2016 Note: This list is rather out-of-date (Google reader, anyone?), I’m not going to update this page anymore – I’ll make an alternative, more relevant one to replace, and keep this one archived as a record.
I’ve written about how Twitter can be useful as a professional development tool, but the real in-depth debates and discussions happen on blogs – Here’s me and Mike Harrison discussing how best to get CPD Online:
Below is a list of blogs sorted into categories, but they are just the tip of the iceberg. The sheer number of them leads to an obvious question – if there are so many good blogs out there, how can you keep up with them all? As with Twitter it pays to be selective and to use some tools to help you manage the wave of information.
The first thing worth setting up is a blog reader – these bring all the new posts into one place. I use Google reader, a decision made more on the basis that it is from Google than any objective criteria – you may well find a better example.
The advantage of this is that you don’t have to visit loads of different websites to read posts – they are all in one place. It is worth setting up folders to manage different categories of blogs especially if you subscribe to a large number of them. To subscribe to blogs you need to find their RSS feeds – this isn’t as tricky or technical as it sounds – and there’s a guide here: http://www.problogger.net/what-is-rss/
Another benefit of these readers is that they can be set to sync with mobile devices, which comes in very handy if you spend a lot of time commuting. Again there are loads of apps which can do this – I use Byline for iOS which allows me to download the newest 250 posts from the blogs I subscribe to on to my iPod or iPad, which I can then read offline during the time I spend negotiating London’s public transport system. The ad-supported version of Byline is free, and does all I need, but there is a paid-for version which strips out the ads. There are loads more apps available for iOS and Android, so it’s worth finding out which you like best.
Another app, which is less useful but cooler than Byline for the iPad is Flipboard, which presents the posts from your subscribed blogs in a flip-page magazine format, however it isn’t as good as Byline for offline reading.
I’ve put the blogs into categories – click to jump to each
- Further Education
- #ukedchat Blogs – Blogs from the UK School sector
- Educational Technology Blogs
- ELT Blogs – Blogs from those teaching in the Global ELT sector
- MFL Blogs – Blogs about teaching Modern Foreign Languages
- Blog lists – Other lists of blogs
- Blogs for Learners – Blogs written for learners
- Blogs in other languages – Teaching blogs not in English
- Misc/Unsorted Blogs – Those I haven’t got round to categorising yet!
http://mistermikelcc.blogspot.com/ ESOL Lecturer based in Leeds (which seems to be a bit of an ESOL hotbed)
http://simplycrackinggoodstories.wordpress.com/ Project at Newcastle College to create fiction for ESOL learners to read.
http://esletc.com/index.php – A blog for bringing global issues into the ESL classroom.
http://ritasimsan.wordpress.com/ – US based ESL blog
http://longsightesol.blogspot.com/ – A Blog for ESOL students in Manchester
http://gemmateaches.wordpress.com/ – Blog from Yorkshire based ESOL/Functional Skills lecturer
http://annarose03.typepad.com/blog/ – Excellent blog full of ideas for ESOL teaching
http://paulseltjournal.blogspot.com/ – Reflections from a Reading (Berks not Books…) -based ESOL lecturer
http://esolteachingreflections.blogspot.com/ – Reflections from a (then) trainee ESOL lecturer
http://chrisspeck.wordpress.com/ – Series of ESL/EFL/ESOL/IELTS lesson plans
http://the-pln-staff-lounge.blogspot.com/ Blog on Teaching from Sue of esolcourses.com
http://samuelshep.wordpress.com/ – A Blog from Sam Shepherd – trainer and ESOL lecturer at Kirklees College
http://kcdtells.posterous.com/ – Blog for trainees on DT(E)LLS course at Kirklees College.Back to contents
Literacy & Numeracy Blogs
http://www.acljohn.com/functional-skills.php – Comprehensive list of links and useful resources for teaching in Further Education.
http://www.diplomaresources.info/ – Blog from Guroo – producers of resources for Functional Skills
http://functionalskills.blogspot.com/Another Blog from Guroo – producers of resources for Functional Skills
http://jasonrenshaw.typepad.com/jason_renshaws_web_log/ – Blog from Jason Renshaw – ELT expert now working teaching vocational English in an Australian TAFE.
