ICTI-160: Digital Communication Tools for Teaching and Learning

Learn how to effectively integrate communication tools into your classroom.

This online professional development course provides instruction on best practices and considerations for integrating various communication tools in the classroom. Participants will explore synchronous and asynchronous communication tools, social media, educational apps, and various Web 2.0 tools and examine how these applications can be used to support classroom learning.

Target Audience: Current and pre-service K-12 educators and administrators

If you’re thinking about these sorts of questions, this course is for you!

What communication tools are best to use in my classroom?

ICTI-160 will guide you in identifying how and why various communication tools may be used in your classroom. In addition, you will explore synchronous and asynchronous communication tools that you may want to incorporate into your classroom.

How do I use social media in my classroom?

Through this course you will explore various educational apps and consider how you might incorporate social media into your classroom.

How do I begin using communication tools in my lessons?

In ICTI-160, you will explore the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) as a framework as you decide upon the specific communication tools that you would like to use in your classroom. This course will walk you through the decision process as you create a lesson plan integrating communication tools.


This course represents 20 contact hours. All iTeach courses align with national standards for professional learning. Check with your district staff development office to ensure they will accept this course for in-service points.


This course will help teachers meet the National Education Technology (NET) standards 1-5.

After completion of this course, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify how and why various communication tools may be used in the classroom
  • Identify asynchronous and synchronous communication tools as well as Web 2.0 tools
  • Discuss educational apps, social media resources, and multimedia learning theory
  • Write a lesson plan that integrates technology in the classroom
  • Participate in a real-time, Web-based conference
  • Discuss multimedia and presentation tools for use in the 21st century learning environment
  • Explain Copyright and Fair Use principles
  • Create a multimedia presentation

Upon satisfying the requirements for this course, participants will receive a course completion certificate. This certificate will awarded to participants who:

  • Satisfactorily complete all modules within the specified time period
  • Maintain a score of 70 and above throughout each module
  • Receive a final score of 70 and above for the course

Certificates will be emailed directly to participants once the facilitator submits final grades and the course completes its review.

This course is organized into five modules completed over four weeks.  Each week, learners will review materials and complete online activities within each module.  A badge will be awarded following the successful completion of all modules.

  • Course Orientation Overview
  • Week 1: Communication Modes and Tools
  • Week 2: Resources for Effective Communication
  • Week 3: Technology Integration
  • Week 4: Multimedia in the 21 st Century Learning Environment

Modules will be released weekly throughout the four weeks of this course. On average, participants will spend three to five hours per week completing the course, for a total of twenty contact hours. The weekly hours reflect the average amount of time a participant will spend completing assignments and activities and will vary depending upon the learner.  While most activities can be completed at any time during the week, participants are expected to attend a live online meeting during week 4. The day and time of that meeting will be determined based on availability of participants.

Our ICTI-160: Digital Communication Tools for Teaching and Learning facilitators are qualified instructional technology experts, committed to empowering educators in using digital tools to improve students’ success. They will guide you through each module, answer you questions and provide you with timely and specific feedback. 

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