The More Things Change ... Ed Tech Tools May Evolve, but the Aim Stays the Same

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The More Things Change ... Ed Tech Tools May Evolve, but the Aim Stays the Same


Plehler, Christopher, T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)


IN 2005, THE always-connected world in which we live didn't exist. There were no iPhones, no iPads, no Google Docs. Twitter was still only for the birds. Edmodo wouldn't launch for another three years. As it happens, 2005 was also the year when the print version of THE Journal published an article called "20 Technology Skills Every Educator Should Have," which has been one of the most-visited articles on our website ever since.

To start off 2014, we decided to do an update of that article--except this time, rather than featuring one expert's prescriptions, we crowdsourced the list to come up with "10 Tech Skills That Every Educator Should Have." (Does the fact that we cut the number of skills in half suggest that even educators have shorter attention spans than they did a decade ago? Discuss among yourselves.)

You can discover what the respondents to our online survey determined to be the top 10 tech skills for 2014 on page 13. And because nothing beats a good compare-and-contrast, we included the 2005 list on page 17. …

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