Saturday, June 19, 2010

Get Your Edubloggers Here!

It goes without saying (for me, anyway) that I have learned so much from the amazing educators that I follow on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, and Plurk. Of course, it wasn't easy to learn everything I wanted or needed to know via 140 characters or less. So I started reading blogs. Lots of blogs. Perhaps too many blogs. (My Google Reader can attest to that fact.) It can definitely be a bit overwhelming considering the number of educators who are now blogging.

Eventually I was able to get down to less than ten favorites that I read regularly, and check in with the rest as they posted updates on Twitter. It took me some time to figure out which blogs I wanted to follow and recommend to others, but it was definitely worth the effort. I have learned more from these ten bloggers in the last couple of years than I ever could have in a teaching credential program!

If you are currently looking for blogs to follow, you're in luck! There are several great lists of edubloggers out there, but the one that just came out yesterday is by far the best one I've found yet. The Top 100 Technology Blogs for Teachers has some incredible blogs written by incredible educators, including seven of my top ten:
A few blogs that I thought should have been included in such an awesome list:
Well, I had to force myself to stop adding blogs to my list; there are just so many brilliant edubloggers out there! The key, if you're new to reading educator blogs, is to find a blog that you feel a connection with. Perhaps the author teaches the same grade level you do, or works in the same district as you. You might find a blogger whose writing style your particularly enjoy or who happens to be writing about a topic of special interest to you.

Once you find a couple of blogs that you enjoy, check out the blogs that those bloggers read (most bloggers list their favorite blogs in the sidebar or somewhere else on their blog). And don't be afraid to leave a comment. We LOVE comments! I tell my students that the comments tend to be the most important part of any blog because that is where the conversation happens. And it is in having that conversation that insight can happen, that changes can begin, that we can learn from one another. How very powerful! So if you have something to say...say it!

Join the conversation!

9 comments:

Patti Harju said...

Thank you for the list of Edubloggers and for inspiring me to get back to my Google Reader and my Blog!

Mrs. Tenkely said...

I struggle so with narrowing down to 10! I like your strategy though. Find 10 that you love and follow the rest through links on Twitter for the best of the best. Thanks for adding me to your list :)

McTeach said...

Patti...no problem! It was a great excuse for me to get back to both my Reader and my blog!

McTeach said...

Kelly...um, sorry...Mrs. Tenkely...your blog is always at the top of my list! It has always been an amazing resource for me and for so many other teachers!! Thank you for all that you do!

Natalie Wojinski said...

You've done an outstanding job explaining how important social media and blogs can be for 21st century educators. I'll be sharing this with some of my colleagues. You have many of my favorites on there along with a couple I need to check out.

angelamaiers said...

I feel exactly the same way about the Edublog community. I am amazed every day, and am so honored to be a part of the conversation.

Thank you so much for including me on "your list". It means more than you know! :-))

Angela

McTeach said...

Natalie...thank you so much for your kind words! And thank you for mentioning this post on your blog. Between the two of us, perhaps we can convince a few more teachers to join us!

McTeach said...

Angela...Thank you for your comment here! You made my day!! I know what you mean about being part of the conversation. And I'm always surprised when someone thinks I have something to contribute.

So, if so many of us find so much value in being a part of this community, in being a part of improving education, why are so many others so resistant to it? Aren't teachers supposed to WANT to do whatever it takes to help their students? Even if it means stepping out of their own comfort zone?

At least in Denver I won't feel like the black sheep of the "family." Looking forward to the conversations there!

Thank you!

Dana said...

Thanks to all you teacher who continually strive to learn and therefore become better teachers to our future generations. You are the best and we need more teachers like you in this country!!