Tech Coach Office Hours Have Begun!

It's time! Our office hours have begun! We are available Monday through Thursday, from 9-10 and 1-2 for open office hours. Just click on the yellow Enter Zoom button at the top of our blog! See you then!

Tech Coach Office Hours Available Next Week

The back-and-forth of email isn’t always the best way to troubleshoot issues, so we have decided to try something new: TECH COACH OFFICE HOURS!

Preparing Sub Plans in Schoology

Considering the nature of the situation in which we find ourselves at the present time, it would be wise to prepare a couple days of emergency sub plans in your Schoology course. One way to do this is to create a folder that will forever sit at the bottom of your...

Schoology Student Resource Kit

Schoology has provided a plethora of resources for teachers, students, and parents. Most of these resources can be found on YouTube. This post will talk about some resources to help students.

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,...

Create Editable Worksheets in Schoology with Google Drawings

In addition to the methods I posted on recently on how to allow students to draw, write and annotate in Schoology, here's another way to create an assignment that students can write on. This method involves using Google drawings, which you can access by going to...

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!

Have Students Annotate or Show Their Work

One popular request we've had from teachers of multiple disciplines and levels is this: How can I have the students annotate or show their work on Schoology? There are a few ways to do this. One way is to create an assessment in Schoology and add a question of the...

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

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...

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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....

Tech Coach Appointments begin August 31

Tech Coach Appointments begin August 31

The Tech Coach duo is back! That's right, both Amy Gwizdz and I (Bob Harrison) are here to continue supporting teachers as you seek to create effective learning environments and opportunities for your students. The Tech Coaches will be available to meet with teachers...

Setting Digital Norms

Setting Digital Norms

As we get started using our various new tools, one thing that will be of utmost importance for teachers will be establishing some digital norms. Where do I find the link for the meeting? Will it be on my email? Will it be on Schoology? And will it be the same link every time?

Getting Ready for Schoology

Getting Ready for Schoology

As you may be aware, the technology re-opening committee voted to adopt Schoology as the district's new LMS (learning management system). For teachers who are familiar with other LMSes, like Moodle or Canvas, many of your skills are transferable. You might be familiar...

Tech Coach Tip- Quiz View

Tech Coach Tip- Quiz View

One recurring problem that teachers and students come across in an iLearn (Moodle) quiz has to do with the viewing of some quiz questions. Because the problem is related to an individual user's view, it can be confusing and frustrating for teachers to try to solve....

BigBlueButton Update

BigBlueButton Update

Howdy, and Happy Monday! Here are a few tidbits of information that I'd like to share with you. BigBlueButton BBB is going strong! Teachers and students across the district are using it frequently to have video conferences, from whole group lessons to one-on-one...

More Help with BigBlueButton!

More Help with BigBlueButton!

So many teachers have been using BigBlueButton and have found its features convenient and very easy to use! For those of you who may still want to jump on the BBB bandwagon, there's plenty of room! I will be hosting one last moderated session on using BBB with your...

Your Questions Answered:  Google Meet

Your Questions Answered: Google Meet

As we are transitioning to online learning, teachers are realizing the benefits of face-to-face contact with their students. Whole class discussion, guided reading groups, and teaching whole-group lessons can all be done using Google Meet. As teachers utilize Google...

Good News!

Good News!

The recording from today's hangout on technology help is ready! Click on this link to view the recording: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1RAFG2z81zF4a04ttZaqofkKw1JlMXxUW Click on this link for the chat transcript:...

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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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