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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Teach with Kahoot!: Go beyond review with the Blind Kahoot

Teachers all over the world use Kahoot! for formative assessment and to review content with students. And why wouldn’t they? Kahoot! (getkahoot.com) is a fun […]

Exploring ‘Explore’: How Google works for you and your students

I can only imagine the hours of time spent tinkering on Google Apps. Slide design. Looking up citation information. Fumbling with creating charts from data. […]

10 ways to make lessons more hands-on

I’ve seen it in my own life. I bought an old zero-turn radius lawn mower and learned how to drive it on the fly. I’ve […]

Google’s buried treasure: 18 hidden tricks and tools

Google is a behemoth. With all of its tools and apps and programs and initiatives, there’s no way to keep tabs on everything. As such, […]

You are in the miracle business — the best business to be in

The system is getting in the way. Sir Ken Robinson has counseled education leaders all over the world. He’s seen what works and what doesn’t. […]

How do you ditch “safe teaching” when prepping for THE test?

In a recent blog post, I suggested that what we consider “safe teaching” might be risky teaching after all. In this post, I talked about […]

Safe teaching is risky teaching

I remember lots of important moments from my time in all levels of school. Many of them are my times with friends, conversations at the […]

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. If you’re sending photocopies of them home in students’ backpacks, I’ll bet your success rate is less […]

We should rethink our definition of ‘wasting time’

On Sunday, I was cleaning the kitchen. On hands and knees scrubbing the floor, to be more specific. (Yep, I’m that guy, and that’s OK […]

12 ways to really make Genius Hour work in your class

Lots of schools and classrooms are making innovation a priority and changing how day-to-day school is done. Don Wettrick’s students take it to a whole […]

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Slow. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework […]

100 things I wish someone had told me about teaching

As a brand new teacher, I was trapped out on an island. Isolated. Stuck in a “silo,” so to speak. I had a lot to learn. […]

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