Integrating Technology into Education

Learn how to teach with technology & Keep yourself up-to-date with latest tech tools designed for teachers and educators
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  • Lectures 31
  • Length 4.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Learn how to use free/low cost technology tools for teaching and learning in your classroom. Keep up-to-date with latest tech tools curated by an instructional technology expert!

Would you like to go beyond just using computers and office products in your classroom?

There are many free/low cost technology tools out there which you can utilize in your professional life in various ways such organization, learning and better yet teaching more effectively! Among the topics will be covered in this course are:

  • Teaching and Learning with Visuals and Video,
  • Digital Storytelling,
  • Web 2.0 tools,
  • Presentation Tools,
  • Collaboration Tools,
  • Web Design Tools,
  • Mobile Devices and Applications,
  • Course Management Systems and Lesson Planning Tools,
  • Cloud Applications,
  • Personal Organization & Professional Development for Teachers,
  • and many more...

Exploring technology worthy of use can be time-consuming and intimidating for many teachers. However, this course will feature tools that are easy to master and effective with educators in mind. Also, the course will be updated frequently with new tools based on the feedback from users.

What are the requirements?

  • Eventhough no technical skills is needed to take this course, basic knowledge of computers and internet tools is recommended
  • Internet Connectivity and Browser
  • Creating accounts on various web tools may be needed

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the Educational Uses of Digital Storytelling
  • Create Digital Stories
  • How to use Photo Story 3
  • How to use and create videos with Movie Maker
  • How to use and create videos with Wevideo

Who is the target audience?

  • This course is developed teachers and educators in mind. However, since the course includes fundamentals, it can be taken by pretty much anybody!

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Teaching and Learning with Video
24 pages


In essence, Digital storytelling is a process of creating a short movie that combines a script or an original story with various multimedia components, such as images, video, music and a narration, often an author’s own voice.

Digital storytelling combines the art of storytelling with a variety of multimedia components, such as sound, music, digital pictures, video clips and text. Digital stories usually last between two and ten minutes. Topics used can include personal tales, retellings of historical events, teaching/introducing a specific subject to an audience, and various other purposes.

Digital storytelling is an educational technology tool that utilizes skills students are expected to have in the 21st century. Information literacy, visual literacy, being creative and taking risks, and using the latest technology to communicate effectively can all be achieved when students actively participate in the creation process of digital storytelling.

Please check following websites for sample stories: -Official DISTCO Website - Official YouTube channel for DISTCO


Several software can be used for digital storytelling. In this course, we will cover

  • Photo Story 3 (Recommended for Elementary Level students or beginners)
  • Windows Movie Maker (Recommended for Middle School/High School students or intermediate users)
  • WeVideo (Recommended for Middle School/High School students or beginners)


Photo Story 3 is created by Microsoft.

Advantages are

  • It is easy to use and free if you own a valid copy of Windows.
  • Also, the built-in music creation system saves the users when copyright issues are considered for background music.

Disadvantages include:

  • Limited to pictures/photos only. Photo Story 3 can not use video clips.
  • Simple editing tools (Actually, this could be advantage for beginners!)
  • No longer updated by Microsoft.

Photo Story 3 creates two file types:

  • Project file (editable), .wp3
  • Video file (rendered or produced, editable through project file), .wmv

See Download link under Resources

Photo Story 3: Narrate a story with background music, and finalize your video


Some of advantages of Movie Maker include:

  • Auto Movie and Transitions
  • Simple Interface and not over complicated
  • Comes with Windows
  • Movie Maker 2012 has a built in "Record Narration" tool
  • Separate Sound and Narration tracks

Some disadvantages are:

  • May crash especially with larger video files
  • Single video track
  • Single Sound/Narration tracks

Moviemaker creates two file types:

  • Project file (editable), .wlmp
  • Video file (rendered or produced, editable through project file), .wmv

See Download link under Resources

Movie Maker 2012: Titles, Credits, Transitions, Visual Effects, Saving Videos


WeVideo is a cloud based video editing and creation tool. Your files are stored online with Wevideo. Wevideo closely works with Google Drive and Chrome browser. It can be used with Chromebooks and Android phones. Wevideo publishes videos in .mp4 format which is a cross-platform and widely accepted format.

The free version has some limitations such as:

  • limited quality of the produced video (only 480),
  • bumper (watermark or branding of wevideo at the end of your video),
  • 15 minutes of publishing time per month,
  • and disability of downloading your file off of WeVideo website (Except the ability to download your file from Google drive, if you publish your video to Google Drive)

Some advantages include:

  • Provides copyright free sound and music clips
  • Multiple audio and video tracks
  • Different modes for different level of users
  • Built-in Voice-over and recording tool
  • No need to install any software
  • Feature rich Freeware version
  • Affordable Education version/discount for schools
WeVideo: Titles, Credits, Advanced Timeline, Audio & Video Tracks, Publishing
Teaching and Learning with Video: Quiz
17 questions
Section 2: Working with Google Forms
Google Forms: How to create forms with Google Forms and Questions Types
Viewing Responses, Adding Pages, Images, Videos & Sending Forms
Google Forms: Quiz
11 questions
Section 3: LearnBoost: Class Management and Lesson Plan Software
Creating Account and Adding Class
Adding Students to Class Roster in
Creating Seating Chart and Schedule
Setting and Using Gradebook
Taking Attendance and Reporting
Creating Lesson Plans in LearnBoost
To-Do-List and Calendar in LearnBoost
LearnBoost: Quiz
16 questions
Section 4: Presentation Tools
Prezi: Introduction to Prezi Presentation
Prezi: Creating Prezi Presentations and Prezi Interface
Prezi: Working with Text and Images
Prezi: Working with Frames and Paths
Prezi: Drawing Frames, Arrows, and Lines & Adding Symbols, Shapes, and Diagrams
Prezi: Adding YouTube Videos, Background Music & Voice-overs to Prezi
Prezi: Adding PowerPoint and Other Files to Your Prezi
Adding PowerPoint and Other Files to Your Prezi
Prezi: Customizing Themes & Creating Prezis from Templates
Prezi: Sharing
Prezi: Hyperlinking
Prezi: Embedding
Section 5: Collaboration Tools
Section 6: Screencasting
Creating Screencasts with ScreenR
Creating Screencasts with ScreencastOmatic
Creating Screencasts with SnagIt

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Instructor Biography

Dr. Bulent Dogan, Lifelong Learner and Educator!

I am an Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology at the North American University, Houston, TX. I have been teaching for 6 years in K-12 and 4 years in Higher Education. I have taught various courses in computers, graphic design, video technology and educational technology previously. I am a trainer, instructional designer, and graphic designer.

I coordinate several instructional projects such as Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO). My research interests include Digital Storytelling, Tablets/Games in Education and Social Media in Higher Education…

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