17 Top Remote Learning / #EdTech Blogs to Follow
Find new educational technology blogs to follow and get tips for using technology in your classroom.
Are you a K-12 administrator looking for ways to bring your district into the 21st century or a teacher searching for ways to incorporate technology in your lesson plans? No matter the case, one of the great benefits of the expanding role of technology in the classroom is the ability for educators to stay globally connected, share their ideas and reflect on personal experiences—all at the click of a button.
Blogging continues to transform the way information is shared and allows groups of people with similar interests to connect easily. I have selected 16 of my favorite education technology blogs with the hopes of contributing to and helping to enhance the conversation in the online education community.
My recommendations below are a mix of individual and network blogs authored by teachers, administrators and technology enthusiasts, all focused on working toward a better educational future.
Top #EdTech Bloggers & Blogs
Steve Hargadon is one of EdTech’s highest profile leaders. He’s the founder of Classroom 2.0, a community-supported social network for educators. His blog is a great resource for anyone seeking insights on new technologies and their impact on K–12 education. Hargadon also produces a weekly podcast with Audrey Watters, which is available on both of their blog sites.
In this blog, Anthony Salcito, Microsoft’s Vice President of Education, highlights inspiring educators around the world. Anthony works with educational institutions and partners who use technology to optimize learning environments and student achievement. Visit his blog to discover education leaders that are the catalysts behind real educational change.
A former teacher and elementary school principal, Lisa Dabb’s passion is to support and mentor new teachers and inspires educators to “teach with soul” in her blog. To date she’s hired, trained and mentored more than 200 teachers. Dabbs now serves as 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.
UAV Coach features news about and trainings for the drone industry, including resources on the FAA certification process for drone pilots, and guides to things like finding the best camera drone on the market or the highest quality, cheapest drones, among many others. On August 29, 2016 the FAA issued new rules for drone pilots, which outlined the process for becoming a certified drone pilot in the U.S. These are highly pertinent for high school educators and students, because the minimum age required to be a commercial drone pilot is 16 years old.
One requirement of these new rules is that drone pilots pass an exam known as the Part 107 Test. UAV Coach offers a remote test prep course for the exam called Drone Pilot Ground School, and they recently released a High School STEM Scholarship for Aspiring Commercial Drone Pilots that provides free access to that course. Although UAV Coach is focused on a specific niche when it comes to remote learning, the quality of their resources and training materials is quite high.
Currently serving as the State and District Digital Learning Policy and Advocacy Director for the Alliance for Excellent Education out of Washington, D.C., Tom Murray is a former principal, who writes about technology infusion and differentiated professional development. He was the 2012 recipient of the Blended Schools Network Leadership Award and is also the founder of #edtechchat on Twitter.
Scott McLeod, J.D., Ph.D., is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on K-12 school technology leadership issues. His blog Dangerously! Irrelevant provides interesting daily insights on technology, leadership and the future of schools. After 14 years as an educational leadership professor, Scott is now the director of innovation for Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency in Iowa.
Vicki Davis is, in her own words, one cool cat, and her blog focuses on “world-class teaching”. Davis is a teacher and the IT director at Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia, and a co-author of Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds. Her blog focuses on personal development, teaching, leadership, productivity and daily EdTech news.
One of the founders of the highly influential and popular #edchat hashtag on Twitter, Tom Whitby’s blog provides thought-provoking EdTech insights. He was a secondary English teacher for 34 years and Adjunct Professor of Education at St. Joseph’s College in New York. Tom has also been a contributing editor for SmartBlog on Education for SmartBrief, and currently he is a blogger for Edutopia.
Jon Bergmann, a teacher, educational coach and writer seeks to help educators “turn learning on its head”. He is considered a pioneer in the flipped classroom movement and helped found the non-profit organization, Flipped Learning Network. Jon currently serves on the advisory board for TED-Education. Check out Jon’s blog for all of the latest information, resources and perspectives on flipped learning.
Will Richardson is a published author, TED talk presenter and parent, who blogs about technology and its educational potential. His book about web tools for the classroom has sold over 80,000 copies. Will’s blog provides insightful and inspiring articles on education technology.
This blog is written by a group of technology teachers who provide free advice, lesson plans, pedagogic conversation, website reviews and more. Jacqui Murray, who has been a technology teacher for 15 years and frequently writes about how to integrate technology in education, spearheads this blog.
A great forward-thinking tech blog written by Pennsylvania teacher Scott Snyder as he details his journey to transform his English classroom into a 21st century classroom.
Created by Jamie Forshey, this blog is dedicated to teaching innovation and learning using technology and digital media to engage students and provide them with a 21st century educational experience.
Top #Edtech Blog Communities & News Websites
One of the largest education sites, Edudemic features individually catered content aimed to engage teachers and students, in addition to blogging on news and topics of interest in #EdTech.
Started in 2011, EdSurge is geared towards teachers, developers and investors serving as an independent information resource and community for everyone involved in education technology. The blog posts cover detailed information about what new technologies could—and could not—support learning, as well as latest news on trends in the edtech industry.
Digital Education, one of several blogs curated by Education Week, covers current technology trends and topics in K–12 schools. Education Week reporter Ben Herold explores how technology is shaping teaching, learning and the management of schools.
As part of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia seeks to enhance K-12 education by empowering students, parents, teachers, administrators and policy makers through the latest information on effective learning models and education technology innovation activities.