NEA Academy

Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the classroom is no longer a luxury, and not just because of the proliferation of various mobile devices and their everyday use by students, parents and educators. Educational research and experience are demonstrating that technology as an educational tool can help foster productive collaboration between educators and students as well as among student peers, and even aid in the enormous challenge of closing achievement gaps among student populations.¹


Understanding the benefits and learning the practical applications of technology for teaching and learning are extremely important for today's educators. To assist you in gaining facility with the latest technology resources and approaches, the NEA Academy offers a number of peer-reviewed courses on the use of technology in the classroom.


Some of the courses and topics currently available are:

  • Using Technology for Teaching and Learning (Learning Bridges)
  • Evaluating Internet Resources (Idaho State University)
  • iPads in the Classroom (Professional Learning Board)
  • Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in the Class —Collaboration (Idaho State University)
  • Harry Potter in Translation to Teach International Languages (Idaho State University)

Courses are extremely affordable and presented in a convenient online format.


Increase your effectiveness and success in the new school year. Visit to view the entire catalog of NEA Academy course offerings!


¹Technology Holds Promise for Students with Poor Vocabulary Skills, by Steven L. Miller, Education Week (online), July 23, 2015




Build Your Career - Earn a Secondary Certification in Math or Science with WGU


Become a better teacher, expand the breadth of your instruction knowledge, and enhance your research skills with a secondary certification in the high-demand fields of math and science.  The M.A. in Mathematics or Science Education degrees from online, nonprofit Western Governors University (WGU), an NEA Academy partner, are NCATE-accredited programs designed to boost your credentials and your education expertise.


As an NEA member, you are eligible  to receive benefits in addition to already low tuition rates, unmatched personal support and NCATE-accredited online teaching degree programs.  Your special NEA member-only benefits include:


  • $65 application fee waiver
  • 5% tuition discount
  • Eligibility to apply for a $2,400 WGU-NEA Academy Partner Scholarship


Learn on your schedule and within your budget at WGU!


For information about the WGU bachelor's or master's degree programs, tuition discounts and scholarship opportunities, please visit:




Advance with New 1-Hour Workforce Training Courses for Only $15 Each!


The NEA Academy is excited to offer 68 new Workforce Training Courses structured to help educators and ESPs obtain skills and training to "take you where you need to go" in your career development.  These courses, made possible through our new partnership with Idaho State University (ISU), allow participants to accumulate course time to earn graduate credit*!


Looking for a new skill or a better way to reach your students?  Check out some of the new course titles:


  • Harry Potter in Translation to Teach International Languages
  • Microsoft PowerPoint & Word
  • Google Earth in the Classroom


Fast and convenient - most courses only take an hour and give you 30 days to review the materials online whenever you want!


NEA Members Receive 25% OFF - That's only $15 per course!

Select a topic below to find a course that is right for you:



For more information on the Idaho State University - Workforce Training courses offered through the NEA Academy, please visit:


*Any 16 clock hours of ISU approved/provided technology integration training can be accumulated to earn one (1) graduate/PD credit and is included in the course cost.  Participants can earn up to three (3) PD credits each semester.  Please check with your district/state if professional development graduate credit issued from Idaho State University, College of Education is accepted for recertification or salary movement.




Online Music Courses for Music Educators & Enthusiasts


Looking for new ways to unlock your students' potential through music?  Ever wanted to learn to play a new instrument?  The NEA Academy offers a multitude of award-winning online music courses and certificate programs to fit your professional needs and personal aspirations.


NEA members can enjoy 123 music courses from Berkleemusic, the online school for the Berklee College of Music, at a discounted rate.  These accredited courses are taught by the college's world-renowned faculty to students from over 120 countries around the world, including Grammy award winners, managers, artists, educators, publishers and music entrepreneurs.



Receive 10% OFF Tuition (that's over $100 off each course!)

  • Transform your skill set and find your inspiration in all areas of music
  • Choose from over 123 online award-winning* courses and certificate programs
  • Get direct access to Berklee's renowned faculty
  • Engage with professional musicians in a collaborative online community


For more information on the Berkleemusic courses


*The online courses offered by Berkleemusic have won the University Professional and Continuing Education Association's (UPCEA) "Best Online College Course" award seven years in a row, since 2005.  Additionally, the Berklee College of Music is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).