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What We’ve Learned About Linking Schoology Sections

Whatever you do, DON’T unlink your sections after you’ve linked them. And if you do, do so before you start adding materials. Here’s an overview of what we’ve learned so far…

Student-Created Infographics Using Google Drawings

One way students can show their knowledge of a topic is by creating an infographic. Infographics, by nature, require students to summarize their learning and choose only the most important information to present visually and textually. When constructing infographics, students are making models of the world around them while functioning at the top of Bloom’s pyramid.

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 3- Voice and Choice. . . and those Oregon Trail Kids

Hot off the presses! Bob and Amy discuss the importance of voice and choice in the classroom, and give some ideas of how to implement this important strategy in the digital world. Also, when it comes to projects- We weigh in on the three types of kids in your class, the Autobahn kids, the Yellow Brick Road kids, and the Oregon Trail kids. Don’t get caught with a snakebite! Listen today!

Having Trouble Opening Links to Other Sites in Schoology?

Teachers are running into an issue where they want students to open up third party apps and sites in Schoology, but it’s not working. If you are experiencing this issue, try these suggestions.

Important Information on Saving your Zoom Recordings

When you record your meetings to the cloud in Zoom, it’s important to save them elsewhere. We do have a large amount of storage on Zoom, however we have already exceeded it. To avoid having your recordings deleted, we suggest you save them elsewhere.

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 2- Ditch That Felt-Tip Marker

We are so excited to announce that episode 2 of our ArchiTECHs of Learning podcast is up and available!

Connecting Assignments from Other Sites in Schoology

The question has come up about connecting assignments from other sites, like Great Minds, iLearn (Moodle), and Seesaw, into Schoology. You definitely can do this.

How Can Students View Feedback on Schoology Rubrics?

As you may be aware, teachers can give students feedback via rubrics in several spots in Schoology, including on Assignments, Discussions, and essay questions within Assessments. And, in addition to giving feedback via the rubric descriptors, themselves, you may also...

It’s Happening!!!

Well, our big surprise is REVEALED! After months of ideas, discussions, and planning, we are pleased to introduce our newest project~ ArchiTECHs of Learning!

You Better Watch Out. . .

You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m tellin’ you why
NO I’M NOT!

Student-Created Infographics Using Google Drawings

Student-Created Infographics Using Google Drawings

One way students can show their knowledge of a topic is by creating an infographic. Infographics, by nature, require students to summarize their learning and choose only the most important information to present visually and textually. When constructing infographics, students are making models of the world around them while functioning at the top of Bloom’s pyramid.

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 3- Voice and Choice. . . and those Oregon Trail Kids

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 3- Voice and Choice. . . and those Oregon Trail Kids

Hot off the presses! Bob and Amy discuss the importance of voice and choice in the classroom, and give some ideas of how to implement this important strategy in the digital world. Also, when it comes to projects- We weigh in on the three types of kids in your class, the Autobahn kids, the Yellow Brick Road kids, and the Oregon Trail kids. Don’t get caught with a snakebite! Listen today!

EduProtocols

EduProtocols

One thing that may be helpful for teachers in an entirely digital environment is to have a framework off of which to build lessons. A group of teachers and edTech folks have put together several of these and called them #EduProtocols. These can be used for things like...

Resources You Can Share with Parents

Resources You Can Share with Parents

The following are some resources parents may need to help their students to be successful and to navigate the tools we have available. As we approach parent-teacher conferences, you may wish to share some of these with parents. Most of these resources have been...

A Quick, FREE, Formative Assessment Tool You Can Use!

A Quick, FREE, Formative Assessment Tool You Can Use!

As we know, formative assessments are a great way to drive instruction. Using immediate, on-the-fly checks for understanding can steer a lesson in a matter of seconds, and also help teachers form differentiated groups quickly and efficiently. When we were in the “classroom”, a whiteboard was the perfect tool for this purpose. Now that we’re online, you can still use them.

Creating, Using, and Managing Rubrics

Creating, Using, and Managing Rubrics

A rubric is one of the most valuable tools for teachers when it comes to formative assessment. A good rubric allows teachers to... communicate expectationsset boundaries for student workgive standardized feedback The rubric creation process is also a valuable PLC...

Grading by Marking Period in Schoology

Grading by Marking Period in Schoology

Now that we are in our second marking period, teachers are looking for a way to show only assignments and grades for the current marking period in the gradebook. This is a fairly simple process, fortunately!

Now What?

Now What?

Certainly, even if we’re only learning how to use these tools to get us through the pandemic, it is not in vain–our learning is still worth it for the sake of kids. But we can begin to focus immediately on how we can use this (and future technological developments) to transform the ways we teach and the ways students learn.

Missing Something?

Missing Something?

We are getting a lot of panicked messages from teachers who cannot find their Schoology courses. If you fall into this category, try this first.

This Week’s Tech Coaches’ Corner

This Week’s Tech Coaches’ Corner

Please join us for this week's Tech Coaches' Corner. On Wednesday, Bob will be talking about setting up grading groups in Schoology. His session will begin at 3:15. On Thursday, Amy will be talking about setting up breakout rooms in Zoom. Her session will begin at...

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Technology for Lifelong Learning

As technology increases exponentially, learners in the 21st century have the opportunity to go far beyond the boundaries of the traditional classroom.  The available technology provided by the Dearborn Schools allows students to interact in the digital community, collaborate with peers, and engage with the world from their seats in our classrooms.  The possibilities for learning know no boundaries online.  Learn how to help students become lifelong learners in the digital community.

Our Goal

The goal of instructional technology coaches is to help teachers become effective at using technology to provide the most technology-rich, positive learning environments possible.  To this end, we believe effective teachers…

  1. Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
  2. Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments.
  3. Model digital age work and learning.
  4. Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
  5. Engage in professional growth and leadership.

from Standards for Teachers.

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