How to Teach with Technology Online

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How to Teach with Technology Online

Mastering the Art of Virtual Instruction

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Course Description

In ancient times, a power shift resulted with the discovery of how to make iron. Those nations that possessed the secret of how to make iron subjugated those which still relied on bronze age technology. To survive, technologically backward nations fought to obtain the Iron of the Culture.

The iron of our culture is Online Learning Technology. Large bureaucratic institutions control access to this technology, while groups of education entrepreneurs are arising, seeking to Master the Iron of the Culture. If we want to succeed in The Changing World of Online Instruction, we must master the use of technologies that make such instruction possible.

Let’s put this in context. In 2005, less than 1.5 billion people used the internet. That was less than 20% of the world’s population. By 2019, about 4.3 billion, or 53.6% of the world’s population, was online. According to ITU World Telecommunication, in the year 2019, more than 100 million people had taken an online course planet wide.

As online education literally explodes, the issue facing the education system is that teaching online is not the same as teaching face to face. If you’re a teacher, be it home school, public school, Bible study teacher, or someone who teaches a special skill or subject, you know this.

If you are an online marketer, you know that video communication is key. For both the teacher and the entrepreneurial marketer, the question is simply this: How do I do an effective job of connecting and communicating with others using technology online?

That’s the question this course is designed to answer. In How to Teach with Technology Online, University of Phoenix Advanced Certified Online Instructor and online marketer David Lantz walks you through the teaching strategies being used with multiple technology tools online.

Lesson Materials

A total of 38 video lessons divided between 7 course modules constitute the core of the learning materials. Additionally, a Course Syllabus and additional text handouts are provided in PDF format. Each module is introduced with a module overview video by the course creator, David Lantz.

An eighth module, Next Steps, concludes the course, and offers several other resources the student may wish to take advantage of.

Depending on the pace of the online learner, one should plan to spend about five hours going through the materials.

What will you learn

How to Teach with Technology Online is designed to introduce you to using five key technologies when teaching online – Microsoft Power Point, an online video creation platform called In Video, a classroom video-intensive teaching LMS geared for all ages called Flipgrid, an online video meeting and teaching platform called Zoom, and a more traditional online online learning management platform called Canvas. We’ll also briefly explore how to create your own YouTube Channel and how to use a tool called Loom to make “screen capture videos” for the purpose of demonstrating how to do something online.

As a result of this course, you will learn how to use the above-mentioned technology tools to teach in an online class, be it organized for synchronous, asynchronous, or blended online/face to face instruction. Additionally, you will learn how to develop strategies for using technology to manage the flow of your content presentations and discussions. Finally, we’ll explore ways to apply the concepts and tools provided in this course to the enhancement of any business marketing goals you may have. In order to accomplish these objectives, the course is divided into eight modules.

Course Organization


The first module, The Changing World of Online Instruction, is designed to help you understand the evolution in Online Learning Technology, and what this means for you. This module is subdivided into three lessons:

  1. Mastering the Iron of the Culture.

  2. The Four Keys to Teaching Through Story Telling

  3. The Interconnected Global Classroom

In the second module, Using Power Point to Create a Story and Communicate Your Message, we’ll show you how to think through the process of crafting a story you wish to tell in order to teach a lesson or communicate an idea. We’re not only using words: We’re also using pictures, colors, motion, sounds and video clips. Power Point allows us to bring all these communication techniques together. This module is subdivided into four lessons:

  1. What Do We Want to Communicate?

  2. Developing a Script

  3. Anatomy of a Slide

  4. Recording and Creating Your Video

In the third module, InVideo: Refining Content in the Era of Digital Videos, we’ll walk through the process of using a video creation tool called InVideo to create professional style videos for use in many diverse applications. Communicating information via video is rapidly replacing the use of written text by itself as a way of transmitting ideas. After taking this module, you will have learned how to use InVideo to create videos for use in: Marketing, infomercials, lesson illustrations, inspirational messages and more. This module is subdivided into five lessons:

  1. Introduction to InVideo

  2. Working with InVideo’s Premade Templates

  3. Using InVideo to Tell a Story

  4. Using Advanced InVideo Features in Blank Templates

  5. Using Loom with InVideo

In the fourth module, Creating and Managing Your Youtube Channel, we understand that regardless of how you create a video, you’ll likely want to share your creation on the Internet. In this course, I have been showing you how to create videos using Power Point, InVideo, Loom and in this module, I’ll add Zoom. When it comes to uploading your video to Youtube, how you create your video really doesn’t matter. In this module, we’ll provide you an overview of how to create and edit your Youtube channel, upload videos, and add enhancements to increase viewership. When you have finished with this module, you can apply these techniques to not only create your own Youtube channel, but also quickly learn how to do the same thing with dozens of other video sharing platforms. This module is subdivided into four lessons:

  1. Create a Playlist

  2. Managing Your Youtube Channel

  3. Basic Youtube Channel and Video Edits.

  4. Making Editing Enhancements to Your Videos

The fifth module, Mastering Synchronous Video Instruction Using Zoom, showcases a versatile video conferencing platform that is ideally suited for group discussions, including marketing webinars, employee trainings, and synchronous online course instruction. You’ll learn how to share power point presentations, demonstrate use of software tools like Microsoft Excel, Youtube videos and free hand drawings. In addition, you can also use Zoom to record yourself creating a lecture or presentation that can then be downloaded as either a MPR video, a MP3 audio, or a rich text file transcript. When you have completed this module, you will have learned practical methods of engaging others to learn through the use of Zoom. This module is subdivided into five lessons:

