The story is familiar. You’re a teacher who loves to make a difference in a student’s life. You’re happy to keep doing what you’ve been doing for many years because it works. But there is a continually growing call to push technology into the classroom. YOUR classroom. While you use a smartphone and are happy to try out an interactive whiteboard, shoving technology into all facets of your class day is downright absurd. It can never replace a teacher (nor should it) and technology can only do so much until it becomes a distraction.
However, that doesn’t mean you should be staying on top of the latest education technology trends and tools. You can do that here on Edudemic as well as on an array of other websites. But what happens when you come across a new piece of technology and think to yourself “hey self, this web tool or app could actually be worth using in my classroom. Or at least it’s worth trying out!”
So you download the web tool or app only to find that it’s hard to figure out and takes up waaay too much of your time. So you delete it in short order and never look back.
If that’s happened to you, and I’m guessing it has, then you should take a moment to check out some of these free online courses. They may very well give you some of the knowledge that helps you figure out that new web tool or app without having to give up on it so quickly. Your students will thank you. Or, at the very least, grunt and not say anything.
These free courses are all designed to help you get that little bit of extra knowledge so you can know what to look for in future apps, be able to quickly decide if it’s right for you, and you’ll simply know more than your students. For a couple minutes, at least. All these courses are from a side-project I’ve been working on called Modern Lessons. It’s a free online school for teachers and other education-lovers. Enjoy!
Google is a whole lot more than searching and gmail. It has a detailed list of resources perfect for any teacher, student, or administrator looking to enhance their education experience. From grants to videos to lesson plan search, there’s a lot to see here. This course will cover how to find all the nooks and crannies of information on Google In Education.
The folks at EdTechTeacher like to explore the flexibility, versatility, and mobility of iPads that make them a phenomenal learning tool. In this course, they focus on five ways to use these devices to consume, create, and curate.
In this course, we walk through 10 of the most popular and useful web tools available today. From a free way to write your own blog to monitoring classroom behavior, these tools should help you do a whole lot more in a lot less time. Each lessons is a quick walk-through of the tool as well as a few ideas on how to use it in your classroom or school.
Pinterest is one of the fastest-growing social networks in the world. It’s big for a reason: it’s useful and has a devoted following of people pinning resources that you should probably know about. Here’s a very basic guide to Pinterest – perfect for any beginner wondering what all the pinning fuss is about!
Learnist is one of the hot education-oriented social networks you should know about. If you’re a teacher, student, administrator, or anyone who wants to learn while browsing the web, you should know about Learnist. Founded by the folks behind Grockit (the test-prep company), I’ve been following Learnist since inception. This course is a quick overview of all the key points to know about!
This is a basic course on what you should know about the Apple iPad before using. From what each button means to how to group your apps into folders, this is the absolute first course you should take if you’re still new to the iPad.
Facebook dominates the web. It’s the most-visited social network by a large margin and has more than a billion users. Quite a feat for something started out of a Harvard dorm room. But the past is history and it’s time to figure out how to use Facebook to help you make a better life for yourself. That’s the Modern Lessons goal, after all. So let’s take a look at the basic ways to use Facebook that might help you out.
In this course we dive into the basics of one of the most powerful web platforms available. WordPress is used by millions of companies, blogs, and other organizations because it’s reliable, well thought out, and updated on a regular basis. In fact, Modern Lessons is even built on WordPress (to give you an idea about just how far you can take it).
Google is just about everywhere when you’re online. Heck, even when you’re offline! So we thought it would be useful to showcase a few Google videos on how to use their software for email, videos, and more.