Thanksgiving Fun for Elementary Students

Here’s a link to a fun Thanksgiving writing activity for elementary students.

Hypothesis- The Tool You Didn’t Know You Needed

Often times I am asked how teachers can have students annotate text on a webpage or PDF. And now, I have a definitive answer: Hypothesis.

What’s Going On?

See how one teacher is using Mahara portfolios to check in on her students during Daily 5 rotations.

Exciting News from the Tech Department!

The Tech Team does it again! Now students can log in to iLearn (Moodle) using Google!

A New Reading Practice and Progress Monitoring Tool for iLearn (Moodle)

We all know that progress monitoring is an essential tool for teaching. The information gathered from a running record is extremely valuable to drive our reading instruction. The problem is that it requires the one thing teachers are always short on-- time. That's...

Fun Writing Idea for Elementary Students

Here’s a fun and creative writing idea using Google Slides.

Smith 8th Graders Make Connections with Academic Vocabulary

Multimedia brings academic vocabulary to life with the Glossary module in iLearn. Learn how.

Beating Cheating in Online Assessment: The Remix

Sometimes information is so good, it needs to be shared multiple times. This article, originally written and posted by Bob Harrison in May of 2016, has been updated and remixed with some new information. Enjoy!

Standards Based Assessment

In case you haven't heard, I am back working with my own set of students on a regular basis, leaving Amy as the only full-time Tech Coach in our district. This has given me the opportunity to try out some of the things I've been supporting teachers in doing over the...

I Got a New Interactive Projector- Now What?

Need help with your new interactive projector? Check this out!

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Tech Tip Tuesday: Last Tab

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...

Tech Tip Tuesday: Undo Send in Gmail

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...

DuVall Students Visit Antarctica (Virtually, Of Course!)

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.

Reminder: Free May Not Always Be Free

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.


There’s a difference between students writing goals and students actually having goals. And what does technology have to do with setting goals anyway?

The first installment in unpacking the ISTE Standards for Students with practical ideas for teachers. Standard 1, Indicator 1a, Part 1.

The Devil is Not in the Technology

Technology is not inherently harmful. But it does have a way of amplifying our character traits. Think about how many emails you’ve sent that you wish you hadn’t. It’s also not inherently beneficial, either. One battle we have fought in education and continue to fight is the battle of “we’re using technology, so everything must be all good.” This is far from the truth. The goal with educational technology should not simply be to use more technology.

The “Find 3” Lesson Model

I’d like to propose a model for a technology-infused lesson that could be modified to fit any curriculum, any topic, almost any level. Over the past several years, among other things, I’ve tried to develop a tangible, realistic way for students to engage in inquiry, harness the power of technology and learn to do the things they will need to be able to do in the real world — and for teachers to spend their time being facilitators, guides, and coaches of their students. This is where I’m at so far…


How do I ...?

Get help on some of the most frequently-used tools.

Meet the Tech Coaches

Who we are, where we’re from, and what we do

Teacher Perspectives

Dearborn Teachers discuss their experiences with using the Moodle Workshop module in their instrution.

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Early Childhood / Preschool

Use technology in beneficial ways with your child
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Google Apps

Help, tips, and hints for using Google Apps for Education (G Suite)
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Help students collect and curate artifacts of their work, set goals and develop plans.
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Transform the way students learn in your classroom with iLearn
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Form a working partnership with parents and students by communicating effectively
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Everyone has a right to information. Learn how to make your materials accessible to all.
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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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