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Blogs, Pods, Tweets, …

blog [n.]

‘A blog is an online diary or journal located on a website. The content of a blog typically includes text, pictures, videos, animated GIFs and even scans from old physical offline diaries or journals and other hard copy documents. Since a blog can exist merely for personal use, sharing information with an exclusive group or to engage the public, a blog owner can set their blog for private or public access.
When a blog is made publicly accessible, anyone can typically find the blog through links available on the blog owner’s individual or business website, their social media profiles, emails and e-newsletters and online keyword search engines. Many blog owners also set up blogs on websites devoted to the creation, storage and sharing of blogs’.
What is a Blog ? - Jamie Spencer

‘A blog [a truncation of the expression web log] is a discussion or informational site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries [posts] typically displayed in reverse chronological order [the most recent post appears first]. Until 2009 blogs were usually the work of a single individual, occasionally of a small group, and often covered a single subject or topic. In the 2010s, “multi-author blogs” [MABs] emerged, featuring the writing of multiple authors and sometimes professionally edited. MABs from newspapers, other media outlets, universities, think tanks, advocacy groups and similar institutions account for an increasing quantity of blog traffic. The rise of Twitter and other “microblogging” systems helps integrate MABs and single-author blogs into societal news streams. Blog can also be used as a verb, meaning “to maintain or add content to a blog” ’.
Wikipedia, October 2021

podcast [n.]

A multimedia file [audio or video] that is part of a feed. An author can publish podcasts on a regular schedule and when the author publishes a new podcast anyone who is subscribed to the feed using an aggregator will get the file downloaded automatically. The feed can be thought of as the series of podcasts that have been published. Some refer to the whole feed as the podcast. The word podcast comes from Apple’s iPod and the word “broadcast”. Podcasts can be thought of as files that are broadcast to and viewed by its subscribers.
Blubbry

tweet [n.]

‘A tweet is an online posting, or “micro-blog” created by a Twitter user. The purpose of each tweet is to answer the question, “What are you doing ?” You can publish a tweet using a computer or a mobile phone. Once published, the tweet will appear on the Twitter home pages of all the users that are following you. Each tweet is limited to 140 characters or less, so you must choose your words wisely’.
Definition from The Tech Terms Dictionary

There are blogs, podcasts and tweets [Twitter] on almost every imaginable topic, from bloggers of all kinds. On this page we have included quality educational blogs selected from Australia and overseas.

Even though we have been selective, still check the source carefully. Be satisfied to have information from an expert, but not as confident with information from someone without standing in that area.

Take care when accessing any internet material to ensure it is suitable and appropriate, as well as safe, for the persons using them !

This page provides links to a range of each of these formats both from Australia and internationally. Many are award winning in their particular format.

