SOUTH EUCLID -- Instructional technology has become an important part of teaching and learning. Students want to be connected and technology is part of how they learn and how they think.

But educators do not always have adequate training in the use of available technologies that prepare students to compete in an emerging information-based global society.

If you are a teacher, curriculum specialist or administrator interested gaining the skills necessary to create effective blended eLearning content and tools, there's aprofessional development opportunity from Notre Dame College.

Starting Jan. 24, Notre Dame and 21st Learning Solutions will offer "Technology Driven Classrooms: Engaging the iGeneration," an eight-week, online, graduate-level, extensively research-based and fully instructor-led course.

In this course, the characteristics of today's iGeneration will be presented along with the proven technological strategies that can reach these 21st Century learners.

Topics will include tablets and other mobile devices as teaching and learning tools, app-based learning, blended learning, flipped classrooms, online learning, digital textbooks (e-books), and many other related topics.

The first 500 participants who enroll in this course for professional development may do so for FREE.

Those wanting graduate credit can enroll for three graduate credits from Notre Dame College's Center for Professional Development for a fee of $398.

Four separate start dates will be offered:Jan. 24, Jan. 31, Feb. 7 and Feb. 14, 2013.

For more information and to register, visit this link and click on the course number.