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Top 5 Must Follow EdTech Blogs

Apr 9, 2014   |   Posted by Alisa Gross    |       2 comments

edsurge_bolt_2001. EdSurge

EdSurge is geared towards teachers, developers, and investors. The posts cover cool new programs, apps, and websites, and give teachers strategies for integrating programs into their classrooms. Articles such as “How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year,” and “How to Teach 800 Middle Schoolers,” cover teacher successes and offer perspective on creative individuals solutions and strategies. It informs its readers about various Ed Tech company growth and fundraising efforts. It also offers succinct insight on the long-term impact and correct usage of Ed Tech tools. Most of its writers are former educators. It has awesome features, and allows you to search by articles based on categories such as “Blended Learning,”, “Instructional Skills,” and “Incubators.”

edutopia45px 2. Edutopia’s Technology Integration Blog

The title of this blog is actually somewhat misleading. While Edutopia’s technology integration blog does focus on software tools the classroom, it offers a distinctive perspective on their benefits within humanities education. Articles cover solutions that help students to find their voice, and that allow teachers to integrate daily poetry, and to model strategies for close reading. Beyond discussing retention, Edutopia’s writers explore how to build up students’ independent interpretative skills and their passion for learning.

 

Knewton13. Knewton

Knewton’s blog primarily presents ideas and commentary on adaptive learning technology. It includes profiles of notable schools, guest-written articles by Ed Tech innovators, links to resources for students and teachers, and monthly thoughts on current education research by its CEO and founder, Jose Ferreira. It also has a glossary that defines the higher education concepts that influence Knewton’s software development, like  “scaffolding instruction,” and “learning outcomes.” New posts are added almost daily.

 

edx 4. EdX

EdX has some of the most academically oriented and best-researched articles amongst the Ed Tech blogs. It not only posts cases studies written by researchers within the EdX team and professors from outside, but also incorporates guest blogs from prominent figures within various government institutions dedicated to education, like the Department of Education and Cultural Affairs. Another unique feature is that it offers EdX students a forum to describe their experiences. EdX is frequently adding new partners, and the blog is a great way to find out about support for MOOCs from major universities.

 

elearn icon5. E-Learn Magazine

The articles in E-Learn Magazine give practical advice regarding strategies for developing engaging online content. Its articles address the potential of strategies like gamification in Learning Management Systems for professional education, and emphasize the importance of human interaction in building effective E-Courses. While its articles are primarily geared towards discussing methods of interactivity in professional learning modules, the pedagogies it mentions are widely used in MOOCs and learning websites like Khan Academy and DuoLingo.

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2 Comments

  • Reply John Kline |

    Excellent choices. These are all good. I would say EdSurge is geared more toward business people (entrepreneurs, investors, etc.) than toward actual teachers. You might also have Educause on there. That is a big one and they commission excellent studies. And one of my favorites is e-literate[ http://mfeldstein.com/ ] with its companion e-literate tv [ http://e-literate.tv/ ]

    also good – various bloggers at Inside Higher Ed, Wired Campus (Chronicle), Hack Education (Audrey Watters), Campus Technology, ISTE, Edutechnica, Hapgood, Edukwest, edtechmagazinecom, and lots of other good ones!

  • Reply alisagr |

    Thanks for your comments John! I just started reading Michael Feldstein. He has some fantastic insights!

So, what do you think ?