Sunday, June 10, 2012

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test.






It is amazing how technology has changed the whole world giving rise to new forms of education we never thought of. Our students are more digitally focused than any time before. They spend more time interacting with their mobile devices than they do with their parents or close relatives. Admittedly, this digital boom has both  positive and negative impact on our students. Lack of concentration, short attention span, distraction, visual  stimulus overload, identity theft, lack of real world socializing, privacy issues, depression, and many more are but a direct result of the growing exposure to this technology. Studies have even proved that multitasking, which some educational technology experts brag about in relation to the use of today's technology, reduces the power of our concentration to the half.  We should not, However, only look at the empty side of the cup, the other side is way bigger.


There are  actually several pluses for the use of technology in education and to try and list them  all here is way beyond the scope of this short post. Generally speaking,  no two argue over the fact that technology advantages in education ( and in our life at large ) way  outnumber  its downsides. It is thanks to technology that you are now reading this post and will probably share it with your colleagues.



digital skills for 21st century teachers




There is no blinking the fact  that the type of students we teach today are completely different from last century's. We , definitely, need to look at some of the skills we, as teachers, need to equip ourselves with to better live up to the challenge. Among all the challenges we would have in education, there is not as daunting a challenge as catching students focus and getting them engaged in the learning process. For this particular reason, and in addition to the skills I initially mentioned in 21st Century Teaching Skills article, I would like to provide you  with another list of  some equally important digital skills that you, as a teacher, need to seriously consider if you want to pave the way for the 21st century teaching. I have added a list of web tools under each skill for teachers to better exploit it.

Please, remember that I have spent many laborious hours working on  this post and all I ask is a credit back to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning when re-using this content somewhere else.



digital skills for 21st century teachers




The 21st century teacher should be able to :


1- Create and edit  digital audio


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Free Audio Tools for Teachers



2- Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of Best Bookmarking Websites for Teachers



3- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Great Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages for your Class



4- Exploit digital images for classroom use


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





5- Use video content to engage students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





6- Use infographics to visually stimulate students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :




7- Use Social networking sites to connect with colleagues and grow professionally

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





8- Create and deliver asynchronous presentations and training sessions


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of The Best Presentation Tools for Teachers



9- Compile a digital e-portfolio for their own development


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Free Tools to Create Digital Portfolios 



10- Have a knowledge about online security


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





11- be able to detect plagiarized works in students assignments


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Free Plagiarism Detector Tools fr Teachers and Educators



12- Create screen capture videos and tutorials


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Five Great Screen Capture Tools for Teachers



13- Curate web content for classroom learning


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
10 Must have Bookmarklets for Teachers



14- Use and provide students with task management tools to organize their work and plan their learning

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of Great Task Management Tools for Educators



15- Use polling software to create a real-time survey in class


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
15 Free and Easy Poll/ Survey Tools for Teachers



16- Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :






17- Exploit  computer games for pedagogical purposes

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





18- Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Free Tools to Create and Administer Quizzes



19- Use of collaborative tools for text construction and editing


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of Great Free Collaborative Tools for Educators



20- Find and evaluate authentic web based content


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
The Three Effective Ways Teachers Should Know about



21- Use of mobile devices like tablets


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :




22- Identify online resources that are safe for students browsing


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of Awesome Kids-safe Websites



23- Use digital tools for time management purposes


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :




24- Learn about the different ways to use YouTube in your classroom


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :




25- Use note taking tools to share interesting content with your students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :





26- Annotate web pages and highlight parts of text to share with your class


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
13 Free Web Annotation Tools for Teachers to Draw, Add notes, and highlight interesting parts in webpages



27- Use of online graphic organizers and printables


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of Free Graphic Organizers for Educators



28- Use of online sticky notes to capture interesting ideas


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
13 Free Sticky Notes Tools for Teachers and Students



29- Use of screen casting tools to create and share tutorials


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
A List of The Best Free Screen Casting Tools for Teachers to Record and Share Tutorials



30- Exploit group text messaging tools for collaborative project work


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
9 Free Group Text Messaging for Educators



31- Conduct an effective search query with the minimum time possible


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
The Entire Google Search Guide for Teachers



32- Conduct A Research Paper Using Digital Tools


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :



33- Use file sharing tools to share docs and files with students online


A List of The Best File Sharing Tools for Teachers


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54 comments:

  1. Thanks for organizing this execellent set of resources.

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  2. Thank you so much for this great post!

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  3. This is WONDERFUL! Thank you for such a great post I will refer to often!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing all your hard work - it's absolutely fantastic!

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  5. Fantastic post with valuable resources!

