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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20+ wide-ranging books to check out for educators

In many ways, we educators live in an exciting time to be in the classroom and work with students. Examples: We have lots of access […]

Super summer learning: Ideas and advice from the #Ditchbook community

Summer is the perfect opportunity to focus on ourselves both professionally and personally. Whether it’s through a conference, online course, reading, or catching up on […]

5 ideas for creating captivating experiences in class

Differentiated instruction. Great tech use. They’re both doable — and they can work in harmony! In this book that I co-authored with educators Nate and […]

Take a road trip with Google MyMaps

This post comes from accepting a challenge. I’m a regular listener of the Google Teacher Tribe podcast hosted by Matt Miller and Kasey Bell. After […]

Awesome Teacher Summer: 10 ways to grow in summer 2019

Before I became a teacher, I worked outside of education as a full-time newspaper journalist. Of the many differences between being a reporter and being […]

#EdPins: Putting learning on the map

We’ve all been there. Maybe it was when you were looking for a website login, an exact address or a coworker’s blog. At some point, […]

LessonCraft: A 5-step process to building solid lessons

Woodworking has been a hobby of mine since I was young. I got it from my dad, who got it from his dad. We’re a […]

30+ digital escape rooms (plus tips and tools for creating your own)

Digital escape rooms, also referred to as digital breakouts, are a great way to bring gameplay and problem solving to any lesson or unit. They […]

Ditch The Lists: Digital vocabulary instruction that works

Write and highlight the word, write the definition, give an example… YAWN! Vocabulary is critical to learning, yet it is often done in drill and […]

55 creative Chromebook projects to try at the end of the year

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 […]

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

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 […]

10 awesome lesson planning tips from the #Ditchbook community

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 […]

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