EDUC 59701 Making Best Use of the Internet for K-12 Instruction, Fall '11

Registrants have a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year to complete the course.

EDUC 59701 Making Best Use of the Internet for K-12 Instruction, Fall '11

Distance Education-Alaska Pacific University
3 Credits / Graded Pass/No Pass
Self-paced, start anytime
Registrants have a minimum of one month and a maximum of one year to complete the course.

Course Description

This course is designed for busy educators and offers maximum flexibility and personal support in a mastery learning format. Participants have one year to complete eight four-hour lessons and a six-hour final project to receive their three semester Pass/Fail recertification credits. This course relates directly to all ISTE NETS standards and 21st Century Literacy themes and is intended for those who are still getting comfortable with use of the Internet in the classroom.

Students today are “digital natives” - the first digital generation. This course is designed for educators seeking to motivate youth through 21st Century Web 2.0 tools for written interaction, multimedia content creation and self-directed learning. Teachers' roles are changing rapidly due to the wealth of new online learning resources for students. Effective 21st Century educators need to know how to link students with the best Internet learning resources and efficiently broker the best on-line learning programs for their students.

This course is intended to supplement the Alaskan Apple laptop initiative, which by legislative mandate, is intended to prepare students to be globally competitive in the 21st century through education on such topics as global awareness, civic literacy, health and wellness awareness, and financial, economic, business, and entrepreneurial literacy. Growing an entrepreneurial culture among Alaskan youth with emphasis on stemming youth outmigration and creating more stable and sustainable local rural economies is now possible due to Alaska having the greatest rural broadband connectivity in the U.S. Extensive supplemental resources are included for youth entrepreneurship, youth and community grant templates, and many resources are Alaska-specific.

In this online course, taught by Frank Odasz, who has been innovating with online education or educators since 1988, educators will experience the best K-12 resources on the Internet within the context of their emerging roles of brokering the best Internet resources for individualized and small group student learning. A listserv creates an on-going forum for teachers to receive regular resource updates, share with each other the best classroom-ready resources they have found during this class and for peer discussions related to classroom use of Internet resources and capabilities. Making the best use of Internet resources for K12 Instruction is in eight four-hour units to help you:

  • Learn to motivate your students by easily creating curriculum web pages, blogs, wikis, online quizzes and classroom web sites.
  • Identify the best classroom-ready lesson plans and K12 resources searchable by grade level and topic
  • Learn to quickly find Webquests and other classroom-ready curriculum and project-based learning activities
  • Learn the best strategies for dealing with key issues regarding K12 Internet use
  • Participate in a peer listserv for convenient ongoing sharing of the best new Internet resources
  • Review quality K12 online classes and online professional development opportunities
  • Learn to use the latest Web 2.0 Internet collaborative tools to engage students in reading and writing
  • Learn grant-writing skills and access Alaskan grant templates, and key sources for funding and tutorials

Contact Information

  • Phone: 907-364-3809

Payment Instructions

  • Tuition:  $395
    Technology Fee:  $25

    You may pay by
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