New Navigation

I replaced the navigation found on the district,parent,student, and staff pages.  The navigation was on the left side of the page.   It used to be a Flash-Based navigation and we started getting reports of people not having the proper flash version to view the navigation. The new navigation is a combination Java/CSS menu that operates … Read more

RSS Readers embedded in webpages…

If you have seen our district homepage, you should have noticed the News Ticker in the upper right of the page. This news ticker uses ajax to read an RSS feed and then display it in the page. This is really cool because we can take any Blog feed and run it through our website. … Read more

NBC, ABC, CBS – Interact with the TV Shows

Have you been watching NBC?  I love the show “Office” and after every show they promote their website as a place to go and interact with the cast members or upload photos, watch deleted scenes, etc etc. It is  a VERY Cool concept.  They have made it possible to extend the 30 minute show into … Read more

Dec. 5th Engage Conf.

Wayne County RESA is holding a technology conference and I will be representing the Dearborn Public Schools.  We will be sharing some of our website and interactive features that we have launched this year. Check out some of the presentations:

WEB TV Open Source

I came across a really cool website the other day: It is a complete video platform. I am trying to explore this as an option for our teachers to easily create a podcast or video to share. I don’t know all the specifics yet, but it appears to require a video plugin because it … Read more

Web Conf. Software

We came across this great open source video conf. software called DimDIm.  It has a lot of potential for delivering training.  This is especially true if you combine the web conf. with Moodle for interactive learning and sharing. Hopefully a stable release is coming soon.  We are really looking forward to this. -Chris

Management – The Interactive Pitfall !

Our website has a lot of interactive elements: eNews, Forums, Podcasts, PTSA website, blogs, moodle, social bookmarking, etc. All of these programs require 2 way input in order to be interactive which becomes a management issue. It is one thing to maintain a web program and quite another to have to feed it information all … Read more

Publish. Learn. Share.

Digital Toolbox for teachers Dearborn Public Schools is using cutting-edge technology to extend the classroom.  Staff members have a variety of options to use web technology to extend their classroom into the home.  Putting the power of the internet at the fingertips of every teacher and staff member is the goal of the new Dearborn … Read more


I hope everyone is joining and creating blogs!  This is a very simple and effective way for a teacher to get on the web.  Once you create your blog, you can link it to your school website so that parents and students will be able to find your blog easily.  You will need to work … Read more