The first great blog for teachers is called Edudemic. This blog has been online for just 5 years, but it is one one of the biggest and most popular teaching blogs on the net. Their mission is to “create awesome students.” One thing I like about the blog is that that they don’t just focus on one group of people, like teachers. Instead, they post articles and research that is relevant to all education stakeholders, including students, teachers, parents and administrators.
I also like that the blog addresses education in a very modern context. Their slogan, for example, is “connecting education and technology.” So, while they have articles like “Redesign the Classroom to Enhance Learning” and “5 Ways to Get Students Engaged,” they also have articles such as “Coding in the Classroom” and “3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology.” Another reason I like this blog is because it has many contributors. Personal blogs, while helpful, don’t provide the “brainstorm factor” that a larger site that Edudemic does. This blog provides solid, practical advice for everyone involved in the education process.
Another blog I like is called Cathy Moore This is an interesting blog because it is written by a real, working instructional designer, not by a publishing company selling computer programs or an academic typing away about the core fundamentals of learning theory and psychology. This blog’s slogan is “Let’s save the world from boring training.”
It has articles like “3 ways to save gobs of time when designing training” and “The Big Mistake in e-learning.” This blog will be helpful to anyone who is designing any kind of e-learning course by giving real, usable advice. Some of it may be a bit controversial, and the author of the site is very direct, but that can be a good thing, as the material provokes lively discussions, which you can become a part of. I intend to use this blog to gain a real-world perspective on the field of instructional design.
The ESL Literacy Network
The final blog I’ll mention is called the ESL Literacy Network. This site is a professional organization dedicated to supporting those who work in the field of ESL (English teachers). It provides professional development opportunities, such as webinars, handbooks, and networking events. It also has an active blog and discussion forum. Another really interesting part of this site is call the showcase. Here, teachers from around the world share lesson plans they are proud of and that they think are most useful to other teachers. Finally, this website shares wonderful, professionally designed content from Bow Valley College. As an ESL teacher, this site provides me with great content, wonderful professional development, and great opportunities to interact with like-minded professionals in my profession. If you are an ESL teacher, this site is a must for your bookmark list.