I have always thought a literate educator was one that knew the language and could draw metaphors with it, as well as write and read. What do you consider the qualities of a literate educator?
What peaked my interest was learning how to make a podcast the other night after arriving home from school. Creating one is something I’ve been meaning to do, so I sat down at the trusty laptop and got a Googling. Within 20 minutes I had found the article that worked for me to explain the procedures and the parts I needed, which weren’t much. With a microphone hooked to my PC and free software I’m able to get started in the world of podcasting.
As an educator, I think I can turn my podcasts into a handy education tool for students. But why make the effort? They will listen. How many students have MP3 players in your classes? About 50% or more in mine have ‘em. Students obtain more knowledge from watching a 15 minute clip that they do listening to my 15 minute lecture, even when I’m using a PowerPoint presentation. I’m thinking the time has arrived to redefine a literate teacher for my view.
There is so more media available to teach with nowadays besides books, paper, and a pencil/pen that the students will use. We as teachers have to take the leading edge in integrating technology into our lessons and classes. Here are my skill requirements for a literate educator in the not too distant future ….
Blogs: can produce a blog at regular intervals for lesson use or to communicate with other educators
Email: must be fluent in sending, receiving, and managing email
File Management: manipulate files, upload or download, and is well organized in maintaining and storage of files, including bookmarks of favorite web sites
LCD projectors: with this linked to the teacher computer the entire world, via the internet, can be used in a classroom lesson.
Podcast: develop, produce and share content relevant podcasts
Peer Collaboration: skillful at using online resources in lessons where students and teacher can have dynamic discussions, including being able to navigate social networking sites
Texting: understands how to receive and send text messages
Web page building: demonstrated success in constructing an informative and interesting web page
Wiki: makes use of this tool in publishing lesson content or to manage student discussions
What are the requirements you see as necessary?