While all online colleges and universities vary their individual programs to a certain extent, you can expect to learn about the following topics that will directly correlate with your work in the classroom every day.
First, you will learn to use the latest technologies as an instructional tool within your current classroom setting. Instead of using direct instruction as your primary teaching method, you will learn to implement technology into your lesson plans moving forward providing you with a greater range of educational resources. You might have students in your classroom learning through online mediums or learning through the use of a variety of educational software products. You will also learn to instruct using Smart Board technology as well as LCD projector systems- two items that are certainly becoming staples of today’s classrooms.
At this point, you will learn how to use the Internet more effectively as both an additional resource and teaching tool in your classroom. You will be able to lead students through research based projects or find educational games in which your students can participate to review key material that they need to know. If you have ever wanted to create a class website for students to access from home or away from school, you can learn to do that as well. On a class website, you can post such items as homework assignments, links to resources your students can use for class work, and upcoming test and quiz dates. This is also one way that you can keep lines of communication open with the parents and guardians of the students you teach.
You can also expect to take multiple courses about the field of online learning itself. This can come in very handy should you ever decide to teach classes online. Also, it is important to note that some school divisions require teachers to teach homebound students through online mediums. If you want to be able to instruct, assess, and evaluate students in an online learning format, the Master’s in Education Technology will show you exactly how to do just that.
Finally, you can expect to take classes that cover current trends in educational technologies, so that you can stay up to date with the latest developments in the field. Since technology is an ever-expanding field, you may not even be aware of how technology can help make your job easier while keeping students engaged in the learning process.