The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have

Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test.



digital skills for 21st century teachers


It is amazing how technology has changed the whole world giving rise to new forms of education we never thought of. Our students are more digitally focused than any time before. They spend more time interacting with their mobile devices than they do with their parents or close relatives. Admittedly, this digital boom has both  positive and negative impact on our students. Lack of concentration, short attention span, distraction, visual  stimulus overload, identity theft, lack of real world socializing, privacy issues, depression, and many more are but a direct result of the growing exposure to this technology. Studies have even proved that multitasking, which some educational technology experts brag about in relation to the use of today's technology, reduces the power of our concentration to the half.  We should not, However, only look at the empty side of the cup, the other side is way bigger.


There are  actually several pluses for the use of technology in education and to try and list them  all here is way beyond the scope of this short post. Generally speaking,  no two argue over the fact that technology advantages in education ( and in our life at large ) way  outnumber  its downsides. It is thanks to technology that you are now reading this post and will probably share it with your colleagues.



digital skills for 21st century teachers


There is no blinking the fact  that the type of students we teach today are completely different from last century's. We , definitely, need to look at some of the skills we, as teachers, need to equip ourselves with to better live up to the challenge. Among all the challenges we would have in education, there is not as daunting a challenge as catching students focus and getting them engaged in the learning process. For this particular reason, and in addition to the skills I initially mentioned in 21st Century Teaching Skills article, I would like to provide you  with another list of  some equally important digital skills that you, as a teacher, need to seriously consider if you want to pave the way for the 21st century teaching. I have added a list of web tools under each skill for teachers to better exploit it.

Please, remember that I have spent many laborious hours working on  this post and all I ask is a credit back to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning when re-using this content somewhere else.



digital skills for 21st century teachers



The 21st century teacher should be able to :


1- Create and edit  digital audio


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill :
Free Audio Tools for Teachers



2- Use Social bookmarking to share resources with and between learners


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of Best Bookmarking Websites for Teachers



3- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
Great Tools to Create Protected Blogs and Webpages for your Class



4- Exploit digital images for classroom use


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





5- Use video content to engage students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





6- Use infographics to visually stimulate students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 




7- Use Social networking sites to connect with colleagues and grow professionally

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





8- Create and deliver asynchronous presentations and training sessions


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of The Best Presentation Tools for Teachers



9- Compile a digital e-portfolio for their own development


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
Free Tools to Create Digital Portfolios 



10- Have a knowledge about online security


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





11- be able to detect plagiarized works in students assignments


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
Free Plagiarism Detector Tools fr Teachers and Educators



12- Create screen capture videos and tutorials


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
Five Great Screen Capture Tools for Teachers



13- Curate web content for classroom learning


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
10 Must have Bookmarklets for Teachers 



14- Use and provide students with task management tools to organize their work and plan their learning

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of Great Task Management Tools for Educators



15- Use polling software to create a real-time survey in class


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
15 Free and Easy Poll/ Survey Tools for Teachers



16- Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 






17- Exploit  computer games for pedagogical purposes

Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





18- Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
Free Tools to Create and Administer Quizzes



19- Use of collaborative tools for text construction and editing


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of Great Free Collaborative Tools for Educators



20- Find and evaluate authentic web based content


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
The Three Effective Ways Teachers Should Know about



21- Use of mobile devices like tablets


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 




22- Identify online resources that are safe for students browsing


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of Awesome Kids-safe Websites



23- Use digital tools for time management purposes


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 




24- Learn about the different ways to use YouTube in your classroom


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 




25- Use note taking tools to share interesting content with your students


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 





26- Annotate web pages and highlight parts of text to share with your class


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
13 Free Web Annotation Tools for Teachers to Draw, Add notes, and h...



27- Use of online graphic organizers and printables


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of Free Graphic Organizers for Educators



28- Use of online sticky notes to capture interesting ideas


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
13 Free Sticky Notes Tools for Teachers and Students 



29- Use of screen casting tools to create and share tutorials


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
A List of The Best Free Screen Casting Tools for Teachers to Record...



30- Exploit group text messaging tools for collaborative project work


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
9 Free Group Text Messaging for Educators



31- Conduct an effective search query with the minimum time possible


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 
The Entire Google Search Guide for Teachers



32- Conduct A Research Paper Using Digital Tools


Here are some tools for teachers to develop this skill : 



33- Use file sharing tools to share docs and files with students online

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