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ArchiTECHs of Learning
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What do the Technology Coaches do?
Like most other districts across the country, the Dearborn Schools employs Technology Coaches to support teachers, students, and administrators. But what exactly do they do?
Giving Audio Feedback on Student Work + Tips
“Hundreds of studies of feedback have been published and reviews of these studies routinely conclude that feedback is the most important or nearly the most important variable affecting the amount and quality of student learning.”
Among my favorite things about educational technology is that it can help teachers give more effective feedback. One way to do that is using audio feedback.
Resources to Start the New Semester
As we get started with a new semester, here are a few resources and reminders to help you get started on the right foot.
Encountering AI in Student Writing
There’s a lot of buzz lately about AI in writing. How do we counter this phenomenon? What should we definitely not do? And can we actually work with it?
Before You Hit Send
Some additional thoughts on email if you’re an educator…
Email for Teachers
One of our most useful tools and, sometimes, one of our greatest sources of torment is email. When things go well, it can be our greatest ally in communicating effectively with students, parents, and colleagues. However, it can also be a source of tremendous stress if...
Intervention and Extension by Design
One of the many things the Tech Coaches are equipped to do is to collaborate with PLCs to address learning gaps identified by common assessments, and to design extensions for students who are proficient or beyond to allow them to continue to build their understanding. Our roles are designed to be part of the solution to the instructional problems PLCs identify…
What is the role of technology in our classrooms? This is a question we all have an answer to, whether well-informed or not…
What Does Good Technology Integration Look Like?
Here’s a look at what technology integration looks like in 2022 in some particular content areas.
Google Forms Quizzes | Locked Mode
Learn how to administer a Google Forms Quiz in a locked browser, along with everything you need to know to make sure your first try goes well.
Quick and Easy Tech-Integration Lessons for your Elementary Classroom
As we head into our second cardmarking, there’s no better time to begin introducing basic computer and digital citizenship skills to even our youngest learners. Fortunately, REMC Association of Michigan has us covered!
Student Emotional Health is Tied to Their Digital Citizenship
Contrary to some philosophies that would suggest that we completely remove technology from every sphere, those who are realistic understand that we need to help students understand that good digital citizenship is ultimately good for our health…
ArchiTECHs of Learning is BACK!
Is using social media an acceptable form of content delivery for educators? Bob and Amy discuss tech aversion post-pandemic, and the difference between “screen time” and educational learning experiences using technology, including social media. Also, the importance of cybersecurity and the ramifications of a cyberattack.
Your Students May Be Completely Fudging their Work
…beware of students submitting papers written with AI. It’s becoming increasingly easy for students to use AI to generate essays and other written assignments, and chances are good that at least some of your students are already doing it…
Technology is not a Supplement: What Students Should Actually Be Doing with Technology
Technology, when used well, can open doors upon doors of opportunities for learners. Students who learn to use technology well will outlearn and outperform students who can not use technology. As educators, we can help them open these doors. Or, we can stand idly by as we watch them enter a world we know full well is increasingly technological–yet have done nothing to help them survive in it because we thought technology was just a nice thing to have…
Tech Coach Tips | Sending personalized emails, good Jamboard use, avoiding phishing
This edition: how to merge data from a spreadsheet into personalized bulk emails, a good use of Jamboard so each student has a separate board, and a good way to thwart email phishing attempts.
Why We Need to be Serious About CyberSecurity: A Lesson from the LA Public Schools
What recently happened to the Los Angeles Public Schools is one reason we’re so serious about security.
A Comprehensive Tech Toolbox
A fabulous collection of almost every known technology tool organized for a wide variety of classroom uses. Regularly updated. (Bookmark it!)
Ready-to-Use Constitution Day Resources in Nearpod
Check out the ready-made Constitution Day activities in Nearpod!
Tech Coach Tips | Document History · Quick QR Codes · ‘S’ is for secure
Learn how to see an animated history of a document–yours or a student’s, create quick QR Codes in Google Chrome, and how to know when a site is encrypted.
Virtual Reality has been slowly entering the educational scene for several years. One of the most interesting uses of VR I have seen is in the ability to create “meta” spaces for learners on a platform such as…
Technology for Lifelong Learning
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.