Thursday, October 28, 2010

The 10 Blogs I Read First

I wanted to share my favorite blogs with you. Athough the list of blogs that I subscribe to seems endless at times, I find that these 10 are the ones that I visit most frequently. There are a lot of other great blogs out there as well and many truly resourceful and intelligent people from around the world that create blogs, but for one reason or another, I seem to return to the following sites as resources.

I hope you will take the time to visit them as well because they offer great resources with topics ranging from educational technology to assessments. (I alphabetized the list so they appear in no order of preference.)

Dangerously ! Irrelevant - Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., an Associate Professor in the Educational Administration program at Iowa State University, discusses technology, leadership, and the future of schools.

Free Technology for Teachers - this Richard Byrne creation provides free resources and lesson plans for teaching with technology. Richard is also a Google Certified Teacher and he offers many tutorials on Google products that you can download for free.

GO2WEB20 - This is a great index of a plethora of web applications.

The Edublogger - offers tips, tricks, ideas and help with using web 2.0 technologies and edublogs. This blog is created by Sue Waters and I would also recommend taking a look at her personal blog as well (catch her talking about elearning, Web 2.0 and technology while helping others.).

Instructify - This blog is a creation of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education. LEARN NC's goal is to find the most innovative and successful practices in K-12 education and makes them available to all teachers and students.

Jane's E-earning Pick of the Day - just like the title states, Jane Hart features a daily item of interest. for learning and/or working (and sometimes more that one). Jane is also founder of the  Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, which is also another great site to check out. See Jane's Top 100 Tools for Learning 2010 List.

Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day - Don't be fooled by his statement that this is for "Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL" because there is much, much, more! Be sure you check out Larry's "Best of" series.

Mashable - this is a top source for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture with more than 30 million monthly pageviews. They report breaking web news, provide analysis of trends, review new websites and services, and offer social media resources and guides.

Never Ending Search - Joyce Valenza is a teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and the maker of a great blog. This blog is found on the School Library Journal site, but don't let that fool you into thinking that Joyce only reports on issues that pertain to school libraries.

Questionmark - Although Questionmark’s mission is to provide (sell) the testing and assessment software and support services, their blog provides some excellent resources on testing theory and practices. I especially enjoy the posts made by Greg Pope, Analytics and Psychometrics Manager, and Eric Shepherd, CEO of Questionmark (His personal blog). They also offer free white papers that are excellent resources for assessment.

Remember, the best way to follow a number of different sites/blogs is to subscribe in an RSS (Really Simple Syndication) Reader. RSS notifies readers of any new content created by sites and you don't have to worry about having your email inbox stuffed full of blog posts. RSS allows you to be notified of the updates and then to read the posts or go to the sites when you have time.

Are there any sites that you can recommend to me?


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