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. Topics addressed in the course include information literacy, WebQuests, Internet search strategies, wikis (Wikipedia, PBWorks), blogs (Blogger), podcasts (Anchor, Podbean, Audacity), creating a website (Google Sites, Weebly, Educator Pages) digital storytelling, virtual field trips (Google Tour Creator), YouTube, social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and 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. Teachers will also learn the basic functions of Google Drive and Google Docs. Finally, teachers will learn how to design and create a basic classroom website. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units (50 hours of training) from UC San Diego Extension. 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

$127 with the discount

Course with Credit from UCSD Extension

$323 with the discount

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

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



Required Resource Book

This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List



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: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)


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