Our topic is “Effective Digital Footprint for Teachers”

In discussing effective digital footprints, we have to look at the mother word Digital Literacy – the umbrella word.

Digital literacy, simply is the ability of an individual to search for information, communicate, utilise them and use applications on various digital platforms like social media, email and other platforms.

Who is a teacher?

Of course, you know; a facilitator of knowledge.

And why does a teacher needs digital footprint?

Simple! The answer is in 4Ds(digital)
a. We live in a a digital age, a global village connected by the interconnectivity of networks (Internet)

b. Digital nativism: the children we teach are digital natives – well knowledgeable about computers and phones without any prior guidance.

c. Digital curriculum: the advent of technologies like AR/VR (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality) means you can use any curriculum from anywhere in the world.

d. Digital Immigrants: You and I, the teacher are without a doubt new to the adoption and effective utilisation of digital technology.

From the forgoing, it is incumbent on any teacher that must thrive in the 21st century to build a strong digital footprint and I will show you how shortly.

In discussing effective digital footprints, we have to look at the mother word Digital Literacy – the umbrella word.

Digital literacy, simply is the ability of an individual to search for information, communicate, utilise them and use applications on various digital platforms like social media, email and other platforms.

And why does a teacher needs digital footprint?

Simple! The answer is in 4Ds(digital)
a. We live in a a digital age, a global village connected by the interconnectivity of networks (Internet)

b. Digital nativism: the children we teach are digital natives – well knowledgeable about computers and phones without any prior guidance.

c. Digital curriculum: the advent of technologies like AR/VR (Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality) means you can use any curriculum from anywhere in the world.

d. Digital Immigrants: You and I, the teacher are without a doubt new to the adoption and effective utilisation of digital technology.

From the forgoing, it is incumbent on any teacher that must thrive in the 21st century to build a strong digital footprint and I will show you how shortly.

First, don’t be surprised to learn many teachers still can’t use Microsoft Word very well.

At the minimum, every teacher must learn about Microsoft Suites to intermediary level.

Among the packages, be grounded in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Project and Outlook

In doing that, please get certification. UNESCO recommended the IC3 Digital Literacy certification.

This certification covers all you need to know about hard and software in computer and will serve as springboard to any advance thing you might want to do in educational technology as a teacher.

In doing that, please get certification. UNESCO recommended the IC3 Digital Literacy certification.

This certification covers all you need to know about hard and software in computer and will serve as springboard to any advance thing you might want to do in educational technology as a teacher.

IC3 is a Microsoft certification, you can visit certiport.com for information.
You can take classes online and buy voucher to take the exams in a local centre anywhere in Nigeria.

Second, Microsoft Education community is the best place every teacher should be. Join the community. Get certified in as a Microsoft innovative educator, become a Skype master teacher, etc. You can teach anything to the world. I recently though a class in America about Fela.

Caveat: beyond the certification, build relationship. Is a global community.

 

Second, Microsoft Education community is the best place every teacher should be. Join the community. Get certified in as a Microsoft innovative educator, become a Skype master teacher, etc. You can teach anything to the world. I recently though a class in America about Fela.

Caveat: beyond the certification, build relationship. Is a global community.

Third, the mother of the Internet. Beyond your everyday search, the big G has a package for Education – Google for Education categorized in three levels, check it and get knowledgeable in it.
You can learn everything yourself and take the exams for a meagre $10

Fourth, CPD. In your drive for continuous professional development, the digital space have made your quest easier, no barrier to learning from anywhere in the world. Get training from online platforms. My personal best is Coursera. Then, edx and Alison.com. Take a free course therein.

Finally, from one to four, we have looked at consuming and consuming knowledge.

Fifth, start creating, sharing, impacting and building a footprint. Remember knowledge not shared is wasted!

How you can do this:
a. Social media: traditional media is down 87% in the last last 23months because of social media. As a teacher, social media is serious business between you and your colleagues and optimally, your STUDENTS. Optimise your profile on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn. Engage and engage.

Be known for a belief. Join PLN. For Facebook, Edumark’s Concerned Parents and Educators forum, a group on Facebook is highly recommended. Join and contribute in the discussion there.

b. Regularly update your LinkedIn profile with your new skills, certifications, work history and share activities and comment on people posts.

c. Create content through blogging. www.blogspot.com and www.wordpress.com is free. Get a url. You can can write anything, I mean anything – class activities, resumption, awards, inter house sport. Anything.

d. As a teacher, communication is key. Prospective employers, collaborators and partner want to hear how you sound, get a podcast on www.soundcloud.com. Free.

I think when you consistently do all this, you’ll have built a strong digital footprint as a teacher and add value to yourself and the profession.

No theories at all, I have experimented almost everything here and I am a testimony in my work.

This is all time will permit us to take today.

Thank you.
I am Elvis Boniface
08185787349
www.edugist.org

Fourth, CPD. In your drive for continuous professional development, the digital space have made your quest easier, no barrier to learning from anywhere in the world. Get training from online platforms. My personal best is Coursera. Then, edx and Alison.com. Take a free course therein.