What do the Technology Coaches do?

Like most other districts across the country, the Dearborn Schools employs Technology Coaches to support teachers, students, and administrators. But what exactly do they do?

Giving Audio Feedback on Student Work + Tips

“Hundreds of studies of feedback have been published and reviews of these studies routinely conclude that feedback is the most important or nearly the most important variable affecting the amount and quality of student learning.”

Among my favorite things about educational technology is that it can help teachers give more effective feedback. One way to do that is using audio feedback.

Resources to Start the New Semester

As we get started with a new semester, here are a few resources and reminders to help you get started on the right foot.

Encountering AI in Student Writing

There’s a lot of buzz lately about AI in writing. How do we counter this phenomenon? What should we definitely not do? And can we actually work with it?

Before You Hit Send

Some additional thoughts on email if you’re an educator…

Email for Teachers

One of our most useful tools and, sometimes, one of our greatest sources of torment is email. When things go well, it can be our greatest ally in communicating effectively with students, parents, and colleagues. However, it can also be a source of tremendous stress if...

Intervention and Extension by Design

One of the many things the Tech Coaches are equipped to do is to collaborate with PLCs to address learning gaps identified by common assessments, and to design extensions for students who are proficient or beyond to allow them to continue to build their understanding. Our roles are designed to be part of the solution to the instructional problems PLCs identify…


What is the role of technology in our classrooms? This is a question we all have an answer to, whether well-informed or not…

What Does Good Technology Integration Look Like?

Here’s a look at what technology integration looks like in 2022 in some particular content areas.

Google Forms Quizzes | Locked Mode

Learn how to administer a Google Forms Quiz in a locked browser, along with everything you need to know to make sure your first try goes well.

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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.

Chromebook Essentials

Chromebook Essentials

As you are now well aware, Chromebooks have become one of the essential school supplies for students of all ages. However, many students are still not using them to their greatest potential. Here are a few tips and tricks that every student should know to get the most...

girl logs into Chromebook with student number written on card

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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