http://johart1.edublogs.org/ Blog from a literacy, IT and Numeracy practitioner in an Australian TAFE
http://skillsworkshop.blogspot.com/ – Ideas from Maggie, creator of the Skills Workshop websiteBack to contents
Other FE/Vocational Education Blogs
http://vle.barkingcollege.ac.uk/techblog/ EdTech Blog maintained at Barking and Dagenham College (East London/Essex)
http://e-blahblah.com/ Fantastic EdTech blog, based in Central London Adult Education provider
http://elearningstuff.wordpress.com/ – Ed tech blog from James Clay (ALT Learning Technologist of the Year 2009) at Gloucester College.
http://graemeboxwell.co.uk/ – Blog from an education technologist in a UK FE College
http://davefoord.wordpress.com/ – Great blog on technology in the UK FE sector
http://acljohn.posterous.com/ E-Learning blog from John Dalziel – UK based e-learning consultant
http://sukhwantlota.blogspot.com/ Blog from Sukhwant Lota, Moodle administrator at Leeds City CollegeBack to contents
http://daviderogers.blogspot.com/ – Blog from a secondary school geography teacher showing how he uses technology to enhance learning for his learners.
http://janwebb21.primaryblogger.co.uk/ – A great blog from a primary school teacher and ICT consultant, exploring the issues around IT in education.
http://ianaddison.net/ – Another UK Primary ICT blog – full of ideas.
http://www.mrsnat.com/ – general reflections on primary school teaching
http://rogerneilson.edublogs.org/ – reflections on technology in education.
http://lisibo.blogspot.com/– Blog with ideas for teaching modern foreign languages in primary schools.
http://technostories.wordpress.com/ – Blog about using technology in primary school.
http://blog.timothyjefferson.com/ – Blog about using technology to teach maths
http://mrmitchell.heathfieldcps.net/ – Blog from a primary deputy head teacher.
http://chickensaltash.edublogs.org/ – Excellent Edtech blog from a school in Cornwall
http://ianaddison.net/ – Another UK Primary ICT blog – full of ideas.Back to contents
Educational Technology Blogs
Tips, Tricks and Tools
http://blog.lessonstream.org/ – A new(ish) blog from Jamie Keddie’s new(ish) project
http://web20classroom.blogspot.com/ – An edtech blog from a secondary maths teacher based in North Carolina
http://nikpeachey.blogspot.com/ – Blog from EdTech guru Nik Peachey
http://digitaltoolsforteachers.blogspot.com/ – Blog on Educational Technologies from an Australian Secondary school teacher.
http://sociallearningonline.wordpress.com/ – Blog on social media in UK lifelong learning.
http://traveloteacher.blogspot.com/index.html – Croatian based EFL/EdTech blog
http://nativeclassroom.blogspot.com/ EdTech blog from US High School Science teacher.
http://www.johannesahrenfelt.com/blog/ – Blog from UK-based EdTech expert.
http://mobileesl.blogspot.com/ Blog focussing on ESL and M-Learning kept by David Read (University of Sheffield)
http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/ – A blog with loads of great ideas for using Interactive Whiteboards in Class and keeping up to date with the latest software from the likes of Smart and Promethean.
http://www.boxoftricks.net/ – A huge great comprehensive site with loads of resources – all kinds of stuff to do with using technology in Education (UK based).
http://thewhiteant.wordpress.com/ – Posts on Technology for the classroom.
http://www.oliverquinlan.co.uk/blog/ – Great ideas for using technology in the classroom – focussed on schools.
http://ideasforteachers.wordpress.com/ – Australian blog with plenty of ideas for including technology in the classroom
http://ericbaber.com/blog/ – Techblog looking at how hardware can be used in class.
http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/ – A great guide of things to think of when designing e-learning courses.
http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org/ – A Blog from Ozge Karaoglu in Turkey.
http://learningblog.org/ – E-learning blog from a secondary school in Bristol.
http://blogs.rsc-wales.ac.uk/ Blog from Welsh E-learning support centre.
