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It’s Happening!!!

Well, our big surprise is REVEALED! After months of ideas, discussions, and planning, we are pleased to introduce our newest project~ ArchiTECHs of Learning!

You Better Watch Out. . .

You better not cry
You better not pout
I’m tellin’ you why


One thing that may be helpful for teachers in an entirely digital environment is to have a framework off of which to build lessons. A group of teachers and edTech folks have put together several of these and called them #EduProtocols. These can be used for things like...

Resources You Can Share with Parents

The following are some resources parents may need to help their students to be successful and to navigate the tools we have available. As we approach parent-teacher conferences, you may wish to share some of these with parents. Most of these resources have been...

A Quick, FREE, Formative Assessment Tool You Can Use!

As we know, formative assessments are a great way to drive instruction. Using immediate, on-the-fly checks for understanding can steer a lesson in a matter of seconds, and also help teachers form differentiated groups quickly and efficiently. When we were in the “classroom”, a whiteboard was the perfect tool for this purpose. Now that we’re online, you can still use them.

Creating, Using, and Managing Rubrics

A rubric is one of the most valuable tools for teachers when it comes to formative assessment. A good rubric allows teachers to... communicate expectationsset boundaries for student workgive standardized feedback The rubric creation process is also a valuable PLC...

Grading by Marking Period in Schoology

Now that we are in our second marking period, teachers are looking for a way to show only assignments and grades for the current marking period in the gradebook. This is a fairly simple process, fortunately!

Now What?

Certainly, even if we’re only learning how to use these tools to get us through the pandemic, it is not in vain–our learning is still worth it for the sake of kids. But we can begin to focus immediately on how we can use this (and future technological developments) to transform the ways we teach and the ways students learn.

Missing Something?

We are getting a lot of panicked messages from teachers who cannot find their Schoology courses. If you fall into this category, try this first.

Creating Appointment Slots with Google Calendar

In this remote environment, it is especially necessary to be able to schedule and meet with students, parents, and colleagues on an individual basis. One way to coordinate that is to use Google Calendar to create appointment slots. To create a block of time in which...
Sharing Your Rubrics in Schoology

Sharing Your Rubrics in Schoology

Well-made rubrics can be a valuable means of communicating student expectations and giving standardized feedback on student work. Just as importantly, they can be an essential tool in supporting a viable curriculum when shared among teachers in a PLC. Fortunately,...

You’ve Got Company!

You’ve Got Company!

Did you know that you can enable a sound notification in Zoom that lets you know when someone has entered or left your meeting, or if someone is in your waiting room? Well you can!

Student Engagement Hacks in Schoology

Student Engagement Hacks in Schoology

As you have already found, there are many avenues teachers can take within Schoology to engage students in the learning process. Schoology has assembled a crowd-sourced publication with 27 strategies for engaging students further. Before you get too excited, know that...

Increase the Visual Appeal of your Schoology Page

Increase the Visual Appeal of your Schoology Page

There are several ways to make your Schoology Course page more aesthetically pleasing and easy to navigate. You can find many of these methods with a quick Google or YouTube search. The video below shows one teacher's method for doing this. If you view the video on...

Make Your Remote Learning Norms Clear

Make Your Remote Learning Norms Clear

With all of our new tools and despite the fact that efforts have been made to simplify things for students, parents, and teachers, there are still a gazillion combinations of ways to do things within each of these tools. Students approach our classes, wondering: Where...

Zoom Tip: Turn OFF Private Chat

Zoom Tip: Turn OFF Private Chat

One way to help maintain focus in your Zoom classroom is to disable private chats within Zoom. You can set this for all of your Zoom meetings. Here's how: In your Zoom Dashboard: Click Settings.Click In Meeting (Basic).Make sure the Private Chat setting is OFF (gray,...

Reminder!  The Tech Coaches are Here for YOU!

Reminder! The Tech Coaches are Here for YOU!

Bob and Amy are available for virtual Tech Coach meetings! To set up an appointment with either Bob or Amy, click on the appropriate button located at the top of the Tech Coach homepage. After selecting your choice of meeting times, you will receive a calendar...

Customize your Waiting Room in Zoom

Customize your Waiting Room in Zoom

Did you know that you can customize your Waiting Room in your Zoom meetings? Think about the possibilities! You can pose a math Problem of the Day, post a topic you will be discussing, or even a riddle!

Avoid Confusion with Schoology Grades

Avoid Confusion with Schoology Grades

As you may know by now, grades will not transfer automatically to MiStar from Schoology. This means that a student's overall grade in MiStar may end up being different than their overall grade in Schoology, especially if you are grading other assignments than those in...

Linking Courses in Schoology

Linking Courses in Schoology

Many teachers--especially those at the secondary level--may find that you have multiple sections of the same course that appear as multiple courses in Schoology. One way to clean up your courses and save time posting and sharing materials is to link the courses....

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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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