Leverage the Power of the Internet
Recent studies reveal that teachers want professional learning opportunities that are useful, relevant and provide hands-on learning experiences in the classroom. Teachers are eager for resources that have an immediate, real-world application, that can meet the varied and diverse needs of their students. Web-technology is a powerful way to meet all of these goals.
This course is designed to empower you with new knowledge and skill by teaching you how to integrate and apply web-technology into your daily learning environment. Learn how to leverage the power of the internet and "power-up" your lessons and daily activities by using web-based tools and technologies that wake-up, engage and excite students. I will introduce you to some of the best and latest tools that educators all over the globe are using and finding huge success!
We Help Good Teachers Be Great!
You are already good at what you do! This course will make you stand out and give you a “talkable difference” in your educational workplace.
Learn how to turn good lessons into great lessons by infusing them with the creative power of high interest web-technology, and user-friendly web tools. This doesn’t mean that you have to throw out your tried and true strategies and lessons. See how making small adjustments and changes can lead to huge differences in outcome while still meeting your goals and common core standards.
Develop your new expertise in web-technology while students achieve greater levels of creativity, digital literacy and academic success.
Content and Overview
This course includes 27 short lectures in the form of video, screencasts, and documents. These lectures introduce and demonstrate the use of various web-based technology tools that are applicable for immediate classroom use. Using web technology is fun for teachers and students, and very easy to learn. No advanced knowledge or training is required.
Students also learn to use web-based productivity tools that help teachers collect, present, archive and manage classroom content. These tools are designed to help teachers streamline day to day responsibilities, helping them to work more efficiently and stress-less.
Students also learn about the idea of using a virtual assistant. Virtual assistants provide a “second set of virtual hands” to teachers by completing tasks and projects via the internet. Virtual assistants are often used in business, but are gaining popularity in the education sector to help manage the ever-increasing demands of being a teacher. Students learn about the cost of using a virtual assistant and the process of hiring one.
Students will leave this course having developed a new expertise in educational web-technology. They will have a greater understanding of how web-technology can be used to enrich learning, motivate students, and increase academic success, all the while meeting district goals and common core standards. This new expertise translates into solid ideas that can be directly integrated into existing lesson plans and shared with colleagues and administrators.
Who is this course for?
Students will get an overall understanding of the sections of the course and the content covered.
Students will understand what web 2.0 technology is and how it is changing the dynamic of classrooms. Students will be introduced to examples of different types of web technology.
A quick and easy check of students understanding of the previous section.
Students will learn strategies for building confidence as a digital age professional.
Students will learn why principals and administrators value and encourage the use of web technology in the classroom.
Students will learn strategies on what to do before using a new web technology with students.
Students will learn how to use, create and share digital avatars using the web tool Voki.
Students will learn ten top ways to use Voki in the classroom.
Students will be given action steps to complete after learning how to use the web technology.
Students learn how to create and share video presentations using the web tool Animoto.
Students are given suggestions on ways they can use Animoto in the classroom.
Students are given an action step to complete using Animoto.
Students learn how to use the web technology Storybird to support reading and writing development.
Students learn ten ways that they can use Storybird in the classroom.
Students will complete action steps using Storybird.
Test you knowledge and memory about the web technologies you just learned about.
Students learn how to use the website Evernote to curate, archive, present and share content.
Students complete action steps using Evernote.
Collect, organize and share your resources by creating digital 3-ring binders. Easy to access and share with colleagues and students.
Students complete action steps using LiveBinders.
Students will test their knowledge and memory of the productivity tools introduced in this section.
Students will learn what a virtual assistant is and be introduced to the idea of using a virtual assistant to help manage tasks.
Students will learn ways in which a virtual assistant could help them manage tasks.
Summarizing the benefits and value of using a virtual assistant.
Students are congratulated on finishing the course and given suggestions of how to share their new knowledge in the workplace.
Students are given a list of 30 teacher-tested web technologies and resources to begin exploring.
Students are encouraged to continue exploring and using the web tools introduced in this course.
My goal is to provide tools, resources and products that empower teachers to live their best lives, in and outside of the classroom.
I'm Sharon LaVigne, educator, web-tech enthusiast, and life-long learner. I've trained countless numbers of teachers, media specialists and educators on how to use web-technology to “power-up" the classroom environment. As an invited workshop facilitator through Georgia Tech University/Foundations For the Future Initiative, I've been privileged to lead K-12 educators towards embracing web-based technology in the classroom. As technology continues to shape instructional methods, I've grown increasingly passionate about connecting students, teachers, administrators and the broader educational community with web-based tools that support the vast and diverse needs of today's K-12 learner.
“Performance expectations continue to get higher. Standards are becoming more rigorous. Classes are growing larger and more diverse. Students are less motivated and engaged. Teachers have a tough job to do."
My goal is to help teachers function at their highest and healthiest levels by providing them with tools and resources that make them happy! For students, this translates into improved student engagement, increased digital literacy, and greater levels of creativity and academic success.
Happy Teachers = Happy Students