Educational Technology 101

(Grades K-12) / Semester Course

PDI Course Number: 99AXX / 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

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Course with Credit from UCSD Extension


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

Fall semester online courses must be completed by December 16th.

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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/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 website
  • Assignment #7: Course Reflection

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