I remember some days when I was a student much clearer than others. 

  • I clearly remember field day in elementary school, when everyone got outside and competed in games just for fun. 
  • I remember working on my media fair projects in middle school vividly. Together with a friend, we coded simple video games in BASIC programming language.
  • I remember the fun projects from my world history class and working on the yearbook in high school.

There are LOTS of days, however, that have escaped my memory forever. 

What’s the difference? How are some so deeply etched in my memory … and others fade into oblivion?

The difference is the EXPERIENCE. When learning is memorable, it sticks with us … sometimes forever.

I’m Matt Miller, and this is my passion. Students should get unforgettable learning experiences that they can look forward to. And teachers should be able to look forward to class with just as much excitement as the kids!

Is that even possible, especially in today’s ever-changing education world, especially with remote learning, hybrid classrooms, and the like?

Absolutely. And I believe that our classroom technology can help make learning a memorable experience. I feel that so strongly that I wrote a whole book about it — Tech Like a Pirate! It’s all about using tech we already have to create unforgettable learning experiences. Most times, it doesn’t even take much extra time, effort, or resources. It takes some imagination and some slight adjustments.

I’m excited to be a featured speaker at Spring CUE so I can talk about this passion — making learning fun! Here are the two sessions I’ll be delivering:

Learn Like a YouTuber — YouTube is the second biggest search engine in the world. There’s a VERY good chance your students spend significant time there. We can use popular YouTube videos as inspiration for memorable learning activities! In this session, I’ll share some of my favorite examples — and how you can come up with your own ideas.

FREE Copy/Assign Templates and How to Make Your Own — I love making engaging, memorable activities in Google Slides templates. Sometimes they mimic social media. Sometimes they’re interactive. Sometimes they involve students adding pictures of themselves! It’s easy to make these templates — and make a memorable experience! Plus, there are LOTS of them available for free. I’ll show you both!

Looking forward to seeing you at Virtual Spring CUE!

Join Matt on Friday, March 26th at 3pm PST for his session “Learn Like a YouTuber: Engaging Video Activities.” Register for Virtual Spring CUE today at cue.org/spring!

Matt Miller taught in public schools for more than 10 years, teaching all levels of high school Spanish. In his career, he planned nearly 12,000 class lessons. He taught more than half a million instructional minutes. And he graded work for nearly 2,000 days of class. His blog, “Ditch That Textbook”, and five books have equipped and inspired tens of thousands of educators in more than 100 countries. He lives in west-central Indiana and says that he’s living the dream – happily married with three kids, three dogs, and a mortgage.

About Kristin Oropeza
Kristin is a full-time special education teacher, contract consultant, and educational content writer. She is a Google Certified Teacher (Level 1 and 2), Google Certified Trainer, and MIE Expert for 2020-2021.