Blogs created for educators can be a valuable resource for teachers. I have chosen three educator blogs I feel you should follow.
The first is The Curriculum Corner. This blog provides a variety of resources for teachers. You can find current, relevant, meaningful and ready-to-go lessons, activities and resources that fit classroom structure and meet national and state standards. There are resources for reading, math, writing, organization, seasonal, and sciance/social studies. One of my favorite blog posts it the “I Can” Standards Toolkit k-8 resource. It includes resources to help students and parents develop a better understanding of each standard. The toolkit helps monitor student progress and track as standards as they are addressed in the classroom. It includes checkboxes for putting into student data binders so students can keep track of their own learning. Another great resource is a science unit called Writing Like a Scientist. This unit is geared towards primary students. It provides mini-lessons, experiment ideas, anchor charts, observation pages, blank books and more.
Another great blog to follow is called Moving at the Speed of Creativity. This blog is created by Wesley Fryer. He describes the purpose of his blog “to digitally document my own journey of learning and collaborate with other educators and lifelong learners around the globe. I focus primarily creative uses of multimedia to help students “show what they know with media,” digital literacy, digital storytelling, digital portfolios, blended learning educational leadership, digital creativity, and digital citizenship.” One of the things I think educators will benefit from this blog is the professional development videos. There is a variety of topics to choose from. Wesley has also been producing the “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” podcast since 2005. The podcast primarily focuses on educational technology and digital literacy. This blog is a great resource for teachers who want to expand their own learning.
The last blog is called Free Technology for Teachers. You can find this blog at http://www.freetech4teachers.com/. Richard Byrne is a high school social studies teacher. His blog has earned numerous awards including the 2012 MERLOT Classics Award and the 2011 Edublogs Award. Richard Byrne offers a number of workshops and webinars for faculty. One of the things I found useful was the free digital handbook on technology integration. Here is an example of a post on creating and using rubrics in Google Drive. He includes a video showing how to create a rubric in Google spreadsheets and walks you through the process step-by-step.
Educator blogs like these can be a valuable resource for teachers. Blogs allow educators to engage in knowledge sharing and reflection. They allow users and readers to respond, to create, and to connect in a global learning community. Wang Hong wrote a paper on the educational uses of blogs in U.S. education. He says, ” Readers are no longer passive recipients of the information from the web but become creators of the content by either posting entries on the blog or making comments on the entries posted by others. As a powerful tool that enhances communication, foster critical thinking, and encourages collaborative learning, blogs have great potential in education.” So let’s start using this powerful tool in our own classrooms.
Hong, Wang.”Exploring educational use of blogs in U.S. education”US-China Education Review v5 n10 p34-38 Oct 2008