Education Blogs

Australian

Individual Sites

  • 500Hats
    ‘The Teacher Librarian in the 21st Century. This is an effort to give back to the profession and the professionals who have given me so much’.
  • ACARA
    ‘Thoughts and ideas about Australian education’ from the Australian Curriculum and Assessment Authority.
  • Art Re-Source
    ‘This contemporary Visual Art Blog is in response to some of the frustration I felt as a student and then later as an artist, finding information on how to do things, who does things, and how it all comes together. Check out the info and let me know if there are things I should add or alter’
  • Be You
    Run by Beyond Blue and covering professional learning regarding mental health in early childhood and school settings [includes previously listed Kidsmatter material as well as other sources].
  • Booked Inn
    ‘Heroic adventures in teacher-librarianship’.
  • Classroom 2.0
    ‘The social network for those interested in Web 2.0, Social Media, and Participative Technologies in the classroom. We have over 85 000 members from 200 countries’.
  • Combatting Schooling Injustice : Comenius Dreaming
    ‘About schools : especially social justice, human rights and equity in education, peace building, gender, environment and food politics and good education policy and process’.
  • Commentary from Carlton [Andrew Norton]
    Mostly concerned with the higher education area. From someone with a lengthy and diverse connection to the area.
  • Dan’s Blog
    ‘What did you do at school today ?’ Dan Haesler. Use the menu at the top right to access posts on different aspects.
  • Education WA
    ‘If you are looking for a bit of opinion on education in general and occasionally of education in WA, this is the right place’.
  • Education Watch International
    ‘Comments from Australia on the mostly parlous state of modern education by John J. Ray. Primarily covering events in Australia, the U.K. and the USA -- where the follies are sadly similar’.
  • EduResearch Matters
    ‘Australian educational researchers continually produce quality research that is used across Australia, and internationally, to influence educational policy and practice. A voice for Australian educational researchers’.
  • E-Learning Provocateur
    ‘The meaning of the title, E-Learning Provocateur, may not be readily apparent. It refers to my intention to provoke deeper thinking in the digital learning space and in L&D more broadly’. Ryan Tracey.
  • Filling the Pail
    “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” – As W. B. Yeats never said. ‘I am a teacher living and working in Australia. Supported by my school, I have developed a love of educational research. I am now embarking upon a PhD. Everything that I write reflects my own personal opinion and does not necessarily represent the views of my employer or any other organisation’.
  • IEAA - International Education
    Commentary about the international education sector in Australia.
  • InformED
    ‘InformED is your learning and ideas hub. It’s a resource for curious minds and a platform for passionate voices. It’s an island of educational insight - diligently researched and carefully curated - in a sea of endless, often repetitive information. InformED is a blog by Open Colleges, an online education provider’.
  • Inter-tech Education
    A great site with with a technology emphasis but applicable to a wide range of curriculum areas. Search by month/year or by Categories from Apps and Coding to Special Events and Uncategorised entries. Well worth visiting.
  • Little Lifelong Learners
    Check the latest posts on the blog. Access resources, check out the free stuff, check out the workshops, become a member or much more. Specifically designed for children in the early years of learning, their parents and teachers..
  • MathsPig
    ‘It’s about FUN maths, MEDIA maths and especially DUMB maths. Anyone can tackle these problems. This blog simply encourages clear thinking with numbers’.
  • Modern Teaching Blog
    Modern Teaching Aids. ‘A bustling hub of ideas, inspiration and support for your classroom and beyond. Join our community of passionate educators as they share their knowledge of everything from organisation hacks to teaching trends and learning techniques’.
  • OnLine Opinion - Education
    The Education [People > Education] section is just one of many areas covered by this blog - check the daily inclusions to see the variety of opinions about many things.
  • RIC Teaching Ideas
    Several hundred blog entries covering most curriculum areas. Multiple options for searching between both free and fee-based resources.
  • SLAV Connects
    ‘Encouraging teacher librarians and educators to actively engage with ICT, to share tools and experiences, to network on a global scale, and to embrace dynamic teaching and learning opportunities’. Formerly named Bright Ideas.
  • The Edubloggers
    ‘The Community Blog for Edublogs and CampusPress. Get tips and resources emailed to you weekly. Plus a round-up of the best blog posts written by fellow educators’.
  • The Educating Parent
    Links to all the sites on Homeschooling as well as a collection of valuable information from Beverley Paine. Select the blog from the menu at the top.
  • The P.E. Geek
    ‘A Physical Education teacher from country Victoria, with a passion and enthusiasm for the role emerging technologies play within teaching and learning. He is first and foremost an advocate for lifelong movement and physical activity, however realises the power of 21st century technologies that can shape new age teaching pedagogies’.
  • The Spoke
    Early Childhood Australia’s Blog. ‘An extensive source of articles on early childhood research, policy and practice’.
  • Top Notch Teaching
    Not only a blog, but resources, a store for specific items and much more. You can subscribe or simply be assisted in many ways by the content included.
  • Top Teacher - Teaching Resources Blog
    ‘Our website is home to high quality, modern, time-saving teaching resources following a play-based methodology that make inspiring your little learners easier and more fun !’
  • We Hear You – An ACECQA blog
    ‘We Hear You, the ACECQA blog, contains feature articles and guest posts from a variety of contributors offering unique perspectives from the children’s education and care sector’.
  • Wootube Blog
    Well worth visiting with not only what he is involved in but also links to his YouTube site, Worksheets and Learning.

