I chose to look at the iLearn Technology blog. This is a blog for educators about how to integrate technology into the classroom. This blog was created by Kelly Tenkely. She spent a year as a 2nd grade teacher, 7 years as a k-5 technology specialist/teacher, and 5 years as a technology integration specialist. While she no longer is in the classroom, she still works with technology and education.
This blog offers various websites that can be used in the classroom as a way of incorporating technology into students learning. Each post contains a website, as well as a description of what it is, how to integrate it into the classroom environment, as well as some tips.
I found this really interesting and helpful. A lot of times I feel like I have all of these cool apps and things that I can use in the classroom but I just don’t know how. This blog really helps to clear that up. Kelly gives you her own idea of how to use it in lessons but you can of course come up with your own ideas as well. I feel that sometimes all you need is that little spark of inspiration that can get you going and really thinking about how you can use something.
The way this blog is laid out is really simple and easy to navigate. Within each post she has a bolded header saying “What is it”, “How to integrate [name of the program] into the classroom”, and “tips”. There are plenty of links to what she is talking about so it makes things easy and you don’t have to look all over the place to find out what she is talking about. There are also lots of visuals included so readers can see what things are supposed to look like.