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EdTech Blogs We Love: Web 2.0 Classroom, ICT in Education, The Innovative Educator

It’s been a while since our last installment of EdTech Blogs We Love. Here are 3 more to add to the list!

Blogging about the Web 2.0 Classroom

Steven Anderson, the author of Blogging about the Web 2.0 Classroom, is well-known both for his blog and his prolific Twitter feed, @web20classroom. Steven is a District Instructional Technology, in which capacity he “[works] with district and school administrators on how to harness the power of technology to enhance learning.”

From roundups of new edtech resources to insightful posts on the challenges (and rewards) of teaching and learning in the digital age, Blogging about the Web 2.0 Classroom is a must-read resource for teachers and anyone who wants to connect with today’s evolving classroom on the ground level.

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ICT in Education: The Educational Technology Site

ICT in Education: The Educational Technology Site is a comprehensive site written and curated by Terry Freedman, an educational consultant in the UK who has also worked as a teacher and administrator. Intended for ICT leaders, Terry’s site contains news about the latest edtech resources, provocative thought-pieces about the current and future state of the classroom, links to professional development resources for ICT managers, and more.

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The Innovative Educator

Written by Lisa Nielson, an educational administrator and permanently certified teacher, The Innovative Educator is a resource- and knowledge-sharing destination for educators and anyone interested in edtech. Lisa, who regularly encourages educators to “Think Outside the Ban,” in order to capitalize on the potential of technology to transform education, writes thoughtful posts on helpful edtech resources, pressing ed reform issues, and more.

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EdTech Blogs We Love: Disrupt Education, Weblogg-ed, Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

In this post, read about three more EdTech Blogs We Love!

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1. Disrupt Education

Edu-preneur Kirsten Winkler’s blog provides thoughtful, in-depth commentary on the latest educational technology issues. Disrupt Education is a must-read for anyone interested, as Winkler puts it, in “[connecting] the dots between the tech space and education.”

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Will Richardson

2. Weblogg-ed

Weblogg-ed is written by Will Richardson, author of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms. Richardson’s blog provides thoughtful, timely commentary on the latest educational and edtech issues. Whether he’s writing about the Common Core Standards or about his educational hopes for his own children, Richardson manages to uncover new nuances of much-discussed issues.

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David Truss

3. Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts

Written by David Truss, principal of a Pre-K to 9 Foreign Nationals School in China, Pair-a-dimes offers an inspirational perspective on the importance of educational openness and the possibilities afforded by educational technology.

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EdTech Blogs We Love: Dangerously Irrelevant, 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, Hey Jude

In this post, check out 3 more EdTech Blogs We Love!

1. Dangerously Irrelevant

Dangerously Irrelevant is written by Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration Program at Iowa State University. He directs the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators. Dangerously Irrelevant is a great blog for teachers, administrators, and parents interested in issues surrounding educational technology. Dangerously Irrelevant is especially admirable for the way in which it manages to discuss high-level edtech issues without losing sight of how these new developments will affect students.

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2. 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Michael Gorman, the blogger behind 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, oversees the Integrated Solutions Block, a program in Indiana serving 1050 students integrating technology with core standards. 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning is particularly helpful for teachers looking for in-depth explorations of the ways in which various ed-tech resources can be used in the classroom. Gorman also posts intriguing opinion pieces about recent developments in the world of educational technology.

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3. Hey Jude: Learning in an Online World

Hey Jude is written by Judy O’Connell, an educator and information professional. Hey Jude has informative, helpful blog posts about new developments in edtech tools and tips for classroom integration, as well as thought-provoking meditations on the challenges and advantages of embracing technology.

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EdTech Blogs We Love: TeachPaperless, Clint Lalonde, TipLine

In this week’s EdTech Blogs We Love, check out three great blogs helping to advance the educational technology field.

TeachPaperless

TeachPaperless started as a blog detailing teacher Shelly Blake-Plock’s quest to teach in a paperless classroom. Now, TeachPaperless has grown into a collaboratively written blog (there are 10 contributing writers in addition to Blake-Plock); one of the blog’s greatest strengths lies in its diversity of perspectives. TeachPaperless also goes beyond merely documenting trends in educational technology to speak to broader issues of pedagogy and student engagement.

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TipLine – Gates’ Computer Tips

TipLine is written by Jim Gates, a 30+ year veteran of the education field who is passionate about using technology to enhance teaching and learning. TipLine features a weekly roundup of helpful tech tips, as well as impassioned “thought pieces,” based on anecdotes and/or personal experience, that serve as springboards for broader discussions about technology and learning.

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ClintLalonde.net

Clint Lalonde works at the Manager of Learning Technology at Royal Roads University, a Canadian school which blends online learning with on-campus residencies and bills itself as “Canada’s University for Working Professionals.” ClintLalonde.net, his personal blog, contains a plethora of thoughtful posts analyzing recent studies, articles, and personal experiences related to educational technology.

