Blogs Worth Reading

Education Blogs Worth Reading

  • JBB’s Desktop: Professor at Full Sail University in Orlando, FL, Joe focuses on facilitating educators growth and development in the use of technology as a functional tool in the education environment.
  • ethoslearn, inc.: If we inspire one community, think about all the parents and children we transform…Education is a way of thinking. It is a responsibility.
  • Epistemic Games: David Williamson Schaffer, David Williamson Shaffer is an Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the departments of Educational Psychology and Curriculum and Instruction, a Game Scientist at the Academic Advanced Distributed Learning Co-Laboratory and a Research Associate in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Communication and Democracy.
  • Learn Out Loud: Part of the University of Wisconsin Madison’s School of Education, the Wisconsin Center for Education Research is one of the oldest, largest, and most productive education research centers in the world.
  • 2020 Nexus: Suzanne Shanks, Although I have taught many subjects from K to 8, but right now I teach Computers electives to 11- to 14-year-olds. I’m frequently a deliberate or de facto technology coach among my peers. (Translated: I’m the only geek among them.) I find the job exhilarating, exhausting, exciting and sometimes even existential: it’s middle school! Though I’m grateful to have such a fun job, it’s a position that shouldn’t exist in the 21st Century. Tech should NEVER be a separate curriculum–it should be embedded in instruction like every other teaching tool. That’s my philosophy and I’m sticking to it.
  • 2 cents: David Warlick, Many of the barriers that prevent us from modernizing our education systems come from the baggage of outdated notions about teaching, learning, curriculum, our children, and their future. Asking questions seems to be one way of probing and provoking new perceptions about what we do, why we do it, and how we might adapt within an almost constantly changing environment.
  • Learning Blog: Exploring learning through blogging. This blog is an exploration of learning in the 21st century.
  • High Techpectations: Lucy Gray is the Lead Technology Coach at the Center for Urban School Improvement at the University of Chicago. In her current role, she is responsible for the development of a technology professional development program on three University of Chicago Charter School campuses. Lucy also supports technology integration efforts at the North Kenwood/Oakland Charter School.
  • Digital Ethnography: A working group of Kansas State University students and faculty dedicated to exploring and extending the possibilities of digital ethnography.
  • ijohnpederson: I’m fascinated at how online learning communities evolve. I once left educational technology and played World of Warcraft for 8 months straight, eclipsing the 125 days played mark. I discovered Twitter much like Christopher Columbus discovered America…by watching others and then bringing the disease to a bunch of friends.
  • The Next Step: This blog is a place for an average student centered, online ed, social studies, technology focused, reform minded, charter school based teacher to talk about education.
  • Kate Says: I’m currently a part-time business education teacher (in La Crosse, Wisconsin) coming to the profession after being an accountant, then a stay-at-home mother. I do web design and consulting work as Kate Olson Consulting, LLC. Educating parents about social networking and discussing digital citizenship is another area of interest of mine – check out the resource wiki I created to help parents learn more about these topics.
  • Generation Yes: We believe that technology in schools is critical to bringing 21st century educational opportunities to everyone. However, we see that traditional approaches to integrating real technology into classrooms have largely failed. Even though visionary educators have seen the potential for decades, there are too few bright and shining examples of students having amazing experiences. More often than not there is a failure of implementation between the vision and the action.We believe the missing component is student involvement, student voice, and student ownership of the process. Why a blog? We like sharing ideas with people. We want to think out loud as a company. We want to include everyone’s voice in the discussion.
  • The Thinking Stick: Catch my latest thoughts, ideas, and resources on The Thinking Stick Blog. Started in 2005 my blog has become my main web site to share ideas and thoughts around education.
  • Weblogg-ed: This site is dedicated to discussions and reflections on the use of Weblogs, wikis, RSS, audiocasts and other Read/Write Web related technologies in the K-12 realm, technologies that are transforming classrooms around the world.
  • The Window: The blog of Kevin D. Washburn. [Washburn] holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in instruction and curriculum. His experience as a teacher in elementary through college level classrooms and positions in curriculum and instruction combine with his penchant for reading and research in both educational and scientific areas to uncover important implications for learning.
