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Help me fill in the gaps.

I need your help.

As I’ve already mentioned several times here already, next year I’m going to have the role of E-learning Staff Tutor at my school. This involves having a reduced timetable and spending time raising what I would term the ‘digital literacy’ of the teachers in my school.

To do this, I need examples of folks within their discipline who are using educational technology and Web 2.0 tools successfully. Whilst I could point people towards/use the International Edubloggers directory, there’s the problems of a) not everyone (including me) is on there, and b) I don’t ‘know’ them – and therefore can’t introduce others to them. Plus, I much prefer recommendations! :-)

Below is a list of the subjects taught in my school.* Next to them I’ve filled in the names of those that teach that subject who I follow on Twitter. I may have missed some out if I’m not entirely sure what they teach or if they’re a consultant.

I’d like to leverage the ‘power of the network’ to fill in the blanks so I can expand my network and make it more ’rounded’. In turn, I hope this will become a valuable resource for those in similar positions to me! Individuals in italics have been suggested in the comments section.

If you’ve got an individual to add to the list, please give their name, location and blog/wiki/Twitter/whatever URL. :-D

If I’ve got something wrong – your name(!) or your subject, please let me know ASAP so I can change it. :-p

So they don’t feel left out, there’s a host of primary school teachers doing amazing things, such as Al Upton (Australia), Amanda Rogers (USA), Brian Crosby (USA), Clarence Fisher (Canada), Doug Noon (Alaska, USA), Graham Wegner (Australia), John Johnston (Scotland), Jo Rhys-Jones (England), Lisa Stevens (England), Mark Ahlness (USA), Mark Warner (England), Steve Kirkpatrick (England), Tom Barrett (England), Wendy Goodwin (USA). Even members of Senior Leadership Teams around the world blog! For example, Chris Lehmann (USA)

The edublogosphere is also full of those hard-to-define characters who have job titles/roles such as ‘E-Learning Director’, ‘Technology Specialist’, ‘Digital Curriculum Co-ordinator’, and so on. Don’t worry – I’ve got something for YOU coming in the near future! :-D

*There are some subjects taught in my school because it’s a specialist Engineering school that you don’t tend to find much elsewhere. These (Catering, Construction, Engineering) I’ve left out – but I very much welcome links if you can find them! :-)

(Image credit: Bullseye by raspberreh @ Flickr)

Update: RSS feeds from above blogs collated thanks to Grazr here: http://elearnr.edublogs.org/links/ :-)

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  1. Hi Doug,

    Good idea this, it may prove very useful next year for me as well. It’s just been confirmed that Nick Francis and I have got 4 hours each per fortnight to do something similar to you.

    I’m back teaching Sociology next year, so you can add me to that as well if you want. And Nick is a D&T teacher who I’m sure will happily share his ideas! (@nicfranc on twitter)

  2. Hi Doug,
    You’re welcome to add me on as another ICT example – I’ll certainly be using your list, I was planning to look for a list of blogs for various subjects and you’ve just done it for me! I hope in a year we’ll have loads of our colleagues to add to the list!

    • Daniel, Twitter seems to have randomly unsubscribed me from your Twitter feed. You’re not the only one it’s done that to! I do apologise and have added you, of course. :-)

      I too hope to be able to add some teachers from my school to the list in the near future!

  3. I know you are not at an Elementary School but I have a couple of teachers that are really doing some wonderful things with technology.

    Amanda Rogers – First Grade http://arogers.edublogs.org/
    I tell my high school teachers, if a first grade teacher can do this, you can too.

    Wendy Goodwin – Computer Lab – Elementary students Podcasts Morning Announcements
    http://web.mac.com/ramitchellelementary/iWeb/Site%205/Podcast/Podcast.html

    Thanks for sharing your finds with me!

  4. Thanks for including me on your list, Doug. You’ll find I’m a 2-for-1 value, as I am also a specialist-level certified school psychologist. You can list me under the SEN category as well as English.

    Jack of all trades, master of none, I suppose!

  5. Hi Doug,Good idea this, it may prove very useful next year for me as well. It's just been confirmed that Nick Francis and I have got 4 hours each per fortnight to do something similar to you. I'm back teaching Sociology next year, so you can add me to that as well if you want. And Nick is a D&T teacher who I'm sure will happily share his ideas! (@nicfranc on twitter)

  6. Hi Doug,You're welcome to add me on as another ICT example – I'll certainly be using your list, I was planning to look for a list of blogs for various subjects and you've just done it for me! I hope in a year we'll have loads of our colleagues to add to the list!

  7. Daniel, Twitter seems to have randomly unsubscribed me from your Twitter feed. You're not the only one it's done that to! I do apologise and have added you, of course. :-)I too hope to be able to add some teachers from my school to the list in the near future!

