01 July 2005

Technology Skills for Teachers

T.H.E. Journal has a variety of technology resources for teachers. They have just released their "Top 20" list of skills every teacher should have. How do you stack up?

  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 School 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

As for me? I'm okay on most of these. I'm weakest on 13, 14, and 18 (I'm not even sure what "deep web knowledge" means). And while others on the list (like 6 and 9) I'm acquainted with, I wouldn't say that I was an expert. I certainly wouldn't want people depending on me to answer their questions or provide training.

T.H.E. Journal has been kind enough to provide a list of on-line tutorials for each item. So perhaps one of my summer projects will be to spend a little time beefing up what I do know and developing new knowledge to replace my ignorance of others. I have a feeling that in my new district role that I may need a broader base of expertise in many of these items from the list. Better to learn in leisure than repent in haste. Or something like that.

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