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107: Keyboard shortcuts to save you time

9/21/2018
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Minute by minute, you can buy back time for what matters most with keyboard shortcuts. In this episode, I share some of my favorites that you can use to make yourself more efficient!

Duration:00:08:25

106: How does storytelling fit in your lesson?

9/20/2018
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There's a story in everything. Our brains are wired for story. How can we incorporate elements of storytelling into teaching and learning?

Duration:00:05:58

105: How to "mixtape" your curriculum, 80's style!

9/19/2018
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We used to use cassette tapes to record our favorite songs on "mixtapes" that we'd listen to over and over again. (At least I did.) Instructional coach Stephanie DeMichele suggests that we "mixtape" our instruction! She offers a framework for doing it, too.

Duration:00:05:21

104: Repetition suppression: The case for novelty

9/18/2018
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Drive the same route to school for a while and you'll do it on autopilot. Why? It's easier on your brain that way. It can ignore what it's doing. That's "repetition suppression": you ignore what you do repeatedly. This isn't a good thing in the classroom. We don't want students to ignore. This makes the case for novelty!

Duration:00:05:32

103: FREE Ditch Summit presentations. Hurry!

9/17/2018
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Until Sept. 21, 2018, eight FANTASTIC video presentations are available at DitchSummit.com! You'll get practical ideas and inspiration from all of the presenters. But don't worry if you miss it. There's a Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit every December. Head to DitchSummit.com to sign up for updates so you don't miss it!

Duration:00:05:13

102: The power of the pause

9/14/2018
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When we're teaching or presenting, we get in a state of speaking flow. The ideas are coming and we're spitting them out. But many times, we're moving faster than our listeners can process. A pause is a breath of fresh air and some mental processing time. It's powerful!

Duration:00:05:53

101: Some focus in the middle of digital distractions

9/13/2018
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Students get bombarded by media and messaging all day long. Cell phones. Social media. Videos. And the communication that comes through all of them. How can they maintain a balance and live their best lives? Michigan educator Paul Murray has some suggestions.

Duration:00:08:31

100: Lessons from 100 podcast episodes

9/12/2018
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Wow, 100 episodes! It's been a fun learning experience for me, and I hope it has been for you. I do a little reflection on the creation of this podcast and share three things I've learned from having created it. THANK YOU for being a listener and being on this journey with me. Here's to 100 more episodes -- and more!

Duration:00:06:46

099: Google Classroom: Differentiate like a NINJA

9/11/2018
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Google Classroom lets teachers customize their students' learning experiences. But what are the best ways to do that? Michigan teacher Jacqueline Pora (@lasenorapora) shares several clever Google Classroom differentiation ideas that she uses in her class!

Duration:00:10:28

098: Solid gold lesson planning ideas

9/10/2018
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Good teaching practices should be at the heart of what we do, and it's definitely at the heart of the HyperDocs framework. Sean Fahey (@SEANJFAHEY) and Karly Moura (@KarlyMoura) took that powerful framework and shared examples of how it could be spread to many areas of instruction with digital tools. Check it out!

Duration:00:08:02

097: Make learning ADDICTIVE with Brian Romero Smith Sr

9/7/2018
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When learning is addictive, kids want to come back for more, says Brian Romero Smith Sr. (@brianrsmithsr). But how do we create that addictive learning environment? It all comes down to a few things, Brian says, and he shares them in this episode.

Duration:00:07:12

096: Tips to make your HyperDocs rock with Sean Fahey

9/6/2018
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Have you caught on to the HyperDocs craze? Sean Fahey (@SEANJFAHEY) has made lots of HyperDocs in his own classroom. He shares tips to help your HyperDocs succeed in your own classroom!

Duration:00:06:45

095: Flipgrid + scavenger hunt = Fliphunt!

8/24/2018
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it's a Flipgrid scavenger hunt! Kathi Kersznowski (@kerszi) tells us all about her newest creation and how we can bring it in the classroom.

Duration:00:05:50

094: Learning in the pause with Shaelynn Farnsworth

8/23/2018
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One of our most powerful tools as teachers is silence. It can reclaim students' attention. It can give students space to think. Sometimes, we just don't think of it -- or don't realize its potential. Iowa educator Shaelynn Farnsworth (@shfarnsworth) and I discuss.

Duration:00:06:04

093: Big changes for student voice with Flipgrid

8/22/2018
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Flipgrid, the video response tool, is now totally free for anyone. And recently, lots of new features became available. In this episode, we'll outline some of them so you'll be ready to start using them this school year!

Duration:00:06:45

092: Google Classroom changes, 2018 version

8/21/2018
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It's August, which means exciting changes to many of the tools we use in the classroom. Google Classroom has a facelift and some new features. We dive into several of them in this episode.

Duration:00:05:34

091: #EducatorGoals with Keven Rinaman

8/20/2018
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If you're starting a new school year (or have already started one), goals may be top of mind right now. Keven Rinaman talks about goal-setting strategies and how to have a successful year with them.

Duration:00:09:58

090: Ditch Those Exams with Stephanie DeMichele

8/17/2018
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Are traditional exams -- especially standard multiple-choice ones -- serving our students? Can we do better? Stephanie DeMichele, an instructional coach from Ohio, and I presented on this concept at a conference recently and share some ideas from it.

Duration:00:11:36

089: Firefly Classrooms with Troy Cockrum

8/16/2018
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Did you ever spend time catching fireflies (or "lightning bugs") as a child? Author Troy Cockrum believes that learning should be more like that, where we capture our students' interests. He talks about the ideas he shares in his recent book.

Duration:00:10:22

088: A sticky note tech app smash!

8/15/2018
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We usually use sticky notes in the physical world to gather and save ideas. But by smashing the Post-It app and Google Drawings together, your students can do some unique digital brainstorming. Kelli Lane, a tech integration specialist from Illinois, shares how.

Duration:00:04:44