Five characteristics of an effective 21st-century educator

Article from eSchool News Blog – a must on blog with this title (21C Educators).

Very relevant in light of recent data reflection and inquiry based pedagogy discussion being had by the College Leadership Team at the moment.

Readers say key skills include foresight, flexibility, and the ability to discern effective uses of technology
By Meris Stansbury, Online Editor.

Today’s education stakeholders are constantly evaluating the skills students need to compete in the global economy. But what are the characteristics or skills inherent in an effective 21st century educator?…..Read Article

  • 1. Anticipates the future.
  • 2. Is a lifelong learner.
  • 3. Fosters relationships.
  • 4. Can teach and assess all levels of learners.
  • 5. Is able to discern effective vs. non-effective technology.

Hot Stuff – General Links. Resources and Apps from Conference

This is a collection of the best resources and and applications I came across over the past three days at the 5th National Leading Digital Schools Conference.  Many of the apps and clips were presented in the workshops (and are included in the blog posts on those presentations). Unfortunately I did not get the chance to attend all workshops, so I have also included some from those I did not attend.  Thank you to all the presenters for a great insight, direction and inspiration.  I have also tried to include links to some of the presentations provided.

Please take some time to explore the links, apps and videos in this post and let me know if you would like any more info or assistance with trying some of the applications/approaches…  ENJOY!


  • Diigo – Bookmarking on-line app – AWESOME! Student topic web page review? (Video)
  • LiveBinders – Post all resources (documents, pictures, articles… for a topic/unit – on line in one convenient place) – (Video).
  • Password Manager
  • Calibre – Create epubs – ebooks (Quite Complex – (Video)
  • Today’sMeet – Create “Twitter Like Stream” / Chat room to track conversations, questions… from your class/meeting…(Video)
  • Dropbox – keep your docs, photos, lists…. on the cloud – available from different devices. Easy to use. (Video)
  • CamScann for scanning docs using my phone (Android) or CamScanner (iPhone – Video)
  • Nozbe for tracking jobs and to do lists… (also for giving calendar context to my Evernote notes – Take the next step Evernote Users watch video)!

Want more apps?  Check out this ebook of best Web Tools for Teachers!


My pick of the latest Education and Technology Clips/Videos:


The “Late Adopters” and How to Move Them Into The 21st Century

The use of Action Research at Balmacewen Intermediate School in Dunedin has been a long slow journey but also one of the most effective forms of professional development the school has encountered. Simon will take school leaders who are looking for ways to motivate the “Late Adopters” that many schools have, into teachers who are risk takers and are now leading the technology revolution in our schools.

Simon Clarke, Deputy Principal, Balmacewen Intermediate School, Dunedin, NZ

My notes and thoughts:
1. Strong VISION!!!!!!!!!
Used work from Andrew Fuller.
In 2005 they created an experimental concept class.
Mark Treadwell
Form a powerful coalition and tried to create a personal digital portfolios – but found it problematic.
Used an active research model.
Need to acquire critical mass – this group also created many core templates and resources. These staff then talked to others.
worked in clusters to do action research projects and share resources.
In first year most people did not complete action research project.
But………. Some did.
Time was given for staff to develop concept and resources………
Everything approached as research Action Project.
Gave each teacher who completed $100.
Staff then worked in small groups (eg. Year levels) and an expectation was formed to share and develop quality resources.


Proactive ICT Leadership

Traditional school IT management and support responds and reacts to educational (or business) requirements. Modern, responsible school leaders need to understand and proactively establish systems and structures that enable the school’s core business of teaching and learning. This means both understanding technological decisions and translating educational requirements into technological solutions. This session explores a behind the scenes look at ICT staffing, systems and structures required to sustain a team approach bridging technical and educational understandings.

Christine Haynes, ICT Coordinator, Immanuel Primary School, Novar Gardens, SA

Build infrastructure
. Create a what if plan / flowchart
. Intellectual property of processes – must be available to back up.
. Process documentation vital
. Roll descriptions vital including tech vs educational

Supporting Learners
. Do we “help users learn how to fix problems themselves”

Build Professionals
. Who wears tech badge? Leaders? Principals?
. PD Strategy

Access Technology
. Once established base – ensure using latest and opportunities

Enable Teaching and Learning
. tech pd and rollout firtst.
. Then… Talk about teaching and learning

Project Plans… Online… eVERY project!
Communication Plan
System and Network documentation, licensing, available on line….
contingency Plans

Avoid ttwadi
Look rsa animate the secret powers of time
Diego social bookmarking
Web access help desk … Free…