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11 Ed Tech Blogs to Follow in 2014

We should always be on the lookout for new blogs to get ideas from. The holidays are no exception. Here is a list form Graphite.com of ones to follow in 2014. Go ahead, explore.

From the site:
“Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014? Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. One of the things we love most about teaching in the age of technology is the ability it gives educators to share innovation in the blogosphere and Twitterverse. Connected educators can now share what’s working (and not working) in their classrooms across the globe, quickly and easily.”

Click on the title to go to the list.

How did I miss Teachthought?

I love it when I find a new blog that peaks my interest. Such is the case with Teachthought. This blog looks very interesting, and has some really nice ideas. Some of them I can’t wrap my little brain around, but I will try.

This looks like a collaborative type site, with multiple authors (I can’t see one person doing this unless it is a full time job). Check them out of you have some time. Click on the title to go to the link.

Here is some info from their “ABOUT” page:

TeachThought’s mantra is simple: learn better.

Our mission is modest enough–to create a modern enlightenment that results in healthy communities and interdependent citizens.

We believe that this can happen much more simply than it’d seem. The secret is to change the way people think about learning. It’s possible more than ever to create learning spaces that are personalized, self-directed, social, and rigorous. This requires new tools and models, but more importantly a paradigm shift in how everyone–educators and otherwise–thinks of the learning process.

What Makes TeachThought Different?

There are a lot of great blogs and organizations out there. What makes TeachThought unique is our macro view of the learning process, from culture and community to specific classroom practice. We are a brand that participates in every level of teaching and learning, from the dreaming to the practice.


It is our position that all learning should result in substantive personal and social change.

Our ideas are heavily influenced from a wide variety of thinkers, from Wendell Berry to Edward Wilson, David Hume to Henry David Thoreau, Jean Paul Sarte to Jeremy Bentham, Bena Kallick to Art Costa, Ken Robinson to Daniel Pink, Maria Popova to Grant Wiggins–and countless souls in between.

This concept includes the relationship between culture, communities, and the institutions and curriculum purported to serve them, as well as emerging technologies and media.

So check them out.

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The Dean's List: 50 Must-Read Higher Education Technology Blogs

IT administrators, professors and CIOs are driven by the needs — and rising expectations — of students. In the world of higher education, technology is a catalyst for real growth. Topics like online learning, “bring your own device,” electronic textbooks and cloud computing are hot in the industry right now, and rightfully so. Technology is creating better learning environments, faster and more efficient access to resources such as e-mail and online lectures — and, ultimately, a better experience for professors and students. What about the men and women behind all that campus technology? IT workers need resources too. EdTech: Focus on Higher Education has surveyed the web and found what we believe are the 50 best IT blogs in higher education. These blogs — including well-known names and some who are less familiar — cover every aspect of technology, both in the classroom and behind the scenes. Learn from tech experts and IT peers at colleges who are in the trenches. Dig into the very best the web has to offer.

Karen's Korner: Using Tech to Teach and Learn: My Day at EdCamp Dallas

New ed tech blogger Karen Balbier gets it done with a nice overview of her day at Ed Camp Dallas. This is a good example of a new blogger really taking to the medium If you can, please share her blog and also please leave a comment.

Isolation is now a choice educators make.

It is pretty clear by now that your arguments that you are isolated, you get no support, you cant find resources…are your own choosing. You choose to be isolated as a teacher or an administrator. Help, friendship and knowledge are all readily and easily available if you choose to find it. But no one is going to bring it to you. You must go out and find it on your own.

From the article:
Personally, blogging has made me really think about what I do in my role as an administrator, and I would say that the process has really clarified a lot of my thinking. The other aspect of writing for an audience and getting their feedback has made a huge difference on my learning as being challenged has made me really think about my work. In fact, I am writing this because someone read my blog post, challenged it, and I came back to revisit my thinking. That wouldn’t have happened if I wrote it in a journal that I tuck away at home.

How to make edu-blogging less boring

From Daniel Willingham:

180 Questions for your PLC: 180 Potential Blog Topics for only 99 cents!

Do you have an education blog and are struggling to come up with topics?   Why not download this iPad ebook and get 180 potential topics for your blog? From education leadership, to school climate, to philosophy of education and more,  there are enough topics here to keep you writing for as good long time! 

Written as conversation starters for struggling Professional Learning Communities, this book can also be used as a series of prompts to get you writing on your blog!

What the heck, it is only 99 cents! Give it a try!

Jun 6

Badge of Honor

Must-read K-12 IT Blog
EdTech’s 2013 Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

Jun 4

The Best K-12 Education Technology Blogs

Always nice to be recognized for what you do. Thank you Ed Tech Magazine! 

From the site: 

If it takes a village to raise a child, how many people does it take to train an educator? It’s hard to say, but 50 helping hands seems like a good place to start.

In the spirit of community, collaboration and information sharing, EdTech: Focus on K–12 has rounded up 50 ed-tech blogs that we deem must-reads for the K–12 community. We launched our first Must-Read IT list last year to great response so we hope that you all enjoy this year’s batch of blogs as well.

These blogs are a mix of voices and include blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology vendors. They share real-world classroom experiences, offer inspiration and distribute valuable best practices.

This list was built in part by you, our readers. We reviewed the nominees that were submitted and selected some superstars from the suggested blogs. If your blog is on our list, you can grab a Must-Read IT Blog badge for your site.

Without further ado, here is the 2013 Honor Roll:

Meet some of the best and brightest voices in education technology.

Recent Digital Discovery Episode: Why Blog in your Classroom? #EPISD

Eight reasons why you should have a class blog

This article looks at 8 major reasons why you might want to blog in your class

1- Social Skills and confidence

2- Internet Safety


4- Home School Connection

5- ICT skills

6- Classroom community

7- Authentic audience

8- Global Connection

Can you think of more?

Five Things you can do to make even the worst Professional Development More Meaningful and Less Boring

You are there, sitting in another boring staff development starting to count the tiles on the ceiling because you just finished you morning crossword puzzle and finished reading through your feeds on Flipboard. The presenter is presenting on something that you have already seen, and you have eaten the last chocolate covered donut. What to do, what to do? And that is the first 15 minutes of the day. Only 7 hours and 45 minutes to go. 

Well, you can decide that the day is going to be a total waste of time. You can decide to mentally turn off and spend the day silently complaining and making sarcastic remarks, or you can decide that the you are actually going to do something educational…

There are things you can do DURING meetings that wil keep you engaged, keep you awake, and keep you 

Create a Backchannel: Today’s Meet

A backchannel is a silent discussion that takes place while a presentation or meeting is going on. (Think digital note passing.) For instance, if someone is presenting and a question comes up, instead of interrupting the presenter, you could ask the question in the backchannel. Today’s Meet is an excellent and simple site for creating and using a single event backchannel. It is especially good for single day training and if you want to keep the conversation localized. Let everyone with a computer know the backchannel url that you choose, and, if there are others like yourself, then you can have a silent conversation going on. Beware however, it is very easy to switch a backchannel conversation into a bitchfest. If you see that happening, you need to take control of the conversation and bring it back or if it gets too bad, you can even end the backchannel. With Today’s Meet, users do not have to know any hashtags and the ease of use factor is very high. 


If you want the conversation to go beyond your immediate geographical location, taking it out to the entire internet, then backchannel using Twitter, where more people are hanging out. You will have to come up with common term that all users agree on called a hashtag which identifies the conversation. For instance, a hashtag usually describes the session like #TCEA13 which is for the 2013 TCEA conference. The danger of starting a backchannel in Twitter is that the conversation can grow to enormous proportions and you can lose control very easily. 


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