NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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K-12 Professionals

Using Technology to Implement Theme Based Activities

EDUC 600




Instructor: Ryan Semans

Grading: Graded

Monday, August 25, 2014 - Friday, December 19, 2014

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

Course Fee: $410

Class Offered Through IT4Educators

Course Description:

This course uses online, step-by-step tutorials, Microsoft Windows applications, other educational applications, internet resources, and State and National curriculum standards to create theme-based (curricular or cross-curicular) technology infused lessons and activities. You will learn how to be more efficient in lesson preparation and presentation with the use of technology. While taking and completing this course at your own pace, you will be creating motivational and relevant classroom projects. These projects will be evidence of your learning and will inlcude classroom templates, teacher support materials, student samples and assessment tools. Learners will also participate in online disussion.


As a result of this participation in this course, students should:

  1. Use Atomic Learning (online software tutorials) to increase knowledge-base of Microsoft Word and related lessons.
  2. Create a five day theme-based unit incorporating the Microsoft Windows applicaions into the classroom routine to increase teacher and student productivity.
  3. Determine State curricular areas/academic standards in your classroom to incorporate learned technology.
  4. Identify National Technology Standards (ISTE).
  5. Use research to investigate and reflect upon your teaching experiences.
  6. Create project assignments that foster higher-level thinking skills using online assessment tools.
  7. Research and use various search strategies.



About The Instructor

Ryan Semans
Ryan Semans

Ryan graduated from Winona State University with a Degree in Elementary Education. Ryan is currently a Professional Development Coordinator for an instructional technology company and is a former 5th grade teacher and Technology Integration Specialist at Osseo Area Schools located just miles away from Minneapolis, MN. During his time as a 5th grade teacher, Ryan went back to school and earned his Master's Degree in Education from the University of St. Mary's. He enjoys collaborating, training, and preparing K-12 teachers as they work to meet the needs of 21st century learners. During his teaching career, Ryan has been a part of a professional team that earned the TIES Technology Team of the Year Award. He has also been on successful technology grant writing teams to enhance and advance technology integration for Osseo Area Schools.

**Registration Instructions:

A minimum $20 processing fee will be assessed per person for cancellations received after the start of the course. Refunds are not issued after the start of the course or after access to the course has been provided.

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