Technology Today (1 Iowa LRC – Self Study)

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“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.”

Gone are the days when the word classroom brought to mind an image of a dusty blackboard, chalk or the dim light from an overhead projector machine. Instead we think of smart boards, computers and other technology. Libraries and books as reference material are supplemented by the internet, blogs and Google which are available at our (and our students!) fingertips. This two part integrated course, Technology Today, helps to bridge the gap, enabling safe implementation of technology in classrooms and preventing misuse by either students or adults while promoting effective learning.

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.

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Professional Learning Board integrated self-study professional development courses are conveniently available 24 x 7 to teacher-learners.Each self-study PD course includes:

  • Course content delivered in an interactive online textbook,
  • Practical suggestions that can be implemented immediately,
  • Resources and links to additional resources,
  • Quiz drawn at random so no two are the same from dozens of questions in a subject-specific bank
  • Printable certificate of completion
  • Lifetime access
  • 1 License Renewal Credit



39 Reviews of “Technology Today (1 Iowa LRC – Self Study)”:
  1. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    It was great to see how the course aligned with requirements for renewing my teaching license in Virginia. I selected this course mainly for that reason. Ildiko F.

  2. Network Support says:
    Five Stars

    The course was very informative. I learned a lot! Monica E.

  3. Mai V says:
    Five Stars

    The course is very basic. I'm glad that you do have it. It will be great for teachers who are new to technology. It can be helpful for them.

  4. Amanuel T says:
    Five Stars

    I'll take additional courses.

  5. LoriBeth T. says:
    Five Stars

    It was interesting and gave me many things to consider for this new school year.

  6. Michael S. says:
    Five Stars

    Great, informative course!

  7. Michael S. says:
    Five Stars

    This was a great course. I really gained some valuable information.

  8. Julie S. says:
    Five Stars

    Very informative.

  9. Angela D. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class and helpful information.

  10. Cheryl H. says:
    Five Stars

    I enjoyed and learned a lot from completing this self-study course.

  11. Heather N. says:
    Five Stars

    Great class!

  12. Angela D. says:
    Five Stars

    Great course.

  13. Denise D. says:
    Five Stars

    I would like to see video examples of the discussed topics.

  14. Denise D. says:
    Five Stars

    I liked the descriptions of each type of technology that you can use in the classroom. Quite a lot of it was new to me, like the use of blogging and live binders in the classroom. It gave me a lot of ideas that I can use to incorporate these things into my classroom.

  15. Reeny S says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks for being there. I don't know what I would have done with out PLB.

  16. Vonda B. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was informational.

  17. Denise L. says:
    Five Stars

    I have enjoyed all the courses. I am anxious to use some of the suggestions from the course such as; Google Earth, QR code for a treasure hunt, etc. Thank you!

  18. Karin J. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks! As always, this course meets the requirements for re-certification.

  19. Bernadette B. says:
    Five Stars

    Technology Today, was an excellent on-line course. It was very informative, and I learned about new technology issues happening in this world today. It was very easy to continue where I left off. I would recommend this program to others. Thank You.

  20. Julia N. says:
    Five Stars

    This is very convenient for me to do at home.

  21. David C. says:
    Five Stars

    Enjoyed the class so far.

  22. John S. says:
    Five Stars

    The internet links will be helpful for the upcoming school year.

  23. Gregory F. says:
    Five Stars

    Thanks! This was an informative and useful course.

  24. Julia N. says:
    Five Stars

    I appreciate having to go online to continue my learning this way.

  25. Donna S. says:
    Five Stars

    Very helpful information.

  26. Sharon T. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you!

  27. Kathryn W. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you.

  28. Kathleen P. says:
    Five Stars

    I appreciated the shortcuts to websites for further information. There have been so many changes in the last few years, without training and keeping up with technology, it makes it difficult to sub with confidence. Although, I will say, the children are very proficient at 'helping'.

  29. Jessica C. says:
    Five Stars

    I really liked the videos in this course and the embedded links to topics discussed. Very useful!!

  30. Glenda H says:
    Five Stars

    I learned much from this course. I learned much from this course.

  31. Rachel S. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you so much. I am able to renew my teaching license thanks to your PD online course.

  32. John M. says:
    Five Stars

    This was most informative, as I have been retired for a few years. As a substitute teacher, with a professional license, this course added to my knowledge regarding what's new.

  33. Theresa V says:
    Five Stars

    I am very pleased with the content and format of all the PLB courses I have taken thus far. One of the most helpful aspects of this website is that one is able to view which courses are aligned with each state's requirements. Great work! Will continue to take more courses on PLB! Also, love receiving emails regarding special pricing.

  34. Angela K. says:
    Five Stars

    This course was extremely rich in applications and resources for the classroom. Very glad I can come back to this course and utilize the information again and again!

  35. Mark S. says:
    Five Stars

    Good Content!!

  36. Misty C. says:
    Five Stars

    Thank you for all of the resources provided by this course. Much appreciated! I like learning via my phone while on-the-go!

  37. Richard H. says:
    Five Stars

    This appears to be a freshly updated course on technology for educators. I have long thought that I was especially tech savvy -- until now! Through this PLB course, I learned a great deal more on the use of blogs, social media, podcasting, Google Earth, and the ""flipped classroom."" This is all practical knowledge that can easily be applied to enhancing my everyday classroom! Richard Hubbard

  38. Richard H. says:
    Five Stars

    This course provided me with numerous resources and links that I will use in the classroom. The course is an excellent survey of 21st century educational technology! I would recommend it to all educators.

  39. Jill B. says:
    Five Stars

    This is the second PLb course I have taken. I am really liking them. I just wish I had discovered them earlier.

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