  • The Clever Sheep: Rodd Lucier, as a teacher who has used media and other communications technologies to connect with learners for more than 20 years, I’m looking for opportunities to to engage in meaningful conversations with teachers who see themselves as learners.
  • Edurati Review: The Edurati Review is a collaborative blog providing diverse commentary, independent analyses of public education policy issues, and innovative pedagogical concepts. We encourage your thoughts and comments to keep the coversation moving forward.
  • The Fisch Bowl: Karl Fisch, The Fischbowl was conceived as a blog to support our staff development effort. I am the principal “author” of the blog. I’m the Director of Technology at Arapahoe High School (fancy title, but basically means I’m the technology coordinator for the building). In the beginning, the blog was simply a place to “continue the conversations” we had in staff development every two to three weeks, to extend the discussions beyond the time we had face to face. As the year progressed, I started to post more to the blog about relevant educational issues, new technologies, and whatever else I thought might be related and thought-provoking for our teachers, even if it didn’t directly relate to what we had just talked about in staff development.
  • Practical Theory: Chris Lehmann, Chris is a fantastic leader and a fantastic speaker. Every day Chris and his team create amazing 21st century learning opportunities for their students. He shares it all with the rest of us via his annual conference, EduCon, http://educon22.wikispaces.com.
  • Open Thinking and Digital Pedagogy: Dr. Alec Couros, Open Thinking and Digital Pedagogy is the personal and professional blogging space of Dr. Alec Couros, a professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. I created this space in early 2004 as I pondered the educational uses of blogging and podcasting. This space is a growing collection of personal reflections and resources related to teaching and learning, democratic media, critical media literacy, digital citizenship, openness, and social justice.
  • Learning with ‘e’s: Steve Wheeler, I’m in the Faculty of Education at the University of Plymouth. I’m responsible for convening the University’s e-learning research network and co-ordinating technology mediated learning for the Faculty of Education. I serve on the editorial boards of eight international journals, including ALT-J, Digital Culture and Education, and IRRODL and I am co-editor of Interactive Learning Environments. I’m also the chair of the UNESCO funded IFIP WG 3.6 (Distance Education) and a Fellow of the European Distance and E-learning Network (EDEN). My research interests include e-learning, distance education, creativity and Web 2.0 social software.
  • elearnspace: George Siemens, Changing the node set . . .
  • Remote Access: Clarence Fisher, First and most important of all, I am a teacher. I have been teaching for sixteen years and I learn something every day. I teach full time and enjoy being involved with research to improve what we do in our classrooms. I am involved with efforts to redefine literacy and what it means to be literate in our twenty-first century, technologically advanced society. I write articles, give presentations, and think about classrooms 2.0 and the possibilities for learning. My classroom has been featured in several articles in Middle School Journal, Technology and Learning, and in the recent book New Literacies in Action. I have also been featured on CBC, CNET, and MSN. I have been honoured to win one of Canada’s highest teaching awards; the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching. I have also been named an Outstanding Middle Years Educator in my province, as well as winning several other awards for the innovative integration of technology into everyday classroom life. I live in a small rural community and think geography is irrelevent on our hyperconnected globe. This leads to the tagline of my blog: “Even From Here.”
  • Ideas and Thoughts: Dean Shareski is a Digital Learning Consultant with the Prairie South School Division in Moose Jaw, SK, Canada. I specialize in the use of technology in the classroom. I hold a Masters of Education in Communications and Technology through the University of Saskatchewan. I also am a sessional lecturer for the University of Regina. I consider myself a digital learning specialist. Since late 2004 I’ve been immersed in understanding what the Read/Write Web is all about and how the new shape of knowledge changes how we all learn. I believe teachers and students ought to use technology to connect ideas and learners in safe, relevant, authentic ways to answer questions, share ideas and develop community. Learning can be fun and personal.
