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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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 […]

I’m going back to paper AND staying digital

As a teacher, I went all-in on being as digital as possible years ago. I made the “I’m going totally paperless” statement like so many […]

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 […]

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