What to choose. This is a simple question but it can be infinitely infuriating. At a restaurant deciding between two meals, at a movie theater deciding between two movies. Choosing which blogs and websites to follow is very much like this. There are a lot of websites on the internet and finding the best ones to follow can be hard.
There were two categories of blogs that I specifically wanted to follow. One is general science news sources such as Nature or Discover Magazine to keep up with the latest Science news. This is very important as Science teacher since new discoveries are being made every day and news articles are a great way to promote discussions on Science!
The other category was education with a focus on science and the use of technology in the classroom. The goal of teaching science is inquiry. We want students to think critically and to come up with their own answers. Blogs are a great way to share the different experiments, activities, demos, labs and myriad of other activities a science teacher may do in the classroom.Photo Credit: NYSCI Flickr via Compfight cc
who doesn’t like free stuff?
One of the first sources I chose was free technology for teachers. This is a great place to find the best free tech resources for teachers. Just today there was a post about Rivet which is a new app from Google to help young kids learn to read. Not only does it provide more than 2,000 books that are ranked by difficulty but it also will listen to the child read aloud and will provide feedback and help kids with their pronunciation.
This is just one of the many examples of useful technology that this blog provides information about. With technology moving faster than ever this blog is invaluable to help teacher stay up to date on the latest tech they can integrate into their classroom.
Teaching on the edge
The next blog that I found very useful is Science Education on the edge. It is written by Chris Ludwig who is a Science teacher in Colorado. This blog us very useful in two main ways. The first is that he talks about student centered science education. The idea is that he is constantly on the “edge” trying new things and revising what he is already teaching. This is useful to see what it is like to try and make a classroom around student centered education and to gain a view into what works and what doesn’t
The other useful part I found about this blog is that he talks about the difficulties of being a teacher and what it is like with administration and different government initiatives. I find this useful to see what it is like on the inside and to gain a perspective of how things are done.
I’ve just started adding blogs and I am sure that my feed will quickly grow as the class continues on!