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 e-mail 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.
In our first lesson, you’ll see firsthand the importance of the Internet to education, and learn some fun Internet activities you can use in your classroom. Then, get an introduction to Internet basics including the top 10 terms you should know when teaching about it and some techniques you can use for introducing your students to the Internet.
Examine using online textbooks and online textbook companions. We’ll also visit online libraries and explore the world of free books and resources online. Then, you’ll discover how to use the Internet to supplement your lesson plans and instructional handouts.
Learn about keeping students and children safe while they’re online. You’ll learn how to increase the security of a computer and of your family’s personal information, and you’ll get a handy Internet-use permission form to send home with your students if you choose to do so. Then, we’ll discuss the ways students use the Internet to cheat and why they do it. You’ll learn how to recognize Internet plagiarism and how to prevent it.
In this lesson, you’ll find out how to teach younger and older students to evaluate the usefulness and truthfulness of Web sites. Then, we’ll discuss using e-mail in the classroom.
Learn how to prepare your students to use e-mail and what you should expect from the messages they write. We’ll also talk about activities involving e-mail that you can use in your classroom to enhance discussions. Then, we’ll focus on other tools of communication that the online world offers including mailing lists and newsgroups.
In this lesson, you’ll find about one more online communication tool for your classroom—free discussion boards. And finally, 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.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- 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.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.