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Educational Technology 101 (K-12)

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, blogs, podcasts, digital storytelling, virtual field trips, YouTube, social media, 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 the most common Microsoft apps and Google apps. Finally, teachers will learn how to design and create a basic classroom website. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"I am very pleased with the resources and thankful to have them as I start the next school year. I do feel substantially more informed about technology after taking this course. I'm certainly still a novice and have a lot to learn, but at least I am not so intimidated now." - Sheri Burk


Enrollment Options

Register Course Registration Only $180 with the 10% discount **

RegisterCourse Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $387**


This course applies toward the Educational Technology Award of Completion

**If you are using this course for the Educational Technology Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.


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.

"Integrating Technology into the Curriculum” by Kathleen Kopp

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


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 99AXX

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/Write an article reflection

Unit Two

  • Successful Search Strategies
  • Information Literacy
  • Creating a WebQuest
  • Assignment #2: Develop a WebQuest topic and find resources

Unit Three

  • Keep it Simple with RSS
  • The World of Wikis
  • Going Blog Wild
  • Assignment #3: Create a wiki for your classroom

Unit Four

  • Classroom Websites
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Podcasting
  • Assignment #4: Write a podcast script

Unit Five

  • Virtual Field trips
  • YouTube and TeacherTube
  • Social Media
  • Assignment #5: Find theme-related videos

Unit Six

  • What is Google Drive?
  • Introduction to Google Docs
  • Interactive Websites
  • Introduction to Interactive Whiteboards
  • Assignment #6: Design a podcast
  • Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)