Looking for new ideas for how to use technology in your classroom in 2014? Looking for colleagues to inspire your practice? Ideas to help integrate technology into your lesson plans? Look no further. One of the things we love most about teaching in the age of technology is the ability it gives educators to share innovation in the blogosphere and Twitterverse. Connected educators can now share what's working (and not working) in their classrooms across the globe, quickly and easily.
Here are some of the educators whose blogs and tweets we’ll be keeping an eye on in 2014.
Richard Byrne, who taught US History and Contemporary World studies in the state of Maine is the author of Free Technology for Teachers, a blog that is read by an audience of more than 58,000 daily. He shares information about free resources that teachers can use in their classrooms. In 2012 Free Technology for Teachers received the Edublogs Award for Best Ed Tech Blog.
Michael Gorman writes the award-winning blog, 21st Century Educational Technology and Learning, which helps educators cut through the wave of information and use technology smartly in the classroom. Gorman oversees a one-to-one laptop program for Southwest Allen County Schools in Indiana. He is also a consultant for Discovery Education, ISTE, My Big Campus, and November Learning and an advisor to Tech & Learning Magazine.
Motivation flagging? Blogger Vicki Davis’s goal at Cool Cat Teacher Blog is here to help you stay motivated and connect with other teachers. She is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, and a frequent presenter at conferences. She is also the host of the Every Classroom Matters Podcast and author of Reinventing Writing. Phew.
Perhaps the most intriguingly named blog, Dangerously Irrelevant keeps educators in the loop with insights about teaching in the 21st century. After 14 years as an educational leadership professor, the blog’s author, Dr. Scott McLeod is now the director of innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa.
Austrialian blogger and dad Darcy Moore explores learning, leadership, education, schooling, teaching, digital technologies, books, poetry, literature, music, photography, and the impact of social media. A former English teacher, he is currently deputy principal at Dapto High School in New South Wales. His focus is on how digital technologies can be employed to transform learning in high schools.
Lisa Nielsen, author of the Innovative Educator, has a great ear for what’s happening in educational technology, and keeps readers attuned to the latest developments. No wonder she was recently awarded the Making IT Happen award at this year's NYSCATE conference. Making IT Happen is a program that identifies and rewards educational technology leaders around the world for their commitment and innovation. In addition to blogging and tweeting, Nielsen is the director of digital literacy and citizenship at the New York City Department of Education.
Ever heard of Thinglink? Not to worry. Read Web 2.0 Classroom to stay on top of this fast-changing tech world. Steven W. Anderson is the director of instructional technology for the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He regularly travels the country talking to schools and districts about using tech in the classroom. He is also a frequent presenter at conferences. In his district, he has been focusing on professional development for administrators to help them develop as digital leaders.
Kleinspiration approaches tech in the classroom from the perspective of a second grade teacher and mom. As Erin Klein puts it, “My goal is to share what I believe works for my classroom and may be applicable to others.” She regularly presents to educators on how to create 21st century learning environments that will help shape the future of our practices in education. Erin is also the technology chairperson for the Michigan Reading Association, a guest blogger for Edutopia, and contributor to the book Amazing Grades: 101 Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster.
Lisa Dabb's passion to support and mentor new teachers is paramount in all that she does. A former teacher and elementary school principal, Dabbs is now a consultant, frequent presenter at conferences, and blogger for the likes of SmartBlog on Education and Edutopia. She is the founder and host of #ntchat (that's new teacher chat) on Twitter and facilitates Edutopia's New Teacher Group. For teachers, new and experienced, Teaching with Soul serves as a tremendous resource for technology integration advice and more.
|Mary Beth Hertz
Mary Beth Hertz is an educator in Phildaelphia who currently teaches high school students how to think critically about technology and successfully integrate technology tools into their learning. She started her blog, Philly Teacher, in 2007 and joined Twitter a few months later. These serve her on her quest to build dialogue and reflect on her evolving teaching practice with other educators. In 2013, she was named an emerging leader by ASCD. A former elementary school science teacher, she regularly blogs for Edutopia about technology integration at the elementary grade levels.
A former middle school assistant and elementary school principal, Murray is passionate about proper technology infusion and differentiated professional development. He was the 2012 recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award, named one of the top 16 'forward thinking EdTech leaders in the country', and was featured in Tech & Learning Magazine’s Leadership Profile in December of 2012.