Students Leading the Way

What happens when students become the teachers?

We have a very powerful tool in iLearn (based on Moodle). We’ve trained teachers to take advantage of some of the powerful options available in iLearn. Our focus though, is always on student learning. iLearn provides teachers with tremendous possibilities for student engagement and empowerment.

One way to provide student empowerment is to let them become the “teacher” and create an iLearn course. They can then use this course to teach others. Those others can be in their class. Or, those others could be in a different grade. Or, those others could be in a different school.

Over at Fordson, one teacher is “elevating” the students to become the teacher. These students are responsible for creating an experience for their learners. They are creating some very interesting material. (*The students are even writing Language Objectives and Content Objectives).

iLearn opens so many doors, so many opportunities.

Contact a Tech Coach if you’d like some support as well.

Dearborn Moodle Moot- Take 2

There is still time to register for the second session of the Dearborn Moodle Moot for 2017. If you want to become better at using iLearn (and enjoy some awesome ICE CREAM), register today. You will have a coupon code available (sent out earlier in an email) or contact me.

Need more information? Want to invite your family and friends? Use the link below:

Dearborn Moodle Moot 

August 15th & 16th.

(8:30 am – 4:00 pm)

The Dearborn Moodle Moot is an exciting and engaging conference for educators interested in elearning.  Learn the skills necessary to turn YOUR classroom into a Blended Learning Classroom. We are focused on practical K-12 training that can be applied directly to your online classroom.

iLearn Upgrade

Moodle (iLearn) 3.3 is now available.

This is great news for us. We have been looking forward to the update since the beta was released. We will be upgrading immediately after school is dismissed in June.


So how does this impact teachers and students? iLearn will look very different than in the past. It will be more user friendly, but it will be different for those who have used iLearn in the past. If you are teaching summer school, the course work will be provided through the newer interface. (You can get more information from a previous post – The Gift that isn’t quite ready – or head over to the Moodle Sandbox to start to get comfortable.

Of course, the upcoming Moodle Moot (with ICE CREAM) will cover the new look and feel for iLearn as well.

Peer Assessment

Julie Wooton wanted her students to do meaningful peer assessment. In working with some other teachers in her building and the Tech Coaches, she implemented an effective peer assessment activity for her students. I was struck by a couple of her comments (quoted from my memory):

The students really focused on the writing at a much deeper level.


I liked that I could easily control which students were editing the other students. Thus, I could assign the paper from a newer student to a student who is a good writer and very caring.

Don’t take my memory of my visit to her classroom, listen to Ms. Wooton herself. The Tech Coaches interviewed her about using Peer Assessment in her classroom.

*Special thanks to Chris Kenniburg for putting together the video. 


Dearborn Moodle Moot 2017

This year, Dearborn will be hosting two Dearborn Moodle Moots. The Dearborn Moodle Moots focus on actual implementation for YOUR classroom. The first day is instructional. Lots of choice, models and tools are shared. The second day is all about implementation – YOU will be creating and/or installing resources into YOUR course. There will be experts on hand to assist.

If you are interested in learning more about iLearn, consider signing up. You can find more information at our Moodle Moot site. Watch your email for a discount code.

See the Dearborn Moodle Moot page for more information or to register.

The Gift that isn’t quite ready yet.


In the spirit of Holiday gift giving, we are working on a gift for all teachers. However, that gift isn’t quite ready. Still, we are pretty excited about this gift, so we want to make a preview available for those who are interested. This is a gift that we hope all will love and appreciate. Students. Teachers. Staff. Administrators. Everyone. We are currently targeting February for the delivery of the gift, but, again, this being a gift giving season, (combined with our excitement over distributing this gift), we have decided to open up a “sneak peak” at this wonderful gift.

So, here goes. A wonderful gift for all. See, iLearn is an absolutely wonderful resource. However, some consider it a bit “clunky looking”. So we will be updating iLearn with a new, more modern user experience. (I told you it was wonderful). We want you to be able to play around and get acclimated with the new interface. Thus, we’ve set up a “sandbox” iLearn course for you to play with. Please note that students will NOT be able to sign in or use the course.

Note that this site is still being developed. However, it will give you a great feel for what iLearn will look like.

  • Gone are tons of Blocks on the right hand side.
  • Gone is the navigation block.
  • Gone is a look and feel that is dated.


  • To an updated look and feel
  • To a navigation drawer
  • To a gear based editing system
  • To Tours to help guide users

Teachers can open a preview of a great present starting immediately. Simply head over to the iLearn Sandbox and log in using your district user name and password (soon to be passphrase).

We’ll be looking for feedback next year.

Badges for Completion

Required materials

All Dearborn staff members are required to complete a variety of training. Currently there are three courses that need to be completed: Response to Bullying Behavior, OCR, and Bloodborne Pathogens. We have made this training available via on-line resources. This means that the training is self-paced and available at times that are convenient for each person. There are three courses that need to be completed. We will also issue a badge for each course for visual confirmation of completing the requirements. The badges look like this:

3 Badges

You can find your badges by signing into iLearn then clicking on My Dashboard and choosing Badges.

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*Please note that it may take up to an hour after you complete a course for your badge to be issued.

Response to Bullying

In order to complete the Response to Bullying course, each person must complete three steps:

  1. Watch the video
  2. Pass the Quiz (note that you must receive a passing score).
  3. Complete the Survey

In order to help you track your progress, we have added a completion block into the course.

Course: Response to Bullying Behavior Training Course 2015-01-07 09-31-21
The Completion block will be on the right hand side. This example shows that only 1 of the 2 required Activities has been completed.

This course completion block should help inform all users as to activities that need to be completed (*Please note that “watching the video” is not included as an activity this year, thus, there will be a total of two things listed under “Activity completion”)

(*Please note that it may take up to 5 minutes for the Activity completion block to update.)


The OCR Staff Training Course has three components. There is a video, some reference material and a quiz. You must pass the quiz with a perfect score in order to receive your badge.

Bloodborne Pathogen

The Bloodborne Pathogen course also has three components: a video, fact sheets and a quiz. You must score 100% on the quiz to receive your badge.


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