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Your favorites of 2009

Your favorites of 2009

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Edutopia editors are putting together a Best of 2009 feature, and we are seeking your favorite education media: blogs, websites, podcasts, movies, TV shows, radio programs, magazines (aside from Edutopia, of course!), newspapers and anything else you could loosely describe as "media." Would love your thoughts!

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Deven Black's picture
Deven Black
Middle school teacher-librarian in the Bronx, NY

I'm not sure if this qualifies, but my favorite thing on the web this year is edchat, the weekly twitter gathering of teachers discussing a topic of mutual interest. In fact, I'm heading there now.

Chad Sansing's picture
Chad Sansing
Charter school humanities teacher for non-traditional middle grade learners

I agree with Deven on #edchat, and would also credit http://teachpaperless.blogspot.com/, http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/, http://www.eduratireview.com/, http://andrewbwatt.wordpress.com/, http://educationinnovation.typepad.com/, http://edte.ch/blog, and Twitter as the blogs & tool that have most impacted my teaching this year. Via Twitter, the entire PLN has dramatically improved how I learn - I nominate the PLN, too.

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Suzie Boss
Journalist and PBL advocate
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You can count on Teachers Teaching Teachers (http://teachersteachingteachers.org) for thoughtful conversations about interesting topics. And I never fail to get inspired and learn something new from TED (www.ted.com). Just last week, I arrived early for a movie in Portland, Ore., and the theater was playing a TED talk instead of the usual commercial stuff. Imagine the spike in the city's IQ if this would become common practice!

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Erika Saunders
6th-8th Special Ed, LS & Mentally Gifted teacher

OK, its not fair that I can't mention Edutopia - c'mon, it's the best! But there are a few others that I like:

ASCD - I've been a member for several years. Love their magazine "Educational Leadership". I always find a nugget (or 2, or 3. or more!) and usually read it cover-to-cover. I also anxiously await the membership books. I also like the info on their website.

Edhelper.com - great resources at a really low price!

RubiStar (http://rubistar.4teachers.org/) - a free website where you can make your own rubrics. You can also track student performance.

Writing Prompts website http://www.scribd.com/doc/55697/501-Writing-Prompts
Literally 501 writing prompts! They are geared to middle school and above. Comes in so handy when you can't think of your own prompts!

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