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Friday, January 26, 2018

Top Tech Blogs to Follow

Top Tech Blogs to Follow
Welcome to the new year. There are a ton of things going on in the tech world this coming year.
To keep on top of the latest trends, you can check out some blogs on technology.

There are many cool Tech Blogs out there. Here is a list of some of the most popular tech blogs
available on the web.

Top 10 Education Tech Blogs

1. The Innovative Educator

If you have ever felt that school was boring or irrelevant, the Innovative Educator,
Lisa Nielson, understands how you feel. Motivated by her own disillusionment with
the way public schools today approach teaching, Nielson focuses on showing other
educators ways that they can use freely available resources and technologies
already within students’ grasps to make classes more engaging and relevant.
Not only does Nielson deal with broad ideas about technology in the classroom,
but also the nitty gritty details of implementation, so that teachers will be able to use
her ideas without having to struggle against a budget process or other restrictions.

2. The Daring Librarian

Gwyneth Jones, the Daring Librarian herself, knows that librarians can have lots of
fun. Approaching ed-tech with a sense of humor and plenty of Vines and cartoons
to illustrate her stories, Jones writes a blog that entertains as it informs. Not only
does she provide plenty of excellent content on new apps and ideas on how to
use everyday websites as learning opportunities, but also a good measure of fun
stories that will have you laughing out loud.

3. EdTech RoundUp

With weekly posts on the state of technology in education, EdTech RoundUp is
the best place to go to find out the latest news related to education tech. The
comprehensive coverage of news and recently released apps and devices allows
you to find out the latest happenings in just one place every week. While this blog
may not have as many original ideas as some other blogs in the field, the RoundUp
provides you with the best place to keep informed on progress in the field.

4. Edudemic

Easily the largest hub for education content out there, Edudemic provides teachers
with advice, ideas, and lesson plans to better integrate technology in the classroom.
While a visit to this site may be a bit overwhelming at first due to the sheer amount
of attention-grabbing content, you will always be able to find new ideas that make
your visit worth your time.

5. MindShift

When you are tired of reading the same ideas over and over again written in
different words on different blogs, head over to MindShift for something unique.
Focusing on slightly edgier, more fringe topics within the educational technology
field, MindShift opens your eyes to totally new ideas. With its wide scope and its
dedication to sharing all unique opinions on education, MindShift will give you
plenty to talk about with your colleagues.

6. Free Technology 4 Teachers

While ideas are great, implementation remains the biggest challenge for many
teachers. A lack of resources and tools plagues many schools, making it more
difficult to use technology in the classroom. Richard Byrne addresses this in his
blog, Free Technology 4 Teachers. His well-organized site is a treasure trove of free
apps, software, videos, and graphics that teachers can use in the classroom right
away. Practical and clear, Byrne gives suggestions that even the least tech-savvy
teacher can use.

7. Cycles of Learning

Who doesn’t like a good life hack? Ramsay Musallam recognized how useful hacks
could be in classrooms, so he set up Cycles of Learning to share practical education
tech hacks to make teachers’ lives just a bit easier. Once you see his TED Talk on
sparking learning, you won’t be able to get enough of his content. By focusing on
simple ways to inspire real learning in students using technology in the classroom,
Musallam shows us that even learning can be hacked.

8. Edutopia

Hosted by the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia has plenty of
well-indexed information on how technology can be used in classrooms. Since
information is filed by age group and topic, teachers can easily get practical ideas
that are relevant to their current curriculum without wading through lots of ideas that
won’t quite work for their individual situations. With plenty of videos and fun quizzes,
Edutopia can be a fun place to browse even if you aren’t looking for anything
specific. Make sure to click on their “Trending Topics” section to find out what the
hottest topics are currently in education technology.

9. Steve Hargadon

Don’t let the simple design and lack of flash fool you; Steve Hargadon’s blog
provides plenty of worthwhile current information on educational technologies.
A true ed-tech leader, Hargadon is the director of the Web 2.0 Labs, host of the
Future of Education interview series, chair of the Social Learning Summit and the
Learning 2.0 Conference, and co-chair of the annual Global Education and Library
2.0 worldwide conferences. As Hargadon is one of the top experts on educational
technology, you can be assured that reading his blog will give you plenty of
innovative ideas.

10. My Paperless Classroom

Sam Patterson, K-5 tech integration specialist, talks about his own experiences
trying to implement tech ideas in classes in My Paperless Classroom. Not only does
Patterson have some excellent ideas on how to effectively use technologies less
commonly allowed in classes, including MineCraft worlds, toys, and video games,
but he also candidly reveals some of the challenges and pitfalls of these
technologies. Be prepared to learn what tech integration really means in the