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Mr. Matt Miller


Head Textbook Ditcher

Ditch That Textbook, United States


Matt Miller has been infusing technology and innovative teaching methods into his classroom for more than 10 years. After trying to do the traditional “teach by the textbook” for a few years, he launched into a textbook-less path where learning activities were often custom-produced for his students as well as infused with technology. He likes the results a lot, and his students do, too.


He has been recognized for excellence in teaching and technology integration. He is a Google Certified Teacher (one of less than 2,000 worldwide) and a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator. He was awarded the Golden Apple Award by WTHI-TV in Terre Haute, Ind., and was nominated for a Bammy Award for Secondary School Teacher of the Year in 2014.


Matt is the author of five books, including Ditch That Textbook, a book that encourages teachers to free their teaching and revolutionize their classrooms with mindsets, techniques and curriculum to serve today’s learners. He also created the Ditch That Textbook blog ( and regularly writes about educational technology and creative teaching. Thousands of educators subscribe to his blog, which has visitors from more than 100 countries.


Matt hasn’t always been in education, though. Before becoming a teacher, he was a newspaper reporter and wrote for several Indiana daily newspapers, including the Indianapolis Star. He made the switch when he realized that his true passion was helping other writers with their writing, not doing the reporting himself. He returned to school and had a teaching job in eight months. The rest is history.


He is a proud graduate of Indiana State University (go Sycamores!) and is living the dream — a wife, three kids, a mortgage and three dogs.

The Art and Science of
Memorable Teaching

Your beliefs about education shape your classroom. They affect your lessons and impact student motivation. A disastrous lesson changed Matt Miller's beliefs about his ability to reach each student, maximizing each one’s unique skills. It's likely to change yours, too. This keynote is full of stories to reach your heart and surprise twists to keep you on the edge of your seat. In this presentation, attendees will see how to gather and use data to inform instruction beyond classroom and standardized tests. They’ll learn how the power of collaboration can broaden horizons for their students. And they’ll see that taking some chances on new things to teach to their students’ unique needs isn’t as risky as they might think.

Using Technology to Create

“Just For Me” Learning

Creating learning opportunities that feel custom-created for students doesn’t have to be time-consuming. Let technology lighten your load -- and create meaningful, engaging learning! Presenter Matt Miller will share from Don’t Ditch That Tech, a book about digital differentiated instruction that he co-authored. It will equip you with ideas you can use in class right away. You’ll learn some strategies for custom-creating activities with the help of your learning management system. You’ll get new insights for providing students choice, including the progressive choice board. Plus, you’ll get more “use in class tomorrow” ideas!

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