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International

Individual Sites

  • Astrid Seele
    Educator and writer born in Germany but with German, Scottish and now Australian influences. ‘Topics include the educational philosophy of the International Baccalaureate, the benefits of an holistic education, friendship issues in the digital age’ and more. International.
  • Bits
    ‘Talk about teaching composition. Get ideas for teaching with Bedford Bits, blogs from our community of scholars, authors and editors. Come on in, look around and tell us what works for you in the composition classroom’. USA.
  • Blog Post of the Day
    National Education Policy Centre. ‘Features a selection of interesting and insightful blog posts that apply a researcher perspective to important education policy issues. The views expressed by the bloggers are entirely their own’. USA.
  • Diane Ravitch’s Blog
    ‘A historian of education and Research Professor of Education at New York University with a site to discuss better education for all’. USA.
  • Education [Education Week]
    If you want to know what is happening in US education, particularly school level education, this could be the one to visit. Covers a very wide range of topics. USA.
  • Education in the Age of Globalisation
    Yong Zhao. ‘Creative, Entrepreneurial, and Global : 21st Century Education’. USA.
  • Edutopia
    ‘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. If you have any thoughts or comments about these articles, please don’t hesitate to let us know’. USA.
  • Eduwells – Education futures and learning how to learn
    ‘I provide professional development in both pedagogy and technology and speak on matters of future focused education. Thanks for visiting and appreciating my work’. New Zealand.
  • Future of Education
    A blog with a number of contributors covering multiple topics related to education in the UK. Everything from Exam Boards to ‘Education reform is more than a question of what’. UK.
  • Inside Higher Ed
    ‘Source for news, opinion and jobs for all aspects of higher education. We’ve got what you need to thrive in your job or find a better one : breaking news and feature stories’. USA.
  • Intercepts – A listening post monitoring public education and teachers’ unions.
    Education Intelligence Agency. ‘EIA provides quick, accurate information concerning the public education establishment. This is done through daily blog updates and weekly e-mail communiqués containing the latest news and inside information about public education and teachers’ unions’.
  • IOE Blog
    ‘Expert opinion from academics at the UCL Institute of Education [IOE], the UK’s world-leading centre for education and social science research’. UK.
  • Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice
    ‘Major research interests focus on the history of curriculum and instruction, educational leadership, school reform and the uses of technology in classrooms’. USA.
  • Learning is Messy
    Now back after retiring and ready to continue with a blog that was widely recognised and acclaimed.
  • My Learning - George Couros
    ‘Stories of learning and leading ’. Previously listed under a different title. Canada.
  • Schools Matter
    ‘Explores issues in public education policy, and it advocates for a commitment to and a re-examination of the democratic purposes of schools’. USA.
  • Teacher Talk
    “EFL Classroom 2.0”. ‘When 1 teaches, 2 learn’. USA.
  • The Answer Sheet
    ‘School Survival Guide for parents [and everyone else]. The Washington Post’. USA.
  • The Edvocate
    If you’re interested [or just working in] special education you might well find the contents of this blog interesting. USA.
  • The Grade [Alexander Russo]
    Original and other selected commentary, particularly based around the concept of commentary about commentary from other sources. USA.
  • UK Education - Microsoft
    Replaces the previous schools blog they used to have. Concentrates on various technological aspects. UK.

Link Portals

  • 100 Best Library Blogs For Suckers
    Includes blogs from around the world [including Australia].
  • 52 Education Blogs You Should Follow
    ‘If you are a teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why ? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education’. TeachThought. USA.
  • Teach100
    ‘Teach100 ranks and scores hundreds of education blogs. Check out the top 100 and beyond to stay up to date on what people are talking about in the education space’. USA.
  • Top 100 Education Blogs [OEDb]
    ‘Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of all of the great education blogs out there. Also note this list is not ranked but is ordered alphabetically within each topic. Blog Topics are E-Learning, Education News, Education Policy, Internet Culture, Learning, Library and Research, Specialty, Teaching and Technology’. USA.
  • Top 100 Education Blogs for Educators and Teachers
    ‘The Best Education blogs from thousands of top Education blogs in our index using search and social metrics’. Feedspot. USA.

