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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Use your school Google account to get 22 free Microsoft apps

Did you think Microsoft Office 365 was paid? Or your school Google account meant it was off limits? There's good news! Your school Google account […]

4 ways to power up your classroom this fall

Remember the joy you felt when you laid the last domino in a match, played the final card in the deck, and finally reached level […]

Create a TikTok-style experience with Google Slides

The TikTok video app is taking the world by storm. It has 500 million active users worldwide, and 41 percent of them are between 16 […]

How to create classroom templates in Google Docs and Slides

When I find a good template online, it makes me want to jump for joy. Templates save us time. They give us ideas and get […]

14 ways to turn your classroom into a game show

The music, the lights, the energy, the excitement of winning and the agony of defeat. Game shows are engaging and fun. It’s no wonder that […]

How to create a digital escape room for your class or PD

Escape rooms are a fun adventure where you solve puzzles to escape from the room. To add to the adventure, you usually have a time […]

Creating student blogs with Wakelet

Writing sucks. That’s the essence of what so many kids express during writing time in school. In my experience, many children who could spend hours […]

Better book reports: 10 techy alternatives

Books are amazing. They transport students to a different time and place. They boost vocabulary and improve achievement. Book reports, however, can be a drag. […]

How I used Project Based Learning to start a podcast

This past summer I had the opportunity to participate in a program called MERIT, which stands for Making Education Relevant through Innovative Teaching, in Los […]

Choice stories in Google Slides: How to + ideas for class

You come to the foot of a mountain and notice a cave. If you want to enter the cave, turn to page 56. If you […]

Should we use auto-graded multiple-choice quizzes?

Scantron was one of the early auto-grading innovations. It cut your grading time down significantly. (Of course, there were those little plastic templates you could […]

6 things that make auto-graded Google Forms quizzes better

Auto-graded quizzes have their pro’s and con’s. They cut back on teacher grading time and provide students with quick feedback. But they don’t show what […]

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