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Digital Tools for Teachers

The Digital Tools for Teachers courses are designed for educators and technology coaches who want to build their capacity, teaching strategies, and eLearning teaching resources through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge learning technologies.

Enroll This Summer!

NLU is offering the digital tools for teachers courses in a special summer session.

Programs are open to ALL P12 educators and higher-education faculty working in formal or informal teaching and remote learning environments. Completing all four of the digital tools for teachers courses is a "must-have" experience for technology coaches and educators who want to use technology to creatively and collaboratively engage their students in exploring and applying 21st century technology skills to real-world communications, critical analysis, and problem-solving.

NLU's Digital Tools for Teachers courses teach educators to confidently integrate digital tools, strategies and the P21 framework for 21st Century Learning Skills into their instruction. The P21 framework identifies essential skills that enable students to succeed in today’s digitally and globally interconnected world, giving students “the skills and knowledge [they] need to succeed in work, life and citizenship.”

These skills include:

  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
  • Communication
  • Collaboration

To learn more about the P21 Framework for 21st Century Learning, go to

Courses can be applied towards degree credit in the Learning Sciences Education M.Ed. (Master of Education) programs:

  • Instructional Design Coach major (2 semester hours), or
  • Instruction for Educators major (4 semester hours)

Candidates will gain enhanced expertise in teaching 21st century technology skills to P-21 students, a skill set that can lead to increased and diversified employment opportunities.

The program consists of four (4) one credit hour online courses. 

Classes are structured to be hands-on, with exploration using a variety of digital tools for use in teaching and learning in P21 contexts:

Course 1: Social Media for Student (and Teacher!) Growth
Now more than ever, teachers rely upon their virtual relationships with peers for remote learning support and professional development. This course will support teachers as they strengthen and expand their professional learning networks and seek tools and effective strategies for engaging students in remote learning. 

Course 2: Maker Movement and STEAM Education: An Introduction
This design thinking course convenes a community of practice that is unique to maker/design courses. The emphasis is on understanding how to scaffold learning in science, technology, engineering, and math integrating arts (STEAM) through engaging hands-on activities in the classroom or remote learning. 

Course 3: Coding in Your Classroom: Getting Started
Did you know that your K-12 students can learn programming concepts using a computer – or "unplugged" (meaning no computers!)? Through this course, you'll learn how to engage learners in computer-based – or computer-free – activities and tools for the classroom or remote learning.

Course 4:  Introduction to G Suite (Google tools) for Education
Many K-12 schools are using Google tools for learning both in the classroom and for remote learning. This course is an overview of the digital tools and their instructional applications.  This course features digital tools included in Google Certification for Educators.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of all four courses, participants will receive a professional certificate of completion.

$380 per credit hour. Each course is 1 credit hour. 
The program consists of 4 courses for a total of 4 credit hours. The total cost is $1,520.  

We encourage the use of tuition reimbursement for professional development purposes. Teaching strategies can be directly applied in classroom and eLearning settings.

All courses are fully online and are one (1) semester hour each: 


-Introduction to G Suite (Google Tools) for Education 


Course Number (CRN): 60415

July 6-July 20, 2020


-Social Media for Student (and Teacher) Growth 


Course Number (CRN): 60417

July 6-July 20, 2020


-Coding in Your Classroom: Getting Started 


Course Number (CRN): 60418

Aug 3-Aug 17, 2020


-Maker Movement and STEAM Education: An Introduction 


Course Number (CRN): 60416

Aug 3-Aug 17, 2020

For questions about the Digital Tools for Teachers courses, contact:

Marci Mazza
Executive Director of Enrollment & Outreach
(847) 947-5303

To register for the four courses, complete this online registration form. You will need the four individual Course Registration Numbers (CRNs) listed both above and below. The deadline to register is , July 6, 2020. 


Introduction to G Suite 

CRN 60396


Social Media for Student and Teacher Growth

CRN 60398


Coding in Your Classroom

CRN 60399


Maker Movement and STEAM Education

CRN 60397


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