Technology Tools for Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Students

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2 Units
Online Self-Paced

Course Description

Engage Your Students with Technology to Improve Performance

Research shows that effective use of technology in the classroom can lead to increased student engagement and achievement. In this course, you will explore a variety of technology tools and learn strategies for utilizing technology to enhance instructional practices and empower students. You will examine how these technology tools can be used to transform the classroom into a student-centered, technology-rich environment.

This course can be taken individually or as part of either the Remote Teaching and Learning Series or the Learning and Teaching in a K-12 Digital Classroom Series.

Course Details

Number of Units: 2.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for teachers (Grades K-12), administrators and other educational leaders looking to transform learning.

Course Materials: No textbook requirement

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Course Date Units Price
EDU-X783J – 015 Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled 2 $317

Technology Tools for Enhancing Instruction and Empowering Students

Start now, you have 180 days to complete this course once enrolled
Online Self-Paced
Rick Selby

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What You Will Learn

  • Establish guidelines for the ethical use of technology in the classroom based on key themes of Digital Citizenship
  • Analyze the impact of technology integration on student achievement
  • Create a teacher website or online classroom workspace to foster collaboration and engage students
  • Utilize web-based technology tools to create instructional aids
  • Develop a lesson plan that incorporates student use of web-based technology tools to empower students and enhance the learning process
  • Explain how specific technology tools can be used to engage and empower students


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  • 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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I really enjoyed and found this course very helpful.

I really enjoy and recommend USD to my fellow teachers. I have learned a lot from your instructors. I believe your classes in with technology and flipped classroom prepared more than anything the district or any publisher for virtual learning during the pandemic.