares her ideas with us!
Jun 18, 2018
073: Video call guests: Just ask them!
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Todd Shriver teaches the "History of the 80s" elective class. There are no textbooks available for that class! He brings the luminaries of the 80s to his students. My takeaway from this episode: you never know who you can get until you ask!
Jun 15, 2018
072: How to make your OWN Google Expeditions
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Indiana educator Ryan Mitchell created an Expedition with his students of their town. He shares how they did it and tips to help it succeed.
Jun 14, 2018
071: 7 keys to providing stellar feedback
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How can we best help students to improve? The late Grant Wiggins provided a fantastic framework and suggested these 7 keys in a post on ASCD.
Jun 13, 2018
070: The benefits of student feedback
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Teachers can be hesitant to let students provide each other feedback. We can't control what they'll say and it takes effort to coach them to do it well. But student feedback is POWERFUL and we should consider all the potential benefits.
Jun 12, 2018
069: Optimal spacing between reviews
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How long is too long between review sessions of old material? How short is too short to be effective? Research has some guidance for us.
Jun 11, 2018
068: The power of #ISTE18 from home
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One of the best professional learning experiences you can get from home in the summer is #iste18 on Twitter. Learn how to tap into it!
Jun 08, 2018
067: Are you an over-consumer?
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Podcasts, blogs, social media, books ... They're all fantastic for ideas and inspiration. But still some point, it's time to do something.
Jun 07, 2018
065: Research says to ditch that rudeness
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It's easy to let ourselves slip, to express our frustration to students (and colleagues) in not so helpful ways. A study shows the negative effects of this and suggests some corrections to help. It's a great reminder.
Jun 01, 2018
064: Organizing and archiving Twitter with Wakelet
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Wakelet will let you save the web -- tweets, social media posts, links, images -- into curated lists. It's great for organizing and storing tweets for later.
May 31, 2018
063: How I make the videos in my online course
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Looking for a way to kick up your video creation game? Hear how I created the videos for my online course, Tech to Learn. (More info: http://DitchThatTextbook.com/part4)
May 24, 2018
062: The Create a World Project
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What can students do when they've learned about civilizations all over the world? How about create their OWN country in a world created by the class? Texas social studies teacher Ben Lewis caps off his year with this project. Even if you don't teach social studies, this is an inspiring project.
May 23, 2018
061: Several Seesaw tips from the teaching trenches
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Alexis Crutchfield, Katrina Yang and Brittany Bondy are believers in Seesaw, a platform for student digital portfolios and parent communications. Hear how these teachers use it in their classes at Sampson Elementary School in Cypress, Texas.
May 22, 2018
060: More power for your Genius Hour
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Genius Hour can put a spark in your class, giving students opportunities to pursue their passions. Fourth-grade teachers Kayla Swonke (Twitter: @kaylaswonke) and Lyndsey Kubos (Twitter: @lyndseykubos) share some ideas and lessons from implementing it in their classrooms.
May 21, 2018
059: What's your WHY, and has it changed?
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Our why focuses our lives. It's our reason for being. It's easy to lose sight of our why, and many times, our why changes over time. What's your why, and how has it changed over time? It's big questions like these that we tackle in this video: http://ditchthattextbook.com/part3
May 18, 2018
058: Google Forms Quizzes are getting smarter
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Google's machine learning is improving lots of its products. Now, it can help us create multiple-choice questions without brainstorming incorrect answers. See how these smarter Google Forms can make your life easier.
May 17, 2018
057: Creating engaging repetitions
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Repetitions help students make new concepts permanent. But mindless repetitions are a lot of action without great results. But creating engaging repetitions can make for sticky learning! Learn more about this in the video at http://DitchThatTextbook.com/part2.
May 16, 2018
056: The 50/30/20 model for learning
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How can we incorporate more passion-driven learning and more hands-on projects into our classes? I found this advice from Don Wettrick (@DonWettrick on Twitter). It's a framework for crafting our classes. It's an interesting take and one that could have HUGE benefits.
May 15, 2018
055: Avoiding tech overwhelm for students AND teachers
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When we let too many digital tools into the classroom, it can be overwhelming for students. And tech overwhelm is DEFINITELY an issue for teachers. Can we find ways to do new things with the tech students are already comfortable with?
