What do you think made the top 10 list of skills every educator should know to teach students? For details, see 10 Tech Skills Every Educator Should Have -- THE Journal.
For a quick list, take a look at these ideas and see if you agree.
Would you make any additions to this list? If yes, what other technology skills are important for educators to know so they can keep their students well informed?
This is a great question, and I think the list is interesting in that it spans many years of tech skill development. I see things such as basic word processing skills which many teachers needed to learn 10-15 years or more ago, and then recent concepts such as mobile devices. The interesting thing about "skills" especially where technology is concerned is that it is ever evolving, and we can't even begin to know what sorts of skills we'll need in 5 years.
One thing that I think is missing from this list is being able to communicate to students the issue or need for making good decisions when it comes to sharing information via electronic devices. Just recently I saw a video that described how individuals can pinpoint your location for unsavory purposes as a result of your having taken a photo with your smart phone and uploaded it a social media site. It was about having location services on your phone enabled, and most of my friends didn't even think about checking their settings when I mentioned it to them. Think of all the teenagers and young adults who have this feature on their phones or tablets, placing themselves at risk. We need to learn how to help our students remain safe, knowing that there will be new ways for the wrong people to get to our information all the time. It's a critical skill that we need to try to stay ahead of....anyone know of any sources of information to keep us informed?
I'll see if I can find the link to the video about the photos.
I found a great list of resources in a blog by David Andrade, a Physics teacher and educational technology specialist in Southwestern, CT. Check out his suggestions - 10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have – DEN Blog Network.
Are you using any of these sites? What words of wisdom do you have to share?
#3 Being Willing To Learn New Technology; is a must. However, when looking at David Andrade's "10 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have," I see the need for self learning of tech and where to go for help a bit more specific and on target. An educator with all they face during the school day can be "willing to learn new technology," however, they may not follow through. Mini training sessions, offered at the school, might not be attended or recommended webinars might not be viewed.
Educators need to self learn the technology. How? Educators can read about technology and how others are using it in the classroom. Educators can connect with others and learn from them, collaborate, share. Educators can be active in the Thinkfinity Community, which would lead to #4 on the list, "Connecting with Social Media."
#2 talks about Microsoft office, but that is not enough today. Educators need to have skills in multiple word processing, presentation software, spreadsheets, etc.
#9 "googling it" should include more than just finding information on the web. Google drive offers some great tools to teachers. Then there is google sites, chrome store, extensions, etc. Teachers need to at least have basic knowledge of what these have to offer.
I agree, Jonathan, on #2. Proficiency in MS Office isn't as necessary as having the basic knowledge of word processing. Many are using Google Drive instead of MS Word and Excel. Not all can transfer knowledge from one to the other.
As to #9 Googling It, I think the author meant that educators need to know how to conduct a search via a search engine. However, there are many layers to finding information and not all have discovered the ease of an advanced search or even using quotation marks when searching for a specific topic or item.
Really like Jane Brown's idea of learning with and from students.
Our role is to create a powerful learning activity that asks students to solve a problem that has meaning in their lives. We can ask them to help us choose a tool or tools that we can all use to solve the problem and demonstrate learning.
This approach has the added benefit of demonstrating we are all learners and can learn from each other.