I enjoy reading the blogs of other educators because it gives me the opportunity to hear them think out loud. I tend to gravitate towards blogs that expose the thinking process and philosophies behind instructional decisions and tech adoption strategies. This does not mean that I don’t benefit from the more “newsy” or tutorial based blogs, but I’m also interested in why a tool is being recommended and how it worked in an instructional setting. I also benefit from hearing how other coaches solve problems common to the coaching practice.
I use Feedly to curate my blogs, which allows me to easily scroll through the most recent posts and click on titles that interest me. I also created a custom search with Google Custom Search as a tool to search the blogs I follow in Feedly. Feedly has a search function in paid accounts, but the Google Custom Search wasn’t hard to set up–and it is free.
Here are some of my favorite blogs (beyond those participating in this challenge) to follow (in no particular order)
- I always find something new in the Edsurge blog. I even subscribe their email newsletter, which I don’t do often to avoid inbox overflow. Their posts contain a mixture of cutting-edge technology, entrepreneurial information, and great tools for teaching and learning.
- Mindshift, Edutopia, and GettingSmart contain a variety of thoughtful posts on many educational topics. Although not always tech-based, posts are typically thought-provoking and promote new approaches to old problems.
- Education Closet focuses on arts integration and STEAM topics in an effort to support all teachers as they employ the arts in all content areas.
- The Cool Cat Teacher Blog includes a lot of great content. The author also publishes podcasts through the iOS Podcast App, which allow me to listen in while I’m driving.