The following insights on blogs are meant to help introduce (in short form) some elearning blogs to teachers who are interested in professional development via short, as needed, and timely posts from bloggers world-wide. If you have a suggestion for a blog to be added to the list, add it to the comments!
This blog is a go-to for every single "foundational" e-learning issue that a teacher may come to. Teachers who are new to education, should bookmark this site, should feel confident in using Connie Malamed's, insight as part of their learning network. The first year of teaching is most definitely the hardest, and having instruction on e-learning and its impact on the life, and difficulties of teachers who are new to the e-learning space. There is absolutely too much information to cover on this site. I recommend that you start in the recent articles section and follow the related content as you see fit. This site is focused in on e-learning and Instructional Design and thus you will find instruction on how to grow your instructional design skill set. If you a brand new to e-learning, you may find the site daunting, but as you begin writing your own courses, the content widens up to you and you could get wrapped up in all that Malamed has to share. Enjoy geting lost, your course will be better off for it.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (ETML) provides information to teachers about educational technology (edtech) as it comes out, as well as it is being used in instruction. Many times, I may see an article pass through the Pinterest boards that strikes my intrigue, draws me into reading it, and then inspires me to try and apply the technology use in my classroom. In fact, this recommendation page is partially made possible by the team of writers at ETML. On April 7, 2014 they published a piece about Tackk. That article was pinned (once again... Pinterest... the place I find everything) by someone that I follow (sorry, I have no clue at this point from who I got this pin), ad I felt the need to read the article. I wanted to try and see how easy the tool was and how share-able it might be. Therefore, I am posting this blog on a Tackk as a way to learn the tool, and test its user-friendliness for myself. What do you think? Do you like the Tackk? In any case, I have gotten off course... If you are interested in finding out details, getting a quick intro, a brief synopsis, and/or some suggested uses for an edtech tool. ETML is a place to start your search.
The subtitle on Mind/Shift is "How we will learn", and their focus is straight and to the point. New teachers might struggle to apply some of the specific instructional articles, although they will appreciate the insight. Those teachers who have been educators for some time, may find this site more critical their practice and professional development. The Big Ideas section of the site, addresses big ideas in education and supports conjecture with theory and classroom application. Professional development for seasoned teachers will most often come from this section as well as Teaching Strategies. The Teaching Strategies is chalk full of development information for teachers that can be taken to the classroom and inform their instruction on the same day. I typically use these two sections to inform my practice, the most often. I recommend that you take a moment and scan their post list. I promise you will quickly find an article on a topic you are in need of, in 3 minutes or less.
Your first visit to Te@chThought will provide a widespread view at topics like: Learning, Teaching, Common Core, Technology, Apps, iPad, Culture and Social Media. Every teacher (in my nutty opinion) could and would benefit from reading from Te@chThought, daily. Their content is appropriate for face-to-face, k-16 educators, as well as Instructional Design professionals. The staff at Te@chThought can add value to your instruction. Their lists, top tools, and instructional ideas are timely and on the forefront. Keeping them in your RSS Feed and spending time with them in the morning, over coffee, wouldn't be too bad of an idea. For teachers who are looking for ideas, instruction, and overviews, the search bar on the site will be invaluable.
Disruptive eLearning at its finest! One of the most lovable (in my opinion) parts of this blog is that their goal is to be disruptive to the status quo, and they have an infographic for everything. I am in the moments of eLearning where, I am head over heels for infographics. I have found their tagsto be the most helpful when looking for specific content, so give that a quick try instead of the search bar. If you have short amounts of time where you are looking for realistic, information rich professional development in the eLearning field. Sh!ft is where you need to stop in and stay awhile. My Pinterest board on Instructional Design Skills and Resources (you can see my ID Resources board here) grew by leaps and bounds after reading through content at Sh!ft. Give it shot, I know you won't be disappointed.