When Engagement Becomes More than Entertainment

As a Tech Coach, I often hear people say that technology is used to "get students engaged." Oftentimes, the term "engagement" is used synonymously with the word "entertained." While this is partially true, student engagement goes far beyond just entertainment and...

How Can the Tech Coaches Help?

If you are reading this, you probably know that we are the district Tech Coaches, and that we are available to collaborate with you on best practices in technology integration. However, you may not know exactly what we do, or can do.

New ArchiTECHs of Learning Podcast Now Available!

The Tech Coaches are proud to announce that our first podcast of this school year, Ready or Not, Here They Come!, is now available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher and Google Podcast! Join us as we discuss what learning in a (sorta) post-pandemic world looks like, and how...

Practical Ways to Implement Voice and Choice in the Classroom

One of the hallmarks of a student-centered classroom is student agency. Effective learning happens in a meaningful and relevant context, in which students have voice and choice in the learning process. This often seems like a lofty, unrealistic goal…

Tech Coach Appointments Available!

This is just a reminder that Tech Coach appointments are now available. The Tech Coaches are happy to meet with you, whether in person or online, and help you with technology integration in your classroom.

#TechCoachTip | Create a QR code for any site you open in Chrome

You can now quickly and easily generate a QR code for any site you have open in Chrome. Here’s how…

Welcome Back Digital Activities (and A Plug for PLNs)

Looking for ideas for digital activities that students can do using their Chromebooks in the first week of school?

Chromebook Essentials

As you are now well aware, Chromebooks have become one of the essential school supplies for students of all ages. However, many students are still not using them to their greatest potential. Here are a few tips and tricks that every student should know to get the most...

Schoology Year-End Housekeeping

We’ve reached the finish line. So what do we do with our course materials?

What Our Perceptions of Technology Indicate About Us

Technology doesn’t limit learning. Our own imagination and proficiency limit technology.

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How Can the Tech Coaches Help?

How Can the Tech Coaches Help?

If you are reading this, you probably know that we are the district Tech Coaches, and that we are available to collaborate with you on best practices in technology integration. However, you may not know exactly what we do, or can do.

Chromebook Essentials

Chromebook Essentials

As you are now well aware, Chromebooks have become one of the essential school supplies for students of all ages. However, many students are still not using them to their greatest potential. Here are a few tips and tricks that every student should know to get the most...

The Auto-Graded Essay

The Auto-Graded Essay

One of the most challenging things to automate has been providing timely and valuable feedback on free-response questions. There are still not entirely great options for doing this, but one solution I have found over the last several years has gotten me a little further along the path to my goal of automating everything that can be automated…

Word of the Day: Competency

Word of the Day: Competency

[Read time: 1 min] In much the same way that we learned that all teachers are teachers of reading, we need to start to recognize that all teachers are also teachers of technological competency. We need to know what these competencies are. We need to model best practices within these contexts. And we need to be intentional about how we and students use technology in the classroom…[Read more]

EdTech Word of the Day: ISTE

EdTech Word of the Day: ISTE

There are some things related to technology that every teacher should at least be familiar with. I’ll be posting several of these throughout the remaining weeks of school.

I wanted to start today with one of the most important ones, which is obviously really an acronym: ISTE (pronounced “isty”), which stands for…

Q-Tip:  SEL Activities with Jamboard

Q-Tip: SEL Activities with Jamboard

There is a lot of hype around Jamboard, and understandably so! Check out these SEL activities you can do with your class using Jamboard! Using Jamboard for SEL activities, brought to you by TCEA Not sure how to use Jamboard? Check out this video tutorial.

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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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