A list of my favorite digital resources—including websites, blogs and podcasts—that I use to stay informed, learn more about teaching and education, and entertain and inspire myself.
Jennifer Gonzalez's Cult of Pedagogy is both a blog ("polish your craft, fuel your brain, and feed your soul") and a podcast ("pure teacher nerdy goodness right in your ears"). While the blog is full of outstanding content, I find myself spending more time with the podcast because listening to it is a great use of my time in the car.
Edutopia is a comprehensive website and online community that increases knowledge, sharing, and adoption of what works in K-12 education.
- Facing History is an excellent resource for social studies content and professional development material. Their mission is to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed citizenry.
- History Today is a magazine whose aim is simple: to bring serious history to a wide audience. It covers all periods, regions and themes of history and features an online archive of virtually every article published by History Today since it was founded in 1951.
KQED's Mind/Shift looks at the future of learning and provides an active teacher community as well as teaching strategies and ideas.
- Newsela is absolutely incredible resource that provides differentiated non-fiction content and real-time assessments for a variety of subjects across all grade levels.
- Free learning tools on media literacy and our First Amendment freedoms.
- Teaching and learning with The New York Times
- Social studies lesson plans covering U.S. history, global issues, civics, and social studies skills
Exploring how learning happens
- When I'm a little stressed out, I take a few minutes to watch for orcas up in beautiful British Columbia on the OrcaCam live stream. That and a little deep breathing usually does the trick (usually)!
SHEG is an amazing resource! The Stanford History Education Group is an incubator for new ideas about teaching students how to read historical texts and think about them in creative ways. Their Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. It provides lessons in both US and World history that revolve around a central historical question and features sets of primary documents designed for groups of students with diverse reading skills and abilities. Oh, and if you want some great reading—take a look at some of the many articles about education, society, literacy and history that SHEG's Director, Sam Wineburg, has written all over the internet.
- TeachThought is dedicated to supporting educators in innovation in teaching and learning for a 21st century audience. One of the underlying principles of TeachThought is that learning should result in personal and social change, and that its modes and design can be planned backwards from that kind of consideration.
Teaching Channel is a thriving online community where teachers can watch, share, and learn diverse techniques to help every student grow.
Build a lesson around any TED-Ed Original, TED Talk, or YouTube video.
Twitter # Groups
- The Washington Post's Answer Sheet offers coverage and analysis of education news.
- Gavin Aung Than takes inspirational quotes from famous people and adapts them into cartoons. Zen Pencils never fails to amaze and inspire me. Gavin's work makes for great lesson openers.