Hybrid Education is a trend that is transforming education in the 21st century. The methodology includes a number of changes in how content is taught, in the dynamics of activities and time use in the classroom, in students’ and teachers’ roles, and even in classroom layouts. One of the premises of Hybrid Teaching is the inclusion of online activities or digital platform support in learning, implying new challenges for teachers.
Therefore, we listed below five skills that educators must have in the digital era:
The digital world changes very fast. Every day new memes, platforms, technologies and different possibilities come out. Being updated happens in this universe is essential. Choosing a favorite technology blog to follow up, subscribe to newsletters and join groups and discussion forums are good ways to stay tuned. Another tip is to take advantage of online courses – a lot of them are free – to pursue continuing education.
Often, class activities could be more interesting if teachers knew all the resources the school offers and knew how to make the most of them.Get to know the equipment and tools available and try to go beyond the training offered to learn how to use them. The internet is full of tutorials, video-manuals, ideas, projects and free programs … just research and let the imagination flow, incorporating new uses to day to day.
You do not need to be a heavy user. But in order to speak the same language as your students, it is important to be present on the most relevant social networks. This will make it it possible to understand, in practice, which are the most relevant social networks of the moment, what are their specificities, for what purposes each one is used and what are the trends in the digital world.
Keeping a blog is also a great way to be present on the internet and you can also use it to to post complementary content for students. Also, knowing how to embed content on YouTube and other video platforms, upload podcasts on the web, and mastering the most popular tools is a prerequisite for ensuring rich, dynamic, and always up-to-date content in class.
The more we use digital resources to create, host and share information, the more dependent we become. On the one hand, they make it easier to store data in the cloud or on devices such as flashdrives and external hard drives. On the other hand, we become more vulnerable. After all, how many of us have not gone through the frustration of losing hours and hours of work for lack of a backup?
You can not neglect it. Backup should be a word of order for anyone dealing with digital content. It is also important to create strong access passwords, keep antivirus and protection programs up-to-date, and know how to properly store important information.
There are many programs and applications designed to optimize time and day to day tasks. Take advantage of online calendars, time and task management programs, content publishing scheduling tools on blogs and social networks, applications for lesson planning and task distribution, among others.