Teaching Students Specific Technical Skills
One of the sources of information and guidance for students is Teachers. Aside from possessing the skills of reading, writing, and arithmetic, teachers can incorporate technology into their instructions and utilize computers and the internet to deliver valuable skills to their students.
Here are a few technical skills that teachers can teach their students to help them succeed in the classroom and work environment.
Before embarking on internet research, students should know how to conduct a productive internet search by using search terms, symbols, and modifiers to find any topic. Just as students should know how books are shelved in the library, they should also gain proficiency with navigating through Google or any other search engine. As an illustration of this point, these technical skills may include making use of capitalization or adding a plus sign between words. As you can see, teachers promote critical thinking skills and tech skills when they guide students in their search for a reliable source, which is also a life skill that serves them in the future.
The Importance of Netiquette
Another vital skill that teachers should pass on to their students is “netiquette” which relates to how students behave online. For instance, lessons about how to incorporate the most appropriate tone and word choice into a post or email is extremely important in both the classroom and in the workforce. In addition to correspondence, netiquette also involves social media usage. Students would greatly benefit from instruction about building an ideal social media presence and how posts can affect not only their reputation but also any future college or job prospects.
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
In addition to proper and efficient use of the internet, Microsoft Office, which is a part of many workplaces around the world possesses its own set of important skills. A student, at a point in his/her life, will utilize most of Microsoft’s components at almost all grade levels and in college. As technological advancement is on the rise and remote work becomes more available to the future generation, students will need to have a working knowledge of Microsoft Teams and all its features for both communication and collaboration purposes. In addition to learning about the programs, they will also learn the valuable art of creating effective presentations and well-crafted documents and spreadsheets.
Website Design Skills
Website creation and design may not seem like the prerequisite skill that every student must have before college. However, an easily accessible online portfolio has become a must-have for career readiness. A hiring manager may request for links to a portfolio instead of samples of previous work. The tech-savvy instructor can incorporate user-friendly platforms like WordPress or Wix into a project where students can showcase their best work.
The world we live in is changing, and teachers play a crucial role in preparing students for the future. So, whether you are teaching the fifth-grade keyboarding class or coaching the robotics team, you are assured that you are delivering a productive comfort level with technology and skills that students can apply in any field.