May 14, 2018
054: You don't need the app to create the experience
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Our students have their favorite websites, apps and digital tools. We don't have to require them to use those apps/sites to get the same experience in class. Recreate the experience without the app! This is one idea from a free video series I'm doing in May. More details: DitchThatTextbook.com/series
May 11, 2018
053: GimKit: Like Kahoot with power-ups
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I've stumbled upon a new digital assessment/review tool that shows promise. It's like Kahoot with a store where students can buy power-ups to use in the game. It's called GimKit (gimkit.com). The free version is limited, but it's definitely worth checking out.
May 10, 2018
052: Perfection is the enemy of your goals
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It finally happened. I missed a day in my daily podcast. Actually, I missed two. So, according to Jon Acuff's book "Finish", today is the most important day in my podcast goals: the day AFTER perfect.
May 09, 2018
051: Now's the perfect time to reflect
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At the end of the school year, it's the perfect time to take stock of what's working and think about different ways of teaching in the future. I talked about this idea on Classroom 2.0 LIVE, a weekly web show at http://live.classroom20.com. Check this one out as well as future episodes!
May 04, 2018
050: Love TED Talks? Teach like them!
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TED Talks have inspired millions. How can they influence our classes? Rachael Mann of Teach Like TED talks about how we can empower student voice and help students express their ideas and their learning more effectively.
May 03, 2018
048: You are already teaching coding ...
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Some of the fundamentals of computer programming / coding, like if/then statements and logic, are likely already present in your class. By identifying them and changing how you talk about them, you may be able to highlight coding in class without changing much. Code Breaker author Brian Aspinall discusses that and more in this show.
May 02, 2018
049: What do our assessments reward?
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How can we create.assessments -- and assess student learning -- that truly demonstrates what they know? Brian Aspinall returns to the show to discuss.
May 02, 2018
047: Making the most of online learning
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When we switch our teaching from traditional means to the online world without making modifications, we miss out on the greatest parts of digital instruction. Michele Eaton shares how to make the most of it.
Apr 30, 2018
046: Escalate or de-escalate? Humanize or de-humanize?
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This quote by Haim Ginott had a HUGE impact on me as a young educator. It still speaks to me today. At the end of the school year, it's something we have to keep in mind. We have ENORMOUS power on the climate of our own classrooms.
Apr 27, 2018
045: 4 teaching skills I learned in the journalism world
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I (Matt) didn't major in education in college. It was journalism. I worked several journalism jobs before becoming a teacher. I wouldn't change it, though. Here are some great skills I learned from the journalism world that helped me as a teacher.
Apr 26, 2018
044: How to create Bitmojis for students
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Bitmojis are so fun! They're like cartoon versions of ourselves, and we can communicate via Bitmoji. Some are inappropriate, though, and the terms of use are 13+ years old. Here's a safe way to get Bitmojis in the hands of our students.
Apr 25, 2018
043: Hearing from EVERY student
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"If you're not hearing from every student in every classroom, you're doing it wrong." What do you think of this quote? Technology can help teachers hear from every student in ways we couldn't before.
Apr 24, 2018
042: About that ONE kid that's not paying attention ...
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It's happened to all of us. A lesson is going great and ONE kid is spacing out -- OR giving you the death stare. That student is all we can think about afterward. Remember that ONE disconnected student doesn't mean failure in teaching.
Apr 23, 2018
041: Use KQED Learn to learn and share with an audience
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Inquiry is a great way to help students own their learning and learn how to pursue their curiosity. KQED Learn is a platform that's set up for students to start exploring, discovering and sharing. It's free and it's ready for you to use immediately!
Apr 20, 2018
040: The power of lunch with students
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I was inspired by a story in the book "The Wild Card" by Hope and Wade King where a student had lunch with different groups of students for an entire month. How could that have a great impact on your relationships with students?
Apr 19, 2018
039: Battling naughty Kahoot! nicknames
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Do you struggle with students creating naughty nicknames in Kahoot! games? Kahoot! has created a new feature to eliminate the temptation of typing a naughty nickname. Check it out and see if it's a good fit for your class.
Apr 18, 2018
038: Internet access for any assessment?
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What would happen if we allowed "open internet access" during any assessment? I saw this question on Twitter from John Eick (@John_Eick) over the weekend and it had me thinking. What would happen?
Apr 17, 2018
037: 4 tips to live by on Twitter
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Social media can be our lifeblood of classroom ideas, inspiration and connections. Here are some suggestions for making the most out of Twitter / social media for educators.
