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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.

This self-paced course includes some 16 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,..."

The course can be done either in a two-week workshop, over a summer, one semester, or even a full school year, depending on how much time you want to spend.

Note that the course can be customized to suit your group's needs. Group pricing is also available.

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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

How long does the course take?

The course is meant to be done in a two-week, full time workshop. If you are working on the course by yourself, you can take as much time as you need. 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 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.

Can I get graduate credit for the course?

Not at this time, though we are happy to provide any information necessary to your school in order to help in this process.

Can the course go towards my re-certification requirements?

That depends on your state. You should email them with information about the course to find out. We are happy to provide any information necessary to the certifying authority.

Can I get CEUs for the course?

CEUs are issued by an educational body. Ask yours about CEUs for this course. We are happy to provide any information necessary to the certifying authority.

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.

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.

Is there a group discount?

Yes; the price starts to drop with as few as 10 users. Email [email protected] with the number of people in your group.

How long do I have to complete the course?

There is no time limit per se, but we reserve the right to end access after two years, giving you two full summers to work on it.

Are there grades? Are there deadlines?

No and no. If you are doing the course with colleagues, or with your school, you may want to set out a timeline so that everyone is working on the same content.

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.

How best should I implement the course with a group/faculty?

Email [email protected] with this question and we will send you our thoughts about how best to implement the course.

What if my school wants direct interaction with the instructor?

We are happy to make arrangements for an instructor-led course. We can also create a stand alone version so that only your faculty are in the discussions. Email us at [email protected] to set this up.

Can you customize the course for my school?

The one section that we would normally customize is LMS as every school uses a different one. To do so, we would create a separate course for your school. Please contact us at [email protected] to discuss this.

Can my school just take the unit on ePortfolios (or any other unit)?

The course is really meant to be done as a whole, and this is the way you will get the most benefit. If, for some reason, you want just one or two units for your school, these are available on the main course page as separate courses.

What if I have other questions?

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

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