  8. Thanks for including me on your list, Doug. You'll find I'm a 2-for-1 value, as I am also a specialist-level certified school psychologist. You can list me under the SEN category as well as English.Jack of all trades, master of none, I suppose!

    • Hi David, thanks for following me and for your contribution. I really should have thought of Ollie – Sinclair and I interviewed him for a recent EdTechRoundup podcast! It’s just that he’s not on Twitter (I don’t think…)

  9. Hi David, thanks for following me and for your contribution. I really should have thought of Ollie – Sinclair and I interviewed him for a recent EdTechRoundup podcast! It's just that he's not on Twitter (I don't think…)

  10. Alan Stewart – Assistive Technology rather than old ICT/SEN label. More suited within an Additional Support Needs category (we don't use the SEN label anymore) than an ICT category.Useful listings, Doug keep it up.

  11. Hi Doug
    Thanks for the link to the Edublogger Directory. I am glad to see that many of the people you do mention are already on the Directory :-).

    I have picked up many contacts from the Directory that I would not have “know” but that have become part of my extended network and have enhanced it greatly.

    It is another way to share, especially through the community calendar, wiki and forum where every member can make their own individual contribution for the benefit of everyone.

    As well as that all of the members RSS feeds are collated and there is also a page showing the daily posts from members. All of this could provide another way for new recruits to dip into the edublogoshpere. Hope you don’t rule it out completely!

    Doug, I also hope that you will consider joining the Directory as well as those new “faces” that you have recommended :-).

    Thanks
    Patricia Donaghy – Edublogger Directory

  12. Hi DougThanks for the link to the Edublogger Directory. I am glad to see that many of the people you do mention are already on the Directory :-). I have picked up many contacts from the Directory that I would not have "know" but that have become part of my extended network and have enhanced it greatly. It is another way to share, especially through the community calendar, wiki and forum where every member can make their own individual contribution for the benefit of everyone. As well as that all of the members RSS feeds are collated and there is also a page showing the daily posts from members. All of this could provide another way for new recruits to dip into the edublogoshpere. Hope you don't rule it out completely!Doug, I also hope that you will consider joining the Directory as well as those new "faces" that you have recommended :-). ThanksPatricia Donaghy – Edublogger Directory

  13. Hi Doug

    If you want another English teacher, then count me in. I teach at Islay High School and therefore work with digital literacy on a daily basis with all my classes. I’m also working on a collaborative wiki venture with Neil Winton. Let me know if I can be of assistance.

    Andy

    Twitter addy: andywallis

  14. Hi DougIf you want another English teacher, then count me in. I teach at Islay High School and therefore work with digital literacy on a daily basis with all my classes. I'm also working on a collaborative wiki venture with Neil Winton. Let me know if I can be of assistance.AndyTwitter addy: andywallis

  15. Doug, shaking out all of the primary (elementary) school based edubloggers out of my aggregator here into this comment . Here goes -Mark Ahlness, Seattle, USA – http://www.halcyon.com/arborhts/mahlness/index.ht… Brian Crosby, Nevada, USA – http://learningismessy.com/blogChrissy Hellyer, NZ – http://teachingsagittarian.edublogs.org/Helen Otway, Victoria, Australia – http://helenotway.edublogs.org/Kathy Cassidy, Canada – http://primarypreoccupation.wordpress.com/Lisa Parisi, USA – http://lisaslingo.blogspot.com/Lynne Crowe, NZ – http://lynnetai.edublogs.org/Rachel Boyd, NZ – http://rachelboyd.blogspot.com/Hope that list is helpful in building out your network. And I'm also one of those edubloggers who is yet to add his name to the Edublogger Directory.

  16. Hi Doug,

    Just wanted to point out that Darren Kuropatwa is Canadian, not American. Great post. I am a technology mentor in New Brunswick, Canada and will be collecting these blogs as well for the teachers in my District

  17. Hi Doug,Just wanted to point out that Darren Kuropatwa is Canadian, not American. Great post. I am a technology mentor in New Brunswick, Canada and will be collecting these blogs as well for the teachers in my District

  18. Elona’s is a wonderful resource, I’m glad you added her! I’ve bookmarked this list. Next year (in a month!) I will be teaching a slew of new courses as a core teacher in an alternative program at the high school level. I will certainly be needing the support these bloggers can provide.
    Thanks.

  19. Elona's is a wonderful resource, I'm glad you added her! I've bookmarked this list. Next year (in a month!) I will be teaching a slew of new courses as a core teacher in an alternative program at the high school level. I will certainly be needing the support these bloggers can provide.Thanks.

  20. Alan Stewart – Assistive Technology rather than old ICT/SEN label. More suited within an Additional Support Needs category (we don’t use the SEN label anymore) than an ICT category.

    Useful listings, Doug keep it up.