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Ditch That Textbook
Helping you teach with less reliance on the textbook through technology, creativity and innovation. Hosted by Ditch That Textbook author Matt Miller.


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004: Google Drawings: Tricks you didn't know!

A killer Google Drawings tip you might not know ...

004: Google Drawings: Tricks you didn't know!

020: Sharing your brand with Ben and Josh
Branding isn't about making money and being famous. It's about sharing your story and letting people know what you stand for. Ben Cogswell and Josh Harris share how students and schools can benefit from a little branding.
March 21, 2018
019: Alice Keeler and conversation in the math classroom
Alice Keeler says there's something missing from math instruction. It's dialogue. Math is more than putting your head down and completing problems. She talks about what we can do to change that.
March 20, 2018
018: Dave Burgess and March Madness in the classroom
March Madness is upon us, and America will be watching lots of college basketball. How can we use this in the classroom? Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a PIRATE, shares some ideas you can start using right away. (Dave's Twitter: @burgessdave)
March 19, 2018
017: The afternoon dip, and how it affects students
There's a trough in our thinking abilities in the afternoon. It can have a profound effect: as much as having a couple alcoholic drinks. How can we position students to succeed -- in class and on standardized tests?
March 16, 2018
016: Our digital work doesn't have to be 8.5"x11"
With online documents and slides, we often stick to the status quo for size. If certain work isn't going to be printed -- or displayed on a projector -- why do we keep it in traditional letter size? Here's a case for rethinking our digital working spaces.
March 15, 2018
015: The juice that makes @Flipgrid even better
We spend so much time helping students with their writing skills. Giving them some guidance on speaking can have huge benefits. Here's a model for it, and it works GREAT with Flipgrid.
March 14, 2018
014: The fear of the blinking cursor
Have you ever started a project and got stuck before you ever got started? There are some things we can do to help students overcome that obstacle and get started.
March 13, 2018
013: A small nudge toward growth mindset
Many of us know of "growth mindset" as the idea of "yet" -- I can't do it *yet*. But there are other small adjustments we can make in the classroom to help students better develop growth mindset.
March 12, 2018
012: A fascinating read: How to Fix the Future
How to Fix the Future is a book by Andrew Keen, a self-proclaimed Internet pessimist. He's written five books about how destructive technology has been to our lives, but this book is an optimistic one about how we can act more responsibly for a brighter digital future. It's a great fit if you use or talk about technology in your classroom and/or personal life. (I think that covers most of us ...)
March 9, 2018
011: How voice typing can free up your teaching life
I believe in voice typing! Also called dictation, it's when you speak and your device converts it to text. It's SO much faster than typing with your fingers (or thumbs). Imagine what you could do if you got through your emails or other work just a little faster ...
March 8, 2018
010: Educators -- Do this, DON'T do that in social media
Twitter is the BEST thing that happened to my teaching career. It really saved it. However, there's a balance to be maintained, and if we're careful, Twitter (and other social media) can consume our lives instead of help them.
March 7, 2018
009: Personally created GIFs can make your students' day!
GIFs are super fun. They're those moving image files you see all over social media. There's this fun tool you can use to record your own animated GIFs with your webcam. Add them to student work for feedback, to a class website, to Google files ... almost anywhere!
March 6, 2018
008: Studying the way the brain craves
So often, we encourage students to study by putting info into their brains by re-reading notes and chapters. But brain science tells us it's more effective if we study by pulling info FROM our brains. A great strategy for this is the digital brain dump.
March 5, 2018
007: Push this button for more learning
There's a button we use in many digital learning tools to keep kids from cheating. But it can do more than that! Learn how it can be used to help kids learn too.
March 2, 2018
006: Why you need a class podcast -- and how to make one for FREE
Podcasting is a growing medium. It let's you learn by listening -- consume content -- while doing something else. Students can share learning with an authentic audience by creating a free podcast. Learn how!
March 1, 2018
005: The power of student voice
How can we encourage students to use their voice -- in learning, in positive ways, to make a change -- in class and throughout our lives?
February 28, 2018
004: Google Drawings: Tricks you didn't know!
Google Drawings is a great tool to help teachers and students create eye catching images digitally. There are some cool tricks to it that you might not know. In this episode, we cover some of them. You won't want to miss it!
February 28, 2018
003: Using Story Speaker w/Google Home in class
Story Speaker lets you create interactive "stories" or interactions with your Google Home. Learn how you can create them with NO CODING ... just a Google Doc and this add-on!
February 26, 2018
002: Padlet: New features, new possibilities
Padlet, the web tool that lets you add digital sticky notes to a virtual bulletin board, has been around for a long time. But with new features -- take pictures, record video, and more -- there's more to love than ever. If you haven't checked it out recently, it's worth looking at!
February 23, 2018
001: Welcome to the Ditch That Textbook podcast!
I'm so excited to start this podcast! My goal is to equip, inform and inspire educators five days a week. In this episode, I will tell you what to expect from this show and tell you a little about myself.
February 23, 2018

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