I had a meeting with a colleague recently and he asked how I stay on top of so many different ideas and technologies. I explained that I really didn’t possess any super powers. I just read a lot of blogs that helped me expand my knowledge base and stay on top of innovations. This week, I thought I’d share a few of my favorites:
The Teaching Professor Blog is written by Dr. Maryellen Weimer, professor emeritus at Penn State Berks. Maryellen is the editor of The Teaching Professor newsletter and the author of the book Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practices. Each week, The Teaching Professor Blog features a new post that focuses on topics such as the scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom policies, active learning, assignment strategies, assessment, and student performance.
Published by The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Campus publishes new posts on an almost weekly basis. Wired Campus posts focus on the latest news and trends in technology and education and helps me stay on top innovations on collegiate campuses. The blog regularly includes information and statistics about student and faculty use of technology which helps to inform my work on campus.
Free Technology for Teachers is written by Richard Byrne, who has taught high school social studies and language arts courses. Each day, Free Technology for Teachers provides several new ideas for incorporating technology in classroom environments. While the applications listed on the blog may not always be directly transferable to collegiate environments, the blog does a great job of showcasing the newest websites and applications that are available for free online. As a blogger, I’m shocked by the scope of the blog and the frequency that posts are authored. The blog has been around since 2007 and has been averaging three to four new posts daily. If you’re looking for a new technology to use or wondering about the best way to infuse technology in some content area, Free Technology for Teachers is a great place to start.
Librarians are some of the most innovative people on the planet. Maybe it’s because they’ve been dealing with some of the disruptive elements in education longer than the rest of us. As print moved from the physical to the electronic, librarians have stayed on top of the evolution and played an active role in discussing the change and educating the public. On a bi-weekly basis, In the Library with the Lead Pipe tackles some of the biggest issues facing libraries today. Rather than just offering information about change in libraries, the blog serves as a community forum where ideas and issues are discussed. I have to disclose that a colleague, Erin Dorney, is an author and editor of the blog. While Erin’s involvement might have alerted me to the existence of In the Library with the Lead Pipe, it hasn’t influenced my appreciation for what the blog offers.
Have a few of your own to share? Feel free to add them to the comments below!