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"Collaborative annotation can help connect students and teachers while they keep their distance to safeguard their health during the current crisis. Reading alongside and interacting with each other using Hypothesis is about as close to a seminar-style experience as...

Good News!

The recording from today's hangout on technology help is ready! Click on this link to view the recording: Click on this link for the chat transcript:...

Screencasting and iLearn Q & A Recordings are Now Available!

The recordings from yesterday's Google Hangouts for screencasting and the iLearn Q & A are now available to view. Click on the links below to see each video. There are also transcripts of the chats available, as well. The screencasting hangout can be viewed here:...

Tech Help Hangout Today!

Today’s Google Hangouts will be on general technology help. Bring your questions, suggestions, and what has been working (or not) for you! You can join a hangout by computer, tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook. You can also call in on your telephone and hear the audio...

Today’s Hangouts- Screencasting and iLearn Q & A

Happy Thursday! Today's Google Hangouts will be on screencasting using Screencastify and an iLearn Q & A. You can join a hangout by computer, tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook. You can also call in on your telephone and hear the audio only. The screencasting hangout...

NEW iLearn Hangout Link

For those of you in the iLearn hangout, here is the NEW link: Fingers crossed this one will work!

Let’s Hangout!

I will be hosting two Google Hangouts today in order to assist teachers with Google Classroom and iLearn. You can join by computer, tablet, smartphone, or Chromebook. You can also call in on your telephone and hear the audio only. The Google Classroom Hangout will...

iLearn Upgrades

For about the next hour, connectivity to iLearn will be intermittent, due to upgrades on the server. Thank you for your patience while we try to improve your iLearn...

iLearn and Google Classroom Quick Links

While we are working on a unique and personalized learning experience for our staff, if you are struggling or have a quick question about iLearn (Moodle) or Google Classroom, please visit the following sites. They are very helpful and thorough. Click on either image...

Help is Here!

For those of you frantically trying to pull things together online for your students, help is here! I am available via email, Google Hangouts, or telephone. If you'd like to reach me by phone, please call my Google Voice number at 313-246-2770. I will do my very best...

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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...

Start the Year Off with Mahara Portfolios

Are you ready to start the year off with student portfolios? Check out the Mahara Workflow below! Each step contains a how-to video, suitable for teachers and students alike, designed to help students create dynamic and creative portfolios that showcase their best...

Welcome Back!

Good afternoon and welcome back!  As many of you already know, due to the unfortunate budget cuts and realigning of the staff, the Tech Coaches have been reduced to one. As the sole Tech Coach, I will do my absolute best to provide as much support to teachers as...

iLearn (Moodle) Summer Cleaning

If you are a regular iLearn (Moodle) user, now is a good time to do a little tidying up of your course(s). Now that school is out of session and grades have already been recorded, we recommend you "Reset" your course. Resetting your course may sound alarming, but this...

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.


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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