Meet the New Tech Coach Intern

Meet Ashley Apostol, Tech Coach Intern.

Saturdays with Moodle-Update

In my 23 years of teaching, nothing much surprises me. I feel like there isn't something that is done, said, or asked that I couldn't have predicted. Until now. We opened registration for our Saturdays with Moodle training series on December 19th, around 11:30 am. By...

Saturdays with Moodle Series

The Dearborn Public Schools Technology Department is excited to announce a professional development opportunity for teachers: the Saturdays with Moodle series!

Are YOU My Next TIP?

Are you looking for something more for your students? Are you interested in changing up your teaching style without a ton of extra work? Do you want someone to help you do all this?

New PBL Projects Posted!

Hi Techies! Head on over to the Dearborn PBL Project page to see some new PBL projects that were developed by the Fall 2019 PBL Cohort. Simply click on the Sample Projects tab at the top and search by grade...

Keeping Track of Reading Progress with iLearn and Read Seed

Keeping track of your students’ reading progress can seem like a full-time job on its own, but for teachers using Read Seed with their iLearn courses there are a few shortcuts that can make things a whole lot easier…

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!

Check out our latest blog posts

iLearn is Powerful: A Stellar Review

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.

A Conversation with Ms. Chelsea Manning, Stout Social Studies Teacher

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.

Have a listen:

Tech Tip Tuesday: Copyright Infringement

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...

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.

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.


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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