Ask any teacher and they will tell you that it’s essential to keep up on skills in order to be at the top of profession.  Students these days have lived their entire lives online.  It’s as natural to communicate digitally as face-to-face.

(I think for some, it’s MORE NATURAL to communicate on a screen than using eye contact, but that’s for a different article.)

As we approach the begining of the 2019-2020 school year, here is a list with some helpful resources to help you keep your technology skills sharp.

25 Technology Skills for Teachers To Stay Ahead of the Curve

1.      Create, edit, and manage digital audio

Leverage audio resources to create audio clips to communicate with students, give feedback to parents or use in the classroom projects. No need to download software or to store clips on the desktop with web-based tools.

Resources to help

https://www.kaizena.com/

https://twistedwave.com/online

2.      Social bookmarking to organize and share web content

Social bookmarking sites make it easy to collaborate with web content with students. Curate and save data at a central point that is easily accessible to share with students.

Resources to help

https://edshelf.com/

https://www.diigo.com/

http://www.livebinders.com/

https://www.scoop.it/

3.      Produce, edit and share videos

Create video presentations or video the lectures in real time. Creating videos is a means student can express themselves and inspire creativity in classroom presentations and assignments.

Resources to help

https://www.wevideo.com/

https://www.powtoon.com/

https://wideo.co/

4.      Create a virtual space for your classroom

Use online platforms like blogs, websites, and wikis to create a virtual space. Use the website or blog to improve students writing skills and for homework assignments. Showcase students’ work and post classroom news to keep parents informed.

Resources to help

https://wordpress.com and https://wordpress.org

https://edublogs.org/

https://kidblog.org

5.      Check for plagiarism

Plagiarism tools may help students to check if they’ve written original content and haven’t copied the resources researched. Teachers may compare a student’s written assignments online to detect if it is original or plagiarized content.

Resources to help

https://www.turnitin.com/

https://www.duplichecker.com/

http://www.plagiarismchecker.com/help-teachers.php

http://www.plagium.com/

6.      Capture screenshots for visual explanations

Capture screenshots of web pages to visually illustrate a process from beginning to end or zoom in on a specific step within the process. Use screen images as a visual tool to explain something to students. Screen images can also be used in manuals and tutorials.

Resources to help

https://www.awesomescreenshot.com/

https://app.prntscr.com/en/index.html

https://www.techsmith.com/jing-tool.html

7.      Edit digital images online

Crop, resize and edit photos and images online without having to install any software. Use online resources to personalize photos with frames and text.

Resources to help

https://www.picmonkey.com/

https://www.befunky.com/

https://pixlr.com/

https://www.fotor.com/

8.      Photo caricature and cartoons

Create an animated face from a photo or change the expressions to teach or illustrate emotions. Cartoons and caricatures make people laugh. It’s a clever way to demonstrate, even sad and unhappy, emotions in a less formal manner.

Resources to help

https://cartoon.pho.to/

https://picjoke.org/en/tag/Sketch

http://www.cartoonize.net/

9.      Infographics and posters to simplify topics

Use user-friendly tools online to visualize and simplify intricate information with engaging infographics and posters. Infographic templates save time and help teachers create a beautiful infographic to explain complex and elaborate topics.

Resources to help

https://piktochart.com/

https://www.easel.ly/

https://www.canva.com/

10.  Conduct quick polls in class

Online tools can help to quickly assess students, create surveys, and allow interactive responses from students in real time. A quick poll during class may keep students engaged and liven up a ‘boring’ or difficult topic.

Resources to help

https://www.polleverywhere.com/

https://answergarden.ch/

https://crowdsignal.com/

11.  Use technology for formative assessments

Formative assessments guide teachers in what the students understand and how to proceed and plan the next set of instructions. A survey or poll in real time will help determine to what extent the students understood the lesson and if they are ready for the next step.

Resources to help

https://www.mentimeter.com/

https://socrative.com/

https://get.plickers.com/

12.  Use or create quizzes to test knowledge

A quiz is a fun way of testing a student’s knowledge on a given topic in an informal manner that doesn’t feel like a test to the students. Students can even compare their knowledge prior to the lesson with what they’ve learned during class.