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EdTech Blogs We Love: Teacher Reboot Camp, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness, Cool Cat Teacher

There are tons of thoughtful, innovative teachers out there, and luckily for us, more and more are beginning to blog about their ideas and insights. In this week’s installment of EdTech Blogs We Love, check out three awesome blogs written by teachers who are wholeheartedly embracing technology — and helping others do the same.

Teacher Reboot Camp

Written by English language instructor Shelly Terrell, Teacher Reboot Camp is an awesome resource for teachers looking for new ways to engage their students. Most recently, Shelly hosted her second annual “30 Goals Challenge,” encouraging teachers to accomplish 30 education-related goals in 30 days.

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The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness

Written by a former teacher and current Technology Integration Specialist, The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness is a great blog for teachers looking for new ed-tech resources to incorporate into the classroom. Looking to amp up your English, math, science, social studies, or elective classes? The Weekly Core Subjects Resources provides seemingly endless suggestions for websites, wikis, programs and more that will help you do just that. Be sure to download the tutorials for Web 2.0 tools as well!

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Cool Cat Teacher

Cool Cat Teacher is written by Vicki Davis, a teacher and IT director from Georgia who has been blogging since 2005. The blog is a great place for teachers to learn about new ed-tech resources or engage in thoughtful discussions about the role of technology in schools. Don’t miss the “Daily Education and Technology News in Schools” posts!

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EdTech Blogs We Love: The Tech Savvy Educator, Mr. EduHowTo, From the Sides-lines

Last week, we featured three of our favorite EdTech blogs.

This week, check out three more blogs that make educational technology issues interesting and accessible:

The Tech Savvy Educator

Penned by elementary school teacher Ben Rimes, The Tech Savvy Educator is a thoughtful, wide-ranging ed-tech blog that focuses on issues large and small (posts range from videos about new ways to use a projector to in-depth discussions of the ways in which technology can reinforce poor learning.) Whether you’re looking for new ideas for the classroom or want to sink your teeth into a pedagogical discussion, the Tech Savvy Educator won’t disappoint.

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Mr. EduHowTo


Mr. EdHowTo is a blog written by an educator “looking to discover new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in the classroom.” If you’re a teacher looking for educational games, student project resources, and more, Mr. EduHowTo’s posts provide helpful introductions to many of the resources out there.

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From the Sides-lines

From the Sides-lines is a great blog written by Marti Sides, a Curriculum Technologist who (as the name suggests!) helps teachers incorporate technology into their curriculum.  On her blog, Marti discusses different ways to bring technology into the classroom, and offers insightful, sincere commentary on what it means to be a good teacher.

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EdTech Blogs We Love

The process of integrating technology into the classroom can be challenging; education, more than almost any other field, is notoriously slow to change. As a result, it’s easy to get caught up in what’s not happening with educational technology, rather than what is.

But there’s a lot of positive energy in the world of educational technology, too — much of which is coming from our fellow ed-tech bloggers (many of whom are also teachers!). Today we’re highlighting some ed-tech blogs that are helping to push the field forward.

Without further ado, some blogs we’re loving lately:

iLearn Technology


iLearn Technology is an awesome educational technology and support blog written by Kelly Tenkely, an elementary school teacher turned technology integration specialist.

As Kelly writes, “My goal is to help teachers fall in love with technology the way that their students have.  I believe that technology reaches students in a way that few other mediums can.”

Kelly writes about fun, easy ways teachers can integrate technology into their classrooms. If you’re a teacher looking to give your curriculum a little 21st century flair, the how-to’s on her site are definitely worth a look! Check out these posts for more:

Hack Education


Hack Education is a thought-provoking blog about the latest educational technology and the ways it is — and is not — serving students. Audrey Watters — a technology journalist, ed-tech advocate, and self-described “rabble rouser” — provides incisive and timely commentary on the latest ed-tech boons and busts.

As Audrey writes, “I chose this blog’s name because of the many meanings of “Hack Education,” the most obvious being to wield technology in the service of improving education — to pull systems apart, to recode, rebuild. But I’d also like to see students and teachers have more of a voice in shaping technology.”

Want to read more? Check out some of Audrey’s recent posts:

Free Technology for Teachers


 

 

 

Richard Byrne, a history teacher in Maine, provides lesson plans and other resources to help teachers use technology in the classroom. The best part? Yep, you guessed it: all of them are free.

If you’re a teacher looking for easy ways to add technology to your classroom, start by looking at the blog’s 15 Most Popular Posts, where you’ll find info on alternatives to YouTube, grammar games, and easy ways to publish slideshows and videos online.

Once you’ve made your way through those posts, check out other recent how-to’s like:

 

Are you a teacher or ed-tech advocate? Tell us about your favorite blogs in the comments!