Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reading the Right Stuff: Finding Great Blogs to Follow

Once you select an RSS reader, the fun begins.  Reading educator blogs is a fantastic way to learn new ideas, keep up with research, and stay afloat in a sea of ever-changing educational trends.  Finding great blogs can be like finding the needle in a haystack, so today I'd like to share a few of my favorite blogs.  I hope this will help you add to your own collection or get started using your RSS reader.

Without further ado, here are my favorites:

Fluency 21 - Committed Sardine Blog:  The Committed Sardine blog has thousands of posts, and I love the combination of information on digital natives, brain research, and technology tools and tips.  This is a must-have blog for the 21st-century teacher.

A Principal's Reflections: Principal Eric Sheninger's award-winning blog offers big ideas on school change, great tips for capitalizing on the power of technology in school, and reflections on continual learning and growth.  Sheninger's ideas really inspire!

Catlin Tucker: Blended Learning and Technology in the Classroom: Catlin Tucker is a high school ELA teacher using blended learning approaches, but she posts so many great technology ideas that could help teachers K-12 in any subject area.  She offers practical tutorials and ideas to harness the power of technology.

Dy/Dan: Don't tell my husband, but I love Dan Meyer!  Meyer is a former math teacher. He has an amazing talent for provoking wonder and curiosity, along with infusing technology in the learning process.  Dan Meyer will make you believe in the power of inquiry.  Check out his 3-act math ideas for a whole new way to think about possibly flipping your classroom.

Langwitches: Sylvia Rosenthal, a 21st century learning specialist, provides a hub of amazing resources at the Langwitches blog.  She writes on educational technology and offers a host of tips for success.  She also offers great ideas to get students blogging.

So where can you find other blogs?  Many educators that blog include the blog link as part of their Twitter bio.  That's always a great place to start.  Click HERE for an #edchat collection of bloggers.

Consider doing a blog study as a staff instead of a book study, or find blogs centered around your next unit of study that students might explore.

Please share your favorite blogs, blog posts, or something you learned from a blog article on our Twitter hashtag #lpsconnects!