3 Blogs for Teachers

Edudemic

edudemic 1The 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.

Cathy Moore

Cathy MooreAnother 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

eslThe 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.

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  1. amerrit1 says:

    Edudemic is an insightful blog for educators. One of its post titled 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology really got me thinking about technology and classroom instruction and how the two should coexist. This post is an accurate depiction of urban public school education in respect to the lack of technology in classrooms. I whole heartedly agree that digital literacy is a crucial skill, but to what extent? I think students depend on technology too much. They get solutions to math problems and answers to chemistry and/or literary questions at the click of a button without actively participating in the learning process. I think technology has limited students’ ability to problem solve, think logically, and process multifaceted information. Computers may engage students more than a traditional classroom setting, but to what effect? If classrooms continue to encourage the use of technology, will students be cognitively ready to enter a demanding work force? Will students be ready to seek employment and advance in careers outside the technology realm in other areas such as medicine, law, or politics to name a few?

    Whether teachers want it or not, technology is expected to be utilized in today’s classroom settings, however it is not equally accessible to all schools or to all students. There are many families that cannot afford computers, tablets, cell phones or even internet access. If students do not have access to technology, which many do not, then it becomes the school’s responsibility to make technology accessible, but how? Many schools district are dealing with budgetary constraints that just do not allow funding for technology. That’s where 3 Ways Schools Can Fund Education Technology comes into play.

    Grants are a practical solution to school districts acquiring the funds to purchase technology, but the application process is time consuming and tedious. Grants can often be difficult to obtain with so many in competition for the money. Is it worth it anyway? Even with grant money, schools do not purchase the best technology. They purchase what they can afford in order to get a large quantity at one time. Warranties are costly, so schools go without them and have to deal with costly repairs. And often times when computers or tablets break or no longer function, they are tossed aside because there is no money to fix them. In a year, or even six months, computers become outdated and they do not have the latest features and programs. Then what?

    Yes, google searches and other processes can still be done, but the students will not be accessing the latest technological advancements and upgrades.

    Ballots initiatives are also not a sure way to gain funding for technology. Without the support of politicians and supportive citizens, ballots are less likely to pass. Many citizens, and who could blame them, are not willing to increase their taxes, not even to support their local schools.

    Business partnerships may be the better of all three options. Businesses can see the benefits of helping their local schools because as the challenge continues to find qualified applicants to work within their companies, this is way to help ensure youth have desirable tech skills that businesses want to see in their hires. It looks good when companies invest in education for local school children. The companies may receive a tax break or other incentives for investing in neighborhood or local school districts.

    These suggestion sound good and are possible, but not as easy to attain as one might think. I believe technology has a place in the classroom, but I do not believe school curriculums should be solely centered on its use. Students should be taught to think for themselves. They should be able to a apply knowledge and get a desired outcome on their own. Technology should only be there to add to a student’s knowledge or enhance a piece of work, not to do all the work for the student.

    Budgetary challenges are a part of everyday life for many people and organizations alike, so creative ways are needed to find the necessary money to purchase technology for classrooms. The pros and cons should both be considered when investing a large amount of time and effort into finding suitable ways to funding school technology.

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