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Bounded Autonomy: Giving Students Controlled Choice in their Learning

Professional Development and an Interview with Mitch Albom Bob and I have been fortunate to take part in some very good professional development opportunities lately, and one of them was offered by Michigan Virtual and MASSP, called Teaching for Today and Tomorrow....

Q-Tip: Microphone and Speaker Setup for Hybrid Learning

As we head into a hybrid experience with our students, we need to think about how our classrooms are configured. Because seemingly no two classrooms have the same set up across the district, we wanted to offer some basic advice for audio and video recordings. When...

The Student Experience: Multiply Everything by 6

As we continue thinking about how to structure our classes in moving to the hybrid model, one of the most important factors we need to consider is what the learning experience is like for our students.

As I mentioned in several of the PD sessions I have helped facilitate, we need to design with empathy. What is it like to be a student in this class the way I have structured it? And what is the student’s whole day like?

Tips to Make Your (and Everyone Else’s) Life Easier for Hybrid Learning

The following are some practical considerations for Hybrid Learning. Some of these may make the experience more simplified for your students, take away some of your stress, and make life easier for many involved. 1. Start small. It might be tempting to start off...

Hybrid Teaching 101

As we make the transition from remote learning to a more hybrid approach, there is a degree of uncertainty for every teacher. Much of this stems from our inability to really visualize what it will all look like once it gets going. One way to confront this uncertainty...

B.I.G. Tech PD- Rubrics

There are still available slots for the B.I.G. Tech PD session on rubrics this Monday, February 22nd at 4:15 p.m. This session is open to ALL levels. To sign up, visit the B.I.G. Technology PD for Teachers Schoology course!

QuickTip | How to make sure you’re signed into Google properly

One of the biggest issues with signing in to Schoology, Zoom, and other sites that use Google authentication is that many of these sites we use for school are licensed to allow ONLY Dearborn Schools users to access them. Therefore, if you are signed in with a personal...

Q Tip- Naming Conventions in Nearpod

Here is a Quick Tip from the Tech Coaches on how to prevent students from renaming themselves in Nearpod.

February Resources Elementary Teachers Can Use!

Looking for resources for Black History month, Valentine’s Day, or President’s Day? I’ve got a few for you!

Never Waste a Good Crisis: AoL Episode 4

The Tech Coaches are excited to announce that our fourth episode of ArchiTECHs of Learning is up and streaming! Tune in today!

The Student Experience: Multiply Everything by 6

The Student Experience: Multiply Everything by 6

As we continue thinking about how to structure our classes in moving to the hybrid model, one of the most important factors we need to consider is what the learning experience is like for our students.

As I mentioned in several of the PD sessions I have helped facilitate, we need to design with empathy. What is it like to be a student in this class the way I have structured it? And what is the student’s whole day like?

Hybrid Teaching 101

Hybrid Teaching 101

As we make the transition from remote learning to a more hybrid approach, there is a degree of uncertainty for every teacher. Much of this stems from our inability to really visualize what it will all look like once it gets going. One way to confront this uncertainty...

B.I.G. Tech PD- Rubrics

B.I.G. Tech PD- Rubrics

There are still available slots for the B.I.G. Tech PD session on rubrics this Monday, February 22nd at 4:15 p.m. This session is open to ALL levels. To sign up, visit the B.I.G. Technology PD for Teachers Schoology course!

Students need a passcode for Zoom?

Students need a passcode for Zoom?

Many thanks to the fabulous Sean Williams, network administrator, for the following tip... If your students are experiencing the need to enter a passcode to enter your Zoom sessions, make sure you have the "Embed passcode in invite link for one-click join" setting...

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!

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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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