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Topic started by: Brian Drayton on 11/26/13

At their best, blogs can point to important new information, identify issues that need more attention, and foster debate about values, goals, and implications.
The ed world has a lot of blogs. Which do you read? Is there one (or more) that you'd recommend? Do you write a blog?

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Three I check regularly, and why

posted by: Brian Drayton on 11/27/2013 7:45 am

I should start by saying that I look for voices that challenge, but with substance. I also value someone who seems to be aware of the tides of education history, and who is therefore not unwittingly caught up on this year's hot topic or favored rhetoric And I prefer people who link to the research they cite. Here are three:
1. Anthony Cody, "Living in Dialogue" (an EdWeeek blog). I came to this originally because he speaks as science teacher. But his concerns range widely - as they should.

2. Matthew Lynch "Education futures" (another EdWeek blog)
Very into the benefits of digital technology, but not uncritically. Tends to mention but not link to literature, though.

3. Diane Ravitch (dianeravitch.net). Read her earlier books, then read her "live" in her blog exchange with Deborah Meier. Strong opinions, lots of historical depth, lots of links to research.

How about you?

ed blogs I read

posted by: John Baldwin on 11/28/2013 7:44 am

I find Marc Tucker's blogs at
http://www.ncee.org/programs-affiliates/center-on-international-educat ion-benchmarking/round-up/

consistently insightful. They are published (weekly, biweekly) in edweek.

Marc Tucker's blogs

posted by: Andy Zucker on 12/2/2013 7:54 am

I agree, Marc Tucker's columns are excellent. He makes expert use of research to support his points of view. His blog in Education Week is called Top Performers.

Using blogs ourselves

posted by: Howard Dooley on 11/27/2013 9:02 am

Boy, I am glad you asked this question. There is such an overwhelming amount of blogs, &c, on the web, that to have persons from MSP suggesting blogs to review would be a great help to me in managing my time in "keeping up".

I have a related request. I have considered, on and off, creating a blog as a way to keep in more immediate touch with our leadership team (I am the project manager and our team has representatives from each of 8 core partners). However, "the perfect is the enemy of the good", and I have faltered as to where to begin. Does anyone use a blog for communication in his/her MSP? If, when posting your recommendations here, could you note if you think it is a good example of such a blog?

Much appreciated.

Howard

O, by the way, I looked at the "Living in Dialogue" blog and "Ouch!" I haven't seen that much anti-Common Core in one place. That said, looks interesting, as the comments seem well informed. I do think the assessment decisions and tools developed will have a significant impact on any assessments developed for NGSS. I believe we should attend to what is happening in this arena, so we can prepare and learn.

Blogs for info or analysis?

posted by: Brian Drayton on 12/2/2013 5:24 am

The replies so far raise another question for me: Do people prefer blogs that are primarily informational, or include a strong "voice" of analysis (which often also means opinion, as you point out about Anthony Cody, Howard.

I want to echo your other question, Howard: Are there any MSPs out there who are using blogs? If so, how?

Another favorite of mine-- sort of a hybrid blog/resource center:
http://nepc.colorado.edu

Blogs for info...analysis..and business use connecions

posted by: Betsy Stefany on 6/20/2014 8:06 pm

The replies so far raise another question for me: Do people prefer blogs that are primarily informational, or include a strong "voice" of analysis (which often also means opinion, as you point out about Anthony Cody, Howard.

I want to echo your other question, Howard: Are there any MSPs out there who are using blogs? If so, how?

Another favorite of mine-- sort of a hybrid blog/resource center:
http://nepc.colorado.edu

I am looking at the overview of how software businesses are making their products relate to STEM integration.

I've been interested in the expectations in the worksite but scaling the concept of visualization down to where engagement happens. Take a look at this Comsol blog for this week!

http://www.comsol.com/blogs/magnus-effect-world-cup-match-ball/

Blogs for Use with MSP Work

posted by: Karol Stephens on 6/21/2014 10:43 am

Most of our work with teachers has included blogs and wikispaces. These have come via their request and suggestion. They have primarily been places for them to post their experiences and references of interest. My observation has been that the teachers who are really comfortable and suggested using these are the highest users. Others are more passive - not posting much, if any, and being consumers of the information that their more tech comfortable peers provide.

A new ed blog to check out

posted by: Brian Drayton on 5/27/2014 8:46 am

A couple of years ago, when Diane Ravitch was still co-blogging with Deborah Meiers on Edweek's Bridging Differences, I started seeing references to Gary Rubenstein's blog, for interesting reflections on education statistics. Since the lamented passing of Gerry Bracey, I've been looking around for others doing the kind of analysis that raises questions and challenges assumptions. Rubenstein often does that, and being a math teacher, he naturally likes to probe claims and run some numbers. Worth dropping by, once in a while.
http://garyrubinstein.wordpress.com

NEPC Best of Ed Blogs

posted by: Brian Drayton on 5/27/2014 8:48 am

I make it a habit to swing by http://nepc.colorado.edu about once a week, to look for policy and research briefs, reviews of recent studies and their "Best of Ed Blogs" column, which is a good place to shop for voices you may not have tuned into.
http://nepc.colorado.edu

New geoscience education/educational technology blog

posted by: Laura Guertin on 6/19/2014 8:55 pm

A little over a month ago, I joined the American Geophysical Union (AGU)'s blogosphere with GeoEd Trek, a blog focused on geoscience education and educational technology. Topics include pedagogical approaches, student research, and science communication. My recent post on career resources in the Earth sciences would be helpful to any science teacher that is looking to share bios from scientists and future pathways for students. Feel free to check it out at http://blogs.agu.org/geoedtrek/.