Creating your own 'Teacher Digital Toolkit' aligns with all Criteria of the Registered Teacher Criteria and e-Learning

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Please have organised some way of remembering User names or Passwords! You are going to have a lot of these! Some of the methods that work well are:


  • notebooks
  • exercise books
  • if you have an iPhone or iPod Touch then get Lockbox (Free to $4.19) or Secondbrain ($1.29) Stores your user names, passwords, account details. A number password is needed to enter it.
What does not work in my vast experience of 15 years of working with teachers are 'various pieces of scrap paper'!!!
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Basic Teacher Digital Toolkit


Set up a personal/professional account. This is useful for having professional conversations with your PLN. At some stage also set up a class account so that students can converse with children in other classes and schools.


To set up a Google account you need to get Gmail, this is important because it will allow you access to Google Docs a very useful collaborative tool and a place to save documents that can be accessed on any computer. You can also make forms and quizzes for your students. It also allows you to create blogs in Blogger, and access to a lot more Google tools.


A Jing account allows you to take screen captures and then annotate them with words, arrows and boxes, perfect for making instructions.


Slideshare is a great storage place for your documents and slideshows. It allows you to embed your docs/slideshows in wikis or blogs. It is also a great resource place to look at and download other teachers docs/slideshows

Have a look at my slideshares


Delicious is a place to save your Bookmarks or Favourites so that you can access them on any computer at any time, it is also a great resource by networking with other teachers and sharing their bookmarks as well. You need to set up a Yahoo account for this. It can be difficult to set up but perservere. If you want a delicious account for your class then you will need to set up a 'class' Yahoo account.
Have a look at my Delicious


Register a Wikispace account so that you can join any of the wikis I have made or that other educators have made. Do this so that you can comment and collaborate on them. You will also one day might want to make your own professional or class wiki.

Google Chrome


I recommend that you have at least 3 browsers Mac (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) Win (Explorer, Firefox, Chrome)


Facebook is not necessarily a personal noticeboard, it can be used for educational purposes. I have a business Facebook page where I post the updates I have made to websites. If you have 'Liked' my Facebook page then you will have access to all my latest updates as they will show up on your personal wall. Note: Liking my Facebook page does not make me your friend, so I can't follow you or see your personal wall.


Find great websites, follow your peers and experts, share information, find information, ask question, answer questions, follow like minded people. Why would I want Twitter?


Create an avatar that you can use to represent yourself online and also to use as a digital marking sticker for marking student's work.


Create an online storage system for you and your students files. This could be a place where students store their work for marking, or where you could store files for them to access. Also a great way of sharing photos from computer to iPad


New Zealand Virtual Learning Network. This is an online network for NZ teachers where you can belong to forums, participate in conversations, ask questions and learn a lot from other teachers. You can sign up with an email and a password or you can log in using your Google login (it does take 24 hours to activate if you use your Google login for the first time)


e-Learning Planning Framework. a ministry initiative is a self-review tool for schools to gather evidence about practice
  • a 'road map' for building e-learning capability
  • a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of e-learning programmes
  • resources and services to support schools as they build capability.

More items for your Teacher's Digital Toolkit

The Teacher's Digital toolkit comprises of several online accounts that need to be set up!



Set up a question for your students to answer with sticky notes, they can add maps, youtube movies, text only or photos to the stickies.

Google Calendar

Set up a class Google Calendar with all important dates and events for the year, embed into your wiki or blog


Create online mindmaps and embed into wikis and blog


Make binders of websites for students to access


Lino It

Create a Multimedia noticeboard


Interactive multimedia mindmap


Create verbal instructions


Instead of PowerPoint make a presentation in Prezi


Create Verbal instructions

Fun but Useful


Create Online timeline


Create Online book


Create an online multimedia presentation with maps


Create multimedia posters


Store photos and create slideshows


Online photo storage place, integrates with lots of other applications


Upload animated PowerPoints with transitions and they will work


Store photos and create slideshows


Online collaborative multi user whiteboard


Create online books


Create digital magazines



CAD drawing software

Photo Story 3 for Windows

Create slideshows with photos (Win only)

Hot Potatoes

Create quizzes, crosswords, cloze activities and more

Artrage Win

Artrage Mac

Drawing, painting art programme

Audacity (Win)

Create music tracks, edit audio, create podcasts

Comic Life (Win)

Comic Life (Mac)

30 day trial, create comics


photo editing programme (Wn only)

And in your Teacher's Toolkit you will need to create blogs and wikis.


A lot of websites rely on Java, Flash Player and Shockwave. So it is important that these are kept updated!

Always make sure you have the latest


Click on Verify Now

(Mac Users go to Apple - Software Update)

Flash player

Adobe Shockwave Player

Create a student Digital Toolkit for the class (Here is a link to a wiki I am developing Student Toolkit)

Add it to your wiki, break it up into Publishing apps and websites, mindmapping, notetaking, comic making, ebooks