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Revamping a Webquest

…as students began working, we noticed that all they had to do is google the exact question and the search returned the work of students who had done the webquest before and had published their answers online. Were they cheating? I’m not so sure. After all, we were asking them to search for answers online–and that’s exactly what they did. Were they cheating themselves in the long run? That’s more likely. But not because they were finding answers…

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Bryant’s Online “My Learning Plan”: Year 2

Over the next couple weeks, students will begin creating pages on Mahara, Dearborn’s ePortfolio system. These MLP pages will include their NWEA scores, their academic goals for all of the core areas and extended core, and their personal goals. And each team of teachers is currently thinking of ways to help students showcase even more of who they are using these pages.

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Calling it Learning When it Isn’t

Simply putting technology in the hands of our students is not magically going to increase achievement. Neither is having them go through the motions of all the other strategies we try to employ. Just being “engaged” doesn’t mean a student is being enriched.

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Elementary iLearn Courses Available- A Year in Review

Using iLearn (Moodle) for critical thinking skills, oral language development, vocabulary building and more at the elementary level just became easier!  I have been busy creating some iLearn (Moodle) courses that elementary teachers can use immediately.  Below is a...
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Go [Digital] Eagles!

This year, I've been working with an amazing team of sixth grade ELA teachers at Bryant Middle School to make the transition to implementing My Learning Plan on a digital platform using Mahara. Previously, the team was introduced to Mahara and some of the...
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Good with Technology

Here's another one of my analogies for you:   Being "good with technology" : integrating technology :: being good at cursive : writing ability The fact of the matter is that most people in the professional world are "good with technology". It's pretty much a...
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The Path of Least Resistance Around Our Pedagogy

I used to tell people that 80% of my job was finding creative ways to prevent kids from cheating. That was a bit of an exaggeration, but that’s how it feels sometimes, doesn’t it? We want kids to internalize their learning. We want them to be good, conscientious pupils, just like we were. We want them to forgo all of the modern conveniences–cell phones, the internet, Google–and just learn it for themselves like we did.

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Cool Tech Tool: Google Docs Revision History Analytics

Many teachers who have used Google Docs with their students have taken advantage of the Revision History tool, which allows you to see specific changes made to the document by various editors. To get a better picture of how much members of a group are contributing to...
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Effective Peer Assessment that Transcends Technology

Over the past two years, several teachers in Dearborn have been integrating technology to help their students engage in effective peer- and self-assessment. Utilizing the Moodle Workshop module, students have assessed their own work and that of their peers with...
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The Best Curator in the Room

"To select, organize, and present, typically using professional or expert knowledge." That's Google's definition of the word curate--a 14th century term that comes from the Latin word curare, which means to care. And who really does? Well, teachers do. For centuries,...
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Teacher Perspectives

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


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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Transform the way students learn in your classroom with iLearn

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Everyone has a right to information. Learn how to make your materials accessible to all.

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Transforming Learning

We’re helping teachers use technology as an essential part of changing the way learning happens in their classrooms.

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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.

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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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Glue, Glitter, and Gold (Part 1)

I know you remember it. Drawing the cool design on the blank sheet of paper with a long, continuous, calculated squeeze of the Elmer's glue bottle. First, the outline. Next, the filling-in of open spaces with loops and stripes and every design you could think of....

Practice is Best Practice

As I have sat down with students who are not doing well in my class over the past 17 years, one recurring conversation has gone something like this: "Mr. Harrison, I'm studying for your tests, but I'm still not doing well on them. I don't know what else to do." I...

Tech Coaches’ Corner Dec. 7

Join us for our next Tech Coaches' Corner December 7th in room 13 at ASC (18700 Audette, Dearborn MI 48124). We will run two sessions, one at 3:00 and the other at 4:00 to accommodate both secondary and elementary teachers. During these sessions, we will Help you...


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