Ditch That Textbook

Ditch That Textbook is a blog that's all about teaching with less reliance on the textbook with an emphasis on educational technology and creative teaching.

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Posts by Ditch That Textbook

15 building blocks to a meaningful #ISTE17 (or any conference)

When you go to a conference — even for a single day — you’re investing hours of your life into the experience. And if that’s […]

12 great ways to grow as an educator this summer

Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in […]

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

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 […]

5 ways to get back to SOLID teaching and learning

After working with tons of schools and teachers around the United States and beyond, I’m noticing a trend. We love our technology — sometimes to […]

Touchscreen Chromebooks: the iPad killers in schools?

I have worked with all sorts of digital devices in my own classroom — desktop computers, laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, student cell phones and a variety […]

Teach them HOW at the end of the year

Now’s the time of year when the “what” takes center stage in many schools. Final exams — and the prep time that comes with them […]

100-year-old advice to shape our activities and lessons today

It’s amazing how wisely John Dewey could speak to educators today in an age without digital devices and the Internet. In Dewey’s day, individualization and differentiation […]

The Google Drawings Manifesto for Teachers

Google Drawings is the hidden gem in the core G Suite tools for education. Everyone is familiar with Google Docs, Google Slides and Google Sheets. […]

Remixing traditional lessons with tech: a framework you can use

Many times, teachers try to bring technology into the classroom by “teching up” their old lessons. They hope that they’ll get big, lasting change from […]

Raid the Supply Closet: 50+ creative remixes of standard class supplies

We know that poster board makes posters and that paper clips hold papers together. But what if they had hidden super powers? The things you […]

Deeper thinking with timeline projects

It’s easy to get stuck in a rut. As cyclical as education is, it’s almost impossible not to. We do the same activities year in […]

Writing papers and research reports the Google way

The traditional research paper has been around a long time. We all likely have a memory of sweating over one at the last minute. They’re […]

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