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Education Podcasts

Australian

Individual Sites

  • ‎Education Transformation
    ‘A fortnightly podcast that focuses upon high-performance adult educator practice, educational leadership and education within international development. The episodes are broad and varied and look at a wide range of adult education practices along with guest speakers to enrich the program’s discussions. This is a podcast for new and experienced adult educators as well educational managers’.
  • Fizzics Education
    Education with a science twist.
  • Teachers’ Education Review
    ‘The Australian podcast for teachers that bridges the gap between research, policy and practice’.
  • Meet The Education Researcher
    ‘Emerging issues and the latest ideas from across the world of education research. Hear from a range of academics about their current research work in schools, universities and beyond. Hosted by Neil Selwyn from Monash University, Australia’.
  • Teachers’ Education Review
    ‘The Australian podcast for teachers that bridges the gap between research, policy and practice ’.
  • Teach Podcast
    ‘Teach, a South Australian podcast about teaching and learning. This series is an open discussion about life as an educator and the best educational approaches to drive quality learning. You’ll hear from expert teachers and inspiring school leaders who have tried, failed and triumphed and have the scars and gold stars to show for it’.
  • The Early Education Show
    ‘Lisa, Leanne and Liam discuss the policy and politics of young children and early learning in Australia each week’.
  • The Every Student Podcast
    ‘A series of conversations with educators who are delivering quality teaching and learning to improve opportunities for every student in their care’. Education NSW.
  • The Future of Education [KPMG Australia]
    ‘As the world changes rapidly, so too must Australia’s education ecosystem to ensure that our students are ready for anything. Our podcast series brings you the key issues facing the tertiary education system in Australia’.
  • Vocational Voices
    ‘The official podcast of the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. Listen to leading experts discuss current trends in vocational education and training. Listen, follow and subscribe via your favourite podcast apps’.
  • What now ? What next ? …
    Insights into Australia’s tertiary education sector. ‘Claire Field talks with leaders and experts from within the Australian tertiary education sector and across the global ed-tech sector’. Also available here.
  • ‎Wow in the World
    ‘The #1 podcast for kids and their grown-ups. Hosts Mindy Thomas and Guy Raz share stories about the latest news in science, technology, and innovation. Stories that give kids hope, agency and make us all say “WOW”!’

