NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

Bringing Education to You

K-12 Professionals

Technology Basics for Teachers

EDUC 600




Instructor: Heather Whetham

Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $395

Course Description:

When should a teacher use a computer? Will using a computer save time? Will it just complicate his or her life?

In this class, teachers will receive an introduction to learning theory and apply it to the selection of productivity software to enhance their students’ learning experiences. They will study and apply the use of word processors, spreadsheets, databases, presentation software, and Internet based learning resources to their lesson plans. 


Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Evaluate education software and analyze the learning theory/theories it is based on.
  2. Evaluate effective uses of word processors, spreadsheets, databases and presentation software in the classroom. 
  3. Evaluate effective and appropriate Internet resources to integrate into the curriculum. 
  4. Develop a lesson plan and select appropriate productivity tools to enhance the lesson. 


Readings will be provided online.


About The Instructor

Heather Whetham
Heather Whetham

Heather Jo Whetham earned her M.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration from Northern State University in Aberdeen, SD. Heather has taught Pre K-6th grade in some capacity throughout her teaching career. Whether aiding the youngest learners through guided discovery, teaching a multi-grade classroom of ELL students, working with special education students with disabilities across the spectrum, teaching in a general education classroom, or working as a Reading Recovery teacher, Heather Jo has experienced a lot in her short teaching career. She has also taught distance learning with international students via Skype and other technologies. In addition to the elementary and special education degrees she obtained, Heather Jo also received endorsements in K-12 technology, Kindergarten, and middle school math, science, and ELA in her undergraduate work.

**Registration Instructions:

  • Courses for Fall begin September 29 - December 14, 2014 

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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