Online Learning & Tech Compensation

What is Tech Compensation?

Our ISD Tech Levy includes funding to compensate employees for technology training relevant to their position.

Certificated Staff: Each year participation in up to six hours of ISD approved technology training will be compensated at the per diem rate. Additional hours of ISD approved technology training will be paid at the professional rate.

ISD approved technology training includes:

  • Pre-approved face-to-face technology training; facilitated by the district or school
  • Online learning options listed below. Online learning is limited to a total of 21 hours annually (6 per diem, 15 in-service). The 6 per diem hours are only available if you have not used them for face to face training.

Para-pros: Para Pro Staff may participate in face-to-face tech training applicable to their position. Para-pros will complete the yellow classified staff compensation sheet. In addition, para-pros may participate in and receive compensation for some online learning options. Please check with your Ed Tech TOSA and supervisor to see which ones are available to you.

Other Classified Staff must get pre-approval from their supervisor prior to taking tech training for compensation. Once the training is complete the supervisor must sign the compensation sheet, then send to Admin/Ed Tech: Comp Request. You will need to sign into Staff Hub to access the electronic compensation sheet.

Online Learning Options for Certificated Staff

Certificated staff may participate in the self-paced online learning options below that are related to their position. Many of these are free, others require an enrollment fee. Any registration fee associated with the online learning is at the expense of the teacher/school. Staff members must have access to the Ed Tech tools explored during the training. In order to be considered for compensation the training must include attendance or completion verification from the provider.

Please note, hours must occur outside contract time. Hours are issued by school year beginning September 1 and ending August 31. Compensation sheets should be submitted as hours are incurred. The deadline to submit hours for the year is September 1.

Elementary teachers may want to focus their training on the ISD Core Tools for elementary schools. Review the Core Tools document and select from the options below.

Online Learning ProviderPre-approved TopicsAttendance Verification from the provider
ISD Ed Tech Tools Canvas Course
K-12 all Cert Staff (Free)

All modules and linked Canvas courses in this course are approvedTo receive compensation teachers must complete the online request for compensation and submit evidence of completion. Learn more in the ISD course.
ISD Facilitated Courses in CanvasVarious throughout the yearCompletion of course and all assignments within the course. Submit evidence of completion.
Final Site
non-instructional certificated staff including counselors, certificated nurses, OT/PTs, TOSAs, etc.
Page Editor Learning PathCompletion of the modules will produce a certificate. Please upload the certificates with your compensation request.
Canvas Certified Educator
6-12 cert staff Registration fee  
CORE 1: Foundational Frameworks – K12 (8 hrs)
CORE 2: Engagement Strategies – K12 (8 hrs)
CORE 3: Personalized Learning – K12 (8 hrs)
CORE 4: Transformational Practices – K12 (8 hrs)
To receive compensation teachers must submit a certificate of completion along with their compensation sheet.
Microsoft Learning Paths
K-12 – all cert staff
Teachers may take courses for K-12 educators for tools currently available in our district for both students and teachers. This includes Office 365, FlipGrid, Teams, OneNote, and Microsoft accessibility tools.

The courses MUST have learning objectives that include learning technology skills and knowledge.

In this module, you will:
1. Identify foundational principles of an accessible learning environment.
2. Explain how Microsoft tools support each principle of accessibility.
3. Apply knowledge of accessibility principles and Microsoft tools to create a more inclusive learning environment.
Learning Objectives 2 and 3 in this module are related to learning tech tools to support accessibility, therefore it qualifies for tech compensation.

Non Example:
In this module, you will:
1. Define key terms and concepts related to race, racism, and anti-racism
2. Explain the construct of race and its historical foundation
3. Distinguish between the different levels of racism
The Learning Objectives in this module do not include learning about technology tools; therefore it does NOT qualify for tech compensation.
Teachers must login to their district Office365 account when taking these courses.

To receive compensation teachers must submit their course completion certificate along with their compensation sheet.
Adobe Self-Paced Courses
K-12 – all cert staff

*includes an assignment for completion  
The following online courses for Adobe Express qualify for tech compensation.

30 minute courses
*Teach Science, Social Studies, Math, and/or Language Arts with Adobe Express
*Building Community with Adobe Express
*Visible Thinking with Adobe Express
*Writing Activities with Adobe Express
*Graphic Organizers with Adobe Express
*Digital Portfolios with Adobe Express
*Formative Assessment with Adobe Express
*Goal Setting with Adobe Express
*Student Presentations with Adobe Express
*Infographics with Adobe Express

Longer courses
*Adobe Express in the Classroom (3 hrs)
*Creativity for all (3 hrs)
*Adobe Express Professional Learning Kit (2 hrs)
*Basic Principles of Design (1 hr)
*Flipped Learning for your Classroom (3 hrs)
To receive compensation teachers must submit the digital badge and/or certificate indicating # of hours along with their compensation sheet.
Adobe Self-Paced Courses
Restricted – see below

