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What is it to be a digitally competent teacher?

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The 7 Characteristics of a Digitally Competent Teacher is a post describing some features of what a teacher who is using digital tools to support learning and teaching might be like.

Using technology to support learning and teaching is not about being a technical wizard, but instead about recognising where technology can better support a learning situation, and having the capacity to identify tools which can best be utilised. And of course it is knowing how to embrace technology while modelling digital citizenship which would be wanted for learners. This post provides a visual poster which can be displayed to prompt discussion amongst colleagues.

9 Mistakes Teachers Make Using Tech in the Classroom – a post by Jacqui Murray which highlights some of the ways in which it can be easy to confuse using technology for the sake of using it but having no effect on learning and teaching, with using the technology when it will enhance the learning and teaching experience in the classroom. The post provides descriptions of examples of how these mistakes can be avoided.

Morphing into a 21st Century Teacher –  a post by Med Kharbach on his educational technology and mobile learning blog setting out in infographic visual poster form “27 characteristics of a 21st century teacher” – this includes aspects which specifically relate to the use of digital technologies but also includes other aspects.

How are progressive teachers using technology – a post by Peter Kruger describing his use of online tools to support teaching and learning

The Components of a Digital Age Learning Ecosystem –  a post by Tim Clark describing the components of a classroom of today which is making effective use of the tools and techniques available.

The Top Ways Digital Tools Transform Learning – a post by Laura Devaney setting out the results of a survey of teachers illustrating the differing ways in which teachers use digital tools both outwith and within the classroom.

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher – a infographic visual poster with accompanying article which sets out some ways in which a teacher might find that technology has just become embedded in their everyday professional life

Six-year-olds understand digital technology better than adults – a controversial headline for a survey which was carried out about the use of technology by young children and adults. More importantly than any conclusion that younger children are better equipped to use technology than adults there is a condensed version of the survey which anyone can use which lets anyone look at the questions and crucially see support for how to be better informed about areas where knowledge, skills or experience are not as good as educators or parents/carers would want for themselves.

Facts about teacher use of technology – the results of a survey of teachers about their use of technology and their views of the impact of the use of technology by pupils on their learning.

15characteristicsof21cteacher15 characteristics of a 21st-century teacher – a post by Tsisana Palmer which sets out and describes 15 characteristics of a teacher in the 21st-century: having a learner-centred classroom and personalised teaching; learners as producers; learning new technologies; connecting globally; learners using their mobile devices; blogging; using digital tools and spaces to create, share and collaborate; using Twitter; connecting with colleagues online; coding; innovating; keep learning.

10socialmediaskillsfor21cteachers10 Social Media Skills for 21st Century Teachers – a post on the Global Digital Citizen Foundation which lists in a visual infographic poster crerated by Med Kharbach 10 skills which teachers in the 21st century need: from helping learners to use networking tools to solve problems and connect with peers, experts and teachers; to using networking tools as educators to create and learn from a professional learning network; and embedding skills of digital citizenship and responsibilities online in practice.

2015TechChallenge@Urban_Teacher’s 2015 Tech Challenge – so if you are looking for a way to get started in developing your own digital technology skills as a teacher then you might be inspired into action by seeing how many of the 22 tech challenges for the link below you can already do, and then trying to see how many you can find out how to do. Mark Martin put together this infographic poster inspired by B Yusuf – so follow the link which includes such suggestions as to visit one edtech event, play a game online, complete a YouTube tutorial, create a Microsoft Sway.

Click here for @Urban_Teacher’s 2015 Tech Challenge

21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 version) – an infographic with associated blogpost created by Carl Hooker with a host of suggestions for digital learning activities which a teacher might wish to give a try in their own classroom. The blogpost gives more detail than the inforgraphic as well as supplementary links which provide support and guidance.

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