If you want to know the philosophy of Mind/Shift, the blog's masthead says it all: 'How we will learn.' Hosted on the website for Northern California NPR outlet KQED, Mind/Shift's a cutting-edge education blog focused on technology, policy and the latest in educational research. It's got its eye on the future, and it wants to prepare all lifelong learners for the educational world to come. The site's managed by Tina Barseghian, a journalist and mother who previously worked for the George Lucas Foundation's revolutionary education outlet Edutopia.org.
Mind/Shift offers a variety of posts to keep readers engaged. Like most blogs, they've got their collection of lists, though these seem to aim a bit higher than the norm - you can check out posts like '21 Things That Will Be Obsolete by 2020' or '14 Free and Simple Digital Media Tools.' There are also in-depth news articles on topics like school Web filtering, digital textbooks and even the most creative toys for kids to play with. Tech gurus, parents, teachers and students alike therefore all have something to gain from checking out Mind/Shift on a regular basis.
Finalist: Getting Smart
Getting Smart wants readers to focus on what they call the 'global idea economy.' 'Getting smart is a new priority,' their site reads, and 'an important goal for every family.' Therefore, this blog has its sights set on education innovation - primarily K-12, but really anything that seems especially clever to them is fair game. The blog's daily posts deliver many different types of stories, from news items ('The Mobile Charter School') to opinion pieces ('Tertiary Education in the U.S. is Broken') to helpful tips ('5 Ways to Make Students Smarter'). In every case, the blog stays true to its goal and its name.
Finalist: The New York Times' The Learning Network
The New York Times' Learning Network is a resource for parents, students and teachers that provides daily lesson plans linked to stories in The Times itself. It thereby turns one of the nation's highest-read newspapers into a teaching tool. Every day educators can find posts like quizzes, lesson plans, dictionary entries and more. The site also aims to foster a sense of community among its learners, hence offering a robust discussion section. There's also fun to be had here: student crosswords, trivia and contests are just a few of the entertaining things that learners can access when they're ready for a break.