Engage students with easy-to-use, online tools that bring learning to life in any subject. 



At the end of this course you will have learned a variety of easy-to-use software that can be flexibly integrated with any curriculum subject.  When used properly, technology will be your digital pencil and paper that can be used for any curriculum priority.  The difference with a digital pencil and paper is that it has been proven to increase engagement levels while providing students with opportunities for learning that are otherwise impossible.  Above all, these lessons are fun for students, fun for teachers, support behaviour management, increase engagement and extend learning opportunities. 


Technology required:

Participants will need to have access to a smart phone, laptop or tablet.   Options for submitting your course work are as flexible as creating a presentation about the content – lack of access to specific technology at home isn’t, and shouldn’t, be a barrier to accessing training. 


Module 1

  1. Familiarisation with the course and course structure
  2. What is 21st century learning?
  3. Introduction to online tools and their variety of applications
  4. Introduction to the cloud


Module 2

  1. Introduction to blogging
  2. Where does blogging fit in the primary classroom
  3. Basic Edublogs skills
  4. Create a simple blog


Module 3

  1. Introduction to digital storytelling
  2. Sourcing images online
  3. Storyboarding and discussion
  4. Introduction to Storyjumper
  5. Introduction to Book Creator Comics


Module 4

  1. Introduction to Twine (software to be used)
  2. Creating a first Twine
  3. Hyperlinking pieces of text
  4. Writing a short interactive story


Module 5

  1. Introduction to Explain Everything; a flexible online/ or app based tool
  2. Review subject areas and flexibility of tool
  3. Basic Explain Everything skills development
  4. Create a project inExplain Everything


Course Duration

Approximately 20 hours



Each module includes hands-on activities providing participants with fun opportunities to practise the basic skills.  These activities will be shared with the course e-tutor as a key part of your assessment.

Participants will keep a reflective journal and engage in a discussion forum with peers and their e-tutor.  They will use the notes from the journal and their discussions to evaluate their school’s use of digital technologies and create some basic plans for where the skills learned during this course will be implemented in the school in the coming school year.




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