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ASPDP: Getting Started with Technology Integration

Master the most important tools for integrating technology into your teaching.

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Paul M.

I found the course very challenging and worthwhile, and I will be very glad to have the syllabus, my notebook, and the self-assessments to use as means of monitoring my progress and charting future growth. Thanks for your help throughout the course. You are very good at what you do.

You have definitely amassed a grand collection of helpful sites--almost to the point of being overwhelming. I like how you included in the pedagogy sections, the RAT relevance for each particular topic. That helped make it more real/concrete/not such an abstract concept.

Christina T.
Ken F.

I am thoroughly impressed with the topics that were covered in this very informative and user friendly class. James did a great job in responding to my questions whether on a weekday or the weekend. I would definitely recommend this class to fellow educators or people who are interested in learning about the plethora of software out there.

This course has many valuable components that are beneficial to the changing dynamics of the classroom.

Mechele A.

This self-paced course includes some 13 units, covering all of the core tools that any teacher should know in order to be prepared to use technology in meaningful and appropriate ways in their teaching. Teachers will learn both why and how for each, and will come away with a clear understanding of the tools and the knowledge of how to use them. For group courses arranged with us, participants will have access to the instructors and their knowledge, and will receive feedback on the various projects completed during the course.

From the 2014 NMC Horizon report: "Teachers are increasingly expected to be adept at a variety of ICT-based and other approaches for content delivery, learner support, and assessment; to collaborate with other teachers both inside and outside their schools; to routinely use digital strategies in their work with students and act as guides and mentors; and to organize their own work and comply with administrative documentation and reporting requirements. Students, along with their families, add to these expectations through their own use of ICT to socialize, organize, and informally learn on a daily basis,..."

Note that regardless of the course dates, the course content remains available to you so that you can continue to read and reference the information.

Your Instructor

James Rolle
James Rolle

After teaching middle and high school for 10+ years, James earned a master's degree in educational technology in order to help schools and teachers better integrate technology into their programs. He does training and workshops at both conferences and schools.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can the course go towards my re-certification requirements?

As per ASPDP, this is a 3 credit 'P' course.

How long does the course take?

You should plan on doing no more than 1 or 2 units in a week; if you are taking the course while teaching, you should give yourself 1 week for each unit to get the most out of it. You can do it faster if you want.

Is it difficult to pass?
No. The course is designed to help you learn all about integrating technology. Passing is primarily a matter of reading through the materials, doing the exercises (which are explained step-by-step), and keeping notes which are your thoughts about what is being discussed. There are also some discussion questions to respond to. The two assessments are straightforward: the midterm is your own plan for implementation; the final is some short answer questions to show your understanding of the units.
Is there anything here for 3rd grade teachers?

None of the content is aimed specifically at teachers of any specific age; instead it is an overview of how technology integration works using specific categories of tools - presentations, CMS, LMS, audio/video, etc. Middle and high school teachers are likely to benefit more directly because of the amount of technology their students can use. Elementary teachers will benefit by learning about the tools and integration in general, but teachers of the younger ages normally have more specific technology needs, not addressed here.

I already have a lot of experience with technology. Is the course useful for me?

If you are completely comfortable not only with the use of the tools but also with integrating them into your teaching ,then the course may not have much value for you. The course is much more than just the use of the tools, however, so if you are looking to think more about how to integrate technology so that it can transform your teaching and your students' learning, the course may be worthwhile.

What are the hardware requirements?

The course runs in any Internet browser - Chrome, Safari, IE, etc. There are videos you will want to watch as well that play inside the browser.

I forgot my username/password.

Your username is your email address. To get a new password, click on the I forgot my password link on the login page. If you still have a problem, email us.

How long do I have to complete the course?

While ADPSP has a final course date, the course will remain available to you indefinitely, but we reserve the right to end access after two years, giving you two full summers to work on it.

Can I communicate with other people taking the course?

Each unit has a discussion forum, so you can ask questions of other people, get answers, and answer other people's questions. The instructors will also endeavor to answer questions. If you are taking the course with colleagues, we encourage discussions about the content.

What if I find a link that does not work correctly?

Email us at [email protected] whenever you find a problem - a typo, a broken link, etc. - and we will fix it immediately.

What if I have other questions?

Please contact us at [email protected] with any other questions.

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