  • The Professional Learner: Profe Springer: I am a High School Spanish Teacher. I blog to reflect upon my experiences as a teacher and to learn from others how to become a better learner.  The opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my school, my school district, or any other entity.  I have a bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a minor in Philosophy.  I see myself as an explorer and a motivator who always looks for new ways to learn.

Idea Blogs Worth Reading

  • Seth’s Blog: Seth Godin is the author of ten books that have been bestsellers around the world and changed the way people think about marketing, change and work. His books have been translated into more than 20 languages, and his ebooks are among the most popular ever published. He is responsible for many words in the marketer’s vocabulary, including permission marketing, ideaviruses, purple cows, the dip and sneezers. His irrepressible speaking style and no-holds-barred blog have helped him create a large following around the world.
  • Emergent by Design: Venessa is pursuing a Masters in Media Studies at the New School in New York City, exploring the intersection between technology, culture, and communication. She is a member of the Space Collective community, and has contributed guest posts to Blogging Innovation, MediaRights, gnovis, and Memebox. She lives in Beacon with her husband, and enjoys gardening, yoga, and dark chocolate.
  • Indexed: Started in August of 2006, Indexed has been noted around the web—much to my continued shock. Thank you to everyone who has shared the link and joined the party. Originally, I described this site this way: “This is a little project that allows me to make fun of some things and sense of others without resorting to doing actual math.” Today, I’d have to take the word ‘little’ out of that line.
  • Gaping Void: Hugh Mac­Leod is a car­too­nist, who makes his living mostly dra­wing “Cube Gre­na­des” for clients and  publishing fine art prints via the inter­net. His first book, “Ignore Every­body” is published by Port­fo­lio, an imprint of Pen­guin. Also known for his ideas about how “Web 2.0″ affects adver­ti­sing and mar­ke­ting, after a decade of wor­king as an adver­ti­sing copyw­ri­ter, Hugh star­ted blog­ging at gapingvoid.com in 2001. He first star­ted off just publishing his car­toons, but as time wore on he star­ted blog­ging about his other main inte­rest i.e. mar­ke­ting. In 2004 he wrote “Ignore Every­body” and “The Hugh­train”, which both got widely read in the blo­gosphere, down­loa­ded over million times in total. In 2005 he sco­red his first major blog mar­ke­ting suc­cess with EnglishCut.com, a blog he star­ted with Savile Row tai­lor, Tho­mas Mahon. It tri­pled Tho­mas’ sales within six months. Since mid-2006 Hugh has also been hel­ping a small South Afri­can winery, Stormhoek “rise above the clut­ter” in the wine mar­ket by using Web 2.0 tools to get the word out. Sales have gone up five­fold since then, thanks to Hugh’s mar­ke­ting efforts. Since 2006 Hugh has been cons­tantly enga­ged as a public spea­ker, giving talks in both Europe and the US, tal­king about Web 2.0 and the rami­fi­ca­tions it has on busi­ness. Hugh’s basic man­tra about blog and Web 2.0 mar­ke­ting is “It’s a good way to make things hap­pen indi­rectly”, a point lost on many cor­po­rate types.
  • 1938 Media: We make videos for the web. We also help companies develop sound internet strategy. We do this by using the powers of attention and influence to shape a story. It’s not how many you speak to. It’s who you speak to, and how.
  • BuzzMachine: Jeff Jarvis, author of What Would Google Do? (HarperCollins 2009), blogs about media and news at Buzzmachine.com. He is associate professor and director of the interactive journalism program at the City University of New York’s new Graduate School of Journalism. He is consulting editor and a partner at Daylife, a news startup. He writes a new media column for The Guardian and is host of its Media Talk USA podcast. He consults for media companies. Until 2005, he was president and creative director of Advance.net, the online arm of Advance Publications. Prior to that, Jarvis was creator and founding editor of Entertainment Weekly; Sunday editor and associate publisher of the New York Daily News; TV critic for TV Guide and People; a columnist on the San Francisco Examiner; assistant city editor and reporter for the Chicago Tribune; reporter for Chicago Today.
