In the world of blogging there are organizations that have bloggers employed and then there are individual bloggers. Here are some edtech blogs from both types that have proved most useful in dispelling myths, providing staff development, and offering relevant resources for classroom use.
These are rock-solid and trusted online edtech blogs that continue to be sources of inspiration for us. You’ll find organizations dedicated to talking about technology, as well as teachers from the trenches who are actually doing it.
Organization EdTech Blogs
Edutopia—One edtech blog that comes up frequently when searching the Web for anything innovative in education. This foundation seeks to keep education moving forward and at the forefront of discussion. You’ll find videos, blogs, and up-to-date articles on the latest tools for educators.
MIndShift—This is KQED’s contribution to innovative education. MindShift takes its tag line “How We Will Learn” seriously. As such they are dedicated to highlighting the cutting edge of education. MindShift is staffed by writers who are always in-the-know about the latest in learning and the technology that continues to enhance it.
EdSurge—EdSurge strives to provide the best information on this topic by relying on a community-driven database of edtech products and articles.
ISTE—Arguably the largest tech education organization, ISTE puts together a massive gathering of educators for technology every year. It requires membership to get full access, but their edtech blogs are freely accessible. There are 3 avenues to explore:
- EdTekHub, a combo of articles, blogs and surveys
- entrsekt, a quarterly magazine of insightful articles
- ISTE Connects blog
Edudemic—Edudemic strives to provide the best articles on practically everything about edtech. Their ongoing mission is to create awesome teachers and students. For this reason, the site is geared toward both.
The Individual Bloggers
The Innovative Educator—Lisa Nielsen is The Innovative Educator. She works tirelessly to help change school for those that matter the most: the students. Seeking out resources to help them experience relevant and real-world success, she makes sure that all voices are heard.
EdTech Roundup—Michael Karlin’s Ed Tech Roundup was formed in early 2013 to help out educators with the challenges of technology integration. You’ll find technology news, reviews, lessons, app ideas, and more on this great edtech blog.
FreeTech4Teachers—Richard Byrne is a former social studies teacher who now runs this blog. It’s a treasure trove of resources for digital educators all over the world. Read about his own personal innovative milestones as an educator. Then dive into the great stuff he has on offer for all kinds of teachers in all kinds of classrooms.
Cycles of Learning—Ramsey Musallam is a featured speaker on TEDTalks. He describes the mission for his blog as one designed “to create inquiry-based learning environments fueled by student curiosity and exploration.” There is some really quality stuff here that’s worth exploring in detail.
Kathy Schrock’s Guide to Everything—Kathy Schrock has amassed an impressive array of resources in her many years as an educational technologist. Not only her own articles, but also a list of her own recommended edtech blogs. The Guide to Everything is her main website—incredibly well-organized, like a card catalog of resources too numerous to mention. Dive in and explore Kathy’s efforts, and you won’t be disappointed!
Many more educators are speaking about transforming education to keep up with 21st century demands on their own budding edtech blogs. This, at least, is a starting point to begin the discussion in your neck of the woods!