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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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026: Bringing a hip hop program to middle school

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026: Bringing a hip hop program to middle school

044: How to create Bitmojis for students
Bitmojis are so fun! They're like cartoon versions of ourselves, and we can communicate via Bitmoji. Some are inappropriate, though, and the terms of use are 13+ years old. Here's a safe way to get Bitmojis in the hands of our students.
April 25, 2018
043: Hearing from EVERY student
"If you're not hearing from every student in every classroom, you're doing it wrong." What do you think of this quote? Technology can help teachers hear from every student in ways we couldn't before.
April 24, 2018
042: About that ONE kid that's not paying attention ...
It's happened to all of us. A lesson is going great and ONE kid is spacing out -- OR giving you the death stare. That student is all we can think about afterward. Remember that ONE disconnected student doesn't mean failure in teaching.
April 23, 2018
045: 4 teaching skills I learned in the journalism world
I (Matt) didn't major in education in college. It was journalism. I worked several journalism jobs before becoming a teacher. I wouldn't change it, though. Here are some great skills I learned from the journalism world that helped me as a teacher.
April 26, 2018
041: Use KQED Learn to learn and share with an audience
Inquiry is a great way to help students own their learning and learn how to pursue their curiosity. KQED Learn is a platform that's set up for students to start exploring, discovering and sharing. It's free and it's ready for you to use immediately!
April 20, 2018
040: The power of lunch with students
I was inspired by a story in the book "The Wild Card" by Hope and Wade King where a student had lunch with different groups of students for an entire month. How could that have a great impact on your relationships with students?
April 19, 2018
039: Battling naughty Kahoot! nicknames
Do you struggle with students creating naughty nicknames in Kahoot! games? Kahoot! has created a new feature to eliminate the temptation of typing a naughty nickname. Check it out and see if it's a good fit for your class.
April 18, 2018
038: Internet access for any assessment?
What would happen if we allowed "open internet access" during any assessment? I saw this question on Twitter from John Eick (@John_Eick) over the weekend and it had me thinking. What would happen?
April 17, 2018
037: 4 tips to live by on Twitter
Social media can be our lifeblood of classroom ideas, inspiration and connections. Here are some suggestions for making the most out of Twitter / social media for educators.
April 16, 2018
036: My daughter Cassie reviews Poptropica!
Poptropica is one of my sixth grade daughter Cassie's favorite games. She makes the case for using it to help kids learn.
April 13, 2018
035: On copy/paste cheating and "making" kids stop
It's so easy to Google almost anything ... especially assignments. Can we "make" students stop? What's the solution?
April 12, 2018
034: Google Apps for Littles: Believe they can!
Littles can use Google tools too! In this book by Christine Pinto and Alice Keeler, they show you how!
April 11, 2018
033: What to do now that Padlet isn't totally free
Padlet, a digital bulletin board-style collaboration tool, recently announced that it is no longer totally free. How should we deal with digital tools we have to pay for?
April 10, 2018
032: Student podcasts with @WeVideo and @Flipgrid
Student voice is a hot topic in education right now. But how can you give students that microphone in an authentic, doable way? Andrew Fenstermaker and his fifth-grade students show you how! Twitter: @a_fenstermaker
April 9, 2018
031: Learning sketchnoting with #Sketch50
Sketchnoting (or visual notetaking) is a very brain-friendly way of learning ... and it's TONS of fun! Hone your sketchnoting skills (and introduce it to your students) with #Sketch50! Check it out at sketch50.org or the #sketch50 hashtag on Twitter.
April 6, 2018
030: Using OK GO's phenomenal music videos in class
The band OK GO has the coolest music videos! There's a lot of math and science behind these videos. They have recently created a fantastic resource for the classroom to help you inspire students academically with their music videos: OKGOsandbox.org.
April 5, 2018
029: Making FUN animated Google Classroom headers
Students that use Google Classroom are greeted by header images every time they log in. Create your own custom Google Classroom header image. To give it some added flair, use animated GIF images to make it move! Hat-tip to Paul West (@pdubyatech on Twitter).
April 4, 2018
028: Using brackets in class with Brackify
March Madness and the men's college basketball tournament has people all over the United States buzzing with excitement. How can we use brackets to carry that excitement over into the classroom? Check out Brackify.com as a free digital tool to use.
April 3, 2018
027: The future of technology in education ...
What's it going to look like? Really, it's anyone's guess how tech will influence education in the future. But an interview with Microsoft's CEO piqued my interest and got me thinking about it.
April 2, 2018
026: Bringing a hip hop program to middle school
How can hip hop influence and inspire students at a middle school in Bronx, NY? The effects can be farther-reaching than you might think. Listen as a principal, musician and filmmaker combine to influence student lives. More info: casadocumentary.com.
March 29, 2018
025: Where to start with AR and VR in the classroom
Augmented reality and virtual reality are becoming a reality for classrooms. Mike Drezek shares some cool ways teachers can start incorporating this cutting-edge technology in class for little to no money. (Mike's Twitter: @m_drez)
March 28, 2018
024: Student connections all over the world
Mike Drezek connected students to India. Those students' worldview was widened. How can you make similar connections? It may be easier than you think. Mike shares some ideas. (Mike's Twitter: @m_drez)
March 27, 2018
023: Introduce your students to penguins and Antarctica
Genny Kahlweiss's students sent a flag to a research station in Antarctica, where it was flown for three days. They video chatted with scientists and named penguins. How cool! How did she do it? She shares how YOU could do these things, too! (Genny's Twitter: @kahlweiss)
March 26, 2018
022: Fabulous @Flipgrid ideas!
Flipgrid's short video response platform has taken the education world by storm. What are some of the coolest ways teachers are using it? Flipgrid's Joey Taralson and Adam Parker-Goldberg share some ideas!
March 23, 2018
021: A full-color yearbook with Google Slides?!?
Can you really produce a whole yearbook with Google Slides? Jennifer Scott's school did, complete with full color and a fancy cover. The total cost: $10. Plus, she has resources so you can do it, too!
March 22, 2018
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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