As a I often get asked how I manage to stay on top of the latest trends in teaching and am able to keep in contact with so many thought leaders in education. My secret: subscribe to as many teacher blogs as possible. I call this list my “RSS K12!”
Instead of checking each one of these blogs every day, you can simply open an RSS reader (or, for the advanced, use a Zapier automation to email new blog posts to yourself).
RSS K12! – My Current List
Here’s the list, in no particular order (They’re all great in their own individual ways). You’re probably already reading these blogs, I’m listing their RSS feeds so you can follow them the easy way.
Kathy is one of the very first Educational Technologists on the web. She started in the mid-90s during the PC revolution and has demonstrated tremendous staying power, remaining just relevant today as she was back then. Kathy is so in-tune with the whole RSS thing that she has a page on her site dedicated to her feeds.
RSS feeds available at: http://www.schrockguide.net/feeds.html
Shake Up Learning (Kasey Bell)
One of the leading EdTech blogs, Shake Up Learning needs no introduction from me. They heavily blog about Google and GaFE and is a perfect blog to follow if you’re serious about getting Google certifications. Check out their free Google Cheat Sheets eBook.
Blogging from Saskatchewan, Canada, Ms Cassidy’s classroom blog is an excellent example of how digital citizenship can be integrated into student learning from an early age. It’s a grade one class who I’d call native digital citizens. I love Ms Cassidy’s blog because she has the most inclusive use of blogging by linking to each one of her students’ blogs on her page.
You should REALLY check Sylvia Duckworth’s sketchnotes.
My Pick: 10 Growth Mindset Statements
Speaking of sketchnotes.
Dr. Courtney Teague
Dr. Teague is an edupreneur based in Georgia. Her blog covers not just EdTech but business topics such as branding and inspiration. It’s a great blog for anyone looking to become a full time educational consultant.
A New Zealander, based in Singapore. Craig navigates timezones like a pro when he runs his #whatisschool hashtag chat with globally connected educators everywhere.
Rockstar Math Teacher
Dr. Monica Burns – Class Tech Tips
A regular blogger for the larger EdTech sites (such as Edutopia) and The Huffington Post, Dr. Burns has defined herself as an expert on 1:1 technology in K12 classrooms.
Top Dog Teaching
The @DavidGeurin Blog
Based in Sonoma County, California, Caitlin Tucker is an expert on blended learning and a bestselling author that was named teacher of the year in 2010. Check out Caitlin’s book “Blended Learning in Grades 4-12”
My Pick: Conversations instead of Grades
Mark Anderson (aka The ICT Evangelist)
One of the leading digital learning coaches in the UK, and winner of many awards, Mark provides EdTech tips and free EdTech resources. I like Mark’s blog because he covers hints and tips that are useful, not just to teachers, but anyone in the field of EdTech and other digital technologies.
My Pick: The Periodic Table of iPad Apps
Blended Learning Teachers
As in the title, a blog made by teachers that are implementing blended learning in their classrooms.
My Pick: Blended Learning Takes Time
BYOT Network (Dr. Tim Clark)
Covering Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), provides excellently researched blog posts on how to make the most out of BYOT/BYOD environments in schools. Dr. Clark also hosts the #byotchat hashtag chat on twitter.
Learning is Messy (Brian Crosby)
The Learning is Messy blog covers the hardware side of STEM meaning it keeps up to date on the classroom application of robotics, drone programming and other topics.
EFL Classroom 2.0
Vicki Davis – The Cool Cat Teacher
A blog that’s been active and consistent since 2005. Vicki has also authored two technology guidebooks for teachers.Check out Vicki’s podcast “Every Classroom Matters” too: http://www.coolcatteacher.com/ecm
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
A must follow for anyone in the field. This is the most comprehensive EdTech blog and posts often on trending topics in the field.
Google certified educator and blogger, Mary Howard, writes smart articles on student engagement, reading strategies, social studies and STEM. Each article usually comes with a video or a free printable.
RSS Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/YourSmarticles
There you are, that’s the list I like to call my “RSS K12.” If you want to be included in my “RSS K12” list please contact me at the usual place (either @mark_spiral or @spiraleducation on twitter).
I’m going to keep updating this post as I find more interesting feeds to follow. If you have any RSS feeds for K12, let me know! I’m always wanting to learn more.
Mark – for Spiral.