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No, literally. It’s a review about stars. And Nuclear energy. In the midst of the black hole of late-May learner attention spans.
This is just one of the many ways teachers are using iLearn (Moodle) to create learning opportunities and make learning more effective and efficient for students with the use of technology.
Over the last couple years, Amy and I have been engaged in close working relationships with teachers across the district as we seek to partner with them to help infuse technology into the learning environments they facilitate. We call these collaborative efforts Technology Integration Partnerships (TIPs). I recently followed up with one of the phenomenal teachers I’ve worked with over the last year or so, Ms. Chelsea Manning, 8th grade social studies teacher at Stout Middle School. We spent a little time reflecting on our experience working through a unit this spring.
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The Dreaded Email As a Tech Coach, one of the most dreaded emails that always sends a slight wave of panic through me begins with the subject line: DMCA Violation Notice. In a nutshell, someone, somewhere has violated copyright on their blog, and the post must be...
What students should be doing at the end of our classes is making the case that they are proficient in the standards they were required to be proficient in by the end of our classes. And they should be supporting their case with evidence. [Read time: 2 min]
The Highly-Versatile, Differentiable, Embedded Assessment-Capable, Student-Paced Moodle Lesson Module
[Read time: 2 min] Lessons using the Moodle Lesson module can range from a very simple, linear progression of pages, to a more complex, branched pathway in which students can opt for different pathways, like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books of yore. Lessons are self-paced and student-driven. Pages can deliver content (textual, audio, video, or a combination), or they can present students with a question that must be answered. Furthermore, students can be directed to specific pages (such as back to the previous page to look for the answer in the case of an incorrect response) based on the answer given. And, they’re easy to create.
Did you know that you can adjust the speed of how quickly you watch YouTube videos? You can speed up or slow down a video, depending on your preference. Check out how...
Have you ever been working away diligently only to accidentally close a tab you didn't mean to close? Ever been circulating the room and notice someone feverishly closing tabs as you are heading their way? There is a keyboard shortcut that will help you recover the...
Have you ever typed up an email and pushed the Send button, only to realize you really weren't ready to send it? Did you know that you can undo a sent email in Gmail? Let us show you how. . . In your settings, there is an "Undo send" feature. You can set the amount...
As we’ve posed many times before, the Workshop is one of the best ways to allow students to peer assess with some accountability. Now, Ms. Cheryl Airgood, American Sign Language teacher at Dearborn High, has taken the Workshop to a new level with video. [Read time: 1 min]
There’s occasionally a need to view two different windows simultaneously on your computer. Whether it’s for the purpose of recording grades from Google Classroom into MiStar or taking notes on a Google Doc while watching a video on YouTube, you may have already struggled with manually orienting the windows to fit side-by-side. [Read time: 30 seconds]
One thing that is contributing to the sense of despair students feel in the midst of all the testing is the fact that they are on to us: they know that most of the testing they’re doing just allows us to gather data on them without having much immediate impact on their lives. [Read time: 1.5 min]
Supporting students in their acquisition of new vocabulary is one of the most critical components of our teaching. Teachers who use Moodle (iLearn) have an advantage in this sense. Creating a glossary and setting it to auto-link vocabulary allows a teacher to enter...
What is Screencasting? Many of you are aware of a free screencasting tool available to you and your students, called Screencastify. If you aren't, Screencastify is a user-friendly tool to record your computer screen and allows you to record voiceover as well....
Oftentimes, teachers ask if they can lock the background on a Google Slide. Fortunately, not only is the answer yes, but there are a few different options for locking things down in Google Slides. One option is to set the background of the slide to the image you want...
Google Docs’ Version History feature can empower students to engage in rich conversation about their writing [Read time: 2 minutes]
Assessments, just like anything else that happens in our classrooms, are learning experiences. But the way we administer them may cause students to learn false information. [Read time: 2 min]
The key to meaningful technology integration in our classrooms [Read time: 1 min, 36 sec]
There’s a great and relatively simple way for students to create interactive digital timelines using a Google Sheet template and a couple easy steps [Read time: 2 min]
This Monday, I was fortunate enough to be invited to Kelly Cibasek’s third grade classroom at DuVall Elementary, where her class and Liz Morrison’s class took part in an internet Skype interview with a real, live field biologist. Jean Pennycook is currently stationed in Cape Royds, Antarctica, where she studies Adelie penguins. She follows them through their daily lives in the frozen tundra, observing and recording their behaviors such as feeding, breeding and child-rearing.
What happens before and after a Moodle Workshop is just as valuable as what happens during.
We need to invest our time and energy, and that of our students in what is sustainable: in the tools that we can build over time and that will not be swept out from under our feet too easily. But we also need to help students develop habits that can withstand change in online tools, to establish ways of doing things that acknowledge that tomorrow could be entirely different, and to be able to do things in a variety of ways.
Early Childhood / Preschool
Use technology in beneficial ways with your child
Help, tips, and hints for using Google Apps for Education (G Suite)
Help students collect and curate artifacts of their work, set goals and develop plans.
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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.
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...
- Facilitate and inspire student learning and creativity.
- Design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments.
- Model digital age work and learning.
- Promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility.
- Engage in professional growth and leadership.
from Standards for Teachers.