9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers

Social media’s popularity means educators have a number of avenues to develop their professional learning networks and learn from one another.

Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas about teaching and learning.

Here, we’ve gathered 9 blogs that focus on technology integration, instructional technology, school leadership, and pedagogy. If you have a favorite blog that isn’t on this list, use the comment section below to let us know.

The Innovative Educator
Lisa Nielsen became a public school educator to help change the school experience for students. She does this by finding and sharing innovative ways to prepare students for relevant and real-world success. Among other things, this means ensuring educators and students have a voice in conversations, issues, and policies that affect them.

iterating toward openness
Dr. David Wiley is Chief Academic Officer of Lumen Learning, an organization focused on increasing student success, reinvigorating pedagogy, and improving the affordability of education through the adoption of open educational resources by schools, community and state colleges, and universities. He is the Education Fellow at Creative Commons and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University’s graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology, where he leads the Open Education Group.

Tech Tips 411
While not technically a blog, author Jennifer Hall serves as one of Atlanta Public Schools’ Educational Technology Specialists (ETS). As a member of the Instructional Technology Department, she works with teachers to integrate technology into their instructional planning. The site is intended to help educactors access great ed-tech tips and resources for instructional planning, along with tools for increasing student engagement.

Kelly Walsh is the CIO and faculty member at The College of Westchester in White Plains, N.Y. On EmergingEdTech, Walsh interacts with a community of other educators and technologists and explores the use of technology as an instructional tool and enabler. Each week, Walsh researches relevant topics and writes articles seeking to provide information, insight, and/or opinion about those topics.