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.

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.

**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 :

- A List of Some of The Best Photo Editing Tools for Teachers
- A List of Great Tools for Teachers to Create Animated Pictures and Images
- A list of Some Awesome Photo and Image Resources for Teachers

**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 :

- 8 Free Tools to Create Awesome Infographics
- Educational Infographics to Share with your Students
- A List of Top Educational Infographics
- A Set of Awesome Infographics on Language Learning
- This is how Teachers Can Embed Infographics in Their Blogs and Websites

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

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :

- Teachers Comprehensive Guide to The Use of Social Networking in Education
- Top 25 Social Media Websites for Teachers
- Google Plus Use in Education
- Facebook Use in Education

**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 :

- Teachers Free Tools and Resources on Internet Safety
- Online Safety Tips and Tools to Protect Kids online and Inform Parents about Internet Dangers
- Free Resources to Teach about Bullying

**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 :

- Teach your Students Copyright Issues
- The Full History of Copyright from Its Origins to What it is Now

**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 :

- 8 Free Resources on The Use of iPad in Education
- A Free Comprehensive Guide to The Use of iPad Apps in Education
- A List of Excellent iPad Apps for Educators

**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 :

- 17 Free YouTube Tools Every Educator should Know about
- A List of YouTube Tools to Crop, subtitle, convert and Save Videos

**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 :

- Free Research Tools Every Educator Needs to Know about
- 6 Free Tools to Easily Cite Resources for students and teachers

**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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