20 Digital Skills a 21st Century Teacher Should Have


I came across an article a while ago entitled “The 33 digital skills every 21st century teacher should have” and found the list fascinating considering it was written about two years ago. Many things on the list, in my opinion, have yet to even be engaged by many teachers in South African schools.

I took out some of the items on the list and narrowed it down slightly to 20 items instead that I think can pertain to teachers in a South African context.

So, here are twenty skills I believe that a teacher should aim towards achieving in their teaching career in the context of technology and education. How do you fare?

This, of course, raises the topic of the “digital divide” not just in communities or South African society but also in our school infrastructures and access to technology, including teacher training and equipping.

Here is the list

  1. Create and edit digital audio
  2. Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners
  3. Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students
  4. Exploit digital images for classroom use
  5. Use video content to engage students
  6. Use infographics to visually stimulate students
  7. Use Social networking sites to connect with colleagues and grow professionally
  8. Have a knowledge about online security
  9. Be able to detect plagiarized works in students assignments
  10. Create screen capture videos and tutorials
  11. Use polling software to create a real-time survey in class
  12. Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials
  13. Exploit computer games for pedagogical purposes
  14. Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes
  15. Find and evaluate authentic web based content
  16. Use of mobile devices like tablets
  17. Identify online resources that are safe for students browsing
  18. Use of screen casting tools to create and share tutorials
  19. Exploit group text messaging tools for collaborative project work
  20. Use file sharing tools to share docs and files with students online

The original article is here –>

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