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HD_Links: Blogroll

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Although we don’t keep an official blogroll (Maybe we should?) here at Networked Teaching & Learning, we read a lot of blogs, mining them for resources and ideas. I try to give credit where credit is due, but sometimes useful blogs slip through the cracks. The following blogs may not always lead directly to posts here, they do offer plenty of inspiration and influence what I do on a daily basis.

Classroom Talk is a new discovery that covers similar ground to what we cover here. In other words, it covers nearly all educational topics imaginable. However, the focus is slightly different from NT&L in that it also focuses on parent resources in regards to how students learn. It’s a good read you should really check out. (H/T Laura Brashear)

Venspired was previously known as Teacher Factory but still features the same great collection of blog posts. Written by gifted teacher and sometimes NT&L contributor Krissy Venosdale, Venspired covers a wide array of topics, mostly focusing on creativity and student-centered learning. Get inspired and add Venspired to your blogroll now.

There are good things coming from over seas in educational technology. Two blogs to check our are Australia’s EdTech Toolbox and England’s EDTE.CH. EdTech Toolbox features a new online tool 2-3 times every week. That’s more than I can handle sometimes. Although EDTE.CH‘s Tom Barrett has been suspiciously absent from posting as of late, his insights, recommendations, and tips are among the best in the field. Also, this is where he keeps his “Interesting Ways” collection.

Dan Meyer is a math teacher that would have fit right in at eMINTS. His blog is dy/dan and within this blog, Dan demonstrates how creativity and putting learning first materialize in the mathematics classroom. Although he’s now working on a doctorate at Stanford, Dan is always looking for ways to make Math real and tangible for students.

Those are five blogs that provide a lot of inspiration around these parts. What blogs do you look to for inspiration and insight? How can reading blogs and participating in their conversations help us as educators?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist and blogger for the eMINTS National Center.

HD_Links: Three Essential Infographic Resources

The infographic is changing the way we present information. The tool is so effective in large part due to its ability to appeal to visual and abstract learners at the same time as adding a bit of humor and perspective to otherwise bland collections of data. Everywhere one looks on the internet, you’re bound to find an infographic on a subject that interests you. They’re like pictographs on steroids.

Here are a few links to help you become acclimated with and find ways to use infographics in your classroom:

The Daily Inforgraphic does just what the title suggests. It’s a site that posts a new and rather timely inforgraphic each and every day. Subscribe to the site and receive a new infographic daily on the most important topics of the day.

For a closer, more theoretical look at infographics and how we view and create data in general, read the always thought-provoking blog Information Aesthetics. This blog takes a closer look as to how we view data in the 21st century with a keen eye for artistic expression through statistics. It’s not only a fascinating read for data junkies, but it also provides many different visuals for reading data.

If you think you and/or your students are ready to create your own infographics, EdTech Toolbox provides ten awesome tools for creating your own inforgraphics. Along with the tools, EdTech Toolbox also provides some ideas for how these tools can best be used in the classroom.

What are some infographics you have used with your students? How have you created your own infographics? What’s the best use for infographics?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.