http://web2optimist.blogspot.com/ – E-learning blog from Donna Hay, a Bristol-based ICT teacher.
http://arcall.blogspot.com/ Blog looking at use of educational technology in Argentina
http://blog.matbury.com/ – Blog from Moodle sage Mat BuryBack to contents
http://slife.dudeney.com/ – Blog on technology in education by Gavin Dudeney of the Consultants-E
http://halfanhour.blogspot.com/ Blog from Stephen Downes, Canadian Educationalist
http://heutagogicarchive.wordpress.com/ – Reflections on open learning
http://nogoodreason.typepad.co.uk/ – Academic thoughts on e-learning and edtech
http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/ – EdTech blog from the World Bank.
http://tomwhitby.wordpress.com – Musings on the realities of 21st Century teaching from the US.Back to contents
http://www.saffroninteractive.com/blog/ – Blog from commercial e-learning provider – lots of ideas for instructional designers
http://stephaniededhar.wordpress.com/ – Blog from an e-learning designer/author
http://www.innovativeict.net/welcome/ – – Commercial EdTech blogBack to contents
http://scottthornbury.wordpress.com/ – Blog from the Dogme-king and Grammar expert Scott Thornbury
http://lukemeddings.posterous.com/ – Blog from Luke Meddings – looking at the Dogme end of the ELT spectrum.
http://oupeltglobalblog.com/ – Blog from Oxford University Press featuring many interesting posts from others on this blog roll.
http://www.tefl.net/alexcase/ – General TEFL blog
http://www.livesofteachers.com/ – Blog on ELT, based in Japan – also features podcasts with interviews with luminaries of the ELT field, such as Scott Thornbury.
http://sabridv.wordpress.com/ – Reflections on issues in ELT – Based in Buenos Aires
http://kenwilsonelt.wordpress.com/ – Various reflections on EFL teaching from Ken Wilson.
http://jeremyharmer.wordpress.com/ Blog from Jeremy Harmer (EFL author)
http://teachertrainingunplugged.wordpress.com/ – A spin out from the legendary DOGME Yahoo group.
http://fifthbiz.blogspot.com/ Spain-based EdTech blog
http://sjhannam.edublogs.org/ Reflections on teaching English (and life) in Greece.
http://mobileesl.blogspot.com/ Blog focussing on ESL and M-Learning kept by David Read (University of Sheffield)
http://burcuakyol.com/ – Blog from Turkey by Burcu Akyol, organiser of the ISTEK conferences in Istanbul.
http://eltconsultant.wordpress.com/ – A blog looking at technology and other issues in English teaching from Eduardo Trinidade in Brazil.
http://marisaconstantinides.edublogs.org/ – Fascinatng blog from Marisa Constantides a teacher and trainer based in Greece.
http://www.netend.pl/blog/ – An interesting blog from Poland focused on Young Learners.
http://sixthings.net/ – Collection of musings on language and teaching from Lindsay Clandfield
http://authenticteaching.wordpress.com/ – Deep reflections from Willy Cardoso in São Paulo and the UK.
http://tefltecher.wordpress.com/ – A great blog from Ian James, a TEFL te(a)cher in Spain.
http://evasimkesyan.edublogs.org/ Turkey-based Tefl blog.
http://teacherdudebbq.blogspot.com/ – A window into teaching in Greece, reporting on the changing situation there.
http://strictly4myteacherz.wordpress.com/ Reflections from an EFL teacher based in Spain.
http://www.vickihollett.com/ – Blog about the peculiarities of American English – as seen by an expat Brit in Philadelphia
http://www.sabendoquasetudo.blogspot.com/ Reflections from a Polish English teacher in Brazil
http://nz2argentina.edublogs.org/ Reflections from a New Zealand teacher in Argentina.
http://micronarratives.blogspot.com/ – Interesting blog looking at language school management.
http://www.widgets-hq.com/ – Blog from Marco Benevides on Task-based learning approaches.