Apr 16, 2018
036: My daughter Cassie reviews Poptropica!
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Poptropica is one of my sixth grade daughter Cassie's favorite games. She makes the case for using it to help kids learn.
Apr 13, 2018
035: On copy/paste cheating and "making" kids stop
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It's so easy to Google almost anything ... especially assignments. Can we "make" students stop? What's the solution?
Apr 12, 2018
034: Google Apps for Littles: Believe they can!
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Littles can use Google tools too! In this book by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler, they show you how!
Apr 11, 2018
033: What to do now that Padlet isn't totally free
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Padlet, a digital bulletin board-style collaboration tool, recently announced that it is no longer totally free. How should we deal with digital tools we have to pay for?
Apr 10, 2018
032: Student podcasts with @WeVideo and @Flipgrid
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Student voice is a hot topic in education right now. But how can you give students that microphone in an authentic, doable way? Andrew Fenstermaker and his fifth-grade students show you how! Twitter: @a_fenstermaker
Apr 09, 2018
031: Learning sketchnoting with #Sketch50
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Sketchnoting (or visual notetaking) is a very brain-friendly way of learning ... and it's TONS of fun! Hone your sketchnoting skills (and introduce it to your students) with #Sketch50! Check it out at sketch50.org or the #sketch50 hashtag on Twitter.
Apr 06, 2018
030: Using OK GO's phenomenal music videos in class
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The band OK GO has the coolest music videos! There's a lot of math and science behind these videos. They have recently created a fantastic resource for the classroom to help you inspire students academically with their music videos: OKGOsandbox.org.
Apr 05, 2018
029: Making FUN animated Google Classroom headers
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Students that use Google Classroom are greeted by header images every time they log in. Create your own custom Google Classroom header image. To give it some added flair, use animated GIF images to make it move! Hat-tip to Paul West (@pdubyatech on Twitter).
Apr 04, 2018
028: Using brackets in class with Brackify
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March Madness and the men's college basketball tournament has people all over the United States buzzing with excitement. How can we use brackets to carry that excitement over into the classroom? Check out Brackify.com as a free digital tool to use.
Apr 03, 2018
027: The future of technology in education ...
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What's it going to look like? Really, it's anyone's guess how tech will influence education in the future. But an interview with Microsoft's CEO piqued my interest and got me thinking about it.
Apr 02, 2018
026: Bringing a hip hop program to middle school
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How can hip hop influence and inspire students at a middle school in Bronx, NY? The effects can be farther-reaching than you might think. Listen as a principal, musician and filmmaker combine to influence student lives. More info: casadocumentary.com.
Mar 29, 2018
025: Where to start with AR and VR in the classroom
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Augmented reality and virtual reality are becoming a reality for classrooms. Mike Drezek shares some cool ways teachers can start incorporating this cutting-edge technology in class for little to no money. (Mike's Twitter: @m_drez)
Mar 28, 2018
024: Student connections all over the world
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Mike Drezek connected students to India. Those students' worldview was widened. How can you make similar connections? It may be easier than you think. Mike shares some ideas. (Mike's Twitter: @m_drez)
Mar 27, 2018
023: Introduce your students to penguins and Antarctica
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Genny Kahlweiss's students sent a flag to a research station in Antarctica, where it was flown for three days. They video chatted with scientists and named penguins. How cool! How did she do it? She shares how YOU could do these things, too! (Genny's Twitter: @kahlweiss)
Mar 26, 2018
022: Fabulous @Flipgrid ideas!
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Flipgrid's short video response platform has taken the education world by storm. What are some of the coolest ways teachers are using it? Flipgrid's Joey Taralson and Adam Parker-Goldberg share some ideas!
Mar 23, 2018
021: A full-color yearbook with Google Slides?!?
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Can you really produce a whole yearbook with Google Slides? Jennifer Scott's school did, complete with full color and a fancy cover. The total cost: $10. Plus, she has resources so you can do it, too!
Mar 22, 2018
020: Sharing your brand with Ben and Josh
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Branding isn't about making money and being famous. It's about sharing your story and letting people know what you stand for. Ben Cogswell and Josh Harris share how students and schools can benefit from a little branding.
Mar 21, 2018
019: Alice Keeler and conversation in the math classroom
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Alice Keeler says there's something missing from math instruction. It's dialogue. Math is more than putting your head down and completing problems. She talks about what we can do to change that.
