Introduction

This section is dedicated to all of the other teachers who are also either obsessed with getting the most that they can out of technology in their classrooms or simply being the best teachers they can be. Most of these blogs can also be accessed together on my bloglines page. The blogs found here (as those found on at my bloglines account) are categorized according to their typical post topics.


Classroom Blogs (mother blogs* that have been used in the classroom setting)

This one just has interesting resources for his students on blogging and other technological finds.
This is an example of how good a classroom blog can be. There are links to her other classroom blogs as well as all of the student's comments and assignments. There are quite a few things that I would like implement in my own classroom blogs, such as the fantastic central organization and her outlining of blogging responsibilities.


Teacher Blogs (blogs by teachers for teachers)

This guy I just recently found. He is obviously just as into creating new units and lessons as I am. He uses some pretty great versions of digital storytelling. He is also interested in figuring out new ways of organizing his teaching life, much as I am. I like that this guy is so into teaching his AP classes. I used to think that was what I wanted to do, but more and more I realize that I need to be in a middle school setting to stay sane. Obviously, he may appeal more to history teachers.
This blog is so filled with interesting ideas about blogging in a math class. He has created the idea of a scribe for each class period (one student who blogs the period in his/her own way). He has a hall of fame for really great scribes. I'm not sure I would use this idea in my own classes, but it sure is cool to have someone else reflect on each one of your lessons. He also came up with the concept of the growing post. A growing post is one that students add to over the course of a semester. This idea intrigues me much more than scribing. I think that having students continue to probe further into a concept over the course of a semester could be really cool. He keeps posting links to web applications that are uber-useful and is one of the best trackbackers I have ever seen, so I would keep checking back with him.
I'm not really sure when he has time to do all of his blogging, but he is consistently able to come up with engaging and inquisitive blog entries that center on student engagement and technology use in the classroom. He is one of the premier Edublogs that I have found for innovative ideas and blogrolling. Many of the other blogs in this section are linked at Bud the Teacher, whether or not I found them there in the first place.
This guy is no longer a first year teacher, but he does still have the passion for it. She has some good commentary on teaching, administrative support, and testing.
From classroom management and lesson planning to technology integration and digital storytelling, this second grade teacher's blog is often thought-provoking and always practical.
These are great technology and online community blogs. Some of them have had affects on my teaching, but mostly they are just places to learn new things about Web 2.0, social networking, blogs, wikis, etc.

This blog turned me on to the concept of Wikibooks. Wikibooks are simply books without copyrights. Everyone edits them and they are ever growing. I think that they have great potential in terms of storytelling and non-fiction texts. This blog hasn't been updated in a while, but it is still a good resource.

If you want to know anything about blogging in the classroom, here is your first stop. This site has many contributors, but they always seem to keep the posts on the same discussion provoking level. They have some resources for helping with your own school-sponsored blogs, but I find the posts on everyday issues so much more interesting. You may find yourself checking this one multiple times a day.
This blog comments on a lot of youth online interests and how to deal with them as adults (i.e., myspace). Also, check out the podcasting legal guide.

This pair of blogs is a great showing of a teacher can really practice what she preaches. The Open Classroom is such a great resource for all types of technology in the classroom, and then the Year 8 blog has some great ground rules for blogging that are actually followed by the students.

I think that blogging about blogging is so funny. It makes sense, but it is really funny. This is a pretty great resource for this funny thing.

I wish that I had been able to blog when I was in elementary school. My life would be a lot different. I think that I would probably have a much better record of all of the stupid/great ideas I have had throughout the years. This is a great place to start learning about elementary school technology integration.
This one is pretty much all about digital storytelling. I haven't done anything with digital storytelling yet, but I am excited. If you have done something great, let me know.

Podcasting in the classroom was not always something I saw the point of. But ever since I did the Classroom Dramas and the Audio Essays with my classes, I have had second thoughts. This blog is dedicated to the idea that Podcasting goes hand in hand with teaching. It also was how I found out about this fantastic "Boys and Literacy" website.

This blog hasn't been updated for over a year, but it turned me on to the idea of 1:1 learning. It still has some great things to say about this issue, so I think it is still relevant.

This is also one of the best edublogs on the web. It deals with such a wide range of issues: myspace, podcasting, blogging, wikis, fair use, digital storytelling, etc. It is also well tagged so that everything is really well organized. I find that I learn more things from this blog than from almost any other.

*Mother Blog refers to a blog that is used by a teacher to organize all of the discussion and work on the student blogs. Students go to this blog first in order to further understand their assignments or navigate to another student's blog.