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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...
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...
As we’ve posed many times before, the Workshop is one of the best ways to allow students to peer assess with some accountability. Now, Ms. Cheryl Airgood, American Sign Language teacher at Dearborn High, has taken the Workshop to a new level with video. [Read time: 1 min]
There’s occasionally a need to view two different windows simultaneously on your computer. Whether it’s for the purpose of recording grades from Google Classroom into MiStar or taking notes on a Google Doc while watching a video on YouTube, you may have already struggled with manually orienting the windows to fit side-by-side. [Read time: 30 seconds]
One thing that is contributing to the sense of despair students feel in the midst of all the testing is the fact that they are on to us: they know that most of the testing they’re doing just allows us to gather data on them without having much immediate impact on their lives. [Read time: 1.5 min]
Supporting students in their acquisition of new vocabulary is one of the most critical components of our teaching. Teachers who use Moodle (iLearn) have an advantage in this sense. Creating a glossary and setting it to auto-link vocabulary allows a teacher to enter...
What is Screencasting? Many of you are aware of a free screencasting tool available to you and your students, called Screencastify. If you aren't, Screencastify is a user-friendly tool to record your computer screen and allows you to record voiceover as well....
Oftentimes, teachers ask if they can lock the background on a Google Slide. Fortunately, not only is the answer yes, but there are a few different options for locking things down in Google Slides. One option is to set the background of the slide to the image you want...
Google Docs’ Version History feature can empower students to engage in rich conversation about their writing [Read time: 2 minutes]
Assessments, just like anything else that happens in our classrooms, are learning experiences. But the way we administer them may cause students to learn false information. [Read time: 2 min]
The key to meaningful technology integration in our classrooms [Read time: 1 min, 36 sec]
There’s a great and relatively simple way for students to create interactive digital timelines using a Google Sheet template and a couple easy steps [Read time: 2 min]
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.
What happens before and after a Moodle Workshop is just as valuable as what happens during.
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.
Did you know that it is possible for students to project their Chromebook screens onto the same board teachers use? Now students can use Google Cast for Education to share their work with the class right from their workspace. No more huddling around Chromebooks!...
More and more, teachers are asking about websites for students to listen to stories being read to them aloud. While you may be tempted to create your own videos of staff and students reading stories out loud and posting them on blogs, please be aware that in most...
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.
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.
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…
One of the things we are often asked is for a good way to convert PDF documents to Word or Google Docs. There are several resources available to do this, none of which really do a consistently good job of it. However, one was brought to my attention recently that actually works pretty well and is quite consistent…
Early Childhood / PreschoolUse technology in beneficial ways with your child
Google AppsHelp, tips, and hints for using Google Apps for Education (G Suite)
ePortfoliosHelp students collect and curate artifacts of their work, set goals and develop plans.
MoodleTransform the way students learn in your classroom with iLearn
Technology for Lifelong LearningAs 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 GoalThe 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.