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5 computer skills a 21st century teacher should have

Technology is changing the way students learn and teachers work. Here are five skills that every teacher should have in order to be able to prepare today’s students for tomorrow

Basic computer literacy

You don’t need to be a computer geek, but you do need to be use basic programs (at the very least, Microsoft’s Word, Outlook and PowerPoint). The good news is that most computer programs share common features and icons, which means skills learnt in one program are usually transferable.

The ability to back-up

Computers are the filing cabinets of the 21st century, and most lesson plans, resources and reports are now created, shared and saved on computers. If you don’t want to lose your work, you need to know how to back-up your files.

Experience of online project work

Most teachers as students to take part in group work at some point, but how often do teachers do this type of work themselves? If you want to be able to really help your students, get involved in some projects that are run online – either in or outside of school. Your experiences will stand your students in good stead.

The ability to nurture creativity – and mark it

Most white collar companies want creative employees. With easy programs for word processing, film and photo editing, music creation and drawing (to name just a few) computers enable people create like they never have before, so you need to create assignments that encourage to think in new ways. At the very least, you need to be able to download and review the films, music, podcasts and 3D drawing they create.

Social networking skills

Whether you use Facebook or not isn’t important, but you need to have a basic understanding of how online networks work and the netiquette involved. Your students will be chatting online, writing blogs and sending tweets, and you need to be ready if they ask for guidance.

6 comments (Add your own)

1. Jack Hilift74e5f wrote:
Missing in the list, I believe, is the skill to be able to research quickly any question that you are faced with in researching of any subject. These sites should be bookmarked in front of you on your browser for immediate access. A couple that come to mind are "Onelook" (spelling) to Wikipedia (anything else from entertainment personality's to highly sophisticated explanations of physical phenomena.

September 2, 2012 @ 2:34 PM

2. joselph wrote:
this is intelligent

September 15, 2012 @ 9:54 AM

3. Blaze wrote:
Full of salient pontis. Don't stop believing or writing!

September 24, 2012 @ 1:23 AM

4. Quian wrote:
yes I agree with most of the information and in teaching people the ways of technology and using it effectively.

November 16, 2012 @ 1:29 PM

5. Anonymous wrote:
Do schools offer courses to help teachers become more computer savvy? Young teachers usually have these skills but the older teachers who are highly valuable for their life experience may have little experience in using a Macbook ? This type of learning should be offered.

March 26, 2013 @ 7:56 PM

6. Jkhoza wrote:
How can the teachers who has being in the teaching profession for a long time be able to use these new technological or digital methods without the knowledge. I think of teacher development program or frame works that will concentrate at equipping our teachers with these knowledge and update to the present generational education which is at technological era.

April 25, 2013 @ 9:46 AM

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