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

The Iceberg: Getting beneath the surface of #edtech fears (#DitchBook)

About 90 percent of an iceberg is underwater. Like an iceberg, what reluctant adopters say may only be 10 percent of what they’re feeling. For […]

Gearing Up for Hour of Code (GTT030)

Think of the most important languages students could learn to prepare them for the future. What makes your list? Chinese? Arabic? Spanish? (Deep down inside, […]

Five questions to ask before assigning homework

After co-authoring Ditch That Homework, I’ve participated in LOTS of meaningful discussions about the subject. And they haven’t all been about “homework is evil and […]

Ditch That Marking: 5+ ways to improve grading

I had a pile of assessments to mark (grade). I knew was going to take the best part of four hours to get done. I […]

Deep thinking with G Suite (GTT029)

It’s easy to replace what you were doing in the classroom before with a technological version of it. Some would use the SAMR model and […]

Creating moveable digital activities with Google Drawings + Slides

A teacher sent me a link to a video recently. I think it was probably from Teachers Pay Teachers, and she asked, “How do you […]

10 ways icons from The Noun Project can impact learning

Images are powerful and very brain friendly. The majority of people think in pictures — and some think exclusively in pictures.  At times, including photos, […]

Free photos, icons, magic and more with Google Slides add-ons

Imagine, for a second, that Google Slides is a Shop Vac. (You know, one of those short, wide wet/dry vacuum cleaners with a hose.) Go […]

Is creative work REALLY worth the time in the classroom?

It’s a fair question. I’ve heard similar questions to this at teaching conferences, in discussions and versions of it on social media. I’ve even thought […]

Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it […]

Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how

Christian talked about how the flood waters were up to his waist in his house. His classmate described how his dogs cowered under the bed during […]

5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. We’re already looking at the possibility of widespread smart houses, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence […]

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