10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic
Becoming a tech-savvy teacher isn't easy and it actually takes quite a long time. The 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic helps you find out just how much technology has become integrated with your life by presenting a few of the many signs that show that you’re a plugged-in and connected educator.
The below are just a few of the many signs you’re a plugged-in and connected educator:
- Your students read your blog
Your students know that you share homework help, useful apps, your other favorite blogs, and a whole lot more on your teaching biog. They comment or at least monitor it to stay up to date.
- Your real professional development happens online
You know that the structured professional development that your school district performs is not really where you're learning new skills. You turn to social media and online skill-building platforms to really enhance your skillset. Time to update the Linkedln profile!
- You've made an online PLN
Whether you call it a ‘professional‘ or a ‘personal‘ learning network is up to you. The key part is that you have taken the time to develop online relationships with colleagues, mentors, and many others who might be able to help you learn something useful. Doesn't always have to be about teaching, just something you might want to know.
- You share your life with colleagues you've never met
You take selfies on vacation and share them not only with your family and friends - but with online colleagues you've never actually met in person. You love sharing your life and adventures with them!
- Your weekly schedule involves twitter chats
You know when you need to be by a computer or smartphone so you can monitor #edchat or your other favorite hashtag chat. It lets you learn on the go!
- Summer breaks means ISTE and other conferences
As soon as the final bell rings, you don't race to the nearest beach! You make sure your bags are packed and ready for a few can‘t-miss conferences where all your online colleagues and friends are going.
- You know the vocabulary
It's a lot like a second language. You know terms like 1:1, BYOD, PLN, Personalized Learning, Flipped, and edcamp.
- You turn to colleagues in other countries when in need
You have a great group of colleagues in the building but they're also quite busy and may not have the answers to all your questions. They're only human. So you've networked and built a group of online contacts you can turn to when you need an answer 24-7. They are all around the world so you never know who will be awake and able to answer your call for help!
- You're a digital citizen
First, you know what being a proper ‘digital citizen‘ means. You know it's critically important that you treat others with respect, know what cyber-bullying is, act in a positive manner, and are trying to always be a useful member of your community. This isn't as easy as it sounds. Trolls and many others can distract and provoke you. But you are smart enough to not take the bait. And so are your students.
- You're always hungry to learn, try, and tinker with new tech
Every new Apple announcement is a special time. A new Android update means your lunch hour just got booked up. When any new education technology movement is made, you are always ready to try out a new app, test a web tool, read an e-book, or just take some time to tinker!