There are 3 education bloggers who probably have no idea who I am, but who, over the past year, have inspired me, provided me with ideas and pointed me to resources I didn’t know existed.
I know I found one of them on Twitter – not sure where I found the other two and I don’t even remember how long I have been reading their blogs and tweets.
But I do know that my blog and newsletter readers, my FB fans, those in my Google + circles and most of all – my students – have benefited from what I have learned from these 3 people.
So, in no particular order, here they are:
Richard’s blog is fantastic because it reviews, as you can see, free technology! But that is just the tip of the iceberg. He shares great videos he has found and lesson ideas and so much more. Just a few days ago I added a Geography webquest to Evernote to use with a class I will teach next year. And I spend about an hour exploring a number of great websites to teach geography that I hadn’t heard of before reading some of his posts.
A Media Specialist’s Guide to the Internet
Julie Greller is most definitely a ‘media specialist’. She often manages to blog about just the thing I need! I am currently teaching a current affairs class and I planned to spend a few lessons studying Russia (this was a while after they had been in the new re Edward Snowden and shortly after the were disagreeing with USA over Syria). My style of teaching is to let it be as hands-on and engaging as possible for the students and I just couldn’t think of how to do it. About 3 days before I had to deliver the first of the lessons, I woke really early with still no ideas, and clicked on my Inbox. And Julie outline just what I should do! She had written a post for teaching a Spanish lesson but I knew it would work for my purposes. I plan to write a post about how it turned out and share some of the work my students produced.
Vicki Davis is so full of enthusiasm for teaching it is infectious! If more teachers loved the profession as she does, I think more students would love school! Today she posted a great cartoon. Other days she posts education news. Or a new resources she has found. Or something to beware of. And I find myself reading, clicking through, sharing and using so much of what she writes on her awesome blog.
Update: I have started listening to her podcast Every Classroom Matters and it is AWESOME. Be sure to subscribe!
I encourage you to follow these 3 teachers too on whatever social media you are on. And to show my appreciation I am nominating them for the Edublog Awards 2013 in the following categories:
Best individual blog : Vicki Davis – http://www.coolcatteacher.com/
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: Richard Byrne – http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Best library / librarian blog: Julie Greller – http://mediaspecialistsguide.blogspot.com
So thanks – Richard, Vicki and Julie! I appreciate you and look forward to what you have in store for us in the next year.
UPDATE: All the ones I nominated made it to the finalist round: You can vote for them here.