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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 www.p21.org.

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 

TIE 585AV

Course Number (CRN): 60415

July 6-July 20, 2020

 

-Social Media for Student (and Teacher) Growth 

TIE 585AX

Course Number (CRN): 60417

July 6-July 20, 2020

 

-Coding in Your Classroom: Getting Started 

TIE 585BA

Course Number (CRN): 60418

Aug 3-Aug 17, 2020

 

-Maker Movement and STEAM Education: An Introduction 

TIE 585AW

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
MMazza@nl.edu
(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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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

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    Chicago, IL 60603
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    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

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    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

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    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    Established in 1988 and located in one of Tampa's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to its classrooms, the National Louis University Tampa Regional Center features a computer lab, student lounges, and conference room.

    5110 Sunforest Drive, Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
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