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  6. Thanks loads, it is something!

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  7. Excellent research on 21st Century skills for next generation teachers. Very useful to advocates of 21st century skills.

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  8. Wow. Thanks so much this is amazing!

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  9. This is ONE HOT STUFF!

    thanks! will definitely using this

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  10. Wow! This is quite comprehensive! Thank you for the many hours that you spent on this.

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  11. So many great tools here! Thank you!

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  12. Hi. I follow your blog and am repeatedly impressed with your way of creating so much interesting and refreshing points of view. thank you so much

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  13. Thanks for this great list.

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  14. Thank you guys for all your comments I really appreciate it

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  15. Thank you for a splendid resourse! I hope it is ok to translate it to Swedish and of course give you the credit?

    Carola from Åland

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  16. Hi Carola, thank you for your comment. Yes you can translate it to Sweddish for sure.

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  17. This is so helpful and somewhat daunting..Ive just started holidays and now think I should be spending my time crossing off this list!!

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  18. This is a comprehensive list... And , I agree, daunting! So little time....

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  19. Nice sum regarding the digital skills for the 21st Century. I must ad though that it is slice of the learning process a teacher should always be part of. A teacher needs to be a student and learn at the same time as she/he teaches. And of course some of the things she/he should know have to do with the digital world we are living in.

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  20. A good list of skills. What about IWB skills?

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  21. I add my hearty gratitude for sharing a list of tools Amd skills that are so pertinent. The previous comment caught my attention..."what about IWB skills"....many teachers equate IW with technology integration. I see online approaches and mobile technology in the hands of students as more 21st century. IW can lead to even more teacher directed pedagogy.

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  22. Great list and thank you for your countless hours researching and putting this list together! Job well done. I have pinned these to my PLN Board and will share with my staff.

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  23. Absolutely brilliant I can't do most of it but I want to learn how to do it!

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  24. Great work on pulling the post and list of resources together. The fact that you included elements for online security and plagiarism is fantastic simply because technology to often gets promoted without also teaching responsible use for both the teacher and student.
    I will be able to progressively move through your list to see what I haven't used before.

    Thanks!

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  25. Brilliant. This is going on holidays with me for the next month!

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  26. This is very good. Just what I've been looking for. Thank you so much for your time and effort in putting this together. I now have my professional development program!

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  27. This is absolutely excellent BUT sadly no mention of access and inclusion.

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  28. How about online resources to use as part of whole school management? Can I suggest a new one I'm involved with, which aims to prepare schools for future or return Ofsted inspection visits? http://www.ready4off.com
    There must be more out there!
    Joan Keevill

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  29. Thank you guys for your comments. I am glad you liked the post

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  30. Awesome post, first of its comprehensive kind I have seen! Thank you for sharing this, your back to school timing is perfect! Due credit will be given!

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  31. Thank you for such a useful and timely post!

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  32. An amazing - if slightly overwhelming - collection of very useful resources. I just hope I can recall items as I need them.

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  33. Awesome work Med.
    With such a wealth of resources available the largest task, these days, is how to sort, categorize, organize and test each of them ...... and you've done all the hard work for us.
    Hugely appreciated.

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  34. This is such an amazing collection of resources---I must save this so I can use some of it in my classroom! For some additional technology sites, iPad apps, and SMARTboard programs check out this site: http://teacherspot123.blogspot.com/search/label/Technology

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  35. Great list! I love using iPads with my students - check out my blog using iPads in the classroom: www.ClassTechTips.com

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  36. Great post! I'll be investigating each skill area and passing this on to my graduate students!

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  37. With such a wealth of resources available the largest task, these days, is how to sort, categoriz Surf Movies

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  38. Thanks for this list - I now have a much better idea of how little I know about e-learning and the digital space!
    Dave

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  39. Great post. Thanks for the hard work

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  40. Great list! I would like to ask how can you categorize multifunctional tools?

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  41. Fantastic,comprehensive,technical & highly practical/needed.May I express my Gratitude.Thank you,dear my teacher.Wish you good.

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  42. This site is simply great! awesome! I could not stop learning and thinking! If people could do this much for education, what stops most people from being knowledgeable?. Thank you, great teachers.

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  43. An indispensable repertoire of digital resources of a digitally conscious teacher in an age of digital advancement.

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  44. Fantastic resources for teachers. Thank you for sharing something you have put in such time and effort. I'm going to be spending the next few months working through what you have shared.

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  45. Fantastic resource for teachers!

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  46. It's really resource full for true teacher for 21st century for carrying pedagogy as smartest , most inquisitive and honest profession irrespective to level, region and institution.

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