Blogs, Podcasts, Social Networking as PD
Why follow educational blogs? Why blog? Why listen to podcasts? Why create podcasts? Why join a social network site surrounding your content area? These are questions that peaked my attention years ago. I have never been much of a "lurker" and am not fond of the term, but lurking or exploring what is out there is a good place to begin answering these questions for yourself. Once you are comfortable, jump in and participate in the conversations by commenting or joining a site-- or go crazy and create your own site. Here are a FEW of the MANY blogs, podcasts and social networking sites related to Ed Tech I follow and sometimes interact with. There is purposefully a mix of some of the "lesser known" and "big names."
Ed Tech Blogs
Ed Tech Bloggers Related to ESOL/Bilingual Ed
A variety of shows, such as Teachers Teaching Teachers, are hosted here. Past shows are archived.
Steve Hargadon is one of my favs. This is a good place to begin listening!
Leo Laporte is not ed tech, but anyone interested in tech should check his network out! He frequently discusses topics related to ed. Triangulation is my fav.
Social Networking Sites & Online Conferences
How can a person possibly organize this many sites? I recommend using a RSS Reader to aggregate your favorite sites.