Sunday, May 16, 2010

10 Blogs You Gotta Know

Last week, I was presented with a blog award from Kelly Tenkely, who writes the iLearn Technology blog. Her blog is always packed with great ideas, especially for the elementary classroom. Kelly is a prolific commenter, and beloved member of the ed tech blogosphere. This award is meant to honor blogs that we personally hold in high regard by spreading the word about them and sharing them with others. Here's my list of top ten blogs: By sharing these great blogs with you, I hope to spread the word and encourage them to keep up the great work.
 The rules of the award are as follows:
1- Copy and display the picture of the award given to you;
2- Link back to the blog that nominated you;
3- Nominate 10 different blogs yourself;
4- Inform the people you nominated, so they can in turn, continue the chain and spread the word about other great blogs out there.
Here is my top ten, in no particular order: Kelly Walsh's blog EmergingEdTech provides information, insight, and opinion about topics relating to engaging students and enhancing learning outcomes with Internet and instructional technologies. Kelly researches a breadth of topics and shares his findings so you don't have to! Tony Vincent began integrating Palm handhelds in his classroom "back in the day" and as handheld computing has evolved, so has Tony. He specializes in the integration of iPods, iPod touch, iPhone, iPad, and notebooks. His blogLearning in Hand offers great tips for putting learning in the hands of students. Among other tech-related topics, Dan Schmidt's blog helps teachers and students get started in podcasting in the classroom. He has authored two books on the subject, and his blog posts date back to 2005. Educational Origami is a blog, and a wiki, about the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into the classroom. One of my favorite things about it is the way this blog explains Bloom's Taxonomy and its evolution into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. Christopher Dawson is one of the first bloggers I discovered when I began looking at becoming a blogger myself. His strong opinions, relevant and vast array of ed tech topics, sprinkled with a little snarky sarcasm make his blog one of my must-reads. The Innovative Educator is a blog maintained by Lisa Nielsen. She shares ideas about educating in an innovative way; and sometimes, that goes against popular trends: like, instead of jumping on the interactive white board (IWB) bandwagon, Lisa challenges educators to consider all options, including lower cost ways to accomplish the same results. Certainly no newbie to accolades from techie teachers, I'd also like to thank Mr. Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog where he tirelessly posts free resources, ideas, and lesson plans for teaching with technology. One of the latest blogs I've discovered, Quisivity is a blog for and about learners, designers, and teachers. Each one of Gerald Aungst's posts are insightful and thought provoking. Particularly relevant to me was his insights on student blogging: particularly getting kids to take time to read a great deal about what they want to learn before they write about it. Another recent discovery of mine, and a valuable resource, is Nicholas Provenzano's blog The Nerdy Teacher. Nicholas loves to write about tech integration posts and 80's and 90's TV and movies. I learn tons from his detailed posts, whether its an app review or useful website. Dr. Jon Becker's blog always makes me think (and rethink) my opinions about ed tech and the whole Web 2.0 conversation. His blog, Educational Insanity, is thought provoking- and although you may not agree with everything Dr. Becker asserts, I can promise it will challenge how you think about educational technology.

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