Link Portals

International

Individual Sites

  • 2¢ Worth
    “Teaching & Learning in the new information landscape …” . David Warlick. USA.
  • Cult of Pedagogy
    This is the podcast, but the writers also have a blog and video. Their introduction is “If you can’t stop talking about teaching [even during happy hour] … If you buy teaching books with your own money and wake up in the middle of the night with lesson ideas … Welcome home, friend. This place was built for you”. USA.
  • Dangerously Irrelevant
    ‘Ruminations on technology, leadership, and the future of our schools’. USA.
  • EdQuarter Presents : The Education Station
    ‘Join us for our captivating weekly podcast where we discuss the sector’s hottest topics. From government policy and parental pressures to remote learning and cybersecurity, we explore the ins and outs of education with leaders from across the edtech scene, as well as higher and independent education’. UK.
  • Ed’s not Dead
    ‘Every week, Ed’s Not Dead tackles the hottest education issues of the day, including the charter school movement, how to promote equity in schools, federal and state policy debates and teacher strikes. We interview education leaders like American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and author Zaretta Hammond. We offer Betsy DeVos constructive feedback. And we nerd out on pedagogy and school organisational structure’. USA.
  • Education Bookcast
    ‘Education Bookcast is a podcast principally for teachers and parents who would like to know more about education. We cover one education-related book or article each episode, going over the key points, placing it in context, and making connections with other ideas, topics and authors’.
  • Education Evolution
    Podcast Episodes. ‘Founded by Maureen O’Shaughnessy, Education Evolution is designed to start the conversation to transform the education system of today. Alternative education strategies including working with parents and colleagues, classroom management, lesson planning, activities, games and more’. USA.
  • Grammar Girl, Quick & Dirty Tips
    ‘Grammar Girl provides short, friendly tips to improve your writing. Grammar Girl makes complex grammar questions simple with memory tricks to help you recall and apply those troublesome grammar rules’. USA
  • Inside Education - a podcast for educators interested in teaching
    ‘An Irish perspective on education for all who value teaching’. Ireland.
  • Modern Education Movement
    ‘On our podcast, we shine a light on education solutions for the modern age, so parents wanting a better alternative to traditional education can make confident, informed choices. We interview knowledge experts on topics like financial literacy, mindset, and differently wired kids. We also have a lot of fun talking with parents and kids who share their unique inspiring stories about their own learning path’. Canada.
  • Stanford on iTunes U
    ‘Stanford on iTunes U is an archive of audio and video content from schools, departments and programs across the university available to the public, including course lectures, faculty presentations, event highlights, music performances and more’. Previously listed under the title of Stanford on iTunes. USA.
  • TeachThought - We Grow Teachers
    Listen, Think, Learn. ‘TeachThought is a global network for educators, working to answer our Mission Question : How can we help educators better prepare learners for the modern world ?’ USA.
  • ‎TED Talks Education
    ‘What should future schools look like ? How do brains learn ? Some of the world’s greatest educators, researchers, and community leaders share their stories and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on TED.com ’. International.
  • ‎The Education Gadfly Show
    ‘For more than 15 years, the Fordham Institute has been hosting a weekly podcast, The Education Gadfly Show. Each week, you’ll get lively, entertaining discussions of recent education news, usually featuring Fordham’s Mike Petrilli and David Griffith. Then the wise Amber Northern will recap a recent research study’.

Link Portals

  • 31 Best Educational Podcasts to Learn Something New in 2021
    ‘We share with you 31 of the most informational and inspiring podcasts that can help you learn something new. No matter what you want to learn - general knowledge, science, finance, history, personal development - we have you covered’.
  • Best 50 Educational Podcasts
    October 2021. ‘This is a list of Education podcasts. They are ranked by traffic rank, social media followers, domain authority and freshness’. A number of these are already listed on this page.
  • TeacherTube
    ‘We seek to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners’.

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Education Tweets

Australian

Individual Sites

  • Dan Haesler
    @danhaesler. ‘Trying to do my bit to enhance Engagement, Leadership & Wellbeing in Education’.
  • Eddie Woo
    @misterwootube. ‘Mathematics teacher @NSWEducation; Leader @MathsGrowthTeam; Education Ambassador @Sydney_Uni; Author @WWWofMaths; Videos at http:// youtube.com/misterwootube’.
  • EduTweetOz
    @EduTweetOz. ‘Showcasing a different Australian educator every week’.
  • Eleni Kyritsis
    @misskyritsis. ‘2017 ACCE Australian Educator of the Year. Deputy Head of Junior School. Founder @TeachTechPlay’.
  • Judy O’Connell
    @heyjudeonline. ‘Educator, learner, blogger, librarian, technology girl, author and consultant. Playing in higher education. Innovation for life’.
  • Roger Pryor
    @pryorcommitment. ‘Educator, speaker, blogger & musician fascinated by the ability we have via social media to Connect, Collaborate, Design & then Create other ways to do things’.
  • Stephen Harris
    @Stephen_H. ‘Passionate about innovative learning. Founding Director SCIL.

