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Digital Tools for Teachers

The digital tools for teachers micro-credential is designed for educators and technology coaches who want to build their capacity, teaching strategies, and teaching resources through hands-on experiences with cutting-edge learning technologies.

Earn Your Credential This Summer!

NLU is offering the digital tools for teachers micro-credential in a special summer session.

Programs are open to ALL P12 educators and higher-education faculty working in formal or informal teaching and learning environments. Earning a digital tools for teachers micro-credential 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 micro-credential courses teach educators to confidently integrate digital tools, strategies and the P21 framework for 21st Century Learning Skills into their classroom 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 courses offered in an accelerated 2-week format on the NLU Chicago campus and/or as 4-week online courses. You may register for any combination of onsite or online courses and complete the course sequence at your own pace. 

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
Today's educators and students know how to use social media for personal use -- but how about in their classrooms? This workshop will focus on how educators can build their professional learning networks through social media to stay current, connected and invigorated. It will also provide an opportunity to develop a plan for bringing social media into your classroom.

Course 2: Maker Movement and STEAM Education: An Introduction
Are you curious about the Maker Movement? Would you like to unleash your students’ creativity? Join us to learn how in this introduction to the Maker Movement. The emphasis is on understanding how to scaffold learning in science, technology, engineering and math integrating arts (STEAM) through engaging, hands-on activities. Easily acquired, inexpensive materials will be used for most activities to fit every teacher's budget.

Course 3: Coding in Your Classroom: Getting Started
This introductory workshop explores ideas of computer science including coding in the classroom using a hands-on approach. Participants will learn about the concepts behind the Computer Science for All initiative, including how computer science can be implemented in a variety of [K-12 P21] contexts, with and without computers. Participants are required to collaborate, explore, and engage in reflective practice.

Course 4:  Introduction to G Suite (Google tools) for Education
Are you curious about using Google apps in the classroom to increase collaboration? During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn to create projects and lessons using resources available free from Google. Participants will learn strategies for incorporating apps into lessons and collaborative projects using Google Docs. This course features digital tools included in Google Certification for Educators.

Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a professional certificate of completion.

$380 per credit hour. Each course is 1 credit hour. 
The micro-credential 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 settings.

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


-Introduction to G Suite (Google Tools) for Education 


Course Number (CRN): 60396

July 1-July 26, 2019


-Social Media for Student (and Teacher) Growth 


Course Number (CRN): 60398

July 1-July 12, 2019


-Coding in Your Classroom: Getting Started 


Course Number (CRN): 60399

July 15-August 9, 2019


-Maker Movement and STEAM Education: An Introduction 


Course Number (CRN): 60397

July 29-Aug 23, 2019

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


Alison McDaniel

Academic Project Manager



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 end of day Wednesday, June 26, 2019. 


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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