Educational Technology 101
(Grades K-12) / Semester Course
PDI Course Number: 99AXX / UCSD Course Number: EDUC41493
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
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
- Introduction to Educational Technology
- Introduction to Microsoft Word
- Introduction to Microsoft Excel
- Internet Safety
- Assignment #1: Write an autobiography/Write an article reflection
- Successful Search Strategies
- Information Literacy
- Creating a WebQuest
- Assignment #2: Develop a WebQuest topic and find resources
- Keep it Simple with RSS
- The World of Wikis
- Going Blog Wild
- Assignment #3: Create a wiki for your classroom
- Classroom Websites
- Digital Storytelling
- Assignment #4: Write a podcast script
- Virtual Field Trips
- YouTube and TeacherTube
- Social Media
- Assignment #5: Find theme-related videos
- What is Google Drive?
- Introduction to Google Docs
- Interactive Websites
- Introduction to Interactive Whiteboards
- Assignment #6: Design a website
- Assignment #7: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)
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