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International

Individual Sites

  • Alfie Kohn
    @alfiekohn. ‘Author and lecturer on topics in education, parenting, and human behaviour’. USA.
  • Chronicle
    @chronicle. ‘The Chronicle of Higher Education - The leading news source for higher education’. USA.
  • Diane Ravitch
    @DianeRavitch. ‘I write about education. I blog at dianeravitch.net’. USA.
  • Discovery Education
    @DiscoveryEd. ‘Supporting teachers by bringing the world of Discovery into classrooms to ignite students’ natural curiosity’. USA.
  • Dr. Catlin Tucker
    @Catlin_Tucker. ‘I love learning ! International Trainer, Blended Learning Coach, Keynote Speaker and Bestselling Author. Expertise : Blended Learning and Online Learning’.
  • EdReal
    @Ed_Realist. ‘No Dewey-eyed dreamers here’. You can also access a second viewing of it at educationrealist.wordpress.com. USA.
  • Education Week
    @educationweek. ‘American education’s newspaper and website of record’. USA.
  • Educators Rising
    @EducatorsRising. ‘We’re a national network of inspired, rising educators, starting in high school. Are you ready to change the world ? There’s power in teaching’. USA.
  • HETL Portal
    @hetlportal. ‘Advancing the scholarship and practice of higher education teaching and learning’. USA.
  • Larry Ferlazzo
    @Larryferlazzo. ‘High School teacher - ELL, English, Social Studies, IB; Author or Editor of 12 books; podcast host; Education Week teacher advice columnist’. USA
  • OECD Education [EduSkills]
    @OECD_EduSkills. ‘Work on education and skills provides policymakers with the information they need to improve the quality of education worldwide’. France.
  • Randi Weingarten
    @rweingarten. ‘American Federation of Teachers President, committed to improving schools’. USA.
  • Robert J. Marzano
    @robertjmarzano. ‘For 50 years, Dr. Marzano has translated educational research and theory into practical strategies for educators’. USA.
  • School Duggery
    @SchoolDuggery. ‘Keeping an independent eye on schools and education. Less likely to agree with you than you might assume. Ofsted rated “Tenacious”’. UK.
  • Sir Ken Robinson
    @SirKenRobinson. ‘The more complex the world becomes, the more creative we need to be to meet its challenges’. UK.
  • UKEdChat
    @UKEdChat. ‘ UKEdChat is an open community of educators who share teaching ideas via online discussions, videos, downloadable resources, articles, magazines, podcasts and conferences, all completely free’. UK.
  • Vicki Davis
    @coolcatteacher. ‘Best teacher blog winner, co-founder @flatclassroom - called the Wikinator by my students, author’. USA.

Link Portals

  • 40 Essential Education and Teacher Twitter accounts and Hashtags for 2021
    ‘Twitter is a marvellous tool for all sorts of hobbies, niches and industries. Education is no exception. If you’re a teacher on Twitter, a whole world of tips and insight from education thought leaders, organisations and fellow teachers is at your feet’. UK.
  • 44 Education Twitter Chats Worth Your Time [ISTE]
    ‘To get you started, check out this list of 41 education chats curated by the ISTE community, organised by chat type. If you don’t find something for you on this list, check #EDUChatList, which hosts an easy to use list of chats happening each day’. USA.
  • 50 Of The Best Education Accounts On Twitter
    ‘Which are the best education accounts on twitter to follow ? Whether you agree with what the following leaders and leading resources included, they still exert influence over the education industry. Give them a follow and use them to discover even more names and faces currently shaping schools across the world’.