Resources to help

http://equizshow.com/

https://quizslides.co.uk/

https://www.quibblo.com/

13.  Track time to improve productivity

Teachers have too much to do in the time available to them; they can’t afford to waste time. Knowing how time was spent will help to control time better. Track and manage time with tools and apps to see how much time you spend on productive tasks and where you are wasting time.

Resources to help

https://www.rescuetime.com/

https://www.rememberthemilk.com/

https://www.toggl.com/

14.  Manage tasks and projects with free online software

Task and project management tools assist busy teachers in organizing, planning, remembering and completing tasks within deadlines. Project management software enables them to manage work and personal tasks in an orderly manner.

Resources to help

https://trello.com/

https://asana.com/

https://www.meistertask.com/

15.  Capture notes and stay organized

Note taking apps are powerful to jot down ideas, create lists, and to make notes for later. Apple Notes and Google Keep are the built-in note-taking apps for Apple and Android smartphones. The ability to capture notes and ideas in real-time help people stay organized.

Resources to help

https://evernote.com/

https://products.office.com/onenote/

https://simplenote.com/

16.  Find educational documentaries

A good documentary film helps to engage students in facts and history they may have difficulty to grasp due to lack of interest. Educational documentaries sites have a selection of topics to choose from without taking time to search online for a relevant one.

Resources to help

http://freedocumentaries.org/

https://topdocumentaryfilms.com/

https://documentaryheaven.com/

17.  Search for free apps and resources

There are sites and apps that help with the search for specific technology tools and for free resources. These sites will guide and assist teachers in finding the right app or resource.

Resources to help

https://alternativeto.net/

http://www.freenew.net/

18.  Showcase academic work with digital portfolios online

Digital portfolios showcase students’ homework, assignments and projects in various mediums in one place. Portfolio platforms allow students to upload and add relevant content as they progress until their portfolio is completed and ready for assessment.

Resources to help

https://dropr.com/

https://pathbrite.com/

https://www.weebly.com/za

http://sites.google.com

19.  Stay up to date with EdTech

Free online magazines and journals contain the latest educational technology information and trends. Subscribing to reading material may help teachers stay up to date with the constant changes in the technology world.

Resources to help

https://www.techlearning.com/

https://www.edutopia.org/

https://thejournal.com/Home.aspx

20.  Connect, network and share ideas online

Personal learning networks (PLN) online is a way to connect, share, and network with peers globally. It provides opportunities to share experiences and work and also to learn from fellow educators.

Resources to help

https://wabisabizen.com/

https://home.edweb.net/

http://edupln.ning.com/

https://www.classroom20.com/

21.  Continue professional development

Education is an ongoing learning experience for students and teachers. The web has wonderful sites and tools for educators to further their professional development.

Resources to help

https://www.educationworld.com/

https://www.edweek.org/

http://www.readwritethink.org/professional-development/

https://www.teachervision.com/

22.  Organize flipped classrooms

Create engaging flipped classrooms by using the latest technology tools. Learn ways how to use EdTech tools separately and how to combine various tools.

Resources to help

https://flippedlearning.org/

https://www.schoology.com/

https://www.techsmith.com/video-editor.html

https://www.edmodo.com/

23.  Secure usage of online technology

Online safety is vital for the teacher as well as students. Be responsible when using online technology and teach students how to stay safe. Cyberbullying is as real as traditional bullying. Students need to how to handle a cyberbully and the latter need to realize the consequences of their actions.

Resources to help

http://www.athinline.org/

https://safety.google/

http://www.antibullying.net/resourceswwwlinks.htm

https://www.stopbullying.gov/

24.  Explore the world

Creative virtual experiences that engage students in learning more about the history and geography of the world.

Resources to help

https://geoguessr.com/

https://nearpod.com/nearpod-vr

https://www.zeemaps.com/

25.  Use web page to instruct

Draw, highlight, add questions and embed videos directly on relevant websites pages to teach and instruct students. It saves time and the recognition is given to the source.

Resources to help

https://insertlearning.com/

https://www.awesomescreenshot.com/

https://www.mystickies.com/

 

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