Elementary Classroom T21 Program


Technology in the Elementary Classroom

From Digital Storytelling and Creating Learning Centers, to Audio Blogging and Student Portfolios, our T21 for the Elementary Classroom addresses web tools and apps specific to younger students. The first half of the course gives participants hands-on experience with a variety of tools, while the second explores deeper pedagogical concepts associated with creating a 21st Century Classroom.

Please Contact Gail Ross-McBride at gail@edtechteacher.org or 888-377-9518 for more information or to enroll your faculty in one of our T21 Programs.

Program Overview



    • 18 hours of customized workshops: the first workshop opens the door to new opportunities for teaching with iPads. The second supports teachers in integrating the device as a regular, constant element of their teaching and classroom life. The third workshop assesses progress and builds capacity for future growth. Each workshop is customized to ensure that our training supports the educational mission of the individual school or district.
    • 2 online mini-courses in technology integration: cohorts will participate in two asynchronous online courses that consist of 6 modules each. The first course focuses on learning specific tools and apps that can immediately be implemented in the classroom while the second addresses broader topics such as publishing, assessment, and collaboration.
    • 2 synchronous webinars and online office hours where participants can ask questions and engage in conversation with EdTechTeacher instructors in real time.
    • 15 hours of individualized online/telephone consulting and coaching to help teachers find resources, develop lesson plans, and troubleshoot challenges. (We can also explore options to add additional days of on-site support.)
    • 3 graduate credits can be earned through Framingham State University upon completion of the course and final project.
    • An online community that allows teachers to experience firsthand the benefits of knowledge co-construction in an online space.
    • Premium Content: Access to more than 90 EdTechTeacher video tutorials, as well lesson plans, and other resources from our instructors.
  • The course consists of three components:
    • Three face-to-face, six hour workshops
    • Twelve asynchronous, online modules broken into two, six module courses
    • Two synchronous, one hour webinars

    The twelve online modules are broken into two six module segments:

    The first six modules of the program explore specific topics in which technology can be integrated into the classroom such as:

    • Digital Storytelling & Multimedia Presentations
    • Student Response Systems
    • Online Organization
    • Collaborative Writing & Drawing
    • Mind Mapping
    • Digital Notebooks
    • Screencasting

    The second half of the course, explores larger concepts and ways in which technology can be used in the classroom:

    • Publishing Student Work
    • Online Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Assessing Student Work
    • Project Based Learning
    • Web Tool Exploration & Research
    • PLN Development

    The online modules are built in a “challenge based” format and typically follow this structure:

    1. Introduction
    2. Video Tutorial / Overview
    3. Hands on Challenges
    4. Model Examples
    5. Discussion Forum

    By the end of the twelve week program, participants will develop a thorough understanding of how technology can be thoughtfully integrated into the classroom to promote student learning and demonstration of understanding through varied project outcomes.

  • The success of our T21 Programs hinges on the fact that the our participants receive online and face-to-face support over the course of a school year. We kick off the program with a face-to-face workshop in the fall, followed by the first online course which includes a synchronous webinar. The second workshop, usually in December or January, prepares teachers for the second online course, and then we wrap up the program with the final face-to-face session.

    Please know that this schedule is flexible and can shift to meet the needs of individual schools and faculties.

    SAMPLE 2014-15 Elementary T21 Program Schedule:

    August – September: Face-to-Face Session #1

    • September 30 – October 14: Module #1 – App #1
    • October 14 – 21: Module #2 – App #2
    • October 21 – 28: Module #3 – Scenarios and Concepts for integrating tools into the classroom
    • October 28 – November 11: Module #4 – App #3
    • November 11 – 25: Module #5 – App #4
    • November 25 – December 9: Module #6 – Scenarios and Concepts for integrating tools into the classroom

    **The first webinar will be scheduled during the October-December time frame.

    December – January: Face-to-Face Session #2

    • January 6-20: Module #1 – App #1
    • January 20 – February 3: Module #2 – Tool #2
    • February 3-10: Module #3 – Scenarios and Concepts for integrating tools into the classroom
    • February 10 – 24: Module #4 – App #3
    • February 24 – March 10: Module #5 – App #4
    • March 10 – 17: Module #6 – Scenarios and Concepts for integrating tools into the classroom

    **The second webinar will be scheduled during the January-March time frame.

    March – May: Face-to-Face Session #3

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