Discover how you can use the Internet to make teaching easier for you and more relevant to your students.
Harness the power of the Internet to make your textbooks and lessons come alive! Teach your students how to locate and evaluate Internet resources. Improve the caliber and amount of discussion through the use of email and discussion boards. Learn how to safeguard your students and their personal information while they are using the Internet. The Internet can make teaching easier--this course will show you how.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.Learn how to use the Internet to make teaching easier for you and more relevant to your students. This course will teach you how to help your students locate valuable resources, improve classroom discussions, and safeguard personal information online.
Internet Classrooms, Labs, and Grants
In the first lesson, you'll see firsthand the importance of the Internet to education and then experience some fun Internet activities that you can use in your classroom. You'll also research possible funding methods such as grants for creating an Internet learning lab.
Introducing Your Students to the Internet
This lesson is an introduction to Internet basics. You'll look at its history, how it works, and the top 10 terms you should know when teaching about it. Then, you'll work with directories and search engines. Finally, you'll explore some techniques you can use for introducing your students to the Internet.
Online Textbooks, Online Libraries
Can your textbooks talk? They can now! In this lesson, you'll discover how to use online textbooks and online textbook companions, both of which are great for students of all ages. You'll also visit online libraries and explore the world of free books and resources online. Your classroom bookshelf will grow into a resource library overnight!
Internet Field Trips, Cyberhunts, Web Quests
Do you need help with a lesson plan? Do you need fresh ideas for your classroom? In this lesson, you'll discover how to use the Internet to supplement your lesson plans and instructional handouts. You'll examine methods for creating traditional lesson plans and handouts with an Internet twist. Then, you'll take an Internet field trip. You'll learn how to create cyberhunts (online scavenger hunts) and WebQuests. Hang on to your hats—this lesson is fun and full of great ideas!
Internet Safety, Filters, Permission Forms
Unfortunately, the Internet isn't all fun and games. This lesson will focus on a more serious aspect of using the Internet in the classroom. It will discuss how to keep your students and children safe while they're online. You'll also learn how to increase the security of a computer and protect your family's personal information. By the end of this lesson, you'll have a handy Internet-use permission form to send home with your students if you choose to do so.
Preventing Internet-Assisted Cheating
The Internet is a great tool for students to use when they're doing research for a report, but what about students who are too young to understand that they can't turn in reports they just copied from the Internet? What should you do when you spot passages students lifted? This lesson will discuss the various ways that students use the Internet to cheat and why they do it. You'll learn how to recognize Internet plagiarism and how to prevent it.
Teaching Website Evaluation
Everyone who uses the Internet needs to be able to evaluate the usefulness and truthfulness of websites. In this lesson, you'll find out how to teach younger and older students to do this. You'll get a handout and lots of teaching tips and suggestions.
Classroom Email and Email Etiquette
This lesson will teach you how to use email in the classroom. Email can help you add more hours to your class day so that you can cover all the required material. The lesson will also talk about email etiquette, which is the proper way to use email. Finally, you'll learn how to use email to become a better teacher.
Classroom Communication and Assignments With Email
In this lesson, you'll continue your exploration of using email as a teaching tool. You'll consider when it should be used for extending classroom discussions and how to manage the large volume of email messages you may receive from your students. Then, the lesson will discuss how to prepare your students to use email and what you should expect from the messages they write. Finally, it will talk about activities involving email that you can use in your classroom. After this lesson, your classroom discussions will be better than ever before!
Communicating With Mailing Lists and Newsgroup Bulletin Boards
This lesson will focus on other tools of communication that the online world offers. Two of them are mailing lists and newsgroups. The lesson will talk about what they are and how to use them. You'll then learn how to provide younger and older students with up-to-date resources.
Communicating With Discussion Boards
In this lesson, you'll find out about one more online communication tool for your classroom—free discussion boards. You'll learn how to create, use, and manage one.
Timesaving Techniques, Online Classrooms
The final lesson is devoted to bringing you some time-saving techniques. You'll discover how to use online quizzes, manage grading online, and create certificates for your students and yourself. You'll also find out where to download free educational material.
Kt (Katie) Paxton is a certified teacher with a Master's Degree in Education focusing on Learning and Technology. She has more than 20 years of classroom experience and has been an online instructor since 2003. She also owned and managed a home daycare for five years and is the author of More Adventures With Kids in San Diego. Furthermore, Kt has trained and placed tutors with at-risk students in over 100 schools in addition to working with the students herself.