Education blogs - 10 influential edubloggers to follow
by Constance McKenzie | June 19, 2012
Education blogs - 10 top edublogs that can teach you a lot
Whether you're a student teacher, an experienced instructor or a parent, blogs can introduce you to other people who care about schools in America. Schools.com has listed some of our favorite educational blogs that, in our opinion, give well thought out information on education. These education blogs give a voice to leaders in instructional design, home-schooling, technology, school reform and e-learning. You may agree or disagree with these bloggers, and thanks to technology, you can add your own two cents' worth of comments to the discussions.
Cammy Bean's Learning Visions: Cammy Bean tracks the educational milestones of success, illustrated by her daughter learning how to ride a bike without training wheels. Drawing from her background in corporate training, Bean writes about technology platforms and instructional tools for school online, including social learning and gaming. Bean looks at revamping educational metrics; for example, instructional tools like mobile quiz games may call for marketing-style metrics, such as the length of visits.
Dave's Educational Blog -- Education, post-structuralism and the rise of the machines: Dave Cormier, Manager of Web Communications at University of Prince Edward Island, also facilitates massive open online courses, or MOOCs, and participates in "other projects around the intertubes." His discussion of rhizomatic education incorporates social learning, interconnections and community-based curriculum, with the example of a live slide show that the audience helps to create.
Flypaper: Education has evolved into the nation's second largest industry, with little effect on student achievement, reports the non-profit Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The organization publishes the Gadfly and Flypaper blogs to push for rigorous standards in core subjects and student readiness for college or work. Postings on online education discuss computerized assessments, blended instruction and organizational roadblocks.
E-Learning Queen: Immersed in online education since the early 1990s, Susan Smith Nash delves into emerging technologies in e-learning. Nash suggests a 1:1 ratio between student and computing device, preferably a portable option. Nash describes the challenges of delivering educational content on multiple browsers, screen sizes and operating systems, recommending that developers focus on mobile functionality. She explores content management systems and learning management systems, including proprietary, open source and cloud-based solutions.
Experiencing E-Learning: Instructional designer Christy Tucker has blogged about e-learning since 2006, building on her experience in K-12 education, corporate software training and curriculum development for online schools. Topics include connective knowledge, career tips for instructional designers, informal learning, games, accessibility and more. About 600 posts for weekly bookmarks link to resources such as how to secure your blog and find free icon fonts.
A GeekyMomma's Blog: Why are there no teachers in heaven today? They're all in professional development training. For more gems like this, check in with Lee Kolbert, mom, former teacher and manager of educational technology for her school district. Kolbert provides free downloads and tips on social learning, including tools for moderated messaging, polling and private communication networks. Kolbert walks the walk: She returned to the classroom recently for a refresher course, and then headed back to administration after discovering the difficulties of today's teaching environment.
Jane's Extracts -- Extracts from Jane Hart's websites and blogs: A former IT instructor in the United Kingdom, Jane Hart attended the 1994 World Wide Web conference at CERN. She provides a community space for learning professionals in education and business, offering webinars, chats and online workshops. Given the trend toward social learning, Hart suggests setting up informal learning spaces -- physical or virtual -- to encourage collaboration. She sees individuals organizing their own learning outside of formal courses, while trainers take on a new role as advisers.
Linking and thinking on education by Joanne Jacobs: Spending per student continues to rise, but U.S. educational achievement shows minimal improvement -- that's the kind of insight Joanne Jacobs shares. With a passion for journalism since the age of 8, Jacobs has experience writing about education, including state academic standards, special education, teacher training, cultural aspects of education, college readiness and more. Jacobs also looks at the taboo against failing grades and a charter school with a "work-your-butt-off philosophy."
The Power of Educational Technology: Ask faculty to play games on iPads as professional development -- that's one idea from Liz B. Davis, teacher and director of academic technology at an independent all-boys school. Davis argues that every student needs a device like an iPad as a way to navigate the sea of information. iPads could also double as e-readers, lightening student backpacks and lowering textbook costs. Davis stresses the importance of teaching digital ethics and online citizenship.
Teaching Blog Addict -- a fun online community for educators: Here's a cool idea -- writing ice cream stories in the last week of the school year. On the TBA website, you can also find freebies like planning binders or events where teachers trade ideas and resources. TBA has developed into an international community of educators, parents, mentors and tutors. The blog roll covers pre-kindergarten, special education, substitute teaching and more. Tamara and Leslie, who run the site, contribute their experience as moms, home educators, writers and teachers.
Stay tuned to the blogosphere for the latest trends in testing and assessment, games and social media in education, schools using online technology, teacher training and more.
About the Author
Constance McKenzie taught English and foreign languages before joining high tech as an editor. Her background spans market research, community-submitted technical content, and articles on training programs for health care and IT.