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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35 ways to get your classroom connected

Our classrooms can be as big as we want them to be. If we can get our students connected then the world becomes their classroom. […]

Lessons from 100 podcast episodes

After 100 episodes, I have learned a thing or two or three. Along the way, three things have stuck with me as I continue on […]

Google Slides icon boards for low-prep, visual thinking

I’m a huge fan of infographics. They let students create a great verbal/visual mix with the content they’ve learned. Plus, they’re lots of fun to […]

The ripple effect of a teacher: How far does it reach?

As teachers, we make microdecisions in our classrooms constantly. We’re always analyzing and trying to do what’s right for our students. In a short period […]

Mixtape your curriculum: Using Open Educational Resources to customize your teaching and their learning

I’m a proud, completely unapologetic, mullet-sporting, shoulder-pad wearing, Flashdance sweatshirt-owning, card-carrying member of the 1980s–and I have the mixtapes to prove it. (Although I no […]

Using Google Drawings to create blackout poetry in the classroom

Blackout poetry takes standard text (from a newspaper or magazine article … really any text you find). The artist then uses a marker and blacks […]

Blogging bootcamp: Top tools, tips, and resources for getting started

Blogging gives educators a way to share their voice. It allows us as professionals an opportunity to collaborate with others and write for our peers. Through […]

HyperDocs tips and making learning addictive

When learning is addictive, kids want to come back for more. But how do we create lessons that keep kids engaged and excited? In this week’s […]

10 ways to generate great lesson ideas

I’ll bet you’ve been there before. Seated at your desk. Staring at a blank page in your lesson plan book. Or looking at a blank […]

15+ must have resources for teaching digital citizenship

Our students are living their lives online. They can share everything and anything with the world with just a tap of a button. It seems like […]

#QRBreakIN: A game-changing approach to old-school centers

My 11th-grade English students loved escape room activities in class. But I was bugged by the fact that not every student ended up having access […]

Blended learning 101: Strategies, resources and tips for getting started

Blended learning provides a combination of in-person, face-to-face activities and digital learning. By leveraging the power of technology tools and resources, a blended learning classroom […]

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