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!

Constitution Day Activities for Elementary Students

Are you looking for some engaging resources for your students that will help them better understand our Constitution? Look no more!

Getting Started with Chromebooks for our Young Learners

For our students who may be new to Chromebooks, learning how to use them should be quick and simple.

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.

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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…

Tech Tip Tuesday: An Alternative to Tri-folds

Students love to unleash their creativity by creating elaborate tri-fold boards or brochures.  Can we give students another option?  How about using Google Drawings to create interactive poster boards? By using Google Drawings, students can create colorful multi-media...

Tech Tip Tuesday: The Onscreen Keyboard

Chromebooks have many accessibility options, but the one most frequently seen is the onscreen keyboard.  The onscreen keyboard may take the place of the physical keyboard, if necessary.  To turn the onscreen keyboard on or off, click on the settings in the bottom...


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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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