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Edublogs We Love: Ten Top Stops for Internet Interaction

These Web sites are the cornerstones of a vast online educational community.
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It's seems everybody has a blog these days, including teachers and other people who are passionate about education. Here are some of the most popular sources of big and deep thoughts:

2¢ Worth
What makes David Warlick's 2¢ priceless is a mix of intense curiosity, refreshing enthusiasm, and photos that speak of a wry and observant personality.

Around the Corner v2
Miguel Guhlin's blog features the quote "Courage can't see around corners, but goes around them anyway." Look past its uninspiring interface, and you'll find just this kind of pithy talk.

Dangerously Irrelevant
In ongoing debates about education, the borderline-irrelevant topics often prove enlightening. The only danger is in not paying attention to them.

Joanne Jacobs
Jacobs practices a kind of free linking and free thinking that takes you from country to country and from religion to technology to health, all in the orbit of education.

Kathy Schrock's Kaffeeklatsch
The keyword in the name of this blog refers to an informal gathering to drink coffee and chat. As a Web barista, Schrock serves a compelling educational brew.

Leader Talk
Written by school leaders for school leaders, proof that those at the top are fighting for change, too.

Moving at the Speed of Creativity
Uses plain language to highlight exciting technology and innovation in education.

NYC Educator
It may be the Daily Show of education blogs, combining parody, retro images, and a skeptical sensibility in service of a true concern for our educational future.

PBS Teachers: Learning.Now
Checking out the well-crafted entries on this site is like a one-on-one with a patient mentor: lots of wisdom, few wasted words.

As its snowy mountain logo implies, Will Richardson's weblogg-ed is a breath of fresh air. Without clutter, his entries can be meditated on in singular simplicity. (Full disclosure: He's on The George Lucas Educational Foundation's National Advisory Council. This blog reminds us why.)

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James Sigler's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

It was great to see David Warlick's, Wesley Fryer's, Miguel Guilin's and Will Richardson's blog included in edublogs we love. I have already been reading them. They are advocates for bringing technology into the classroom, not for its own sake, but because it amplifies learning in the classroom, both good and bad. They promote a student-centered rather than a teacher-centered classroom. They promote changing 19th century teaching into 21st century teaching. They are all great reads.

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Anonymous (not verified)

Yes they are and don't worry it would always be that way. Somethings change and for us to change it will change. Think of a Librarian as an Teacher that Administer,Instruct and teach information to the whole school. You are greater that a Teacher. It's how you look at your self. People only see what you give and do. Be a teacher or the greatest information teacher in the world.

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This comment may very well be uninspiring and lack "pithiness," but...that should never be an impediment for a blogger, especially one who appears second on the list (which I sometimes point out without sharing it's in alpha order...pride).

After reading Stephen, Graham, and Ewan, I've come to the conclusion that I'm the victim of an elaborate conspiracy of blog inflation. Like Eddie Murphy in the "Trading Places" movie, I find myself wondering, "How did I get valued as lovable by one of the premier (honest) magazines that I read?" As I slip the fame into my pockets for fear this is only temporary, I can look around and see folks that aren't subscribers to Edutopia's "Edublogs We Love" left out. Would I trade places with them?

The answer is, "no." Around the Corner is a blog written by a Latin-American male. I am a minority in the edublogging community, a fact I hadn't paid much attention to until Tim Holt (Bytespeed Blog) pointed it out. In short, there are too many white folk and not enough people of color represented.

Before we go on, I'm of Swedish descent on my father's side, Panamanian on my mother's side. I claim dual citizenship in the U.S. and Panama...would that I could claim New Zealand, Australia and Canada.

When i point this out to my audiences, invariably, the white folks make the argument, "It's the power of your ideas, not your race or ethnic background, that count." Shortly thereafter, the people of color walk up and say, "I'm glad you pointed that out because it's so true." It's amazing to see the difference in perception...are both deluded?

(It may explain why my Dad--American of Swedish descent--would complain that Hispanics would always vote Hispanic, but whites would vote for Hispanics if they were good candidates.)

We have different perspectives. I'm grateful that Around the Corner was chosen, elated in fact, but in a world with over 70 million blogs, a top 10 list is a very short blogroll. Diversity of thought, richness of ideas are essential in any endeavour, but especially in the conceptual age.

I commend Edutopia editor(s) for their choices, and recognize that blogging is a form of media unto itself. It is pure vanity to enjoy appearing in the list, and a waste of pride to wish to be on the list of "old" media.

As a blogger, the supreme compliment is being quoted and a link. Don't suppose you could throw one my way?

Miguel Guhlin
Around the

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Anonymous (not verified)

Everyone needs to check out Detention Slip. It has daily updates with all the crazy news stories around the country in public education.

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Anonymous (not verified)

hands down is the new hottness for edu blogs! they also have a great weekly newsletter.

Yolanda's picture
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Miguel, our world is definitely a small world. Even though I knew you are the #1 blogger in Texas I couldn't have guessed to "bump" into your posting (Please correct me if my blogging language is wrong...this is my first time blogging). I know you are not going to believe me but I was about to call you to invite you to be my guest speaker sometime during "Hispanic Heritage Month." I'm interested in your Hispanic background. I want my class (all Hispanics students) to hear stories from Hispanic professionals, I want them to know they can also become one in the future. Perhaps we can do video-conferencing? Please call me.
By they way... What am I doing in this blog? This is part of my assignment from Walden University. I starter the M.S in education program last month.

Yolanda G.
Abilene, TX

Lirea Turner's picture
Anonymous (not verified) was absolutely hillarious! I can't believe these are things that actually happen in education. No wonder our society doesn't value teachers more. There are so many crazy people that are allowed to be teachers.

dantel örnekleri's picture
Anonymous (not verified)

So, only foreign blogs written in English should be considered as worthwhile international blogs? Stephen, you're confusing me!

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