I started this list because I was reading a blog post by Kyle Brumbaugh called the 50 Tech Skills the Tech Savvy Educator Needs http://edtechvalley.blogspot.com/2008/12/top-50-skills-tech-savvy-educator-needs.html.
I realized I don’t know many of them! However, it is pretty easy for me to figure out how to learn these things. I didn’t know how to turn on Google Safe Search, but I did know how to get to an advanced search and how to go about figuring it out.
I decided that I don’t agree with Kyle about the skills a teacher needs to know. Knowing how to do a Google Safe Search doesn’t help teachers when Google moves the link or changes the process or if the teacher uses a different search engine. Teachers don’t need to know how to word process or step-by-step how to make a spreadsheet. We tried teaching them all of this and then a few years later they came back to us and said that they still need training. Most of the time teachers forget how to do things because they don’t use them right away after they are trained and they have no skills for figuring it out themselves. I thought that making sure they had the software or the equipment to use right after the training would help, but still the new learning would not get used right away and a month later they were back saying they needed more training.
I think that Technology PD needs to be related to what teachers are doing anyway (either enhancing the curriculum or enhancing their lives (Facebook, personal slideshows)
As a Technology Instructional Partner I can also secretly be figuring out ways to teach them the “soft” skills that will help them figure things out themselves and even help them to think of possibilities. Here are some beginning thoughts. I would be interested in your thoughts.
- How to figure out things you want to know, but don’t. (i.e. for me how to turn on Google Safe Search)
- to ask questions that will get you someplace
- certain tech vocabulary can help (preferences, fyi, options, tools, etc…)
- how to edit your own privacy settings on a website
- How to collaborate online.
- it is OK to edit someone else's work-the concept of reverting the “history” of a website
- Using Wikis, Blogs, Google Docs and Spreadsheets
- CAPITOLs means yelling.
- How to keep kids safe while using the Internet
- decode URLs
- how to deal with copyright-where to find the info.
- basic safety rules (use of names, personal information, what to do if…, )
- How to deal with tech frustration and overload
- dealing with passwords
- it is OK to take baby steps, but not OK to stop
- When tension rises put technology aside. It will make sense or work tomorrow or later.
- photo and video management
- shared workspace
- communication through images, video, etc… not just words
FYI Here is Kyle’s list:
- turn on ‘safe search’
- use Google as a dictionary
- use Google as a calculator or conversion tool.
- search web pages from a particular domain
- search web pages from a particular country
- search for particular file types.
- determine the sites linked to a particular site.
- search for non-copyrighted material.
- set up a Google Alert.
- translate text into another language
Google Apps / Tools: (5)
- set up an RSS reader. (Google Reader, Bloglines)
- set up a Google Group
- create a Google Spreadsheets form.
- put a place marker in Google Earth.
- save a Google Earth file. (.kmz)
- decode an Internet URL
- find the owner of an Internet domain.
- download a document or image from an Internet site.
- view a historical version of a web page.
- compare the traffic of two different web sites.
- create a blog.
- create a wiki.
- set up an online calendar.
Image / Videos: (4)
- download/upload images to an photo sharing site. (Flickr / Picasa)
- download a ‘YouTube’ or other video service video
- embed media into a webpage, blog or wiki.
- create an online slide show.(VoiceThread, Photostory, Animoto, Picasa Web Album)
- send, receive and respond to e-mail.
- attach a file to an e-mail
- send e-mail to multiple recipients and how to use copy and blind copy
- use an Instant Messaging Client. (AIM, Google Chat, Yahoo Messenger)
- set up a microblog (Twitter, etc.)
- set up an Internet ‘phone call.’ (Skype)
- set up a video chat.
Cell Phone: (3)
- use your cell phone to send a text message.
- use your cell phone to search Google. (SMS)
- upload images from your cell phone to the Internet.
Personal Computer Management: (13)
- cut and paste from/into any Office Productivity Application (Microsoft Office, Open Office) document.
- crop an image
- create charts and graphs in any spreadsheet application
- copy text data and paste it into a spreadsheet so it can be manipulated or sorted.
- convert any office productivity document into a file type usable by another application.
- create a .pdf file.
- create a mail merged document.
- add media to any presentation application. (PowerPoint)
- save any document to a flash drive.
- burn data onto a CD.
- convert audio files into MP3’s.
- do basic computer troubleshooting .(Physical, Hardware, Operating System)
- test an Internet connection. (ping)
What is on your list?