Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools

Learn about innovative Web 2.0 tools in K-12 instruction and how to effectively integrate these technologies into classroom practices and to create engaging student activities.

About The Course

Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction.

You will learn how to use these tools effectively in your classroom through unique problem-based scenarios that will help you understand how to choose the best Web 2.0 tool. Our approach focuses on the task rather than the tool in an effort to improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in your learners. You will take part in robust exchange of practical ideas while participating in online discussion forums and share your experiences and learn from fellow teachers about best practices with Web 2.0 tools in your content area.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn?

Because of the collaborative nature of this course, we expect participants to actively contribute to the list of Web 2.0 tools discussed throughout the course. By the end of the course, you will be knowledgeable about the wide range of Web 2.0 tools available and will have an amazing digital toolbox of tools to choose from when developing instruction in your own content area.

Will I get a certificate after completing this class?

Yes. Students who successfully complete this class will receive a Statement of Accomplishment from Coursera. Students who complete this course with a grade of 90% or better will receive a Statement of Accomplishment with Distinction from Coursera. This course is also eligible for Coursera Signature Track for those students wanting to obtain an identity-verified certificate. For more information about Coursera Verified Certificates, please go here: https://www.coursera.org/signature/guidebook

Will I receive university credit for this course?

No university credit will be given for this course. If you would like to consider earning graduate credit for this topic, please consider applying for one of our graduate certificates or degrees in the Learning, Design and Technology Program in the College of Education at the University of Houston.

Certified Texas teachers are eligible to receive Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit upon successful completion of the required components. If you are a certified teacher in another state, you may wish to check with your school district to see if they recognize continuing education credit from another state.

What resources will I need for this class?

You need a good internet connection to access this course and the time to listen, read, watch, discuss, and practice the techniques you will learn.The course is self-contained, with links to free, open resources throughout. No additional resources are needed beyond a creative spirit that is ready to explore new ways for teaching students virtually.

What technology skills do I need?

This course is designed for the all levels of technology skills from beginners to experts. You only need the desire to learn new skills and time to explore new tools.

Recommended Background

The course is primarily for:

  • Teachers working with children K-12 i.e., elementary, middle, and high school teachers.
  • Instructors working with further education, community college or vocational students.
  • Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty.
  • Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction.

Please note that although this program is offered to participants from around the world, many of the examples and experiences shared will be based on the education structure and processes of the United States. Participants will be encouraged to discuss their own country-based experiences in the forums.