In the years that I've been studying about computers and technology, I've noticed an increase in the number of educators, of all ages, involved in blogging and social networking on the web.
Communication and knowledge sharing now easily transcend borders. In many cases, communication transcends print and words, as educators use pictures and videos to communicate ideas and experiences.
Here is a short list of some of the websites and blogs that I've found to be interesting, as well as useful to educators, school counselors and school psychologists, and related services professionals, instructional technologists, school administrators, and education-minded parents:
"The social networking site for those interested in Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies in education."
Classroom 2.0 Wiki
"This site is devoted to building resources for the classroom use of Web 2.0 and collaborative technologies. Hopefully, it provides you with a good overview of the technologies, some ideas for lesson plans, and then points you in the direction of more detailed resources."
Ewan McIntosh's Blog
"Social participative media, education and the future"
"Technology strengthens, deepens, and broadens our learning". Bill is a supporter of effective technology integration as well as the use of games in education.
John Rice's Education and Games Research blog
"Discusses topics related to academic research and media commentary concerning the use of video games in K-20 setting". John has an interesting blog roll.
Edutopia Spiral Notebook Blogs
"Original, creative, practical, and sometimes unusual advice and ideas to get you started-or keep you going!"
Janet Clarey's Blog (Janet researches learning theories, methods, and technologies)
Janet's Women Edublogger's blogroll
Sheryl Nussbaum 21st Century Collaborative
"This blog will be used to explore, exchange, and create ideas around 21st century collaborative learning and virtual learning communities and how these communities can be used to help teachers prepare their students for success in the 21st century".
Ryan Lanham's Leading as Enabling "It's about learning, identity, enabling, hoping, and making sense of these things".
Eliane Alhadeff's Future-Making Serious Games
"The best of serious games that challenge us to play at building a better future"
Blog from USC-Berkeley's Digital Youth project:
"The project has three general objectives. The first objective is to describe kids as active innovators using digital media, rather than as passive consumers of popular culture or academic knowledge. The second objective is to think about the implications of kids innovative cultures for schools and higher education, and engage in a dialogue with educational planners. The third objective is to advise software designers about how to use kids innovative approaches to knowledge and learning in building better software."
Marcus Specht's Blog: Marcuspecht's Blog
".....information about my recent projects, research works, and interesting things I found in the virtual and real world...I am currently Associate Professor at the Open University of the Netherlands in Heerlen. I am working on the TENCompetence Project for lifelong competence development, the Prolearn Network of Excellence and do national and international research projects in learning, knowledge management and contextualized information services."
Karen Janowski's Blog: Ed Tech Solutions: Teaching Every Student
"...my passion is to remove the obstacles to learning for all students. It is important to make the curriculum accessible to all learners and provide opportunities for struggling learners to demonstrate what they know using principles of universal design." For those of you who are interested in Universal Design/UDL, accessibility, or assistive technology, be sure to spend some time visiting Karen's links.
Kate Ahern's Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs blog
"Resources and ideas for teachers of learners with severe, profound, intensive, significant, or complex special needs"
Ira Socal's SpeEdChange blog
"Blog on the topic of assistive technology, mind mapping, project management, visual learning, collaborative tools, and educational technology."
Ladonna Coy's Technology in Prevention blog
"My passion is virtual learning and social media focusing on using Web 2.0 technologies for prevention and social change."
Dr. Julie Wills: RadTeach
"When a neurologist becomes a classroom teacher..."
Ken McGrew's Intelligent Insights on Intelligence Theories and Tests blog
"An attempt to share contemporary research findings, insights, musings, and discussions regarding theories and applied measures of human intelligence. In other words, a quantoid linear mind trying to make sense of the nonlinear world of human cognitive abilities."
Rebecca Bell's Notes from the School Psychologist blog
"I loved school when I was little. I loved it so much I played "school" on the weekends. I work with kids who hate school. This is my blog."
Andrea Gaggioli's Positive Technology Journal
"Mind, brain, and emerging technologies"
Rich White and Greenbush EduSim blog
"Edusim is a free opensource 3D virtual world specifically for your classroom interactive whiteboard. Edusim is a powerful way to engage your students by bringing a 3D virtual environment that allows direct haptic manipulation of the 3D virtual learning objects directly from the interactive whiteboard surface. Edusim is extendable allowing multiple classrooms to connect their interactive whiteboards for collaborative learning session. (view quick start videos here) "
More to come!