To begin my journey of finding teacher blogs to follow, I started with the blog suggestions from Katia from the lists of the best bloggers, but for some reason they weren't intriguing me. While trying to pinpoint why that was, I noticed all of the bloggers are from the US. Aha! I wanted to follow along with Canadian bloggers - those that are familiar with Canadian curriculum and its variations, those that know about Canadian residential school history, and those that know what Saskatchewan is..
So there I began, googling Canadian ed tech blogs.
This is where I had more success with results that interested me. I found bloggers near and far, from Winnipeg to Nova Scotia, to Quebec. This seemed like a better option.
Since I teach Middle Years, specifically grade 7-8, and that is my interest area, I don't really care about the primary years - playful learning, watching kids pick their noses and teaching how to do up a zipper aren't my jam. I would much prefer invigorating ideas and resources for higher elementary. From there, I looked for blogs with key words, such as, Canadian, Middle Years, education, technology, resources, engaging activities, work-life balance, etc.
I FOUND SO MANY!! Yay.
I wonder how all of these teachers make time to have a side gig like this..
I also thought it would be a good idea to look for blogs about DIYs, since that's what my learning project is all about - duh! Here's a look at some of them. I'm following 6 DIY blogs, which is just enough for me not to feel overwhelmed. This also ensures what Katia highlighted in class - online PLN are always on, but I don't always have to be on.
Stay tuned if I use any of those DIY blogs as inspiration.
Once I knew what blogs I wanted to follow, I made my Feedly account - take a peek! (Dark mode is the best mode.)
From all of the blogs that I scoured for, this is my favourite: eLearning Learning Daily
They post once a day, which I find is sometimes nice to have new items to look at. It bothers me when there's nothing new! It also seems as though eLearning Learning Daily takes related blog posts from other blogs and filters them to one spot; I like the variety. I'm still on the hunt for a good blog that provides free resources and activities. Pretty much I want a more intimate Teachers Pay Teachers.