[semester equivalent = 4.00 credits]



Michele McRae



Elementary teachers! Become a technology leader for your professional team and inspire your students.  Develop lessons using free online curriculum-rich resources that will engage students in every core subject.  Not only will you learn to access an amazing amount of online resources, you will learn new innovative ways to apply them to your current professional assignment. This class will fill in your curriculum gaps with free student friendly, current and standard based online resources. 

  • Small samples of these resources are:
  • Interactive pop-up books
  • Ready to use PowerPoint on an extensive number of topics
  • Posters for word walls and content areas
  • Student friendly and developmentally appropriate computer keyboarding programs
  • Interactive spelling, vocabulary and grammar games
  • Printable reader’s theater scripts and free books to download
  • Online music compositions games, and creative arts resources
  • Dozens of lesson plans in all core content area and the arts
  • Virtual field trips to learn real-world math and bring science and social studies to life
  • Interactive math, health, science, history sites…and so much more!

Don’t waste hours looking online for resources, enroll in this class and enjoy exploring the vast assortment of websites that are waiting for you and your students.


LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Upon completion of this course participants will:

  1. Have knowledge of several free online resources that are available to integrate technology into core subject area instruction for their teaching assignment.
  2. Will be able to select online resources to create lessons that address core subject content and integrated technology for their teaching assignment.
  3. Integrate state and/or national standards in core subject areas with state/and or national standards for educational technology into lessons to meet their professional assignment.
  4. Create a bibliography of free online resources to integrate into core subject instruction.

Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit.  The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit. 


Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.



Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%


CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.



Free Resources for Elementary Teachers by Colleen Kessler  ISBN 978-1-59363-863-4 (pbk.) Copyright ©2012 Prufrock Press Inc.

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Michele earned a B.A. from Eastern Washington University in education and was a member of their performing dance troupe.  She earned a Masters Degree in education with an emphasis on creative arts integration in the curriculum from Lesley University.  Mrs. McRae has over 20 years of classroom experience. She has taught a variety of special education programs, primary and intermediate grades in Title 1 public schools. She currently works as a K-5 media specialist. Mrs. McRae is a  Washington State Department of Early Learning MERIT approved trainer.  She completed the Common Core Boot Camp in August 2013 and received PBIS Leadership Training August 2013. Michele prepared and implemented several educational technology workshops for the staff at her home school during the 2012-2013 academic year.   

Mrs. McRae is an experienced workshop presenter and developed several teacher-education workshops on creative arts integration at the ESD 112 in Vancouver, Washington .  She has successfully taught the program Redirecting Children’s Behavior to educators and childcare professionals.  Mrs. McRae has also completed the Envoy, Peer Coaching, and NLP Education Trainer Program by Michael Grinder and implemented this model in her classroom.  In addition to this she has worked as a behavior consultant for the Washington State School for the Deaf in Vancouver, Washington. Mrs. McRae has served at a volunteer in the City of Vancouver Community Mediation Services where she received training in neighborhood dispute mediation, conflict resolution and victim offender mediation. She was also a member of their speaker’s bureau, a facilitator at the post 9-1-1 tragedy event, Community Conversations, and served as a trainer for the Habitat for Humanity and Americore Conflict Resolution Workshop.Mrs. McRae currently lives in Vancouver, Washington and teaches in the Evergreen School District .  



Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms [Paperback] by Will Richardson. Publication Date: March 1, 2010 | ISBN-10: 1412977479 | ISBN-13: 978-1412977470 | Edition: Third EditionFor educators of all disciplines, this third edition of a bestseller provides K–12 examples of how Web tools such as blogs, wikis, Facebook, and Twitter allow students to learn more, create more, and communicate better.

Computer Education for Teachers: Integrating Technology into Classroom Teaching [Paperback]
V. Sharp (Author) Publication Date: November 3, 2008 | ISBN-10: 0470141107 | ISBN-13: 978-0470141106 | Edition: 6
This text places emphasis on multimedia and the Internet, covering topics such as digital photography, iPods in the classroom, the Internet, and distance learning. A robust Web site also accompanies this streamlined book. It contains video tutorials on topics such as creating a digital portfolio and making a Podcast.

Digital Learning: Strengthening and Assessing 21st Century Skills, Grades 5-8 
By Ferdi Serim, Publication Date: January 18, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1118002334 | ISBN-13: 978-1118002339 | Edition: 1
This book is an essential resource for teaching and assessing student's use of technology. This comprehensive book offers a practical pathway for developing twenty-first-century skills while simultaneously strengthening content-area learning.

Information Technology for Learning: No School Left Behind by Ferdi C. Serim.  Publication Date: January 1, 2003 | Series: Big6 Skills
By forming Information Technology teams, you can harness the power of IT to support good teaching with research-based practice. Learn how to incorporate information-based, problem-solving Big6T skills as you develop your IT team and prepare both students and teachers for 21st-century learning.

Netlearning: Why Teachers Use the Internet by Ferdi Serim.  Publication Date: June 8, 1996 | Series: Songline Guides
Many people have seen firsthand what can be achieved when students are provided with Net access and shown how to use online tools to support learning. Educators who are coming online must themselves experience what it is to learn through project-based, technology-enhanced approaches in their own learning in order to support this kind of learning for their students.

Student 2.0 Can You Hear Me Now? by Jerry Michel.  Publication date: 2/1/2012 / SBN-13: 9781425808464/ Publisher: Shell Educational Publishing
Cognitive science tells us that today's students think in very much the same way students did in the past. The focus of this K-12 book is how educators can effectively deliver instruction that maximizes their students' ability to grow academically and emotionally amidst the "noise" of technology.


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The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide (Jossey-Bass Teacher Survival Guide) [Paperback] Publication Date: March 6, 2012 | ISBN-10: 1118024559 | ISBN-13: 978-1118024553 | Edition: 1
A comprehensive guide for integrating educational technology in the K-12 classroom
This is a must-have resource for all K-12 teachers and administrators who want to really make the best use of available technologies. This book covers the most up-to-date technologies.

Web 2.0 How-To for Educators by Gwen Solomon.  Publication Date: October 15, 2010 | ISBN-10: 156484272X | ISBN-13: 978-1564842725.
Explores the very best online collaborative tools available today (including blogs, wikis, and social networking) and Web 2.0 applications (Skype, Google Earth, Wordle, and more).  The book describes what the tool is and when teachers should use it.

101 Best Web Sites for Elementary Teachers / Edition 1by James Lerman
Publication Date: May 15, 2005 | ISBN-10: 1564842150 | ISBN-13: 978-1564842152
Learn how you can edit digital media for free online rather than purchasing and installing costly software. Locate or custom-build student worksheets. Find video clips for on-demand viewing.