Education World Honors Top 25 Blogs for Educators

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To recognize standouts among educator-bloggers, the team at Education World.com has selected its 25 best for 2012.

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The top 25 education blogs are creative, professional-looking and packed with practical, useful content.

To recognize standouts among educator-bloggers, the team at EducationWorld.com has selected its 25 best for 2012.

As a source of online professional development, blogs issue a steady stream of ideas and solutions for modern educators. Of particular value in the education space are blogs by educators themselves. These provide advice on everything from tackling school improvement to integrating technology, and readers can trust that the writer has actually experienced the challenge firsthand. With school budgets stretched thin, blogs also offer an opportunity to share ideas without spending a dime.

Education World’s Top 25 Best Blogs for Educators represent administrators, teachers and school support professionals who regularly offer their expertise in order to help virtual colleagues worldwide.

“The individuals on our list are making outstanding contributions to the field of education. Their blogs are creative, professional-looking and packed with practical, useful content,” said Sarah W. Caron, Education World’s social media editor. “We are pleased to honor a diverse group of educator-leaders who generously share their time and talents in the blogosphere.”

Below are descriptions of some of the honorees. See the full list of blogs on the EducationWorld Community.

Technology with Intent
Technology with Intent is written by Jac de Haan, an integration specialist, Google Certified Teacher, Microsoft Innovative Educator and member of the International Society for Technology in Education. It features both profiles of educators using technology in their teachings and the latest information about tech-related topics.
Why We Love It: The site offers a comprehensive look at technology in education -- from the people who are actually using it in classrooms.

ScienceFix
This blog for middle-school science teachers features lesson ideas written by science teacher Darren Fix. The posts feature brief write-ups and videos of experiments.
Why We Love It: The video demonstrations of experiments are engaging and undoubtedly helpful for teachers trying to select memorable activities for their students.

A Principal's Reflections
Eric Sheninger, principal at New Milford High School in Bergen County, NJ, writes this blog. He firmly believes in “effective communication, listening, support, shared decision making, and the integration of technology.”
Why We Love It: This is more than just a principal talking about what’s working in his school. Sheninger curates content from people passionate about education, sharing perspectives on everything from education reform to using Pinterest.

Cathy Nelson’s Professional Thoughts
Professional Thoughts offers teacher-librarian Cathy Jo Nelson’s tips on ethical and engaging ways to integrate technology into teaching and school libraries.
Why We Love It: It’s no secret that we’re passionate about technology in schools, and we love how Nelson is so active in spreading the word, teaching students (and blog readers) about effective integration and ethical use of technology.

All4MyChild
All4MyChild writers Meghan Gallahan Graham, MS, CCC-SLP and Karen Samstad Head, MS, CCC-SLP share their expertise in speech and language pathology and occupational therapy. Jill Perry, MHA, MS, OTR/L contributes insightful posts about sensory processing.
Why We Love It: All4MyChild is a helpful resource that discusses strategies for aiding children with sensory processing challenges.

The Organized Classroom Blog
The Organized Classroom Blog by Charity Preston is a teaching blog aimed mostly at primary-grade teachers. Charity shares ideas on effective teaching methods, keeping the classroom organized and engaging students.
Why We Love It: Charity’s methods are ingenious and really resonate with readers. Also, she shares a wealth of resources with her readers -- especially through easy-to-follow videos.

More Practical Content
EducationWorld.com, "The Educator's Best Friend™," recently updated its site to make it easier to use. More than 300,000 educators view millions of pages each month. Education World provides K-12 resources to teachers, administrators and school technology coordinators to enhance instruction and improve student performance. All resources are free all the time, and new content is added daily. Resources include K-12 lesson plans, professional development articles and more.

All educators are invited to join Education World Community, a new professional networking site that uses the latest technology to help them interact in meaningful ways. Educators now have one site where they can blog, join a discussion, and most importantly, form groups that can be public or private. For example, educators are forming public groups to connect with others in a similar field, while districts are setting up private groups for use within the district.

Education World's parent company is EDmin, based in San Diego. EDmin's focus is Connecting Educators With What Works. The company has been working with schools and districts for 20 years and serves nearly 4 million users in all 50 states and the international market. EDmin is best known for the INFORM® Learning System, an enterprise-level platform that integrates assessment, reporting, resources and community capabilities with an academic data warehouse. For more information, please visit edmin.com.

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