digitalheroism2-talent-cropped-featuredWhat digital skills should every student have to be ready for their future? No matter what you want to do after high school, digital skills have become a necessity. Try to think of a career where some kind of digital skills aren’t needed!

You may have years before you’re finished with school, or you may be graduating in the new few months, but I bet you have used technology to communicate, create something, or collaborate with someone else. Which do you think is the most important? Here’s a hint – the answer is all of them!

The ability to communicate, create, and collaborate with others is a lifelong skill you will need no matter what you want to be when you grow up. You need to be able to do these things when you work with people face to face AND online. You need to practice these skills, just like you would practice to become better at a sport or a hobby. Are your teachers giving you plenty of opportunities to do this?

Here are some ideas of ways you can practice your “digital 3”:

  1. Collaborate – what about collaborating on a Google Doc? A Google Slides presentation? Have you ever used Google Keep? It’s a handy notetaking tool that you can use collaboratively with a classmate.
  2. Create – Do you love creating posters, signs, and other images? You should definitely try out If you’re looking for a really fun presentation tool you should check out Powtoon!
  3. Communicate – Have you ever had a teacher use KidBlog? It’s a great way for you to communicate your learning and share those awesome things you’re creating too!

Remember, the time for you to begin getting good at these 3 important digital skills is NOW! They’re great digital skills not only to use in school, but in life!

Kyle Pace, an Instructional Technology Specialist, has worked with K-12 teachers in his current school district to provide instructional technology professional development for the last 11 years with prior experience in the elementary classroom. Kyle currently holds a Master of Arts degree in Education with an emphasis in Educational Technology. Kyle champions to support teaching and learning with meaningful technology integration using a multitude of technologies. Kyle is a keynote speaker and presenter at education conferences such as ASCD, EdTechTeam’s Google Apps for Education Summits, Learning Forward, ISTE, FETC, Staff Development for Educators, and individual school districts around North America. Kyle has also organized all five annual EdcampKC “unconferences” since 2010. As part of his ongoing commitment to professional growth, Kyle is also a Google Certified Teacher. In January 2013, Kyle was named as one of Education Week’s 2013 “Leaders to Learn From” and joined the other honorees in Washington, D.C. to receive recognition from Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan.


How do you collaborate, create and communicate in your daily life? How can you use these skills more?

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