The A-Z of Education Blogs: Letters D-E
In this multi-part series, we are profiling the best of the best education blogs, in alphabetical order. In the previous article, I introduced the letter C and in this one, I will discuss letters D-E.
Anthony Salcito is the Vice President of Education for Microsoft Corporation’s Worldwide Public Sector and he’s the man behind Daily Edventures – a 365-day look at global heroes in education. You will find thoughts about education and technology from teachers all over the world on this blog, which is a unique and interesting concept. Possibly a bit biased in favor of Microsoft, but an all-round amazing blog.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 25, Helpfulness 23.5, Authority 25
Total Score: 98.5
This blog addresses issues of social and ethical concern as they relate to the use of technology in the classroom. Frequent topics include the development of self-actualization and leadership.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 21, Helpfulness 21, Authority 22
Total Score: 88
As the name implies this blog covers various topics about educational development, including practices to implement in the classroom and digital content. As with so many other blogs there’s a strong focus on edtech and STEM. A big plus is that they have free teacher resources – from lesson plans to brain boosters.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 24.5, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 99.5
Ditch That Textbook is Google certified innovator and teacher Matt Miller’s take on how to implement tech in the classroom. The focus seems to be on high school and up.
Score: Activity 22, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 24
Total Score: 86
This blog provides a look at diversity in higher education from many different angles. As the name suggests, it highlights the issues of concern to minorities in education.
Score: Active 24, Original 25, Helpfulness 24, Authority 24
After over 30 years in education Dr. Doug Green left his job as an elementary principal to care for his ailing wife. After her death he decided to do something to help parents and educators and started scouring the net and reading books, which he then summarized in bite sized nuggets.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 17, Authority 17
Total Score: 67
This blog by Neil Jarrett, a Google certified teacher who teaches at an international school in Thailand, does what it says on the label: teaches edtech for beginners. It also offers tools and updates for teachers already well versed in edtech however and is worth a visit if you’re looking for new edtech tools for your classroom.
Score: Activity 16, Originality 17, Helpfulness 18, Authority 18
Total Score: 69
The EdTechReview, not surprisingly, reviews anything to do with edtech. They also offer reports, studies, insights, webinars, etc. It’s one of the best resources for all things edtech and how to incorporate it in your classroom. However, not all content is for K-12 as they also cater to higher ed.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 20, Helpfulness 20, Authority 21
Just as its name implies, this is a weekly “roundup” of all the latest edtech news and developments. This blog is ideal simply for staying informed about breakthroughs and trends.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 17.5, Helpfulness 16.5, Authority 17.5
Total Score: 75%
This blog covers everything and some when it comes to teaching using technology. It doesn’t follow some sort of set how to guide focusing on one thing, but rather anything covering educational technology and how to incorporate it in the classroom.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 21, Authority 18
Total Score: 87
Doug Levin blogs about the current legal and political scene, and how policy affects the availability of technology in the classroom. Most recently, he discussed possible FCC changes and how schools will be affected.
Score: Activity 15, Originality 20, Helpfulness 21, Authority 21
Total Score: 77
This blog is updated daily with the current edtech news. Recent articles explored the role of teachers in the evaluation of technology and the role of edtech in educational research.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 24, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 99
Med Kharbach shares free tutorials and reviews of apps and tools. Topics include how to convert PDFs to editable text and basic Google Classroom tips.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 18, Helpfulness 21, Authority 21.5
Total Score: 84.5
David Andrade shows teachers a variety of options to access free tools and resources for effective technology use in the classroom. Recently he shared a framework to help education leaders pilot new technology.
Score: Activity 23, Originality 18, Helpfulness 16.8, Authority 17.5
Total Score: 75.3
This blog has a focus on legal and administrative concerns. There is a hefty dose of privacy related information posted on a regular basis, which is great as it is one of the fastest changing areas of technology. There is also a considerable amount of policy issues addressed, making it a great site for admin and staff.
Score: Active 22, Original 21, Helpfulness 15, Authority 23
This blog contains topics both for teachers and students and is an awesome resource when it comes for anything related to technology and teaching. There are also certain other topics discussed on the blog from time to time. There are several “teacher guides” also available, such as The Teacher’s Guide to Twitter, the Teacher’s Guide to Flipped Classrooms, etc.
Score: Activity 23.5, Originality 24.5, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 98
In their own words: “You’ll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice.” And those words are accurate indeed – if you’re looking for interesting articles raging from helping students improve their mindset to high school book recommendations, this is an excellent blog to visit. What’s more, it’s well designed.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 25, Helpfulness 25, Authority 25
Total Score: 100
The blog provides free courses and other professional development resources for technology leaders. Recent topics include the future of artificial intelligence and the use of social media in job searches.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 24, Helpfulness 24.5, Authority 25
Total Score: 98.5
Australian e-learning manager Ryan Tracy blogs about e-learning as a route to deeper thinking. He frequently ponders “cognitive reality” and the influence and potential of Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Score: Activity 18, Originality 20.5, Helpfulness 20, Authority 20.5
Total Score: 79%
For the latest in initiatives, news, edtech, and other concerns in higher education, this is a great blog to visit often. With daily posts, there is a wealth of information on this site. When you have some extra time, dig into the archives for some additional learning.
Score: Active 22, Original 18, Help 19, Authority 17.5
Daily posts include thoughts on how to use technology to improve reading. Articles focus on edtech as a vehicle to drive meaningful learning.
Score: Activity 24, Originality 18.5, Helpfulness 19, Authority 18.5
Total Score: 80
This blog highlights many different conferences, technologies, and methods that are instrumental to being successful in the academic world. As it is managed by a consultant in the UK, you can also find some wisdom and words about how to successful work for others around the globe. There is a nice dovetail between the two areas, making it a blog that is great for educators and business professionals.
Score: Active 18, Original 25, Helpfulness 18, Authority 23
Whilst the blog isn’t terribly prolific, it’s terribly well known and there’s a live streaming every first Tuesday of the month. The focus of the blog is the power of student voice, how technology can positively influence teaching and how classroom design impacts teaching.
Score: Activity 20, Originality 24, Helpfulness 24, Authority 25
Total Score: 93
Their slogan reads “daily tech news and innovation” and that pretty much sums it up, though not all articles are related to tech and innovation, but simply education in general. Definitively a great news feed for interesting articles/blog posts about education and various tools to implement in the classroom.
Score: Activity 25, Originality 23, Helpfulness 23, Authority 23
Total Score: 94
Well, that’s it for letters D-E. Did we miss any?