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