Ed Tech Tips with E. Mosier

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Recently, I wrote a post about how beneficial Twitter can be. It can especially lead you to reading suggestions, terrific messages and inspiring people, just by following them and tweeting to them. My biggest find and follow is Matt Miller (@jmattmiller), the author of the book Ditch That Textbook and a high school Spanish teacher in Indiana. This connection has been terrific, and one that I have the chance to chat with him daily about several different aspects of technology integration. But, this post is about what Matt is doing for YOU! It's the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit!

Ditch That Textbook

If you're unfamiliar with what this is all about, Ditch That Textbook is a book written that aims to make lessons more engaging for students. The acronym DITCH asks, is your lesson: Different, Innovative, Tech-Laden, Creative, and Hands-On? Matt offers some strategies for making that a possibility and really think outside the box when designing lessons. I highly recommend checking the book out if you're wanting to know more. (No, I'm not endorsed by Matt to mention that!)

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit

If you've ever attended a conference, you know the various takeaways you can have and the thought-provoking information you can implement into your teaching profession. But, that takes time away from your family, money, and of course, traveling. So, Matt has decided to give you the gift of a FREE event that's happening this Friday and lasting until December 24, with videos expiring on December 31. It's called the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit and it offers 9 days of videos (1 per day) featuring well-known people in the educational world. Sign up here if you're already sold!

A Preview of the Presenters

As mentioned, there are nine different presenters and a valuable message from each of them. The exceptional roster of presenters include:

  • Two Global Teacher Prize finalists
  • A New York Times best-selling author
  • State and national teachers of the year
  • Creators of some of your favorite teaching resources online

The full schedule is below, but the accolades each of these individuals carry is astonishing, plus have I mentioned that this entire thing is FREE?!

The Summit Schedule

So, what kinds of presentations can I expect at this Summit? Here's the full schedule:

1.Play a Mystery Skype game without doing a Skype call. (Mike Soskil — Dec. 16, 2016)

2. Do magnetic poetry activities in Google Drawings. (Kasey Bell — Dec. 17, 2016)

3. Let’s reframe how we look at homework. (Alice Keeler — Dec. 18, 2016)

4. Make an emotional attachment to content. (Dave Burgess — Dec. 19, 2016)

5. Use the Hyperdocs method of lesson design. (Hyperdocs Girls —Dec. 20, 2016)

6. Try new ideas you’re nervous about when other teachers are “wasting time” anyway. (John Spencer — Dec. 21, 2016)

7. Expose your students to diversity through video calls. (Skype Master Teachers — Dec. 22, 2016)

8. Empower students to “Give me five.” (Paul Solarz — Dec. 23, 2016)

9. Don’t get “paralysis by analysis.” (Noah Geisel — Dec. 24, 2016)

If you'd like to read a sneak peek of each of these presentations, Matt composed a blog post on Monday December 12 outlining them.

So, you in?

Perhaps the best part of this is that you aren't tied to a schedule. There's one presentation a day and it's delivered to you, so you can view it at your leisure. Plus, there'll be a PDF "takeaway sheet" that you can download each day to have a quick synopsis of the day's presenter. So, if you'd like to join the crew and take part in this fantastic event, sign up here. If you do end up signing up, please tweet to me @emosier3 and Matt @jmattmiller and let us know you've signed up. We'll both be happy to have some Davenport folks on the map of "attendees."

Join Us!

If you'd like more information on any of this or even how to participate in the weekly Ditch That Textbook Twitter chats (#ditchbook), please e-mail me, send me a tweet, or send the carrier pigeon now! This is a remarkable group of educators and this Summit is a showcase of Matt's commitment to helping teachers become the best possible teachers in their craft. I hope to "see" you at the Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit starting Friday December 16!

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