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July 20, 2005

Pedagogical Stupidity

20 Technology Skills

In another article in the June 2005 issue of THE Journal Online, Laura Turner described the '20 technology skills every educator should have.' In addition to the list of skills, Turner (2005) provides links to supportive web sites to help acquire those skills ...

Word Processing Skills
Spreadsheet Skills
Database Skills
Electronic Presentation Skills
Web Navigation Skills
Web Site Design Skills
E-Mail Management Skills
Digital Cameras
Computer Network Knowledge relating to local network
File Management & Windows Explorer
Downloading Software from the Web
Installing Computer Software
CMS Teaching Skills
Videoconferencing Skills
Computer Related Storage Devices
Scanner Knowledge
Knowledge of PDAs
Deep Web Knowledge Educational
Copyright Knowledge
Computer Security Knowledge
Over the next 20 postings, I will take each skill and elaborate from the perspective of an Instructional Designer specializing in Online Learning. Reference: Turner, L. (2005). 20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have. THE Journal Online, 32(11) http://www.thejournal.com/magazine/vault/articleprintversion.cfm?aid=5387 David

What a crock. First of all, they need skills for transfering knowledge and skills from one domain to another. Then they need skills in learning new things on the fly via experimentation. Furthermore they need skills in developing social relationships with other educators to share knowledge and experience. And finally they need critical thinking tools for accessing the needs for use of technology in particular situation with an eye on avoiding technology where it doesn't have specific pedagogical value. And we're not even considering the use of non-digital technologies, critical media awareness, evaluation of content, etc.

Nothing reminds me more that educational technology specialists have cognitive myopia than when you see a list of tool based skills sitting all by themselves. GAK!

Posted by jason at July 20, 2005 09:42 AM


Funny... if only because I have completely "deferred my success" at just about all of these skill areas, whether we're talking about her criterion or yours.

Posted by: Julia at July 25, 2005 08:37 AM

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