  • Clay Shirky:  Mr. Shirky divides his time between consulting, teaching, and writing on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies. His consulting practice is focused on the rise of decentralized technologies such as peer-to-peer, web services, and wireless networks that provide alternatives to the wired client/server infrastructure that characterizes the Web. Current clients include Nokia, GBN, the Library of Congress, the Highlands Forum, the Markle Foundation, and the BBC. In addition to his consulting work, Mr. Shirky is an adjunct professor in NYU’s graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), where he teaches courses on the interrelated effects of social and technological network topology — how our networks shape culture and vice-versa. His current course, Social Weather, examines the cues we use to understand group dynamics in online spaces and the possible ways of improving user interaction by redesigning our social software to better reflect the emergent properties of groups.
  • Swift Kick: Swift Kick is an education company whose mission is to increase student engagement. We do this through leadership, technology and community. We are a group of energetic minds who got together to make a positive impact on the world by adding more meaning to education. To us, meaningful education means that it is relevant for the individual doing the learning. This concept is still on the edge of how many educational institutions interact with their students, which tends to be as a single student body, or large groups of student ‘types’. At Swift Kick, we go to the edge of education, then lean. x + 1 To meet our team click here, each person is listed on the left side of the page. Student Affairs Blog (Swift Kick)
  • Idea Hive: The turbulent economic, environmental and regulatory challenges facing California and the world today mean that more and more organizations need the information, tools and leadership to operate more sustainably. Business and society as a whole are facing crises that will only reinforce the failure of older, rationalistic approaches to problem solving. The Idea Hive was formed to meet those needs and to help organizations prepare for future challenges. The Idea Hive is a team of Green MBAs offering research, consulting and facilitation services to businesses and organizations in the Bay Area and beyond. By combining sustainability practices with cutting-edge thinking, the Hive helps individuals and organizations flourish and realize the power of creative collaboration. Our mission is to promote sustainability as a strategy for thriving organizations. Our vision is that sustainability becomes the new “business as usual.” The ten founding members of The Idea Hive bring a rich background of experience and skills. The team practices what it preaches, using systemic methods such as conversation maps and learning narratives to enhance company decision-making. Individual members have professional background in management, high tech, graphic design, marketing and public relations, entertainment, education and curriculum design, and environmental technology solutions.
  • Tom Peters: Without much doubt, Peter Drucker and Tom Peters have shaped the idea of modern management more than any others over the last six decades. Drucker is said to have “invented” management as a discipline worthy of study—in particular, he gave management of large firms the essential tools to deal with their post-World War II enormity, complexity, and growing global reach. Tom Peters, in turn, led the way in preparing management for the current era of staggering change, starting in the mid-1970s. The likes of Fortune, the Economist, the New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times have said Tom is the “uber-guru” of management and inventor of the enormous “management guru industry,” that “in no small part, what American corporations have become is what Peters has encouraged them to be,” that Tom is “the father of the post-modern corporation,” and that “we live in a Tom Peters world.” As “obvious” as these ideas are, they were, are, and always will be the bedrock and differentiator of excellent enterprise—and subject to constant and remarkably rapid slippage if left untended for even a moment. As a result, Tom in 2008 still unabashedly hammers and hammers and hammers again on these always fresh ideas. If anything, he is more adamant than ever, in a “flat world,” that the “eternal basics” must be kept front and center—must be any leader’s abiding obsession.
  • Wish Jar: Explorations of the Familiar: Keri Smith is an author/illustrator turned guerilla artist. She is the author of several bestselling books about creativity including the bestselling Wreck this Journal (2007 Perigee), How to be an Explorer of the World –the Portable Life/Art Museum, ( 2008 Perigee), The Guerilla Art Kit (2007 Princeton Architectural Press), Living Out Loud –Activities to Fuel a Creative Life (published 2003 by Chronicle Books), and Tear up this Book! :The Sticker, Stencil, Stationery, Games, Crafts, Doodle, And Journal Book For Girls!, (2005 American Girl). Her newest book, This is Not a Book will be released fall 2009 by Penguin Books. She is the author of the popular weblog the Wish Jar which attracts over 10,000 readers daily, and writes on occasion for a variety of magazines (including How Magazine). Keri spends her days playing with her husband and son, and divides her time between upstate New York, and the countryside of Canada.