Compensation restricted to teachers who teach courses which use the noted Adobe product; typically, elective or CTE classes. GE teachers may also take these courses to support student interest.
Design Graphics with your Students; Adobe Illustrator (3 hrs)

Make Impactful Social Videos with your Students; Adobe Premiere (5 hrs)

Digital Publishing with your Students; Adobe InDesign (3 hrs)
To receive compensation teachers must submit the digital badge and/or certificate indicating # of hours along with their compensation sheet.
Seesaw Pioneer

K-5 – all cert staff
Seesaw Pioneers are beyond the Seesaw basics and are ready to take the next step to learn and connect within a supportive professional learning environment. (1 hour)To receive compensation teachers must submit the digital badge and/or certificate indicating # of hours along with their compensation sheet.
Seesaw Learning Pathway
K-5 – all cert staff
Topics include:
-Deepen Learning with Seesaw
-The Seesaw library
-Tracking progress of seesaw lessons
-Integrating Seesaw lessons in your classroom routines
-Actionable Feedback in Seesaw
-Progress and skills in Seesaw
-Organization in Seesaw with folders
-Get Specialist Teachers started in Seesaw
To receive compensation teachers must submit the certificate of completion along with their compensation sheet.
Book Creator  
K-12- all cert staff Free 
You must create an account to access. Use your district email.
Book Creator Certified Author: Get your Book Creator Level 1 accreditation by completing this self-paced training. (1 hour) To receive compensation teachers must submit a digital badge and/or certificate indicating # of hours along with their compensation sheet. 
iReady (access through Clever or Classlink)
K-8- all cert staff Free

To access the iReady tutorials, login to your iReady account and click on “Online Educator Learning”

Select one of the pre-approved titles listed in the column to the right.
Welcome to iReady  (1 hour) 
Administering the Diagnostic (55 minutes) 
Best Practices for I-Ready Personalized Instruction (45 min) 
Helping All Learners Succeed (20 minutes) 
Using Data to Plan Instruction (25 minutes) 
Using Data to Plan Instruction after Second Diagnosis  (25 minutes) 
Standard Mastery Quick Start Orientation (30 minutes) 
Using Tools for Scaffolding Comprehension (25 minutes) 
Using the Prerequisites Report to Inform Instruction (30 minutes) 
Analyzing Growth to Inform Decision-Making (20 minutes)
To receive compensation teachers must submit a screenshot of the completed classes that shows the  # of hours along with their compensation sheet 
Seesaw Connect – Summer 2023Seesaw Connect is Seesaw’s summer PD “virtual conference” and offers a wide range of learning opportunities around the integration of Seesaw. To receive compensation teachers must  download and submit a certificate of completion with their name, date, session title and course duration along with their compensation request.
Teacher-Librarian Core Curriculum – Information Literacy & Digital Citizenship Module ONLY (5 hrs)

Restricted – see below

Compensation restricted to teacher-librarians
Designed for new school library workersschool library workers who haven’t been formally trained, aspiring school library workers, or anyone who would like a refresher in the core knowledge needed to run a successful library program in a school, this self-guided course will take you through four modules:
Collection Management,
Information Literacy & Digital Citizenship,
School Library Programming, and
School Library Partnerships.

Completing all of the modules will give you a total of 16 Clock Hours, but please note just 5 hours for the Information Literacy & Digital Citizenship qualify for tech compensation.

In order to receive Clock Hours for this self-guided online course, you must first register at this link. Before beginning the course, make sure you read the module called “READ FIRST: Course Registration and Clock Hours Info” to make sure you understand the course objectives, NBPTS Library Media standards, and how to receive your Clock Hours. You will also need to create a Niche Academy account, if you have not already done so, and request access to the learning pathway.
To receive compensation, teacher-librarians must submit proof of completion of the Information Literacy & Digital Citizenship module.
Special Education Technology Center

Compensation restricted to special education teachers
Webinars offered by SETC address technology tools and strategies to support inclusive learning environments.

Please note, the Book Studies offered do NOT qualify for technology compensation.
To receive compensation, special education teachers must submit proof of completion of the webinar with their request for compensation.

Get the Forms to Get the Pay

First, Check Your Tech Hours to determine whether you submit for per-diem or in-service compensation. Each year, teachers receive compensation at the per-diem rate for the first six hours of technology training. Additional approved training, whether online or in person, is paid at the in-service rate. NOTE: Your name will not appear on the 23-24 Tech Pay Tracker until you have submitted hours and they have been processed.

Next, complete a compensation form. NOTE: The deadline for submitting hours for payment the following month is the last day of the current month (e.g. June 30 for July payment); this allows office staff the time needed to process the requests prior to payroll deadline.

If you have questions about the process please email Yasmin Masood (

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