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Bounded Autonomy: Giving Students Controlled Choice in their Learning

Professional Development and an Interview with Mitch Albom Bob and I have been fortunate to take part in some very good professional development opportunities lately, and one of them was offered by Michigan Virtual and MASSP, called Teaching for Today and Tomorrow....

Q-Tip: Microphone and Speaker Setup for Hybrid Learning

As we head into a hybrid experience with our students, we need to think about how our classrooms are configured. Because seemingly no two classrooms have the same set up across the district, we wanted to offer some basic advice for audio and video recordings. When...

The Student Experience: Multiply Everything by 6

As we continue thinking about how to structure our classes in moving to the hybrid model, one of the most important factors we need to consider is what the learning experience is like for our students.

As I mentioned in several of the PD sessions I have helped facilitate, we need to design with empathy. What is it like to be a student in this class the way I have structured it? And what is the student’s whole day like?

Tips to Make Your (and Everyone Else’s) Life Easier for Hybrid Learning

The following are some practical considerations for Hybrid Learning. Some of these may make the experience more simplified for your students, take away some of your stress, and make life easier for many involved. 1. Start small. It might be tempting to start off...

Hybrid Teaching 101

As we make the transition from remote learning to a more hybrid approach, there is a degree of uncertainty for every teacher. Much of this stems from our inability to really visualize what it will all look like once it gets going. One way to confront this uncertainty...

B.I.G. Tech PD- Rubrics

There are still available slots for the B.I.G. Tech PD session on rubrics this Monday, February 22nd at 4:15 p.m. This session is open to ALL levels. To sign up, visit the B.I.G. Technology PD for Teachers Schoology course!

QuickTip | How to make sure you’re signed into Google properly

One of the biggest issues with signing in to Schoology, Zoom, and other sites that use Google authentication is that many of these sites we use for school are licensed to allow ONLY Dearborn Schools users to access them. Therefore, if you are signed in with a personal...

Q Tip- Naming Conventions in Nearpod

Here is a Quick Tip from the Tech Coaches on how to prevent students from renaming themselves in Nearpod.

February Resources Elementary Teachers Can Use!

Looking for resources for Black History month, Valentine’s Day, or President’s Day? I’ve got a few for you!

Never Waste a Good Crisis: AoL Episode 4

The Tech Coaches are excited to announce that our fourth episode of ArchiTECHs of Learning is up and streaming! Tune in today!

EduProtocols

EduProtocols

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

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!

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

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

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?

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?

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.

This Week’s Tech Coaches’ Corner

This Week’s Tech Coaches’ Corner

Please join us for this week's Tech Coaches' Corner. On Wednesday, Bob will be talking about setting up grading groups in Schoology. His session will begin at 3:15. On Thursday, Amy will be talking about setting up breakout rooms in Zoom. Her session will begin at...

Tech Coaches Corner is Today!

Tech Coaches Corner is Today!

Just a reminder that Tech Coaches Corner begins today! Today’s topics are Essential Settings for Zoom Meetings with Bob Harrison at 3:15, and Adding External Tools and Linking Specials in Schoology at 4:00 with Amy Gwizdz.

Streamlining Specials in Schoology

Streamlining Specials in Schoology

One way classroom teachers can help students and parents navigate Schoology is by including a folder of links to special area teachers’ courses within their own course. If done properly, students will never have to leave the classroom teacher’s Schoology course to visit another teacher’s course.

Some More Practical and Fun Zoom Tips

Some More Practical and Fun Zoom Tips

Here are a few more tips you may not know about that may help make yours and your students' lives easier (and maybe less stressful) as you continue to make your way through the year with Zoom. 1. Split Screen (Chromebook) You can use these buttons on a Chromebook to...

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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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