A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
How does it work? 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.
Lesson 01 - Get Connected to Technology
Are you ready to unleash the power of technology in your classroom? Today's teachers face a lot of new challenges and daily decisions, and one of the most important choices is how to integrate a slew of new technology into the traditional classroom. In our first lesson, you'll learn the important differences between the traditional classroom and the technology-friendly one, and strike a balance with realistic integration plans in a way that enhances your basic educational objectives rather than detracting from them.
Lesson 02 - Learning Styles and Technology
It's time to set up the technology that will benefit all the different learners in your classroom. This lesson will cover the types of technology you'll need to improve student learning based on auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learning styles. We'll look at audio devices to help your students who learn by listening. We'll discover projection tools and mapping websites that help your visual students excel. And those hands-on learners will get just what they need to master the next test and have fun learning with your classroom technology presentation station. Let's jump in with both feet and make the most of assistive technology, iPad apps, tablets, student response systems, mind mapping tools, document cameras, projectors, smart TVs, CAT systems, speakers, screen readers, interactive whiteboards, SMART Boards, and much more.
Lesson 03 - Internet Technology Integration
Do you know the safest way for your students to surf the Web? In this lesson, we'll explore student-friendly Internet search engines and directories that you can use to safeguard your students' online experience. We'll also take a look at the power of the bookmark and bookmark management tools like Sqworl. We'll end the lesson with ways to integrate these Internet technology tools into the classroom.
Lesson 04 - Integrating Keyboarding and Word Processing
Today, we'll start with the basics: integrating keyboarding and word processing. In this lesson, we'll go over a simple timeline for integrating these two skills. Then we'll talk about how to choose between a laptop and a tablet for typing. Finally, you'll discover some practical activities that you can use with your students. You'll leave this lesson with great ideas to integrate keyboarding and word processing into your classroom!
Lesson 05 - Blogs and Reading Technology Integration
Today we'll explore using blogs and reading technology integration in the classroom. If your classroom reading activities need a little spicing up, check out the world of interactive reading on the Internet. We'll discuss ways to pair new reading technology and Common Core and traditional ELA standards. Capitalize on your students' fascination with new ways to read and try out some great reading sites and the activities that will extend them into your classroom. We'll end this lesson with another method that you can use to enhance your students' reading experience—get ready to learn how to create a class blog to supplement classroom book clubs.
Lesson 06 - Wikis and Writing Technology Integration
It's time for wikis and writing technology integration. In this lesson, you'll learn how to locate the best apps, Internet sites, and classroom activities to help your students fall in love with the written word. We'll look at some of the ways you can integrate technology into your writing curriculum by looking at Common Core and NCTE standards. We'll also look at writing apps and websites that will give you a better idea of the boundless opportunity out there. When it comes to writing, the sky is truly the limit. We'll end today's lesson with a special treat—creating a classroom writing wiki, a website that anyone can edit.
Lesson 07 - Podcasting and Science Technology Integration
Are you ready to learn about podcasting and science technology integration? This lesson is packed full of technology and classroom tips that you can use to excite your students about science and science fair projects. Today, we'll discuss some of the national science standards, Next Generation Science Standards, and state science standards and look at some ways to meet them as you integrate technology. Next we'll explore some helpful and interactive science websites and apps. Finally, we'll look at a science lesson that integrates technology, and we'll end this lesson as we learn how to podcast science fair project observations.
Lesson 08 - Word, Excel, and Math Technology Integration
Today we'll cover using Word and Excel as we integrate technology in our math lessons. It's never been easier to use technology to meet NCTM standards, Common Core math standards, or state math standards and bring your math lessons to life than it is right now! In this lesson, you'll discover fun websites, apps, and computer activities that will bring your math lessons up to speed so that you and your students can experience the pleasure of numbers all over again. Get ready to seamlessly integrate Word and Excel in your math lessons and chart your students' successes.
Lesson 09 - PowerPoint, Desktop Publishing, and Social Studies Technology Integration
In this lesson, we'll explore using PowerPoint, Google Slides, websites, apps, and technology integration in the social studies classroom. Technology makes teaching social studies even easier, and with the wealth of resource information in this lesson, you'll soon be meeting the NCSS standards with creativity and a technological flair. Plus, you'll learn how to invent engaging social studies activities with the Microsoft Office applications or Google apps.
Lesson 10 - Online Museums, Music Downloads, and Art Technology Integration
Get ready to explore online museums, music downloads, and art and music technology integration. In today's lesson, we'll look at the importance of music and art individually, ways to use technology to meet national standards, fun technology expansion activities you can try with no investment, and great websites that can launch your classroom exploration of these subjects. We'll also talk about practical ways to integrate these subjects in the midst of funding shortages on your school's part. We'll end our lesson with some basic instruction for creating a website where you can display your classroom works of art.
Lesson 11 - WebQuests and Technology for Diverse Learners
It’s time to discover using WebQuests and technology with diverse learners. In this lesson, we'll explore using technology to meet the needs of special needs, GATE, and English language learners. Plus, we'll take a look at customized WebQuests that engage each group of students with different activities as a part of the same writing lesson that works great for differentiated instruction.
Lesson 12 - Online Safety and Technology Integration Strategies
In our last lesson, we'll talk about how to keep your students safe online. Finally, we'll take technology to the next level with technology integration strategies, including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and the flipped classroom.