  1. Setting Up Your Zoom Account

  2. Accessing Key Features in Zoom

  3. Teaching & Meeting Facilitation Tips

  4. Managing, Presenting, and Recording Zoom Classroom Lectures

  5. Creating A Podcast with Zoom

The sixth module, Canvas: Organizing your Course Content, Grades and Lessons, shows you how to use this popular learning management system, or LMS. An LMS is a software system that allows you to organize and store resources in an accessible way when teaching a class. Teachers, administrators, students and even parents can access the platform to download lessons in video, audio or written format, enter and observe grades, create calendaring systems for when assignments are due, and provide a means for group interaction through video conferencing tools like Zoom. When you have finished this module, you will have a general overview of the capabilities of Canvas and what an LMS can do. This module is subdivided into three lessons:

  1. An Overview of Canvas

  2. Creating a Student Group Assignment

  3. Linking Flipgrid to Your Canvas Course

The seventh module, Building Online Video Discussion Communities with Flipgrid, will show you how you to teach engaging, rigorous lessons that allows students to access content and then respond to prompts by creating short videos. Once a student creates a video, the rest of the class is able to view and respond to that video. In the previous module using Canvas, we demonstrated how you can add the Flipgrid app to your Canvas course. When you have completed this module, you will have a better understanding of how you can use and apply this powerful tool to create social interaction in your online classroom. This module is subdivided into three lessons:

  1. Creating and Editing A “FlipGrid” Assignment

  2. Adding a Flipgrid Assignment to Your Canvas Course

  3. Creating and Using Your Flipgrid Account

The eighth and final module is Next Steps. In this module, we’ll wrap up the course with a few concluding comments by the instructor, David Lantz, and advise you of other courses he has created that you might find of interest.

Who this course is for:

  • Teachers, including parents/grandparents who home school.
  • Entrepreneurs who wish to gain a better sense of how to use online technology tools to market their product or services.
  • Sales professionals who wish to provide educational video tutorials to help customers realize the full functionality of what they sell.


What will you learn in this course:

  • Develop your skill of telling a story in order to teach others, market your products, or inform your audience using online technology tools.

  • Learn to use Zoom and other online tools to effectively communicate educational content in real time online.

  • Understand how learning management platforms used by schools help teachers and administrators to organize lessons and streamline online learning.

  • Learn how to create videos for educational or marketing purposes using Microsoft Power Point and a platform called In-Video.

  • Walk you through the process of setting up your own Flipgrid and Youtube accounts.


What are the prerequisites for this course?

  • First, have a desire to teach somebody.
  • Second, have internet access and the ability to play streaming audio and video.
  • Third, have a desire to learn new skills that will help you become more marketable in an increasingly global economy.
How to Teach with Technology Online


Check out the detailed breakdown of what’s inside the course

Welcome and Introduction to How to Teach With Technology Online
2 Lectures
  • play icon Introduction and Welcome to the Course 03:52 03:52
  • play icon Syllabus for How to Teach With Technology Online
Module 1: Introduction to the Changing World of Online Instruction
4 Lectures
Using Power Point to Create a Story and Communicate Your Message
6 Lectures
InVideo: Refining Content in the Era of Digital Videos
6 Lectures
Creating and Managing Your Youtube Channel
5 Lectures
Mastering Synchronous Video Instruction Using Zoom
6 Lectures
Canvas: Organizing your Course Content, Grades and Lessons
4 Lectures
Building Online Video Discussion Communities with Flipgrid
4 Lectures
Next Steps
3 Lectures

Instructor Details

David L Lantz

David L Lantz

I have always enjoyed being a teacher.  I have taught adult Sunday School classes and small group bible studies for the last twenty years.  Outside of the Bible, I am an Adjunct Professor of Business Management and Economics for the University of Phoenix, Indiana Wesleyan University, and several other Indiana colleges, including Ivy Tech.  I teach both online and face to face courses.   I was named the 2005 Faculty of the Year by the first graduating class of the Indianapolis Campus of the University of Phoenix. 

  From 1992 to 1995, I was the State Director of the Indiana Christian Coalition, and I’ve  served as a political consultant to several political campaigns for statewide office.  I’ve worked for such organizations as the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute and as a Budget Analyst for the Indiana Legislature.  And, in 1999, I was privileged to prepare a socio-economic analysis of Central Indiana for Dr. Billy Graham’s 1999 Indianapolis Crusade. 

  I enjoy writing, and have self-published several books, including two Christian historical novels, The Brotherhood of the Scroll and The Sword of the Scroll,  To The Brotherhood of the Scroll, I’ve written a companion course curriculum, “Clash of the Superpowers:  A Comparative History Curriculum.”   

  My wife Sally and I have been married since 1979 and have three adult children, of whom we  are very proud.  Sarah is 32 and is a Surgeon.  Jason is 31, married to his wife Gail and they have a son, Isaac.  Josh is 26 and attends IUPUI. 

  My life verse is Proverbs 15:2, “The wise man makes knowledge acceptable.

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