(30 ISBE Clock Hours) This course will teach you how to shift your traditional classroom teaching strategies into an online learning environment, whether you need to do so only for a lesson or two as part of an ongoing blended model, or even with moving to full virtual instruction. We will explore the SAMR (substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition) continuum of technology integration, encouraging you to work towards the highest level of “redefinition” as you begin to implement technology more authentically into your teaching. The course will work through each level of the SAMR model, offering practical solutions, materials, and resources to help you plan and implement effective online learning.

  • Total Price: $145
  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 30 ISBE Clock Hours

  • 27 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course


  • Technology in the Classroom
  • 21st Century Learning
  • Lesson & Curriculum Planning
  • Teaching Strategies
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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • Learn How to Intentionally Integrate Technology Into Your Instruction, Whether it be One Lesson at a Time, or Shifting All of Your Instruction to a Virtual Model
  • Learn How to Use the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, & Redefinition) Continuum of Technology Integration to Effectively Transition Your Classroom Lessons to Online Instruction
  • Receive a Variety of Tools and Resources to Help You Plan and Implement Effective Online Learning

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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

How can you take your current teaching practices and transition them to an online learning environment, while still maintaining a sense of classroom community and ensuring that your students master the appropriate grade-level content?

Our school is making the transition to online learning this fall so this course was perfectly timed for what we needed. The resources were so helpful and provide so many recommendations saving us a ton of time!

-Elementary Teacher

 30 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 30 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

Section 1 – Introducing the SAMR Model

  • About the movement from traditional to online teaching
  • About the SAMR model of technology integration
  • How to reflect on what you want to change in your instructional methods

Section 2 – Substitution (S)

  • About the substitution level of the SAMR model
  • A wide variety of online tools available to use as substitutes for traditional teaching methods

Section 3 – Augmentation (A)

  • About the augmentation level of the SAMR model
  • A wide variety of online tools available to use at the augmentation level of the SAMR model

Section 4 – Modification (M)

  • About the modification level of the SAMR model
  • A variety of online tools available to use at the modification level of the SAMR model

Section 5 – Redefinition (R)

  • About the redefinition level of the SAMR model
  • A wide variety of online tools available to use at the redefinition level of the SAMR model

Section 6 – Differentiation & Scaffolding

  • How to differentiate online instruction
  • A variety of techniques to scaffold your students’ online learning

Section 7 – Administrative Tasks

  • How to handle professional tasks online such as planning lessons, keeping records, and holding conferences and meetings
  • How to use online tools to communicate effectively with parents
  • How to manage student behavior and build a sense of classroom community with online tools

Section 8 – Choosing Resources

  • How to determine what you need to change in your traditional instruction
  • How to choose appropriate resources for your online instruction

Putting It All Together

How to Apply What You Have Learned

Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 27 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Traditional to Online Teaching Continuum
  • Teacher Reflection on Online Practices with Sample
  • Guide to Tools for Substitution in Technology
  • Substitution Technology Implementation Plan with Sample
  • Guide to Tools for Augmentation In Technology
  • Augmentation Technology Implementation Plan with Sample
  • Guide to Tools for Modification in Technology
  • Modification Technology Implementation Plan with Sample
  • Guide to Tools for Redefinition in Technology
  • Redefinition Technology Implementation Plan with Sample
  • Differentiation and Scaffolding Implementation Plan with Sample
  • Guide to Online Tools for Classroom Management and Administrative Tasks
  • Technology Implementation Plan for Classroom Management and Administrative Tasks with Sample
  • Transforming Traditional Instruction with Technology Checklist
  • Resource Guide for Transitioning to an Online Classroom
  • Online Educational Goals Template with Sample
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Implementation Observation Checklist with Sample
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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 30 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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