Remember the start of school? Were you thinking....here we go! It's already March and the end of the school year is on the horizon. It's about that time when we can easily get caught up in the forest looking at the trees. Let's take a giant step back and look at the global education forest. What are others in the forest doing? A quick way to find out is to read the blogs of other educators and administrators. It's a great way to learn about new technology, how to implement, or teaching ideas/thoughts in the classroom from educators who are doing it!
Here is a short list of blogs. Just choose one or check them all out. Share something you read and liked with at least one person in the building.
1. Innovative Educator - http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.com/
Lisa Nielsen, a longtime public-school educator, uses her platform to explore new learning methods and to shine a light on educational inefficiencies and deficiencies. Case in point: her takedown of “the packet-driven classroom.”
2. Free Technology 4 Teachers - http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Richard Bryne, a Google-certified teacher and ed-tech consultant, offers online resources and tools at a price point that everyone’s happy with: free. His blog is often updated multiple times during the day, so be sure to check in frequently. I must point out that he started out as a high school social studies teacher from Maine.
3. Shake Up Learning - http://www.shakeuplearning.com/blog
Kasey Bell is a Google-certified instructional technology consultant with a ton of personality. Her blog features fun ways to incorporate technology into the classroom without it getting in the way of the learning process.
4. Mr. Carter's Office - http://dwightcarter.edublogs.org/
An award-winning principal who helped his former district accomplish great things with tech, Dwight Carter provides weekly updates on his work at New Albany High School in Ohio.
5. There Is No Box - https://anotherschwab.com/
The boundaries of instruction and education exist only in our heads. On his blog, Andrew Schwab, an educator and a self-described “IT guy,” is busy “thinking out loud” about all things ed-tech.