During the last 15 years, education have moved at light speed in the area of educational technology. Whether you are involved in higher, secondary, primary, or special education, most teachers find it difficult to catch up, keep up, and put up with fast-moving computer-based technology.
Technology will not replace teachers but teachers who do not have technology skill will be replaced by those who have
Most educators use a variety of tools-including video, e-mail, desktop conferencing, online programs such as WebCT and Blackboard, as well as video conferencing-to teach. Thus, it is no longer acceptable for educators to be technology illiterate. As a skilled educator, you will have to aim for uncommon excellence and proficiency in this computer-oriented era. Well here are some computer skills for every teacher.
Every teacher should be proficient in the use of productivity tools. Educators should be able to use some type of word processing program to complete written tasks in a timely manner. Teachers have to process many different types of data. Productivity tools (word processor, spreadsheet, database, and presentation software) are available on all computers and are the obvious tools to use for most teaching and learning tasks – and yet, it’s probably true to say that 80 percent of computer users know only 20 percent of what a computer can do.
Most teachers consider themselves competent using a word processor, but are they? Are you? Do you know how to do a mail merge (which involves familiarity with databases)? Do you know how to incorporate pictures into text? Do you know how to use indent markers? Do you know how to create columns of text? Do you know how to use tables? Those are not advanced word processing skills, by any means. A modern word processor is a multimedia tool. Its skillful use can enable capable teachers to create a host of visually attractive, information-rich learning materials. Every teacher should learn how to use it well.
Every teacher also should know how to capture numerical data in a spreadsheet, use formulas to manipulate that data, and display it in charts and graphs.
Every teacher should be familiar with presentation software such as PowerPoint — not because presentation tools make great slideshows for teachers, but because they make great slideshows for students. Remember, we teach for one purpose and one purpose only — to help students learn
Every teacher should be open to new ways of doing things.
That is so important today! Almost on a weekly basis, technologies become available that can change — and sometimes utterly transform — the way teachers teach and children learn. Good teachers maintain an avid interest in new technologies with a view toward improving the effectiveness of their teaching. Robert Kennedy’s famous line (quoting George Bernard Shaw) captures the essence of that recommendation: “Some men see things as they are, and say ‘Why?’ I dream of things that never were, and say ‘Why not?’ “
Good teachers should be constantly on the lookout for ideas about how to do a better job in the classroom. One of the best ways to do that is to join an online discussion group, where teachers get together in an open e-forum to share ideas about teaching and learning. With approximately 3,500 subscribers internationally and about 8000 readers, EDTECH plays an influential role in determining the future direction of education technology.
Troubleshooting: Every teacher should be able to troubleshoot technology-related problems that commonly crop up in the classroom.
For example, you should know that when a computer is behaving oddly in any way, the simplest solution often is to turn off the computer and then turn it back on. Sometimes plugs work lose from their sockets or disks get stuck in drives. Technology-using teachers should know how to do those and myriad other basic computer troubleshooting tasks.
Internet Navigation Skills
As you might probably be aware the world wide web is a great repository of all manner of information, which can definitely make your life as a teacher much easier. Generally speaking, you will have to find a good way of being able to efficiently navigate the internet for the exact data or teaching resources you stand in need of. You will also have to be well conversant with the basics of advanced search, including the utilization of Boolean operators within your search engine queries.
Article by: Busayo Tomoh