http://www.yearinthelifeofanenglishteacher.com/ – Intriguing blog from EFL teacher in Turkey
http://bcnpaul1.blogspot.com/ – Blog from barefoot teaching guru Paul Braddock in Barcelona
http://chiasuanchong.wordpress.com/ – Deep and insightful musing on ELT
http://geekyteacher.wordpress.com/ – Blog from Argentina-based Anglophile English teacher
http://shaunwilden.com/ – Blog from #eltchat big cheese Shaun Wilden
http://hoprea.wordpress.com/ – Brasilia based teacher/manager Henrik Oprea’s blog
http://richardteachesenglish.blogspot.com/ -Blog from Manchester/Spain based ELT teacher Richard Whiteside
http://coffeeaddict.edublogs.org/ – Norwegian working in Turkey – reflections on primary English teaching
http://cecilialcoelho.wordpress.com/ Fascinating blog from Ceci in Recife, Brazil
http://kalinago.blogspot.com/ – Blog from Karenne Sylvester – PLN Queen
http://www.teachingvillage.org/ A blog to make you think from Barbara Sakamoto, based in Japan
http://vickyloras.wordpress.com/ – Thought-provoking reflections on teaching from Vicky Loras
http://emmaherrod.com/category/blog/ – Ideas for teaching from Emma Herrod.
http://linguisticconsultancy.blogspot.com/ A blog based in Argentina
http://anita-kwiatkowska.blogspot.com/ – A great blog from a Polish EFL teacher, working in Turkey.Back to contents
http://mfljones.wordpress.com – Resources for Spanish/MFL teachers
http://beyondthepier.com/ – Blog about using technology in the school language classroom
http://joedale.typepad.com/integrating_ict_into_the_/ – Blog on using ICT in the langauge classroom – plentry of relevance for ESOL tutors as well.
http://changing-phase.blogspot.com/ – A Primary MFL Blog
http://mmeduckworth.blogspot.com/ – A Primary French Blog from CanadaBack to contents
http://www.citycol.com/basic_skills/Blogs.htm – From Manchester City College
http://stgesol.sydneyinstitute.wikispaces.net/ESOL+blogs+&+wikis – From Sydney TAFE (Australia)
https://smc-pd.wikispaces.com/examples+of+ESOL+blogs+and+wikis – list of Blogs relevant for ESOL/ESL teachers.Back to contents
Blogs for learners
http://daily-english-activities.blogspot.com/ from Nik Peachey (@nikpeachey)
http://how2learnenglish.blogspot.com/ aimed at Business English users, run by PLN Queen Karenne Sylvester
http://cerij.wordpress.com/ – Blog from Ceri in AndaluciaBack to contents
Blogs en otras lenguas/Blogs en alte lingue/ Blogs en outras linguas
http://www.didatticaduepuntozero.org/ Blog che parla di la technologia in la educazione (in italiano)
http://eclipsi.wordpress.com/ – Bloc que parla sobre las xarxes socials i eines de comunicació digital en la educació (en català)
http://www.turemanso.com.ar/ – Blog sobre e-learning in Argentina
http://clarion.mudejarico.es/ – Blog sobre la pedagogía de hoy y el uso del TIC (desde España)
http://zarcoenglish-tooloftheday.blogspot.com/ um blog em português com distintos ferrmentos pra a aula – esrito por Alex Francisco em Portugal. Foi pensado pras profes lusofónicos que querem ler dos avanços na educação sem que lem inglês.
http://discentia.blogspot.com/ – un blog de un profe de dibujo en Canarias con pensamientos sobre la educación contemporanea.
http://www.pgsimoes.net/blog/ – Blog em português sobe inglês para defesaBack to contents
http://www.theteacherscorner.net/ – Free lesson plans
50 Best Blogs for Education Leaders – What it says…
http://linguallyspeaking.wordpress.com/ – An interesting blog on linguistics
http://thespellingblog.blogspot.com/ – Blog on teaching spelling.
http://www.teachingnews.co.uk/ News about Education in the UK
http://www.thenewhead.co.uk/ – Blog from a UK Primary Headteacher
http://www.wbl-shots.org.uk/ – Work based learning blog & podcasts
http://collablogatorium.blogspot.com/ – Blog from Carla Arena in BrazilBack to contents