Blogs to Follow

Below you will find a collection of blogs to help you get started on your journey to become a master teacher. They are broken down into "Social Studies" and "Education/Technology" blogs.

Social Studies Blogs to Follow

AHA Today--Created by the American Historical Association, this wonderful blog includes entries by the world's best historians. Use this blog to stay current in the field of history.

Alan Singer--Alan Singer is a social studies educator in the Department of Teaching, Literacy and Leadership at Hofstra University in Long Island, New York and the editor of Social Science Docket (a joint publication of the New York and New Jersey Councils for Social Studies). He taught at a number of secondary schools in New York City, including Franklin K. Lane High School and Edward R. Murrow High School. He is the author ofEducation Flashpoints: Fighting for America's Schools (Routledge, 2014) which is based on his award winning Huffington Post blogs, Teaching to Learn, Learning to Teach: A Handbook for Secondary School Teachers (Routledge, 2013), Social Studies For Secondary Schools, 3rd Edition (Routledge, 2008), New York and Slavery, Time to Teach the Truth (SUNY, 2008), and Teaching Global History(Routledge, 2011).

Boston 1775--This blog is a miscellany of information about New England just before, during, and after the Revolutionary War, and about how that history has been studied, taught, preserved, politicized, mythologized, lost, recovered, discussed, described, distorted, and now digitized.

Histocrats--Run by "experienced educators and history enthusiasts who share the joys of experiencing history and ways to bring that joy to the classroom." This blog is a veritable smörgåsbord of social studies resources. Some examples of blogs run through this site are: classroom tips and suggestions, suggested books, pinterest site with lesson ideas and resources, primer for introducing gaming in the classroom, and various interviews with professional historians and those with a stake in the social studies.

History News Network--Run by George Mason University and funded by the Center for History and New Media, this site is a great resource for social studies teachers to stay current in their field.  According to the site's mission statement "Our mission is to help put current events into historical perspective. Given how public opinion is shaped today, whipsawed emotionally on talk shows this way and that in response to the egos of the guests, the desire for ratings by the hosts and the search for profits by media companies and sponsors, historians are especially needed now. They can help remind us of the superficiality of what-happens-today-is-all-that-counts journalism.
Each week HNN features up to a dozen fresh op eds by prominent historians. Our archives, extending over the past decade, include thousands of well-researched pieces."
History Tech--My favorite blog, written by my social studies hero, Glenn Wiebe. If I could only choose one blog from this long list, I would choose this one. Glenn is a true rock star of social studies. His site includes a myriad of social studies lesson and activity ideas. He is also a strong proponent of technology infused into education, and as such, he also includes a plethora of ways to include technology in social studies curriculum.

In Custodia Legis: Law Librarians of Congress--A really interesting blog about the legal history and current events in law in the United States. This blog is run through the Library of Congress and contains many pertinent blog entries if you are teaching civics.

Infoplease--A great almanac with the "This day in history" option to give your students trivia and begin discussions about subjects they are learning about.

Teaching with the Library of Congress--Wonderful resource to give you ideas of how to use primary sources in the classroom. Their blog entries reflect their passion for teaching social studies with primary sources.

The History 2.0 Classroom--A wealth of resources, especially if you are interested in using technology in your social studies lessons. This blog was created by Greg Kulowiec, a teacher with EdTech.

The History Blog--Your go-to source for Ancient and Medieval European history. If you are teaching a world/European history class, I would definitely subscribe to this blog.

World History Teachers Blog--This is a page a webpage written by high school teachers for those who teach world history and want to find online content as well as technology that you can use in the classroom.

Letters of Note--Letters of Note is an attempt to gather and sort fascinating letters, postcards, telegrams, faxes, and memos. Scans/photos where possible. Fakes will be sneered at. Updated as often as possible; usually each weekday. There are some truly fantastic discussion starters on this blog. Even if you don't use them in class, your inner historian will be extremely giddy at getting a glimpse into the personal letters of history's most famous (and infamous) characters.

Doing Social Studies--Doing Social Studies is a new experience for the Kansas Council for the Social Studies. It's a place for a variety of voices to discuss what high-quality social studies looks like in the 21st century. KCSS board members and other educators from around the state will share ideas, resources, and materials about how we can all do social studies better.

Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo--In this EdWeek blog, an experiment in knowledge-gathering, Larry Ferlazzo addresses readers' questions on classroom management, ELL instruction, lesson planning, and other issues facing teachers. With a focus on ELA and social studies.

Education Technology and Methods Blogs to Follow

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning--Perhaps the best collection of educational technologies on the internet. Med Kharbach usually writes several blog posts a day detailing the newest trends in education technology.

Edutopia--Here, you'll find "You'll find practical classroom strategies and tips from real educators, as well as lesson ideas, personal stories, and innovative approaches to improving your teaching practice." A great resouce for teachers.

Free Technology for Teachers--Richard Byrne does a fantastic job of giving his readers the newest and most exciting educational technology. This blog is a wealth of ed tech resources to use in the classroom.

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom--Created by Steven Anderson, this blog provides the reader with many tips and techniques of how to infuse technology in your pedagogy.

NPR Education--Read the latest news in education, brought to you by National Public Radio.

Edudemic--Education and technology all in one place. This page is great for finding ways to incorporate technology into education.

Classroom is the social network for those interested in Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom.  They offer free accounts, which allow you to participate in the great discussions, receive event notifications, and to find and connect with colleagues. They have over 79,000 members from 200 countries!

Learning with 'e's--Created by Steve Wheeler, this blog offers readers original content regarding education and technology.

MindShift--The place to find teaching strategies and digital tools for the classroom.

NYT Education--Learn the latest education news from one of the most respected newspapers in the world.

SimpleK12--A great source for professional development webinars and resources. If you are passionate about education and serious about improving your craft, sign up for their webinars, given fairly regularly, and easily accessible from your home or device.

Teacher's blog (The Guardian)--Read about new innovations in education from Britain's most reliable newspaper. using your iPad in the class? Well if you do, this is the site for you.

TeachThought--This blog contains educational and technology tips for teachers.

TED Blog--The greatest lectures in the world...all in one place! The TED blog brings you the best talks directly to your feed reader.

The Fischbowl--Written by Karl Fisch, this blog provides readers with insight into the world of education reform.

The Innovative Educator--Lisa Nielsen, a technology specialist, brings you the latest research in education technology.

Apps in Education--Looking for iPads apps to use in your class? This page provides a plethora of resources for you!


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