Tech Tools for the Classroom

Tech Tools for the Classroom provides K-12 educators with a clear roadmap to effectively integrate technology through tools and resources that their students are already using in their daily lives. Students enrolled in this course will build a toolkit of applications and sites to get them started in technology integration specific to the academic needs of their students. While getting started is often the most challenging part of integrating new resources, Tech Tools for the Classroom will show you why it is a straightforward and rewarding endeavor for you and your students!

Course Name: Tech Tools for the Classroom

Course Number: EDUC 718L

 Semester Credits: 3

Course Description

Without a starting point, technology integration can be overwhelming for teachers. By the end of this course, you will have an entryway into the successful integration of technology. You will begin by exploring online technology applications and sites that support student learning. Protocol design resource questions will help you identify how to redesign current lessons to seamlessly integrate technology. At the end of this course, you will have a toolkit of applications and sites to get you started in technology integration specific to the academic needs of your students. Getting started can be the key to opening the doors to successful technology integration.


  • Integrate technology to meet the needs of every student in their classroom.
  • List information on pedagogy, technology standards, digital literacy, and school contexts.
  • Identify a list of toolkit resources for technology integration.
  • Describe what they liked about different applications and sites and how the applications and sites would benefit students and advance their academic growth.
  • Formulate a plan for integrating technology by using the resources from the Integrating Technology Toolkit.
  • Critique an instructional concern for each of the 4 Shifts Protocol and one instructional change for each concern so that the technology-infused instruction is deeper and more robust.
  • Use critical thinking when reviewing a current lesson plan, and answer the resources questions in the 4 Shifts Protocol to address instructional concerns and instructional changes to implement.
  • Develop deeper thinking and learning, authentic work, student agency and personalization, and technology infusion to plan a redesign of a provided lesson plan.
  • Redesign a provided unit plan, which includes the overview and tasks for technology-infused instruction.

Course Contents

  • Paths to Technology Integration
  • Digital-Age Teaching and the ISTE Standards for Students
  • COPPA, Internet Safety, Information Literacy, and Copyright
  • Realities of Technology in Schools and Districts
  • Leveraging Technology for Visual Learning, Auditory Learning, Kinesthetic/Tactile Learning, and Across Learning Preferences
  • Leveraging Technology for Multilingual Learners, Meeting Adaptive Needs, and Teacher Efficiency and Effectiveness
  • The Benefits of Technology
  • Limitations of Current Frameworks
  • Introducing the 4 Shifts Protocol
  • Redesigning Lessons and Units
  • Designing from Standards
  • Techniques, Strategies, and Suggestions for Implementing the Protocol

Evidence of Learning Outcomes

Upon completing Tech Tools for the Classroom, the student will demonstrate a reflective and practical understanding of how to integrate technology in the classroom. This outcome will be evident through the application of concepts in the assigned projects.

How to Register

Tech Tools for the Classroom is completed in either an online or via emailed PDF format. It is open for anyone to register at any time during an open semester. After completion, students receive graduate, non-degree semester credit on official transcripts from the University of La Verne. 

Registration is fast and simple and can be done online or over the phone. Courses are offered on a rolling basis during three standard semesters, and you can begin whenever you are ready! Students may enroll in up to 15 credits each semester. The registration dates are: 

  • Fall: September 1 - January 31
  • Spring: February 1 - May 31
  • Summer: June 1 - August 31

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