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Making the Most of the Internet in the Classroom (K-12)/Flex Course


Are you looking to find better ways to use the Internet in your classroom? Are you tired of conducting Internet searches and never quite finding what you really wanted? This online course teaches you (and your students) how to conduct effective and efficient online searches. Plus, teachers learn about creating search strategies and conducting digital research. Introductions to virtual field trips, interactive websites, WebQuests, and online scavenger hunts are also presented. This course is worth 3 ⅓ semester units/5 quarter units from UC San Diego Extension. For detailed information on university credit, click here.

"The content was current and the resources were top notch. I feel this class had a lot to offer and I am very pleased with all of the useful techniques I will take into my classroom." - Lisa Dunphy


Enrollment Options

Register] Course Registration Only $120 with the discount***

Register]Course Plus Credit from UC San Diego Extension Only $304***


This course applies toward the Educational Technology Award of Completion

**If you are using this course for the Educational Technology Award of Completion program, you MUST register for the course plus credit.


Required Resource Book: This course has a modestly-priced required resource book (available in both new and used versions) that can be purchased through Amazon using the following link. Note that you can begin and participate in your course before the book arrives.

The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide” by Doug Johnson

If you are registering for multiple courses, use the following link to access the book list for all PDI courses with direct purchase links through Amazon. PDI Course Resource Book List


Topical Outline / Click here to request a copy of the detailed syllabus

PDI Course Number: 34T02

UCSD Course Number: EDUC41435

Unit One

  • Introduction to the Internet
  • Search Engines v. Web Directories
  • Assignment #1: Write an autobiography
  • Test #1

Unit Two

  • Using Search Engines
  • Using a Web Directory
  • Developing a Search Strategy
  • YouTube and TeacherTube
  • Assignment #2: Article reflection
  • Test #2

Unit Three

  • Saving Internet Searches and Resources
  • Citing Internet Sources
  • Internet Safety
  • Assignment #3: Share your expertise
  • Test #3

Unit Four

  • Information Literacy and Digital Research
  • Introduction to Virtual Field Trips
  • Online Lesson Plan Databases
  • Test #4

Unit Five

  • Everything Google
  • Interactive Websites
  • Online Homework Resources
  • Create a Class Website
  • Test #5

Unit Six

  • Creating a WebQuest
  • Creating an Online Scavenger Hunt
  • Wonderful Websites
  • Assignment #4: Create an online scavenger hunt
  • Assignment #5: Reading/Learning Log (Based on required resource book)