5 Digital Lessons Educators Should Know

devicesHere are 5 things all educators should know, and can do with free, easy-to-use software/apps. There are more, but knowing these can help educators bring new possibilities to class immediately. If an educator knows how, those skills can be taught and transferred to students.

  1. How to use a word processing application.
    Microsoft Word or something similar; online Google Docs works. While you might not think this list worthy, it is a prerequisite. Too many times, tech presenters, when sharing something really amazing, discover that their audiences can’t do the basics.  Knowing a go-to word processor and how to save documents to a location for future retrieval is a valuable learning experience.
  2. How to take digital photos using a mobile onboard camera.
    Most computing devices have at least one camera;  it is a basic how-to lesson. Many educators already use a cell phone for this purpose, so the transference of knowledge is simple. Later, as a follow-up, sharing a simple photo editing application would be great, too. First, capturing an image and saving it where it can be found, completes this basic lesson.
  3. How to record and save simple voice recordings.
    Whether it’s free Sound Recorder for the PC, Audacity on the Mac, or other solutions, it doesn’t matter. The ability to record sound and voice in a classroom, and play it back easily and quickly, will inspire ideas and enhance lessons. Again, no advanced editing required here. Just the basics!
  4. How to record a simple video clip.
    Short video clips can be done by every teacher, or student, for that matter. It is a useful lesson extension, or integral daily teaching and lesson archiving tool. Again, no editing required. It can easily be done using device onboard, or attached cameras.  This is as easy as clicking “start” to record and stop—then saving to a searchable and retrievable location. Earlier basic lessons become prior background knowledge.
  5. Becoming part of a personal learning network (PLN).
    PLNs are not only a basic technology necessity, but should also be an educator and administrator prerequisite. When educators participate in learning something new, whether during a workshop or as a team, there will always be a need to remind, refresh, create, and support afterwards. Students need to develop their own personal learning networks, too. Educators can be role models.
Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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