Digital Tools for the K-12 Educator
American College of Education
Oct 7, 2013 to Nov 11, 2013
Cost per enrollment: Free
- Provides video lectures
- Provides opportunities to interact with the instructor or students
- Uses discussion forums
- Has prerequisites
- Contains external social networking participation or elements
- Intended for educators or professionals
Full course description
Ready to explore Web-based tools to ignite student engagement in your K-12 classroom? This course examines various Web tools, reasons for using these tools in the classroom, and encourages you to experiment with the tools. Each week we will explore different instructional methods and utilize emerging technology to develop presentations, posters, organization tools, stories, and scavenger hunts. We will investigate uses and good practices for both teacher-led and student-driven activities through the use of free Web-based tools like Prezi, Wordle, Padlet, Voki, and more!
Catherine Dutton, Ph.D.
Chair, Digital Learning and Teaching
Catherine Dutton, Ph.D., is a teacher turned techie. Dr. Dutton began teaching Family & Consumer Sciences at a Dallas high school and found a niche in integrating technology into her classroom and helping other teachers do so as well. This led to her dissertation research on educators’ use of virtual worlds. Shortly after, she was offered an opportunity with Texas Woman's University where eventually she oversaw the administration, training, and support of the learning management system. She now serves as the chair of the Digital Learning & Teaching program at the American College of Education. She holds the degrees of Master of Arts in Teaching and Ph.D., Family Studies. Dr. Dutton continues to teach both undergraduate and graduate courses at Texas Woman’s University, Collin College, and at ACE. Her research interests include the use of virtual worlds and Web 2.0 technologies in classroom and innovative online course design.
Rebekah McPherson, Ph.D.
Digital Learning and Teaching Faculty
Rebekah McPherson, Ph.D., holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a minor in educational computing, along with an M.S. in computer education and cognitive systems with an emphasis in instructional systems technology. Her undergraduate B.F.A. in graphic design is from Baylor University. Dr. McPherson is a state of Texas certified master technology teacher, and also holds Texas standard teaching certificates in technology applications and technology education, as well as an endorsement for English as a second language. She has extensive experience teaching in both grades 6-12 and higher ed. Dr. McPherson’s areas of interest include mobile device integration into teaching and learning, teacher education, online education, and change agents in schools. Her guiding axiom is: teach teachers the way that you want teachers to teach their students; it’s all about modeling best practices.