  • Chemoton Vitorino Ramos’ research notebook: […] Interactions among many sporuliferous and ubiquitous abstractions may lead to increasing reality […] V. Ramos, 2001. Vitorino Ramos main research interests are in the fields of Artificial Life and Intelligence, Bio-Inspired Computation, Collective Intelligence and Complex Systems, playing special attention to the role of Evolution, Self-Organization and emergent Cognitive Learning on computational intelligence aspects. Areas of application include Pattern Recognition, Image Analysis and Processing, Data Mining, Dynamic and Combinatorial Optimization and Control, Classification, Information retrieval, Neural and Evolutionary Computation, Ant Colony Optimization, Particle Swarms as other related Metaheuristics, Forecasting, Learning and Adaptive systems, Generative Art, Co-evolution and Decision. (more at chemoton.org)
  • ClusterF*** Nation: James Howard Kunstler says he wrote The Geography of Nowhere, “Because I believe a lot of people share my feelings about the tragic landscape of highway strips, parking lots, housing tracts, mega-malls, junked cities, and ravaged countryside that makes up the everyday environment where most Americans live and work.” Home From Nowhere was a continuation of that discussion with an emphasis on the remedies. A portion of it appeared as the cover story in the September 1996 Atlantic Monthly. His next book in the series, The City in Mind: Notes on the Urban Condition, published by Simon & Schuster / Free Press, is a look a wide-ranging look at cities here and abroad, an inquiry into what makes them great (or miserable), and in particular what America is going to do with it’s mutilated cities.  His latest book, The Long Emergency, published by the Atlantic Monthly Press in 2005, is about the challenges posed by the coming permanent global oil crisis, climate change, and other “converging catastrophes of the 21st Century.”
  • Confessions of an Aca/Fan: Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending the past decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on “spreadable media” with Sam Ford and Joshua Green. He has written for Technology Review, Computer Games, Salon, and The Huffington Post. Jenkins is the principal investigator for Project New Media Literacies (NML), a group which originated as part of the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Initiative. Jenkins wrote a white paper on learning in a participatory culture that has become the springboard for the group’s efforts to develop and test educational materials focused on preparing students for engagement with the new media landscape. He continues to be actively involved with the Convergence Culture Consortium, a faculty network which seeks to build bridges between academic researchers and the media industry in order to help inform the rethinking of consumer relations in an age of participatory culture. And he is working at USC to develop a new research project focused on young people, participatory culture, and public engagement. While at MIT, he was one of the principal investigators for The Education Arcade, a consortium of educators and business leaders working to promote the educational use of computer and video games. Jenkins also plays a significant role as a public advocate for fans, gamers and bloggers: testifying before the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee investigation into “Marketing Violence to Youth” following the Columbine shootings; advocating for media literacy education before the Federal Communications Commission; calling for a more consumer-oriented approach to intellectual property at a closed door meeting of the governing body of the World Economic Forum; signing amicus briefs in opposition to games censorship; and regularly speaking to the press and other media about aspects of media change and popular culture. Jenkins has a B.A. in Political Science and Journalism from Georgia State University, a M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa and a PhD in Communication Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  • The Edge of Tomorrow: by Ben Grey: “I’m but another voice amongst the din clamoring for more change in the way we experience education throughout the world. I’m a Director of Technology and Communications, a passionate educator, an avid reader, a father, an adjunct grad professor, an incorrigible computer geek, an advocate of lifelong learning, something to behold on a dance floor, a properly trained digital storyteller, a bit of a hack on a golf course, a very fresh CSS dabbler, and a hopeful. I consider myself quite blessed to be living in this era where I anticipate experiencing a significant shift in our culture and the way we go about educating our masses. I’m more than excited to be a part of it, and I hope you are too.  If you would like to get in touch with me to talk technology, education, how amazing the Cubs are, etc., feel free to send an email my way by hitting the Contact link at the top of the page.

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