Sipping coffee, eating delicious blueberry cake, munching on doughnuts all the while hearing the clacking of keys and listening to 4 different conversations happening at one time. Saturday was the 3rd time our Seoul CoETaIL class has gathered to collaborate, hang out and geek out! It is amazing what we learn from others and it seems to only be enhanced in the presence of FOOD! We are picking each other’s brains, offering advice and becoming better 21st century teachers and students!
Looking at my Google reader I found an interesting article on E-Learning Journeys titled, “The 22 digital skills every 21st century learner should know.” The author points out several skills and then attaches the most valuable tools to learn those skills. This is brilliant and I found myself roaming around and dabbling for over an hour on this site.
Since our first CoETaIL class is coming to an end, I thought it was a great time to reflect on my 21st century learning journey.
21st century skills I used in my classroom during my first 6 years as an educator:
- Use digital assessment tools to create quizzes – (Quizlet, Quizmeonline)
- Be able to detect plagiarized works in students assignments – (Turnitin, Plagiarism detection)
Skills I have been using in the past 2.5 years teaching at Seoul Foreign School:
- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students (Blogger, Kidblog)
- Use video content to engage students (Vimeo, YouTube)
- Create and deliver asynchronous presentations and training sessions (Slideshare, Prezi)
- Compile a digital e-portfolio for their own development (Weebly)
- Create screen capture videos and tutorials (Screenr)
- Use and provide students with task management tools to organize their work and plan their learning (Trello)
- Use of online sticky notes to capture interesting ideas (Padlet - formerly known as Wallwisher)
- Use file sharing tools to share docs and files with students online (Dropbox)
- Create Engaging mind maps (Slatebox)
- Leverage the power of Digital Story telling in your classroom (Comic Life, Voki)
Skills I have used in the past 5 weeks during my CoETaIL course:
- Use blogs and wikis to create online platforms for students/professionals (Word Press)
- Annotate web pages and highlight parts of text to share with your class (Diigo)
- Use digital images in classroom (Be Funky)
- Use Social networking sites to connect with colleagues and grow professionally (Twitter)
- Use note taking tools to share interesting content with your students (Evernote)
- Understand issues related to copyright and fair use of online materials (Creative Commons)
Out of the 22 skills, I have covered 17 of them in my teaching career and 15 of those 17 have happened in the past 2. 5 years of teaching!
Technology and learning how to keep up with the 21st century Joneses is exhausting. No wonder I am tired! One more week, then I will rest!