Mar 20, 2018
018: Dave Burgess and March Madness in the classroom
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March Madness is upon us, and America will be watching lots of college basketball. How can we use this in the classroom? Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a PIRATE, shares some ideas you can start using right away. (Dave's Twitter: @burgessdave)
Mar 19, 2018
017: The afternoon dip, and how it affects students
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There's a trough in our thinking abilities in the afternoon. It can have a profound effect: as much as having a couple alcoholic drinks. How can we position students to succeed -- in class and on standardized tests?
Mar 16, 2018
016: Our digital work doesn't have to be 8.5"x11"
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With online documents and slides, we often stick to the status quo for size. If certain work isn't going to be printed -- or displayed on a projector -- why do we keep it in traditional letter size? Here's a case for rethinking our digital working spaces.
Mar 15, 2018
015: The juice that makes @Flipgrid even better
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We spend so much time helping students with their writing skills. Giving them some guidance on speaking can have huge benefits. Here's a model for it, and it works GREAT with Flipgrid.
Mar 14, 2018
014: The fear of the blinking cursor
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Have you ever started a project and got stuck before you ever got started? There are some things we can do to help students overcome that obstacle and get started.
Mar 13, 2018
013: A small nudge toward growth mindset
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Many of us know of "growth mindset" as the idea of "yet" -- I can't do it *yet*. But there are other small adjustments we can make in the classroom to help students better develop growth mindset.
Mar 12, 2018
012: A fascinating read: How to Fix the Future
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How to Fix the Future is a book by Andrew Keen, a self-proclaimed Internet pessimist. He's written five books about how destructive technology has been to our lives, but this book is an optimistic one about how we can act more responsibly for a brighter digital future. It's a great fit if you use or talk about technology in your classroom and/or personal life. (I think that covers most of us ...)
Mar 09, 2018
011: How voice typing can free up your teaching life
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I believe in voice typing! Also called dictation, it's when you speak and your device converts it to text. It's SO much faster than typing with your fingers (or thumbs). Imagine what you could do if you got through your emails or other work just a little faster ...
Mar 08, 2018
010: Educators -- Do this, DON'T do that in social media
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Twitter is the BEST thing that happened to my teaching career. It really saved it. However, there's a balance to be maintained, and if we're careful, Twitter (and other social media) can consume our lives instead of help them.
Mar 07, 2018
009: Personally created GIFs can make your students' day!
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GIFs are super fun. They're those moving image files you see all over social media. There's this fun tool you can use to record your own animated GIFs with your webcam. Add them to student work for feedback, to a class website, to Google files ... almost anywhere!
Mar 06, 2018
008: Studying the way the brain craves
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So often, we encourage students to study by putting info into their brains by re-reading notes and chapters. But brain science tells us it's more effective if we study by pulling info FROM our brains. A great strategy for this is the digital brain dump.
Mar 05, 2018
007: Push this button for more learning
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There's a button we use in many digital learning tools to keep kids from cheating. But it can do more than that! Learn how it can be used to help kids learn too.
Mar 02, 2018
006: Why you need a class podcast -- and how to make one for FREE
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Podcasting is a growing medium. It let's you learn by listening -- consume content -- while doing something else. Students can share learning with an authentic audience by creating a free podcast. Learn how!
Mar 01, 2018
005: The power of student voice
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How can we encourage students to use their voice -- in learning, in positive ways, to make a change -- in class and throughout our lives?
Feb 28, 2018
004: Google Drawings: Tricks you didn't know!
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Google Drawings is a great tool to help teachers and students create eye catching images digitally. There are some cool tricks to it that you might not know. In this episode, we cover some of them. You won't want to miss it!
Feb 28, 2018
003: Using Story Speaker w/Google Home in class
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Story Speaker lets you create interactive "stories" or interactions with your Google Home. Learn how you can create them with NO CODING ... just a Google Doc and this add-on!
Feb 26, 2018
002: Padlet: New features, new possibilities
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Padlet, the web tool that lets you add digital sticky notes to a virtual bulletin board, has been around for a long time. But with new features -- take pictures, record video, and more -- there's more to love than ever. If you haven't checked it out recently, it's worth looking at!
Feb 23, 2018
001: Welcome to the Ditch That Textbook podcast!
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I'm so excited to start this podcast! My goal is to equip, inform and inspire educators five days a week. In this episode, I will tell you what to expect from this show and tell you a little about myself.
Feb 23, 2018