2 Cents Worth - Teaching & Learning in the Information Age Moving at the Speed of Creativity Mrs. Zana's Class Inside Higher Ed: Launched in 2004, this Washington DC-based daily online publication dishes daily news and analysis from college to university level in the US. You will find announcements about hiring and firing of college and university faculty and administrators and faculty. Blogs like ‘Confessions of a Community College Dean’ and ‘The Education of Oronte Churm’ hosted by the website are a treat to read. Free Technology for Teachers: The blogger has himself been a teacher for eight years and Richard Bryne is now hell-bent on sharing stuff that can help teachers make their classes interactive. The man sources his content from BBC and all over Google. The 10 pictures of Titanic no one has seen, for instance, must have made for an interesting history class. Teachers, please take notes.  MindShift: Launched by a journalist Tina Barseghian who is also the mother of a grade-schooler, this blog is another innovative step towards learning through technology. The special attention to the learning needs of the visually impaired is a unique initiative. Articles like five small habits to develop before going back to school is a perfect primer for people who want to get back to learning post a sabbatical.  Linking and thinking on education by Joanne Jacobs: A journalist for many years, Joanne Jacobs left the realms of reportage behind to start her blog in 2001, and has been an education blogger ever since. The website has a host of bloggers linked to them from the blogging community—Dropout nation, Edutopia blog, Flypaper, and the likes. Read loads of stuff on community college, mandatory volunteerism and a little bit of professor bashing too. The Thinking Stick: The blogger calls himself an educator, consultant and author. Started by Jeff Utecht, it is all about how to prepare students of the changing patterns in learning and brace the competition. With “Tech” in his name, this is another fresh take on infusing tech, with an addition of social networking, to learning better and faster in a more engaging way. Read his blog and know why one needs to teach children to use social network in studying. irrelevant: You can ask why the name, but that is not the main point of discussion here. You can go to the website to read that. This blog is aimed at helping resolve incongruities of K-12 students and school leaders. It features sections like podcasts and ‘5 questions’ to provided student engagement. What’s more, Dr Scott McLeod the curator of the website also blogs on education at the Huffington Post online. Flypaper: You will find tutorials, engaging commentary on pedagogy and theories along with productivity through with the use of technology in higher education. The website gives a voice to standards in major subjects and readies student for college or life after it.  This Week in Education:  Written by Alexander Russo, this Scholastic-based blog on education is a newsy take at some of the most important issues in education in the US today, in a pretty interesting way. There are posts on online education, live streams and don’t forget to catch the ‘Dora the Explorer’ movie trailer on afternoon videos. See what I mean! Geeky Momma’s Blog:Yet another blogging-mommy, Lee Kolbert the blog owner was a former teacher and manager of educational technology for her school district. Her website gives downloads and tips on social learning free of cost. Study skills blog: Did you know that music is great for concentration? Or that playing video games will improve your reflexes? Read such cool stuff here on this snazzy blog. It offers a few views from the administration in institutions along with other valuable study tips and insights on online classes, and even the fact that chewing gum can improve your memory. Chew on!