Student Emotional Health is Tied to Their Digital Citizenship

Contrary to some philosophies that would suggest that we completely remove technology from every sphere, those who are realistic understand that we need to help students understand that good digital citizenship is ultimately good for our health…

ArchiTECHs of Learning is BACK!

Is using social media an acceptable form of content delivery for educators? Bob and Amy discuss tech aversion post-pandemic, and the difference between “screen time” and educational learning experiences using technology, including social media. Also, the importance of cybersecurity and the ramifications of a cyberattack.

Your Students May Be Completely Fudging their Work

…beware of students submitting papers written with AI. It’s becoming increasingly easy for students to use AI to generate essays and other written assignments, and chances are good that at least some of your students are already doing it…

Technology is not a Supplement: What Students Should Actually Be Doing with Technology

Technology, when used well, can open doors upon doors of opportunities for learners. Students who learn to use technology well will outlearn and outperform students who can not use technology. As educators, we can help them open these doors. Or, we can stand idly by as we watch them enter a world we know full well is increasingly technological–yet have done nothing to help them survive in it because we thought technology was just a nice thing to have…

Tech Coach Tips | Sending personalized emails, good Jamboard use, avoiding phishing

This edition: how to merge data from a spreadsheet into personalized bulk emails, a good use of Jamboard so each student has a separate board, and a good way to thwart email phishing attempts.

Why We Need to be Serious About CyberSecurity: A Lesson from the LA Public Schools

What recently happened to the Los Angeles Public Schools is one reason we’re so serious about security.

A Comprehensive Tech Toolbox

A fabulous collection of almost every known technology tool organized for a wide variety of classroom uses. Regularly updated. (Bookmark it!)

Ready-to-Use Constitution Day Resources in Nearpod

Check out the ready-made Constitution Day activities in Nearpod!

Tech Coach Tips | Document History · Quick QR Codes · ‘S’ is for secure

Learn how to see an animated history of a document–yours or a student’s, create quick QR Codes in Google Chrome, and how to know when a site is encrypted.

The MetaClassroom

Virtual Reality has been slowly entering the educational scene for several years. One of the most interesting uses of VR I have seen is in the ability to create “meta” spaces for learners on a platform such as…

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The ArchiTECHs are BACK!

The ArchiTECHs are BACK!

After another stint in the classroom, Bob is back in the Tech Coach role! Join us as we discuss life in the a pandemic classroom. How do learners take notes? And what is the value of OERs? Plus: Would you pay for this game? Listen to Episode 10: What’s the Good Wordle? on any of the players below, or hit the play button to listen here!

TechCoach Tip: Speed up your feedback

TechCoach Tip: Speed up your feedback

by Bob Harrison If your experience is like mine, giving feedback can get a little mundane sometimes when you need to repeatedly enter the same feedback for multiple students. Things like "Please use complete sentences," "Please use proper capitalization," and "Don't...

Please Note!

Due to the teacher shortage, both Tech Coaches are teaching in classrooms presently. If you need assistance, please reach out to the Help Desk at 837-3003. Hopefully we will be back to supporting teachers soon!

A Quick Refresher

A Quick Refresher

Since there has been a district mandate that all Schoology courses should be updated weekly to keep staff and students comfortable with using online resources, I thought it would be a good idea to post some refreshers on posting common online resources, as well as...

8 Winter-Themed Activities Brought to You by Eric Curts

8 Winter-Themed Activities Brought to You by Eric Curts

Looking to put some fun, winter-themed activities for your students into your Schoology course? Look no further! Eric Curts over at Control Alt Achieve has provided us with some engaging and educational activities you can use today. These Google-based activities can be put in your Schoology course very easily, and students love them! Check them out!

It’s Time! (To Update your Zoom Client)

It’s Time! (To Update your Zoom Client)

Zoom is making updates that improve function and use.  Dearborn Public Schools personnel have the  Zoom desktop client installed on their district desktop computer and can check for updates.  To start this process, click on your zoom desktop icon that appears like the...

Where are all the Chromebooks?!?!?!

Where are all the Chromebooks?!?!?!

The district has purchased 15,000 Chromebooks to replace most of those that went home during our period of virtual learning. So where are they? The tech team has been working hard on the weekends to get the Chromebooks in the hands of students, and I spent last...

Seasonal Ideas Across Grade Levels

Seasonal Ideas Across Grade Levels

As the weather turns cooler and the leaves on the trees start to change color, our thoughts turn to jack o' lanterns, broomsticks and all things haunted. Some of our favorite EdTech people have shared some pretty cool Halloween activities, and we wanted to share them...

Heads Up!

Heads Up!

Unfortunately, due to a staffing shortage in the district, everyone's favorite secondary Tech Coach, Bob Harrison, has been returned to the classroom for the time being. If you have questions for Bob, or would like to set up a Tech Coach appointment, please contact...

How Can the Tech Coaches Help?

How Can the Tech Coaches Help?

If you are reading this, you probably know that we are the district Tech Coaches, and that we are available to collaborate with you on best practices in technology integration. However, you may not know exactly what we do, or can do.

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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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