The 21st Century classroom blends technology with traditional teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. This three-week course is a follow-on to the introductory class, Tech-infused Teacher, digging into the digital ideas and tools used by innovative teachers to extend and enrich student learning. This includes topics like how to build your tech-infused classroom, using tech to differentiate for student needs, teaching reading and writing with tech, and favorite digital tools. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Professional Learning Network.
At the end of this course, participants get 18 hours of professional development credit and a Certificate of Completion itemizing their accomplishments.
Pre-requisite: the Tech-infused Teacher or permission of the instructor.
Assessment is based on involvement, interaction with classmates, and completion of projects so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker. Price includes course registration and all necessary materials. To enroll, click the Buy link. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
This is a group enrollment for five+ and delivered via Google Classroom.
At the completion of this course, you will be able to:
- Painlessly add flexible, authentic, and transformative technology to your classroom.
- Recognize the most popular webtools and ideas used by colleagues and understand their importance in the classroom.
- Use technology to re-ignite enthusiasm for reading and writing (this is an overview—more detail in Teach Writing With Tech).
- Use blogs, discussion forums, and virtual meetings to collaborate and share.
- Use technology to differentiate for varied student learning styles.
- Blend technology smoothly into your curriculum making it a tool, not a distraction.
- Create digital portfolios that store, share, and curate work.
- Start the year-long process of creating a collaborative class curriculum map.
- Develop the solid core of a Professional Learning Network. Draw on classmates’ experiences, ask questions, and discuss tech ed topics.
What You Get With Enrollment
- 6 Activities (topics)
- Tech ed videos, lesson plans, articles
- Unlimited coaching during pre-arranged times
- Certificate of Completion
Class is three weeks, five-ten hours a week including a one-hour weekend virtual meeting.
During the week, review lesson plans, articles, and videos that address the weekly topics. Complete activities (blog posts, comments, and a weekly project). Discuss topics with fellow students via a class Discussion Board. Benefit from their expertise, experiences, and ideas.
Weekends, discuss issues, concerns, and projects in a virtual group via virtual meetings. Questions you’ll discuss include “What is your favorite digital tool” and “How does technology achieve writing standards without the tears”.
Need help on a topic not addressed? Arrange free-of-charge 1:1 time with instructors.
At the course end, receive a Certificate of Achievement listing all topics completed.
How Class Works
Each week, review materials on themed activities including webinars, short articles, sample lessons plans, and ebooks. Complete one weekly project using what you learned and share it with classmates on the Discussion Board. Weekends, meet with classmates and the teacher in virtual meetings to discuss activities, answer questions, and review overarching topics like “How do you teach so that students hear you”.
Who Needs This
This course is designed for educators who:
- Are serious about integrating tech into their class
- Worry about integrating tech into their class
- Want creative approaches to using tech
- Want to go to the next step of tech-infusing their classroom and/or school
What Do You Need to Participate
- Internet connection
- Accounts for Google, various web-based tools
- Commitment of 5-10 hours per week for 3 weeks
- Risk-takers attitude, inquiry-driven mentality, passion to optimize learning
- Software and webtool membership (if there are any)
- Assistance setting up hardware, network, infrastructure, servers, internet, headphones, microphones, phone connections, software.
- Build your tech-infused classroom
- Curriculum Maps
- Reading and Tech
- Webtools–teacher favorites
- Writing and Tech
- Your Personal Learning Network
Curious? Here’s a sample:Tech-infused Class Group intro
$750 for a group of 5-10 from a school or District
We take PO’s–contact Zeke Rowe for details–zeke rowe at structuredlearning dot net
What People Say About Ask a Tech Teacher Classes:
Great class and I’ll spread the word about the next one you are teaching.
I am morphing! Last night while reading and integrating tech with all of those marvelous webtools, I began to feel a sense of ease and wonder! I love this course and will recommend it to my colleagues.
One of the things I love about this course is the support it offers and the “Just try it” attitude. It appeals to my sense of adventure which I feel I am, in fact, on. I have learned a lot.
At the beginning of the class, I had to contact [the teacher] several times because I was so confused. I had no idea what a digital portfolio was or how I was expected to create one. Throughout the course, I was able to take the knowledge instilled in me and begin importing different assignments on my own into my digital portfolio using widgets (I did not even know what these were before this class!) and links. I was able to participate in the “twitter chat” with my classmates and several Google Hangouts. I completed daily and weekly goals by reading the assigned articles and lesson plans, as well as watching the videos that accompanied each topic. Reading all of the valuable information, creating a blog and a wiki, exploring different websites, creating projects, and creating a digital portfolio, will greatly benefit my students this year and in the years that follow.
About the Mentors
Ask a Tech Teacher© is a group of teachers, passionate about technology in education, who run the an award-winning resource blog Ask a Tech Teacher © with more than 75,000 visitors a month in search of teaching materials and advice. It offers oodles of free lesson plans, pedagogical conversation, website reviews and more. Its free newsletters and website articles are read by thousands, including teachers, homeschoolers, and anyone serious about finding the best way to maneuver the minefield of technology in education.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 35 years. She is the editor of a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of dozens of technology training books and webinars for how to integrate tech into ed. She is webmaster for four blogs, Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, adjunct professor, freelance journalist on tech ed topics.