Education Blogs: Ten education blogs worth following
From effectively using online media to organizing an early learning classroom, these blogs contain tons of useful information
Education blogs, on any and every topic, abound online. Unfortunately, educators are probably the last people who have the time to go out and search for them. Which blogs review good free resources? Which can offer information about school reform trends? Which highlight short, how-to videos for those who aren’t very tech-savvy?
In this time-saving list, you’ll find 10 of the best education blogs that readers have recommended, that have won multiple awards, or that other educators just can’t stop talking about.
The blogs are listed in alphabetical order. What are your favorites that we’ve left out? Share them in the comments section of this story.
1. Edudemic (social media)
What is the best way to improve education using social media? That’s the big question that Edudemic hopes to answer. You’ll find regular doses of helpful ideas, infographics, news, videos, and more when you visit Edudemic. Do you ever wonder how schools, universities, colleges, and large groups in general should use social media? Students are often early adopters, frequent users, and overall lovers of technology and social media. Edudemic is run by a handful of graduate students and teachers with a passion for learning and educating.
2. Flipped Learning (new ways of teaching)
Flipped Learning was created by Jon Bergmann, a teacher, educational coach, and writer who has helped educators around the world reconsider what education can look like. He, along with Aaron Sams, are considered two pioneers in the Flipped Class movement. They co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. It will be available from ISTE Press in June of 2012.
3. Free Technology for Teachers (free tech resources and tech reviews)
The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. This blog has won multiple awards by many publications, and recently in 2010 Free Technology for Teachers was awarded the Edublogs Award for “Best Resource Sharing Blog,” “Best Ed Tech Support,” and “Best Individual Blog.” Free Technology for Teachers is read by an audience of more than 44,000 daily subscribers (as of March 1).
4. The Innovative Educator (creative teaching ideas)
This blog is a great place to look for fresh ideas about how to teach students course material. Created by Lisa Nielsen, who writes for, and speaks to, audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views (which include the need for “Passion [not Data] Driven Learning,” as well as “Thinking Outside the Ban” to harness the power of technology for learning), The Innovative Educator was named Get Degrees 2011’s “Most Trusted Education Blog,” and it has received many other blogging awards and nominations as well.
5. MindShift (research, policy, and cultural issues)
Technology is revolutionizing the world of education—replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions—covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and mother of a grade-schooler.
6. The Organized Classroom Blog (tips for primary-grade management and effectiveness)
This blog was created by Charity L. Preston—an author, teacher, and parent—and is a teaching blog aimed mostly at primary-grade teachers. Charity shares ideas on effective teaching methods, keeping the classroom organized, and ways of engaging students. Make sure to watch some of Preston’s easy-to-follow videos.
7. Stephen’s Web (online media in education)
Founded in 1995, Stephen’s Web is best described as a digital research laboratory for innovation in the use of online media in education. More than just a site about online learning, it is intended to demonstrate new directions in the field for practitioners and enthusiasts. Stephen Downes works for the National Research Council of Canada, where he has served as a senior researcher since 2001. Affiliated with the Learning and Collaborative Technologies Group, Institute for Information Technology, Downes specializes in the fields of online learning, new media, pedagogy, and philosophy.
8. Technology with Intention (tech integration)
This blog specializes in public learning about technology and education and was created by Jac de Haan—an educator focused on tech integration in the classroom, specializing in early adolescence. “That means that I’m a professional learner,” says de Haan. “My job is to model a willingness to explore, discover and sometimes fail. I document some of the less embarrassing moments on this blog: interviews with people I look up to, resources I find to support or challenge my own educational philosophy, and moments I’m proud of.” Recognized in EducationWorld.com’s “Top 25 Blogs for Educators in 2012.”
9. Try Curiosity! (library issues and literacy-related news)
Voted “Best Librarian/Library Blog” by Edublog Awards in 2010, and awarded Teacher Certification Degrees’ “Top 50 School Library Blog,” Try Curiosity! is where Sarah Ducharme, M.Ed, MLS, and elementary school librarian at the American International School of Budapest, Hungary, discusses library lessons, literacy-related news, and booktalks posted via a meme at Lemme Library.
10. ZDNet Education (tech reviews for education, ed-tech business news)
Run by Christopher Dawson, a former high school math/technology teacher and technology director for his local school district, and current owner of a consulting business, as well as the vice president of marketing for WizIQ Inc. (a virtual classroom and learning network provider), ZDNet Education provides news and analysis on IT and computing in the education sector.
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