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

The Myth of the Good Ol' Days We're going to lose. 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...
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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 allow 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 a...
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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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Demolition Crew

Teachers across our district work tirelessly to crush barriers to student learning. Armed with a desire to do whatever it takes, many rightly equip themselves with a tool set that includes technology in order to make themselves extremely effective at...
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Technicolor for Today & Ode to an Unused Book

Now here's a test I'd actually like to take. Recently, Dr. Olga Dub at Woodworth assessed her students on their understanding of the rock cycle. To do this, Dr. Dub created a Moodle quiz complete with quality images in full color, as well as a variety of question...
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Glue, Glitter, and Gold (Part 2)

As I mentioned in Part 1, we can spend a lot of time adding things on to our lessons that make them shine...at least for a while. It's often just glitter. Here today, gone tomorrow--along with all of the time we spent putting it together and learning how it 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.

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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...

Student-Centered Assessment in Moodle

Over the past couple weeks, Dearborn teachers Scott Apple, Marla Wiacek, and Julie Wooton have had their students using the Moodle (iLearn) Workshop module to submit writing and then self- and peer-assess that writing based on the rubric designed by the teacher. The...

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