A lot of teachers ask me how I stay current and up-to-date in online teaching: best practices, standards, new technologies, the list goes on. Well, in addition to attending conferences, reading books and journals, I use these free internet resources:
- First, I subscribe to the daily news at Distance-educator.com. This quick email gives me highlights of the latest news in distance learning.
- Second, I subscribe to the Pew Internet Reports. These research reports are fascinating and give trends on usage of internet technologies. If you want to know what’s hip, what’s happening and current, subscribe!
- Third, I’m a blogger. I like to read a variety of blogs in educational technology, and use Google Reader as my RSS aggregator. Don’t know about RSS aggregators? Basically, Google Reader allows me to subscribe to multiple blogs and all the daily entries show up in my browser–saves me time having to click around from blog to blog. Also, check out Google’s Blog search tool to find blogs of interest to you.
- Fourth, I created the Center for Online Educators as a home for all the information I collect! I’m so happy to be able to share those resources in a centralized location for other online teachers.