Education blogs, on any and every topic, abound online. Unfortunately, educators are probably the last people who have the time to go out and search for them. Which blogs review good free resources? Which can offer information about school reform trends? Which highlight short, how-to videos for those who aren’t very tech-savvy?
In this time-saving list, you’ll find 10 of the best education blogs that readers have recommended, that have won multiple awards, or that other educators just can’t stop talking about.
The blogs are listed in alphabetical order. What are your favorites that we’ve left out? Share them in the comments section of this story.
1. Edudemic (social media)
What is the best way to improve education using social media? That’s the big question that Edudemic hopes to answer. You’ll find regular doses of helpful ideas, infographics, news, videos, and more when you visit Edudemic. Do you ever wonder how schools, universities, colleges, and large groups in general should use social media? Students are often early adopters, frequent users, and overall lovers of technology and social media. Edudemic is run by a handful of graduate students and teachers with a passion for learning and educating.
2. Flipped Learning (new ways of teaching)
Flipped Learning was created by Jon Bergmann, a teacher, educational coach, and writer who has helped educators around the world reconsider what education can look like. He, along with Aaron Sams, are considered two pioneers in the Flipped Class movement. They co-wrote the book on the Flipped Classroom. It will be available from ISTE Press in June of 2012.
3. Free Technology for Teachers (free tech resources and tech reviews)
The purpose of this site is to share information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. This blog has won multiple awards by many publications, and recently in 2010 Free Technology for Teachers was awarded the Edublogs Award for “Best Resource Sharing Blog,” “Best Ed Tech Support,” and “Best Individual Blog.” Free Technology for Teachers is read by an audience of more than 44,000 daily subscribers (as of March 1).
4. The Innovative Educator (creative teaching ideas)
This blog is a great place to look for fresh ideas about how to teach students course material. Created by Lisa Nielsen, who writes for, and speaks to, audiences across the globe about learning innovatively and is frequently covered by local and national media for her views (which include the need for “Passion [not Data] Driven Learning,” as well as “Thinking Outside the Ban” to harness the power of technology for learning), The Innovative Educator was named Get Degrees 2011’s “Most Trusted Education Blog,” and it has received many other blogging awards and nominations as well.
5. MindShift (research, policy, and cultural issues)
Technology is revolutionizing the world of education—replacing familiar classroom tools and changing the way we learn. MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions—covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more. The site is curated by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and mother of a grade-schooler.