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What We’ve Learned About Linking Schoology Sections

Whatever you do, DON’T unlink your sections after you’ve linked them. And if you do, do so before you start adding materials. Here’s an overview of what we’ve learned so far…

Student-Created Infographics Using Google Drawings

One way students can show their knowledge of a topic is by creating an infographic. Infographics, by nature, require students to summarize their learning and choose only the most important information to present visually and textually. When constructing infographics, students are making models of the world around them while functioning at the top of Bloom’s pyramid.

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 3- Voice and Choice. . . and those Oregon Trail Kids

Hot off the presses! Bob and Amy discuss the importance of voice and choice in the classroom, and give some ideas of how to implement this important strategy in the digital world. Also, when it comes to projects- We weigh in on the three types of kids in your class, the Autobahn kids, the Yellow Brick Road kids, and the Oregon Trail kids. Don’t get caught with a snakebite! Listen today!

Having Trouble Opening Links to Other Sites in Schoology?

Teachers are running into an issue where they want students to open up third party apps and sites in Schoology, but it’s not working. If you are experiencing this issue, try these suggestions.

Important Information on Saving your Zoom Recordings

When you record your meetings to the cloud in Zoom, it’s important to save them elsewhere. We do have a large amount of storage on Zoom, however we have already exceeded it. To avoid having your recordings deleted, we suggest you save them elsewhere.

ArchiTECHs of Learning- Episode 2- Ditch That Felt-Tip Marker

We are so excited to announce that episode 2 of our ArchiTECHs of Learning podcast is up and available!

Connecting Assignments from Other Sites in Schoology

The question has come up about connecting assignments from other sites, like Great Minds, iLearn (Moodle), and Seesaw, into Schoology. You definitely can do this.

How Can Students View Feedback on Schoology Rubrics?

As you may be aware, teachers can give students feedback via rubrics in several spots in Schoology, including on Assignments, Discussions, and essay questions within Assessments. And, in addition to giving feedback via the rubric descriptors, themselves, you may also...

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

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...

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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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