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Other Information

Creating a Blog

  • Class Blog [Digital Technologies Hub AU]
    ‘Students unpack elements of English and Digital Technologies and investigate the concept, purpose and critical features of a good blog’. Curriculum Links, Assessment and multiple Learning Sequence steps.
  • Classroom Blogs : …
    Educational Free Blog Sites for Students and Teachers. If you’re thinking of setting up a blog for your class, here’s your guide to getting started with educational blogs for students free and paid’.
  • Create a blog
    ‘ Create a blog and share your voice in minutes. WordPress.com makes it easy for you to start your own blog. Signup for free to start sharing your ideas’.
  • Blogs & Websites For Education
    ‘By educators, for educators. We are the oldest and most trusted web publishing platform for teachers and students’. USA.
  • How to Start a Blog
    A Really Simple Beginners Guide for 2021. A step by step tutorial showing you how to create a stunning blog in just 20 minutes’
  • How to Start a Blog in 2021
    ‘A free Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide to create a blog in 20 minutes’.
  • How to Start a Blog : The Complete Beginner’s Guide 2021
    ‘Do you want to learn how to start a blog ? To save you time, I’ve created this free step-by-step blog tutorial to teach beginners how to make a blog quickly and easily. It’s not as complicated as many people think’.
  • How to Start a Blog – The Definitive Guide for Beginners
    ‘I’m going to show you the exact steps you need to follow to set up a blog, no technical skills required. Don’t worry - I’ll walk you through every step with lots of screenshots and answer all your questions in the comments’.
  • TeachersFirst : More Blog Ideas for the Classroom
    Safety First [be sure to read this !]; Lots of Ideas; Teacher as Blogger’. These are just the first of the points to follow. Use the arrows at the bottom of the menu box to go on to find a range of others. Also be sure to check the menu on the left for many other options within this general area.
  • Using Blogs in the Classroom
    Sweetland Centre for Writing, University of Michigan. Several PDF downloads on specific aspects, plus text presentation all relevant parts of the process.

Creating a Podcast

Creating a Twitter Feed

  • Educational Hashtags Index
    Updated site from a previous inclusion for reasons you will note from the section at the top. Sign in through Google.. USA.
  • Eight Videos to Help Teachers Get Started Using Twitter
    ‘Videos to help teachers get started with using Twitter. The idea is to make them short and to the point and provide specific instructions on how teachers can use Twitter’. A little dated but still relevant. USA.
  • Nanci’s Blog
    ‘This page contains videos and other resources related to using Twitter for educational purposes. Ideas, Teacher Tips, Guidebook, Hashtags, Hashtags you should know, Videos’ and more.
  • Twitter for Teachers
    ‘The presentation provides an in-depth overview of the micro-blogging, social media tool, Twitter. Twitter is a great source of professional development and collaboration to add to your personal learning network. The links to the tips, tricks, tools, research, and other items included in the presentation are listed below’. Site last updated 27 September 2020. Kathy Schrock. USA.

Other Options

  • Facebook Guide for Educators
    ‘The guide is aimed at educators working with young people within schools, colleges, universities, work based learning, formal and informal learning settings. It looks at the way in which Facebook can be used’. Created by an education think tank in the UK.
  • Social Media for Teachers : Guides, Resources, and Ideas [Edutopia]
    ‘It can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many grey areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety. But to help teachers navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here are some of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest’.
  • Starting an educational channel on YouTube
    ‘Take your knowledge and passion for a subject beyond the classroom, boardroom, or your drawing board and share with audiences worldwide’.

Other Things to Consider

In addition to the following, you should also check the links found in the CyberSafety section of the Australian Sites on the Technology and Design Resources page.

  • Cyber Safety
    Internet Safety Tips To Stay Safe Online : InformED. ‘An Interactive Guide To Staying Safe On The Internet’.
  • eSafety Commissioner
    Provides information, advice and support for ‘Educators, Parents. Kids, Young People, Women, Seniors, Diverse Groups and also addresses a range of Key Issues’ related to staying safe online while still being able to benefit from the best of what is available. They also provide The eSafety Guide where you can ‘Learn about the latest games, apps and social media, including how to protect your information and report inappropriate content’.
  • How to Be Safe on the Internet [with Internet Safety Rules]
    ‘The Internet is a huge part of many people’s everyday lives. It’s fun, useful, and informative, but can also be dangerous, no matter how safe you feel while browsing. By getting into the habit of using good Internet safety practices, you can protect your information and your identity for years to come’. WikiHow.
  • Online Safety
    A wide range of information about all aspects of remaining safe when online. Addresses all groups and includes links to additional information including areas covered on this page.
  • Playing IT Safe [How to stay safe online]
    ‘Helping parents, carers and educators teach young children how to stay safe online’.
  • Social Media Policy [NSW]
    ‘Developed to provide department employees with standards of use as they engage in conversations or interactions using digital media for official, professional and personal use’. Last updated in September 2020. Other state and territories would have similar documents.

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