Teacher Tech Training: Online Courses To Help All Teachers Become #EdTech Experts

How much technology have you integrated into your classroom? Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro, there seems to always be something else you should know about education technology. While Edudemic tries to fill that gap, we don’t offer classes (yet). Lucky for you, our intern Lisi Gopin has just announced a new set of online courses that are designed to help any teacher become a proficient edtech user in no time.

These are not your typical one-off quick YouTube videos either. Teacher Tech Training (T3) offers 10-week courses that are 3 hours per week. So you’ll get 30 hours of training as well as 3 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs). You can check out the first-ever class (starts April 25) on Web 2.0 Tools in the Classroom here. Here’s that class plan:

  • Lesson 1: What are web 2.0 tools?
  • Lesson 2: Why use web 2.0 tools
  • Lesson 3: Social media tools
  • Lesson 4: Blogging with students
  • Lesson 5: Wikis
  • Lesson 6: Social Bookmarking
  • Lesson 7: Asynchronous discussions
  • Lesson 8: Presentation tools
  • Lesson 9: Start final project
  • Lesson 10: Complete final project

Not ready to take a paid class? There’s a free mini-course available right now that’s an introduction to Web 2.0 tools here. I spoke with Lisi about her new project and asked her a few questions that popped into my mind.

What prompted you to develop this resource?

I’ve given workshops and other sessions for teachers and participants indicated a need for more practical training, something that really combines the basic “how do I use this tool” with “great, now what do I actually do with it?” There are many tutorials and how to videos on using specific tools and websites, but they usually don’t take the next step that teachers need – now that I know how to use it, what are some good, practical ideas for using them with students? Also, many professional development workshops. and conferences as well, leave participants wondering how to implement the information they’ve just learned. I had created the free mini course as a class project while completing my Master’s in Educational Technology, and got some great feedback on it but also heard that people want something that is more interactive and guided. So I decided to create a facilitated version of the Web 2.0 Tools course, and T3 grew out of that.

What are the plans for the future for T3?

I’d like to add several courses to the site, on different topics. I’ve got a couple of years of experience teaching digital storytelling, and I think it’s not only a lot of fun but has applications in many varied content areas, so that’s going to be the next course. I also see interest in learning about problem based learning, and using video in the classroom, so those are also on the list. These are things that teachers really want to be doing in class, but they’re not being taught yet in any systematic way. I’d like to develop that further.

Who should use T3?

T3 is appropriate for classroom teachers, tech coordinators, people who homeschool, really anyone who is involved in education and has an interest in incorporating technology tools. Currently my focus is the K-12 environment, simply because that’s where my experience has been, but I hope that educators in higher ed would find my courses helpful as well. I’d certainly love to get feedback from that sector on how I could make the existing course more relevant for them.

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