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Barbara Taylor's List: Blogs worth reading

  • About this list

    This list will help as you begin to explore and read blogs. The first section has links to tools that help you understand how to subscribe to blogs - using RSS feeds and suggests some tools you can use to set up those subscriptions.

    The second section contains a list of blogs you might like to start reading/subscribe to - people who write about using technology in teaching and learning.

    The next section has links to classroom blogs - ones set up by teachers to show off student work. Many have links to blogs created BY students.

    The section that follows contains a list of links to lists of recommended blogs from others.

  • Making reading easier

    Learn about tools (aggregators) that can manage your subscriptions (RSS feeds) to your favorite news and information.

  • Mar 08, 12

    Great video and text explanation of RSS and feed readers.

  • Sep 26, 13

    Great video to get you going with RSS feeds and Feedly in particular.

  • Jul 15, 13

    Give this RSS feed reader a try - easy to use and has great features. Also available for iOS and Android supposed to be coming soon.

  • Jul 15, 13

    Digg is another alternative to Google Reader - a new arrival on the scene after Google Reader went away July 1, 2013. This page shows frequently asked questions about Digg indicating a high level of support for users. Less flashy than Feedly, but perhaps has some good features that make it a better alternative.

  • Jul 15, 13

    Comparison of feed readers

  • Jun 19, 13

    Popular tool for organizing and accessing your RSS feeds. Available for browsers (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) and as as an app for iOS and Android devices.

  • Jul 15, 13

    A good blog post from May 2013 on how to use Feedly - has screenshots and brief narrative instructions.

  • Jun 19, 13

    Short video on how to use Feedly to read and manage your subscriptions.

  • Jun 19, 13

    How to use features in Feedly to subscribe to RSS feeds

  • Sep 27, 11

    "On Flipboard, you can collect and save articles, photos, audio and video from anywhere by organizing them into beautiful magazines. These can be private, or you can make them public and share them with your friends and followers....Flipboard offers educators an easy way to create and share companion materials, reading lists, educational videos and lectures, and much more. Students can be editors, too, by creating magazines around subjects they’re studying or by giving their school newspaper a versatile new form."

  • Technology/education blogs to check out

  • Feb 04, 10

    Richard Byrne is a popular presenter at educational technology conferences - standing room only in his sessions. In his blog, he offers reviews of free tech resources and how teachers can use them - great ideas for technology integration. Tabs across top lead you to other pages and two additional blogs you can subscribe to (Android 4 Schools and iPad Apps for School).

  • Jun 19, 13

    Instructify is a blog from LEARN NC where teachers can stock their toolboxes with practical, time-saving classroom ideas and cutting edge methods of instruction. It's where to find useful, free technology to utilize in the classroom. Instructify is also a verb. To Instructify means to find new ways to present the same old content."

  • May 06, 14

    Tammy Worcester Wang is a popular presenter at educational technology conferences - standing room only in her sessions. From this website of hers, you can use the tabs across the top of her site to access more than just the tip of the week - Google stuff, student activities, handouts and resources (including iPad and Web-based ones).

  • Mar 29, 10

    Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano is the 21st Century Learning Specialist at Martin J. Gottlieb Day School in Jacksonville, FL. Her blog has fantastic resources. Scroll down (and then scroll some more!) to see categorized links on the right to info-flyers, checklists, downloads, units/resources for teachers on many topics including digital storytelling and blogging with students.

  • May 02, 11

    Jose Picardo teaches foreign languages at Nottingham High School in England and his blog has great resources for teachers of any subject.

  • Jan 20, 11

    Award-winning blog - she writes "about teaching English through technology and Web based tools to help educators to develop themselves."

  • Mar 12, 12

    Use link at top of this blog to Tom Barrett's "Interesting Ways" series where he sets up a Google Slides presentation that others can add ideas to. As he says, "The Interesting Ways series continues to be a great example of crowdsourcing good quality classroom ideas and it has been a privilege connecting with all of the people who have taken time to add an idea."

  • Jun 19, 13

    Created by Kelly Tenkely, "iPad Curriculum is a collection of the best in applications, practices, and deployment of the iPad as a learning device." Can use search box and filter blog posts not just by grade, subject, price, device, etc., but also by Blooms Taxonomy category. Also links to another blog of hers - iLearn Technology which has similar search too.

  • Sep 26, 11

    "Exciting lesson ideas, classroom strategies, book lists, videos, and reproducibles in a daily blog by teachers" from Scholastic.

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