Students today require digital skills and innovations necessary to compete in the global job market. They will have to learn to navigate a variety of digital technologies and information, and to know how to analyze and critically assess an ever growing mountain of information.
HCT endeavors to teach them these skills through use of technology in education and learning to critically assess information.
Following is a list of some of the digital skills both teachers and students ought to have. These can be skills used by faculty in the educational setting, or also skills students learn so as to be able to compete in the job market:
- Life-long Learning: the ability to self-teach new concepts in a quickly changing work environment.
- Understanding Copyrights: know the difference between ‘fair use’, plagiarism, creative commons and other copy-right related topics.
- Time Management: know the online digital tools that can aid in time management and planning.
- Graphic Design: ability to edit and resize images for online presentations and exhibit.
- Audio recording: ability to create, edit and publish audio recordings.
- Web 2.0: understand the appropriate uses of Web 2.0, both in the classroom and on the job. Know the limits and dangers of Web 2.0 in these contexts as well.
- Screencapture/video: know how to edit and create screen captures and videos for educational and/or work needs.
- ePortfolios (Agile Portfolios): know how to create, edit and manage an online ePortfolio, or Agile portfolio, for educational or professional exhibit.
- Online Talks: know how to created, edit, and managed online webinars, trainings, or presentations.
- Mobile Learning: know how to exploit mobile technologies for education and work related needs.
- Collaboration: know how to use a variety of online office tools and file sharing components for virtual collaboration.
For more information about the kinds of skills students need in the 21st Century, check out the following articles and publications with the The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/lifelong-learning/21st-century-skills/