Online Tool Learning for Teachers

100% Online. Only $295/Credit.

The classroom of the 21st century must be flexible to meet the changing demands of today’s student populations, especially as a result of recent changes to instruction following COVID-19. One of the best ways to accomplish this is in allowing for the use of innovative classroom models, such as the Flipped Classroom, Hybrid/Blended Courses, and/or Fully Online Courses.

Both students and educators can benefit from the knowledge and use of Web 2.0 tools, especially in online or hybrid instruction. There are now a multitude of technologies that allow users to find, organize, and share information as well as work together to create new information that is not limited by classroom walls. These tools can have a positive impact on education and engage our tech-savvy students to think critically and creatively.

In this course, participants will address 21st-century skills through the introduction of innovative classroom models and the use of Web 2.0 tools. Participants will have the opportunity to explore, and plan, for using these tools in an innovative classroom setting.


This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are required to have:

  • Regular access to a computer with Internet access
  • Speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone)
  • Proficiency with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and using word processing software, email, and attachments

Course Objectives and Alignment

From ISTE Standards for Educators


Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning. Educators:

  • Set professional learning goals to explore and apply pedagogical approaches made possible by technology and reflect on their effectiveness. 
  • Pursue professional interests by creating and actively participating in local and global learning networks. 
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.


Educators inspire students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Educators:

  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that builds relationships and community.
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Mentor students in safe, legal, and ethical practices with digital tools and the protection of intellectual rights and property.
  • Model and promote the management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.


Educators design authentic, learner-driven activities and environments that recognize and accommodate learner variability. Educators:

  • Use technology to create, adapt, and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.
  • Explore and apply instructional design principles to create innovative digital learning environments that engage and support learning.

Platforms We'll Explore

  • Zoom
  • Teams
  • Google Meet
  • Flipgrid
  • Adobe Spark
  • Flippity
  • Soundtrap
  • Slack
  • Screencastify
  • RealWorldMath
  • Geoguessr
  • Newsela
  • Feedly
  • Teaching Tolerance
  • and more!

Course Outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to Innovative Classroom Models and Web 2.0, Internet Safety and Digital Citizenship
  • Week 2: Instruction and Instructional Content
  • Week 3: Communication and Collaboration
  • Week 4: Review and Revision
  • Week 5: Assessment

Take the Next Step

We're excited about your interest and want to help you at every step of the process. Interested in Columbia College? Request more information or register for Term 3 by July 15, 2020 for EDU 390/EDU 790: Technology Tools for Enhanced Online Learning. You can also explore our other summer online courses.

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Have questions? Contact Brennan Davis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education