After taking this course, I am excited, rather than apprehensive, about using the internet in the classroom. The discussion and assignments are entirely clear and practical."
Excellent class, especially for teachers with limited technology skills who need to gain the knowledge to become more confident in using technology in their classes."
I enjoyed this course. I will be able to use knowledge gained in the classroom. I got exactly what I wanted from this course."
I really enjoyed this class! I am coming away with information & ideas that I feel my students will enjoy and want to do!"
I really enjoyed this course. The information is so helpful. I learned a lot of things that I did not really understand before. Thank you."
This course was great! I especially enjoyed the instructor's writing style and ability to explain terms in everyday language. I am excited about applying this information in my media center."
What an excellent course! It was filled with practical information that I will use in my classroom this year."
Course Code: iic
In our first lesson, you'll see firsthand the importance of the Internet to education, and learn some fun Internet activities you can use in your classroom. Then, get an introduction to Internet basics including the top 10 terms you should know when teaching about it and some techniques you can use for introducing your students to the Internet.
Examine using online textbooks and online textbook companions. We'll also visit online libraries and explore the world of free books and resources online. Then, you'll discover how to use the Internet to supplement your lesson plans and instructional handouts.
Learn about keeping students and children safe while they're online. You'll learn how to increase the security of a computer and of your family's personal information, and you'll get a handy Internet-use permission form to send home with your students if you choose to do so. Then, we'll discuss the ways students use the Internet to cheat and why they do it. You'll learn how to recognize Internet plagiarism and how to prevent it.
In this lesson, you'll find out how to teach younger and older students to evaluate the usefulness and truthfulness of Web sites. Then, we'll discuss using e-mail in the classroom.
Learn how to prepare your students to use e-mail and what you should expect from the messages they write. We'll also talk about activities involving e-mail that you can use in your classroom to enhance discussions. Then, we'll focus on other tools of communication that the online world offers including mailing lists and newsgroups.
In this lesson, you'll find about one more online communication tool for your classroom—free discussion boards. And finally, discover how to use online quizzes, manage grading online, and create certificates for your students and yourself. You'll also find out where to download free educational material.
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.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 15 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
Once a course 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.
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two 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 two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.