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By Sarah Wright
Everyone's experience with blogs is different. Some people associate them with self-indulgent diary-esque oversharing. Others think of them as great repositories for funny Internet links and other timewasters. But our nominees for Best Education Blog prove that blogs are an important part of online news delivery. If you're involved with, or interested in, education, you should definitely consider adding these blogs to your online reading repertoire.
Though 'Getting Smart' focuses primarily on K-12 education, other education topics are covered as well. Technology as it relates to education is also a common focus. Featuring a mix of commentary, teaching tips and news analysis, the 'Getting Smart' blog is updated frequently. The blog is primarily written by Tom Vander Ark, whose book, also titled Getting Smart, is due out in October of this year. Mr. Vander Ark has an extensive background as an education professional, including a stint as Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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The Learning Network
There is a lot of content in The New York Times that can be used in the classroom on any given day. 'The Learning Network' is a NYT blog that helps teachers make use of this content. Using 'The Learning Network', teachers can find classroom-relevant news stories and plan lessons around them. Current events, science stories and other pieces that will be of interest to teachers and students alike are included. One great feature of this blog is that it solicits insights and opinions directly from students, making use of the comments section to showcase responses to questions like 'How Much Do You Gossip?'
With a particular focus on technology in education, 'Mind/Shift' is a blog that makes good reading for anyone interested in the ways that technological advancement will impact our society. If you're looking to stay on the cutting edge of technology that will be used by students and teachers alike, this blog will help you stay current. A service of KQED, a public radio station in California, 'Mind/Shift' focuses on education news from across the country. In addition to commentary about current events, the blog features lists and links that can be useful to parents, teachers and students looking for new ways to use technology.
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