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iLearn (Moodle) Summer Cleaning

If you are a regular iLearn (Moodle) user, now is a good time to do a little tidying up of your course(s). Now that school is out of session and grades have already been recorded, we recommend you "Reset" your course. Resetting your course may sound alarming, but this...

iLearn is Powerful: A Stellar Review

No, literally. It’s a review about stars. And Nuclear energy. In the midst of the black hole of late-May learner attention spans.

This is just one of the many ways teachers are using iLearn (Moodle) to create learning opportunities and make learning more effective and efficient for students with the use of technology.

A Conversation with Ms. Chelsea Manning, Stout Social Studies Teacher

Over the last couple years, Amy and I have been engaged in close working relationships with teachers across the district as we seek to partner with them to help infuse technology into the learning environments they facilitate. We call these collaborative efforts Technology Integration Partnerships (TIPs). I recently followed up with one of the phenomenal teachers I’ve worked with over the last year or so, Ms. Chelsea Manning, 8th grade social studies teacher at Stout Middle School. We spent a little time reflecting on our experience working through a unit this spring.

Have a listen:

Tech Tip Tuesday: Copyright Infringement

The Dreaded Email As a Tech Coach, one of the most dreaded emails that always sends a slight wave of panic through me begins with the subject line:  DMCA Violation Notice.  In a nutshell, someone, somewhere has violated copyright on their blog, and the post must be...

Students Should Be the Ones Making the Case that They’re Proficient

What students should be doing at the end of our classes is making the case that they are proficient in the standards they were required to be proficient in by the end of our classes. And they should be supporting their case with evidence. [Read time: 2 min]

The Highly-Versatile, Differentiable, Embedded Assessment-Capable, Student-Paced Moodle Lesson Module

[Read time: 2 min] Lessons using the Moodle Lesson module can range from a very simple, linear progression of pages, to a more complex, branched pathway in which students can opt for different pathways, like the “Choose Your Own Adventure” books of yore. Lessons are self-paced and student-driven. Pages can deliver content (textual, audio, video, or a combination), or they can present students with a question that must be answered. Furthermore, students can be directed to specific pages (such as back to the previous page to look for the answer in the case of an incorrect response) based on the answer given. And, they’re easy to create.

Tech Tip Tuesday: YouTube Speed Adjustment

Did you know that you can adjust the speed of how quickly you watch YouTube videos?  You can speed up or slow down a video, depending on your preference.  Check out how...

Tech Tip Tuesday: Last Tab

Have you ever been working away diligently only to accidentally close a tab you didn't mean to close?  Ever been circulating the room and notice someone feverishly closing tabs as you are heading their way?  There is a keyboard shortcut that will help you recover the...

Tech Tip Tuesday: Undo Send in Gmail

Have you ever typed up an email and pushed the Send button, only to realize you really weren't ready to send it?  Did you know that you can undo a sent email in Gmail?  Let us show you how. . . In your settings, there is an "Undo send" feature.  You can set the amount...

Peer Assessment of the Video Kind

As we’ve posed many times before, the Workshop is one of the best ways to allow students to peer assess with some accountability. Now, Ms. Cheryl Airgood, American Sign Language teacher at Dearborn High, has taken the Workshop to a new level with video. [Read time: 1 min]

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Doing What Doug Digs

At the beginning of the school year, teachers had the wonderful opportunity to engage in conversation with Dr. Douglas Reeves at Stout Middle School. During this time, Stout teachers Marla Wiacek and Julie Wooton shared with Dr. Reeves the activity they have done...

Tech Tip Tuesday- Screencasting

For this week's Tech Tip Tuesday, we are going to talk about some nifty uses for screencasting, specifically with Screencastify. What is screencasting? Screencasting is when you record what is happening on your whole computer screen, one tab, or just your webcam, and...

Tech Tip Tuesday- StudentSites

Did you know that we have our own blog site for students?  It's called StudentSites and you can find it at httpss:// What is StudentSites? StudentSites is a blogging site for our students.  It can be used as a publishing tool for...

Tech Tip Tuesday: Don’t tell mom your password

As any teacher knows, there’s often a direct correlation between the things we emphasize and the things students find significant. And we often show emphasis by the way we model behaviors. For instance, we speak in complete sentences, use proper punctuation and spelling when we write on the board, say please and thank you, and the like. These are some of the areas in which students like to take short cuts, and in the long run it will pay off.

When it comes to technology, however, there are shortcuts we like to take–and even encourage students to take that will eventually and inevitably be harmful to students.

Technology Integration Partnerships

This year, as in years past, Amy and I will be available in buildings on a regular basis to support teachers and students in their needs with regard to technology use. We will also begin to develop our Technology Integration Partnerships with teachers and students, in which we will be working alongside teachers and students on a curriculum unit basis to help develop, plan, and co-facilitate instruction that integrates technology for increased student opportunity and learning.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Hotkeys for Teachers

Inspired by the sweltering heat of the past few days of school, I thought I’d share a few shortcut keystrokes. You may (and should) be familiar with some, but others may not be as familiar. Here are a few hotkey combinations that every cool teacher should know…

Time, Talents, and Passion (Bob is back.)

After a long summer of uncertainty and hesitation about my career goals, as well as a few weeks of trying it out, I have requested to end my Administrative Internship and return to my previous position as Technology Coach…

…Let’s continue inspiring kids to use technology in productive ways, educating lifelong learners for success in the 21st century, and celebrating our manifold successes in opening doors to new and greater opportunities for learning in a digital world.

Using Chromebooks Doesn’t Have to Be a Gamble

As we get started with a new school year, teachers in classrooms across the district are dealing with a few dozen factors every class period that cause them anxiety. One of them is the mere act of signing out and opening up the Chromebook cart. But it doesn’t have to feel like a gamble every time students use technology. I thought I’d offer a few practical tips to help the use of Chromebooks in your classroom go more smoothly.

Free Money for Your Classroom!

Please read the following about a new initiative we learned of while attending ISTE this year, the #TeachersAreProfessionals movement.  This initiative is focused on provided teachers with $250 of FREE MONEY to use in their classroom ANY WAY THEY CHOOSE.  No receipts,...

For the Love of Moodle

So this happened today: The excitement in Melanie Klein's text was palpable.  Here is a teacher that found something that not only worked for her and her students, but made them both excited to learn!  This marvelous tool is the workshop module in Moodle (iLearn). In...

7 out of 10

Giving kids what they need within the time frame in which they can actually (and will actually) do something with it is crucial to their learning. In this sense, I would propose that it’s far more important that our feedback be engaging than our “instruction”.

Google Forms for Parent Contact Records

To facilitate keeping good records of contacts I have made with parents, I created a Google Form that I, alone, have access to. This provides an interface on which I can quickly record a summary of my conversation, whom I contacted and the results. All of the information I enter feeds into a Google Sheet for my own documentation and for access at any point later on. The form is set to allow multiple entries. All I have to do is click the eye icon to see the entry interface.




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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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