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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/ :-)

  • http://teaching.mrstacey.org.uk Dave Stacey

    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)

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Dave – I’ve added you to Sociology. :-) As for Nick, I was *going* to add him, but he doesn’t so much blog as showcase work (http://www.nickafrancis.co.uk), no? I’ve added him anyway. :-)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Dave – I've added you to Sociology. :-) As for Nick, I was *going* to add him, but he doesn't so much blog as showcase work (http://www.nickafrancis.co.uk), no? I've added him anyway. :-)

  • http://www.moodleblog.org mary

    and… Alan Parkinson, another serious geographer and serial bloggerhttp://geographyjazz.blogspot.com/

  • Anonymous

    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!

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      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!

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Mary, have added both! :-)

  • http://web.mac.com/jenpilgrim Jenny Moon

    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!

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Jenny, I’ve added Amanda and Wendy. :-D

  • http://web.mac.com/jenpilgrim Jenny Moon

    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 Announcementshttp://web.mac.com/ramitchellelementary/iWeb/Si…..Thanks for sharing your finds with me!

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Jenny, I've added Amanda and Wendy. :-D

  • http://www.apaceofchange.com Damian

    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!

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Damian – I’ve added you! :-)

  • http://teaching.mrstacey.org.uk Dave Stacey

    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)

  • http://www.moodleblog.org mary

    Rob Chambers St Ivo school – geography AST – has even more blogs and sites than me! http://igeog.wordpress.com/ for one

  • nstone

    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!

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    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!

  • http://www.apaceofchange.com Damian

    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!

  • http://www.daviderogers.blogspot.com David Rogers

    Hi Doug, have been following your blog for a while now so it must be time to contribute!

    Would recommend Ollie Bray for Geography and general – he has a good way of making new technologies accessible http://www.olliebray.com

    David Rogers

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      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…)

  • http://www.daviderogers.blogspot.com David Rogers

    Hi Doug, have been following yo for a while now so it must be time t contribute!

    I would recommend Ollie Bray who is North of the border. He is Geography / general and has an excellent way of making new technologies accessible

    http://www.olliebray.com

    Thanks David

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Damian – I've added you! :-)

  • http://www.daviderogers.blogspot.com David Rogers

    Hi Doug, have been following your blog for a while now so it must be time to contribute!Would recommend Ollie Bray for Geography and general – he has a good way of making new technologies accessible http://www.olliebray.comDavid Rogers

  • http://fizzics.edublogs.org Sinclair Mackenzie

    Doug, a few additions for you, all Scottish of course!Val Vannet teaches Geography at the High School of Dundee and blogs at http://www.gmpay.blogspot.com/Ollie Bray (Geography/SLT) @olliebray & olliebray.comTessa Watson Biology (although currently on secondment) tessawatson.com Alan Stewart (ICT/SEN in Highland Education Service) atss.wordpress.com

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    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…)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    But of course, Sinclair! Thanks for those additions. :-)

  • atstewart

    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.

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    I've put it in the context of my school for ease-of-use, but thanksfor the clarification, Alan. :-)

  • http://pdonaghy.edublogs.org Patricia Donaghy

    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

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Patricia – I’ll take a look! :-)

  • http://pdonaghy.edublogs.org Patricia Donaghy

    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

  • http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk Danny Nicholson

    Happy to help! And yes, you’ve put me under the right subject!

  • http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk Danny Nicholson

    Happy to help! And yes, you've put me under the right subject!

  • http://blankpageislay.blogspot.com/ andywallis

    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

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Andy, I’ll add you in! :-)

  • http://blankpageislay.blogspot.com/ andywallis

    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

  • http://gwegner.edublogs.org/ Graham Wegner

    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.

  • http://booruch.libsyn.com David Noble

    Hi Doug

    The ScotEduBlogs aggregator (partly organised by John Johnston) allows you to search listed blogs by tag at http://www.scotedublogs.org.uk/blogs?new_filter=true.

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Excellent! Thanks David.

  • http://booruch.libsyn.com David Noble

    Hi DougThe ScotEduBlogs aggregator (partly organised by John Johnston) allows you to search listed blogs by tag at http://www.scotedublogs.org.uk/blogs?new_filter…...

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Patricia – I'll take a look! :-)

  • Jackie Blackman

    Hi Doug,

    Jackie Blackman

    Religious Studies

    http://rsteacher.edublogs.com (although it is really only for resources)

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks for that Jackie – it’s the contact details that are important
      (which you get through a blog!)

  • Jackie Blackman

    Hi Doug,Jackie BlackmanReligious Studieshttp://rsteacher.edublogs.com (although it is really only for resources)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks for that Jackie – it's the contact details that are important(which you get through a blog!)

  • http://wiredup.edublogs.org Wendy

    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

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Whoops! I’ve amended Darren’s entry. Glad you found this post useful – I’ll keep adding to it!

  • http://wiredup.edublogs.org Wendy

    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

  • http://tracyrosen.com TracyRosen

    Special Education -> Elona Hartjes of http://teachersatrisk.com

    Maths ->Mr. D of http://www.teachforever.com/

    • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

      Thanks Tracy, I’ve added Elona, but not adding anonymous bloggers…

  • http://tracyrosen.com TracyRosen

    Special Education -> Elona Hartjes of http://teachersatrisk.comMaths ->Mr. D of http://www.teachforever.com/

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Andy, I'll add you in! :-)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Excellent! Thanks David.

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Tracy, I've added Elona, but not adding anonymous bloggers…

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Whoops! I've amended Darren's entry. Glad you found this post useful – I'll keep adding to it!

  • http://tracyrosen.com TracyRosen

    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.

  • http://tracyrosen.com TracyRosen

    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.

  • http://www.teachersatrisk.com Elona Hartjes

    Doug,
    Thanks for adding my name to your list, but especially thanks for creating the list. It will be such a valuable resource.

  • http://www.teachersatrisk.com Elona Hartjes

    Doug,Thanks for adding my name to your list, but especially thanks for creating the list. It will be such a valuable resource.

  • http://www.edutwist.com/elin Sharon Elin

    What a wonderful idea to group blogs by subject specialty! Thank you for this.

  • http://www.edutwist.com/elin Sharon Elin

    What a wonderful idea to group blogs by subject specialty! Thank you for this.

  • http://www.topgeography.com Jon Eynon

    Heya – Jon Eynon (UK) http://www.topgeography.com

  • http://www.topgeography.com Jon Eynon

    Heya – Jon Eynon (UK) <a href="http://www.topgeography.com” target=”_blank”>www.topgeography.com

  • http://www.topgeography.com Jon Eynon

    heya! TopGeography.com will be useful over the coming year or two!

  • http://www.topgeography.com Jon Eynon

    heya! TopGeography.com will be useful over the coming year or two!

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  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    Thanks Mary, have added both! :-)

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    But of course, Sinclair! Thanks for those additions. :-)

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • http://dougbelshaw.com Doug Belshaw

    I’ve put it in the context of my school for ease-of-use, but thanks
    for the clarification, Alan. :-)