Technology Safety and Security in the K-12 Classroom

3 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Develop Smart Internet Habits with Your Students to Maintain Online Safety

This course introduces and supports educators with effective strategies and best practices for navigating their classroom with technological safety and security.  The course is designed and delivered for educators to support other educators and to engage their students to utilize technology in the classroom safely and securely. 

Educators will learn about technology safety and security through research and reflection. Educators will learn about managing the day-to-day responsibilities of making sure that they and their students are utilizing technology safely and securely. Educators will gain a deep understanding of resources and tools to effectively use technology with safety and security. Educators will develop a comprehensive lesson plan to teach students technology safety and security.

Final submission for all sections is due on or before March 10, 2024. Transcripts will be issued 7 days after the final course date. 

This course has content equivalency to the following course, and cannot be taken again:  EDU-X776RA

Course Details

Number or Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for education professionals that want to create a blended learning environment.  Implementing a blended learning environment in a student's educational career has shown to be successful in a range of K-12 classrooms including:  under-performing, high ELL population and low socioeconomic.  This includes elementary/secondary teachers, instructional coaches, curriculum coordinators, literacy coaches, Response to Intervention Teams, beginning teachers, technology coordinators and school administrative teams.

Course Format: Online Self-Paced, within given dates*. The course opens on Monday, January 8, 2024 and should be completed on or before Sunday, March 10, 2024

*Online Self-Paced courses are a perfect blend of accessibility, convenience and flexibility for you to control your learning pace. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your submissions and final project. Grades are based on assignments and completed projects. You have until Sunday, March 10, 2024 or sooner to complete the course. Please pace yourself to allow for instructor responses. Course completion date will reflect March 10, 2024 on transcript for all participants that successfully meet the completed course work due date deadline.

Technical Requirements

Instructors: Various experienced and qualified K-12 educators. See individual course sections

We highly recommend that you view the entire course upon enrollment (or beginning January 8 when it becomes available for student view), including instructor announcement regarding their grading schedule to help you successfully pace yourself.

Choose Your Instructor

InstructorSection #
Craig Yokoi001
Tim Brown002
Jennifer Krauss003
Scott Cody004

Course Options

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What You Will Learn

  • Examine common threats to safety and security online
  • Analyze how to recognize and counteract online student safety and security
  • Identify legal and ethical requirements placed on teachers to keep students and their information safe and secure
  • Survey cyber safety considerations
  • Identify sources of information to raise awareness of cyber threats and how to be safer online
  • Develop effective strategies for making their classroom safe and secure for students' online activities
  • Reflect on lessons learned through research and work completed
  • Develop a lesson plan that meets the needs of all students to implement in their classroom


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Online Self-Paced

Our online self-paced courses are similar to online fixed-date courses, but are designed to give you a six-month period from time of enrollment to complete all assignments. Your instructor will provide feedback via written responses on your assignments and exams. Grades are based on completed projects, assignments and exams.

How is the self-paced course structured? Like fixed-date courses, online self-paced courses are asynchronous meaning that you can work on your assignments anytime; the difference being there are no assigned due dates in self-paced courses. The content is divided into learning modules. Each module will cover one or more topics. Within each of the learning modules, you can expect the following components:

  • Module introduction that outlines what you can expect to learn in the module.
  • Required readings (textbook, articles, journals, websites, etc.) and presentations (audio and/or video).
  • Assignments (which may include: written assignments, quizzes, blogs, etc.) based on the readings and presentations.
  • Module conclusion to review the topics and what you should have learned.
  • Typically, there is a final project, paper, or exam due in the last module that culminates all of the topics covered in each of the learning modules. You’ll find that the design of the learning modules has a rhythm to help you manage your time in the course.

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