This week for ECMP 355 we were asked to sign up for a Feedly account and discover the big blogging world. Feedly collects RSS feeds, where numerous blogs are displayed and easy to find for you to follow. At first, I was overwhelmed with how to find the blogs I wanted to look for, so I went to google and found this blog that helps you set up and navigate a Feedly account!
Feedly has allowed me to further develop my professional growth as a pre-service teacher by following blogs that are relevant to my lifelong learning. I began by searching by #topic, which didn’t provide me the results I wanted. I then searched by title, which worked a lot better. I even used our #ecmp355 page on Twitter to help me think of ideas about what kinds of blogs I could search for. I am a very organized person, so when I discovered I could organize my blogs by different categories on Feedly, I was pretty excited!
I was looking for blogs that would help me become more technologically literate. I also wanted to find blogs that encompass my past experiences as a teacher, including using appropriate classroom management, being prepared, developing a positive classroom culture, and teaching strategies.
One blog that really captured my attention is ilearntechnology. This is an educational blog that talks about using different technology resources within the classroom and provides real life critique of them. The writer of this blog has been a technology integration specialist for 5 years, who’s goal is to help teachers fall in love with technology. This blog is relevant to my professional development because I can use these forms of technology and understand the personal stories of how they are used in order to integrate them into my own classrooms. My favourite blog post I read is Using Technology to Differentiate Instruction. It provides a huge amount of technology that can be used to meet the different learning styles within the classroom. Check out TeachThought, another blog I really enjoyed following.
Let me know what your favourite educational blogs are so I can continue to develop my professional growth as an educator!