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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

20 Technology Skills Every 'Educator' Should Have

The Journal recently published a really good article by Laura Turner on 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. It’s an American journal (which is why it keeps referring to educators!) but the list of skills that it suggests us ‘educators’ need are becoming pretty much the same here in the UK.

The article says that...

“During the last 15 years, we in education have moved at light speed in the area of educational technology. Whether you are involved in higher ed, secondary ed, elementary ed, or special ed, all of us find it difficult to catch up, keep up, and put up with fast-moving computer-based technology....

...Today, not only do we use computers, but we also have laptops, wireless laptops, and tablet PCs. In addition, we have the World Wide Web, scanners, CD burners, USB drives, digital cameras and digital video cameras, PDAs, as well as video and DVD players. And most educators use a variety of tools-including video, e-mail, desktop conferencing, online programs such as WebCT and Blackboard, as well as video conferencing-to teach....”
So, it goes on to say...

”With that in mind, here is a comprehensive listing of the technology skills that every educator should have....

1. Word Processing Skills
2. Spreadsheets Skills
3. Database Skills
4. Electronic Presentation Skills
5. Web Navigation Skills
6. Web Site Design Skills
7. E-Mail Management Skills
8. Digital Cameras
9. Computer Network Knowledge Applicable to your System
10. File Management & Windows Explorer Skills
11. Downloading Software From the Web (Knowledge including eBooks)
12. Installing Computer Software onto a Computer System
13. WebCT or Blackboard Teaching Skills
14. Videoconferencing skills
15. Computer-Related Storage Devices (Knowledge: disks, CDs, USB drives, zip disks, DVDs, etc.)
16. Scanner Knowledge
17. Knowledge of PDAs
18. Deep Web Knowledge
19. Educational Copyright Knowledge
20. Computer Security Knowledge”
Wow that’s a lot of skills. And I’m sure all of those were never in my job description.

Each of these sections are then expanded on and the author goes on to signpost useful websites, how to’s and tutorials that will teach us ‘educators’ more about each of these topics. Which is a good job too because I reckon I might need to brush up on some of these things myself!

In summary, I found the adverts in this article a bit annoying but other than that it was a really good resource which was well worth book marking.

1 Comments:

At 3:50 pm, Blogger Theresa said...

Update: Here’s a better link, to a print version of the same article (fortunately, without the ads).

 

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