Great class!! Lots of useful information that will translate to real world class activities and instruction. Clear, concise and thorough instruction. I'm very pleased.
Great Class! Thanks for sharing so much useful information. I now feel more capable of addressing the needs of my school. Thank you!
I cannot believe how much I have gained confidence in using a variety of technology in the classroom (some I'd never even heard of before!). I am amazed by the wealth of ideas and Internet resources that I now have. Plus, I have access to websites that will keep me informed about developments in the future. I am inspired to do more creative activities and find it easier to brainstorm new ideas. I have already eagerly shared this new information with my colleagues.
I feel like I have come out of the dark ages since starting your class. I have brought technology into my home and personal life. I went wireless, bought a laptop, and I'm teaching my better half how to surf the net. I'm still trying to figure out some of the basic things out, but I know I can do it. I want to thank you for making me feel more confident in using the computer in the classroom and in my daily life. You presented the parts of the machine to me and then gave me ways to incorporate this tool and what it has to offer into my classroom. I have a wonderful list of favorites my students or I can go to. It has been fun and lets me know I can still do this.
I had a great time taking this course. It started out mostly as a way to keep my certification up to date and secondly as a means of keeping my teaching fresh. As I progressed through the course, it became mostly a way to freshen my teaching and secondly a way to keep certification up to date. This class offered some very valuable and helpful information and resources for encouraging me to make my classroom even more tech friendly than it already is. Thanks for the inspiration!
I hope that more students choose to take this course. It has much valuable information and many suggestions. Thank you.
Robin was an excellent instructor! I really felt like she was right there in front of me just having a conversation. I learned a lot and will definitely go the online route more often!
Thank you for all the wonderful information you shared with us. This was my first online class and I was nervous to get started. But, you made things clear and easy to follow. I will use many of the ideas in my classroom! Thanks again!
This class was fantastic!! I especially liked all the links to websites that will help me implement using technology in the classroom.
WOW!! I have learned so much from this course! I never knew integrating technology into the classroom could be so much fun! I look forward to having my own classroom next year and using as many of these great sites as possible. My 3 kids have enjoyed this as well because they have been my guinea pigs. My son has found fun sites where he can get extra practice on math facts and my daughters have visited wonderful sites to help improve their reading! I was feeling intimidated in the beginning because of my lack of computer knowledge. I now feel excited and ready to get started! I really enjoyed this course. Thank you!
This course was fun as well as informative and educational. I learned a lot about different aspects of using technology in the classroom. The instructor did a great job putting together the lessons and providing information and examples of how to use technology in the classroom. I would recommend this class to others.
This is a great course and a well-informed teacher. I would recommend this course to anyone who has frequent need of a computer either at work or home. The writing was both informative and easy to read and the instructions were clear. I will enjoy using this information in a number of areas. Thank you.
The class was great. It was easy to tell that the instructor knew a lot about the material she was teaching. She also had great technology resources to look at.
Would highly recommend this class. Great resources and ideas to make technology improve the learning curve for students.
Course Code: 5it
In your first lesson, you will learn the important differences between the traditional classroom and the technology-friendly one. You will discover how to balance a realistic integration plan to enhance your basic educational objectives. Then you will discover the different types of technology you will need to improve student learning based on auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles. You will discover audio devices, projection tools and mapping websites, and hands-on learning through a classroom technology presentation station. You will learn to make the most of assistive technology, iPad apps, tablets, student response systems, mind mapping tools, document cameras, projectors, smart TVs, CAT systems Whiteboards, SMART Boards and much more.
In this lesson, you will explore student-friendly Internet search engines and directories that you can use to safeguard your students’ online experience. You will also discover the power of the bookmark and bookmark management tools. Then you will start with the basics: integrating keyboarding and word processing. You will discover great ideas for integrating keyboarding and word processing into your classroom.
In this lesson, you will explore using blogs and reading technology integration in your classroom. You will discover ways to pair new reading technology and Common Core and traditional ELA standards. Then you will learn how to locate the best apps, Internet sites, and classroom activities to help your students fall in love with the written word. You will look at ways to integrate technology into your writing curriculum. At the end of this lesson you will create a classroom writing wiki, a website that anyone can edit.
This lesson is packed full of technology and classroom tips that you can use to excite your students about science and science fair projects. You will look at standards and ways to meet them as you integrate technology. You will explore some helpful and interactive science websites and apps. You will learn how to podcast science fair project observations. Then you will learn how to use Word and Excel in math lessons. You will discover fun websites, apps and computer activities that will enhance your math lessons.
In this lesson, you will explore online museums, music downloads, and art and music technology integration. You will also discover some practical ways to integrate these subjects in the midst of funding shortages. You will end this lesson with some basic ways for creating a website where you can display your classroom works of art.
In this last lesson, you will explore using technology to meet the needs of special needs, GATE, and English language learners. You will learn to customize WebQuests that will engage each group of students with different activities as part of the same writing lesson that works great for differentiated instruction. You will learn to integrate strategies, including Bring Your Own Device and the flipped classroom.
Robin Sellers is a certified teacher with a Master of Arts degree with a concentration in Technical and Professional Communication. She has over 11 years of experience in the traditional classroom and has been an online instructor since 2000, training thousands of students. She has the ability to take difficult or technical concepts and make them easy for her students to understand. Her students claim that she has a gift for communicating online in a clear, concise, and personal way and that she is a "born" teacher who makes her courses interesting and enjoyable.
There are no prerequisites for this course.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.