I’ve posted on some great tech tools for teachers over the last year or so – Wordle, Animoto, Vista’s speech recognition software and others. What I haven’t posted until now is where I get my information, ideas, and tools. In a sense, you’ve been getting the product of my experiences and reflections, but not the process involved in reaching that product. In light of that thought, I thought I would share my top 3 technology resources – the places where I get many of my ideas and tools.
1. Probably my best resources and the one that has helped me the most is Instructify. Instructify is a blog that shares a wealth of technology tools with an education slant. Many of the resources I know about and use in my classroom I have discovered thanks to Instructify.
PROS: Nearly every post contains a great resources; slants toward tools that aid instruction; ideas for literally every content area
CONS: None of note – totally worth reading and subscribing to.
2. U Tech Tips is another great education-focused resource. Jeff Utecht is a Technology & Resource Coordinator at the International School Bangkok. He and other writers on the site post a bevy of wonderful tech resources for educators to use, most of which are immediately applicable.
PROS: focused on education-related tools; offers great resources;
CONS: not all resources applicable for all content areas
3. Though not focused solely on education, Webware is probably a good bet for all things technology, whether news, resources, or tools. I’ve found a lot of cool stuff through Webware’s posts. They spend a lot of time on various additional tools like mobile applications and web startups, which can be both good and bad depending on your needs.
PROS: wide range of tools; extensive coverage of news; constantly updated
CONS: several posts a day can clog up the ol’ feed reader; not a ton of posts that are applicable to teaching and learning
If you’re looking for some nifty tools to use yourself or some really great toys for your students to use, these three blogs are absolute must-reads.