Kelly Walsh is the Chief Operational Officer at the College of Westchester in White Plains, NY. This is his personal blog where he welcomes educators to dialogue about how they have used emerging technology in the classroom to engage students. One of the great features of this blog are the tags that are used to identify the posts on his blog. You can scroll through the different categories and select a specific topic, for example, how to use Facebook for instructional purposes in your classroom. By clicking on the topic you will navigate to a page that has all of the posts written about that topic for you to read.
Nancye Blair writes an educational technology blog filled with creative ideas and reflections on education topics. She also provides resources for K-5 educators looking for ideas to create tech centers, writing activities, SMART board lessons, or ideas for student created media. Nancye test piloted the Ladibug 3-D document camera. You can read and watch a video about her experience here.
Lisa Nielsen has worked for the New York City Department of Education and Columbia University in the area of improving education through innovative ways. Similar to Kelly Walsh’s blog Emerging EdTech, Lisa has a list of topics she blogs about on the right side of her blog. Interestingly, the topics she has covered the most are “Cell Phones in Education” and “unschooling”. If you are unfamiliar with the term “unschooling” it is a term used to describe students and parents who choose to opt out of public education. A guest writer named Nick Perez posted one story of particular interest titled “Dropping Out was a Great Idea”. Nick discusses how he learned more at home by skipping school and teaching himself than by attending public school where they had him in enrolled in a secluded class for disengaged learners.
Kathy Schrock is a former media specialist and technology coordinator who travels the world giving presentations on how educators can effectively integrate technology into classroom curriculum. She maintains a blog where she provides reviews of new tech software programs or gadgets that she has personally tested. Kathy provides helpful tips for using each of the technologies she reviews and alerts educators to any challenges or difficulties she has had with the software or gadget.
Nancy Penchev maintains a technology blog that she publishes every week. Teachers can find information about a variety of tools they can use in the classroom. Nancy posts links to free web tools that teachers can use in the classroom and provides explanations of how the technology can be integrated into the curriculum.
Liz B. Davis is the Director at an all boys school near Boston, MA. The posts on her blog provide detailed examples of apps for the iPad and how they can be used in education. These entries cover apps that can be used by educators or students. Liz has played a role in organizing the Edcamp Boston conference over the past couple of years. In her reflections from the last conference during the summer of 2012, Liz described how she used that conference to further her knowledge about using the iPad as an innovative tool with students.