Educational Technology 101

(Grades K-12) / Flex Course

PDI Course Number: 99T02 / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41493


Course Description

Do you want to improve your technology skills and keep up with your students? This online course is designed for educators interested in learning about the most current technology being used in classrooms. The course begins by examining the issues with Internet safety while exploring ways to keep students safe while online. Effective search strategies are shared along with lessons for teaching students about information literacy. Topics addressed in the course, accompanied by detailed instructions for every app, include designing WebQuests, using wikis (Wikipedia, PBWorks), creating and participating in blogs (Blogger), creating podcasts (Anchor, Podbean, Audacity), creating a website (Google Sites, Weebly, Educator Pages), how to develop digital stories, participating in and creating virtual field trips (Google Tour Creator), effectively using YouTube to enhance lesson content, issues with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and using interactive whiteboards. Teachers will learn how to use all of these technologies in the classroom and integrate them into their content curriculum. Teachers will also learn the basics of Microsoft Word and Excel as well as the basic functions of Google Drive and Google Docs. By the end of this course, teachers will have a strong educational technology foundation. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from University of California San Diego (UCSD) Division of Extended Studies. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"Excellent content. Very useful and timely since all of our students are digital citizens. Course was easy to navigate and extremely intuitive." - Suzan McKnight

Enrollment Options

Course Only

$124 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD

$329 with the discount

This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units or 5 quarter units of graduate-level credit from UCSD.

You have up to one year from the date you are enrolled to complete a flex course.


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UCSD Course Number: EDUC41493
Unit One
  • Introduction to Educational Technology
  • Introduction to Microsoft Word
  • Introduction to Microsoft Excel
  • Internet Safety
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1
Unit Two
  • Successful Search Strategies
  • Information Literacy
  • Creating a WebQuest
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2
Unit Three
  • Keep it Simple with RSS
  • The World of Wikis
  • Going Blog Wild
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3
Unit Four
  • Classroom Websites
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Podcasting
  • Test #4
Unit Five
  • Virtual Field Trips
  • YouTube and TeacherTube
  • Social Media
  • Test #5
Unit Six
  • What is Google Drive?
  • Introduction to Google Docs
  • Interactive Websites
  • Introduction to Interactive Whiteboards
  • Assignment #4: Create a podcast
  • Assignment #5: Course Reflection

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