SELF-STUDY: Technology Today (15 hours)
“Technology in education is less about the toolset and skillset and more about the mindset. The teacher’s most prominent role in the digital age is that of lead learner.”
SECTION A enhances professional development by presenting tools, techniques and resources to advance skills in using technology. Introduction to Technology for Teachers highlights the advantages of using technology as both a resource and a tool for educators in their classrooms.
Technology can promote effective learning only when used in the right manner. SECTION B, Technology in the 21st century Classroom, imparts valuable information regarding the principles of integrating technology in a way that promotes learning without being a distraction.
The third section of this course stresses the need to protect students from possible dangers in the online world. It helps to create awareness about the threats existing in the virtual world. SECTION C, Internet Safety is filled with practical ideas and steps that educators can take to ensure safety of the students who have access to the internet whether through classroom technology, at home or via their cell phones.
This integrated course helps educators gain an extensive outlook using technology effectively as well as safely.
Objectives & Outcomes:
As a result of successful participation in SECTION A, Introduction to Technology for Teachers, students should be able to:
- Understand the basics of computers and operating systems.
- Use office applications effectively.
- Use email effectively.
- Communicate and teach effectively through PowerPoint presentations.
- Use web tools in the classroom.
- Oversee a computer lab.
- Create effective lesson plans that integrate technology.
- Integrate technology into the curriculum.
As a result of successful participation in SECTION B, Technology in the 21st century Classroom, students should be able to:
- Understand the current scenario in educational technology today.
- Envision using a blog to facilitate learning.
- Envision using a wiki to facilitate learning.
- Envision using Twitter for learning in the classroom.
- Envision using Google docs, and Google earth to facilitate learning.
- Integrate various audio and video tools in the classroom.
- Enable students to develop digital learning skills.
- Enable students to take up different roles in the process of digital learning.
- Understand and implement ethical use of technology.
- Understand concepts of digital literacy, informational literacy, visual literacy, global literacy and network literacy.
- Help students learn to use technology effectively to learn, communicate and experiment.
As a result of successful participation in SECTION C, Internet Safety, students should be able to:
- Understand how cyberbullying occurs on the internet.
- Understand how predators find, contact and develop relationships with children on the internet.
- Monitor and control internet use in order to protect students.
- Understand how cellphone use can be unsafe, and teach safe practices to children.
- Teach students to stay safe from phishing.
- Teach students safe use of the internet.
- Report internet crimes.