Thursday, 6 February 2014

Ed Tech Challenge, a self paced scaffolded technology integration course for educators

Ed Tech Challenge

If you're asking yourself "How do I engage students with technology?", you're asking the wrong question.

Our Core Beliefs

#1- Teaching effectively is not "innovative" or "new"

We have been researching and refining how to personalize learning for decades. 

#2- Technology is not pedagogy

It is nothing more than a tool that should only be implemented when it increases efficiency and effectiveness.

Ed Tech Challenge is a self-paced, scaffolded technology integration course for educators. This course was the collaborative effort of school districts all over the nation- and the content for this course was created by technology integrators, classroom teachers, Google Apps Certified Trainers and Teachers, and ISTE award winners. You can read more about the people who created this course hereAll of the suggestions we give are grounded in practice- they are techniques we actually use and we know work! We've flipped this course so that you can learn when you have time, and we've created templates, videos, and resources so that you can start using those tools right away.

The main components of the Ed Tech Challenge are:
  • A technology integration survey that gives teachers an individualized report on their current comfort level with the ISTE-NETS, personalized learning elements, and digital age work.
  • A self-paced course that includes six units of online tutorials (lessons focus on increasing efficiency / effectiveness of teaching practices)
  • A website template for classrooms (districts can link their individual template to the course)
  • A template to create personalized learning plans for educators (again, districts can link their templates to the course)
  • A framework to help a district move towards a shared vision of education technology
By signing up as a district, administrators will have access to the survey tool, the classroom website template, and personalized learning plans for their educators.

Krista Moroder is the Micro-Credentialing Project Manager at Digital Promise. She is the founder of Ed Tech Challenge, a technology integration framework and professional development curriculum that supports school districts in their systemic shift towards learner-driven environments. Her work with this project led to her being named the 2013 Outstanding Young Educator by the International Society for Technology in Education. 

You can read her blog at or network with her through Twitter (@edtechcoaching). 

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