Anyway, I have been thinking a lot about what Drape's Takes has to say about education and I think it's my turn.
Tech Tools for Every Educator
These are tools and skills that I believe every educator should be actively developing
- Multimedia editing: Whether it is PowerPoint, iMovie, Keynote, MovieMaker or some other tool every educator needs to be able to create, and remix their own multimedia.
- A sanctioned online presence: Every teacher needs a safe place to create an online presence. A place that no administrator/board member/legislator/parent is going to "call" them on. A place that no one is going to say: I don't know if that is a good idea. A place that they can post links, documents, and events relevant to their class.
- The ability to create readily readable reports: Teachers should be able to create documents in the following formats and know what they are and why they should use them. csv, pdf, rtf, txt
- A portable web presence: Every educator should have a web address that belongs to them. This is different than the sanctioned site listed above. This is a place where you have stuff that you might want to move with you. Your other site could/should have a portal to this online real estate, but this one you take with you if you move schools, are promoted or retire.
- An online learning community: Every educator should cultivate a group of like-minded (and sometimes opposite minded) colleagues. Whether this is developed through list-serves, twitter, blogger, edu-blog or some other method, we should be able to collaborate with colleagues who have similar jobs
- Online messaging: this relates to the above entry. Every teacher should be able to communicate with an instant messaging service. There are many. Windows Live Messenger, GoogleTalk, and Skype.
- Web Based Email: Every teacher should also have a secondary web based email. Pick your flavor.