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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Themes, teams, and side quests: A superhero’s guide to gamification

Gamification in education is not new, and thanks to Michael Matera and his book, Explore Like A Pirate, a thriving community has been formed that […]

101 Google lesson ideas in a FREE ebook!

G Suite (formerly Google Apps) is such a versatile set of tools to use in the classroom. You can type. You can design. You can […]

30 ways to make your lessons interactive

When we provide students with interactive lessons they are immersed in the content and take an active role in their learning. Interactive lessons stick. They increase engagement […]

5 ideas for creating an interACTIVE classroom

Students today are all too often being forced into a traditional model of schooling that is no longer relevant to them. So, how can we be […]

Sometimes, you have to walk in the rain

Today was an unseasonably warm yet gloomy, drizzly day in Indiana. If you were in a school today, you might have spent it indoors, away […]

Ditch those grades! 18 ways to go gradeless

Grades. As students, we get them. As teachers, we give them. In our education system learning is measured by a score which translates into a […]

Ditch that lesson planner with Google Slides

Every summer, I bought a planner in hopes that this would be the year that I would use it for the entire year. Just like […]

The “secret menu” for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings and more

I had heard a TON about In-N-Out Burger. Heard that the food was amazing. Heard that it was an experience I should try. While on […]

Meet Synth, a classroom audio tool to amplify student voice

As our world becomes increasingly tech-dependent, a fundamental question will be at the heart of everything we do … How do we preserve our humanity? […]

15 innovative lesson ideas for outside the box teaching

Innovation is another buzzword that we often hear used to describe the ideal lesson. As teachers, we work hard to create activities for our students that […]

The future-proof educator

The rise of computers and the Internet has changed the way we consume. From automated checkouts to online banking, every industry has been disrupted. Let’s […]

12 must have templates for teachers and students

Sometimes just getting started with a task is the hardest part. Where do you begin? How do you organize all of your ideas in a […]

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