Add These to Your Reading List
It’s not just student learning that’s going digital. More and more professional learning resources for teachers are moving online. In fact, many popular print publications for educators, such as District Administration and Tech & Learning, now have digital versions. But other professional development periodicals are only available online, which means some may be overshadowed by flagship publications or just lost in the massive wave of information that the Internet offers.
Don’t let good resources go to waste! Take a look at the following list of online publications you should be reading – some for administrators and some for teachers.
- AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice
This quarterly journal from the School Superintendents Association focuses on research and best practices for educational administration. The journal is refereed and blind-reviewed. Issues tend to carry research articles, a commentary, and an occasional book review.
Current and past issues are readily available; just click on the relevant link. However, if you want older issues (2004 to 2007), you’ll have to click on the older issues link.
- ASCD e-Newsletters
Chances are you know about ASCD’s flagship publication, Educational Leadership (which has also has a digital version and its own app), but what about ASCD’s e-newsletters?
The one you’re most likely to know about is ASCD Express, the association’s free bi-monthly e-newsletter. It’s a resource for articles, tips, and videos on education practices and strategies like classroom management, differentiated instruction, formative assessment, and instructional leadership. The articles are written by experts and fellow educators. (You can submit articles for consideration, too). You will have to create an account to subscribe, but that will give you access to the e-newsletter’s archives.
In addition, you can sign up for the ASCD SmartBrief, a daily news service that provides brief summaries of top articles on news and trends, handpicked from hundreds of publications, and links back to the original sources.
Finally, if you’re interested in federal policies and the latest national reports and research, you can join Educator Advocates and receive the weekly e-newsletter Capitol Connection. This newsletter reports on federal rulings, findings on the state of U.S. education, and actions by advocacy groups. You can also access its archives at no cost.
- EdSurge Site and e-Newsletters
EdSurge describes itself as “the leading edtech news & information resource for educators, entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers.” Think of it as an e-newspaper site with news, event info, product reviews, and even job postings for positions in educational institutions and edtech companies. You can subscribe to its weekly newsletters: EdSurge Innovate (for educational technology) and EdSurge Instruct (for educators).
- EdTech Digest
This daily e-newsletter shares links to new posts on the associated blog. Posts include interviews with industry figures, guest posts on current trends and issues, “cool tools” features, and interesting programs/projects that use technology to deliver education in innovative ways. Their mission is to “inspire learners and leaders everywhere, to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of, to reshape the education culture and to create a new and better future for students.”
- Education Dive
You can opt for the free daily e-publications Ed Dive: K12 or Ed Dive: Higher Ed to get a quick, mobile-friendly view of the top industry headlines, as well as original analysis. The website boasts that its news stories and feature articles provide "a bird’s-eye-view of the Education industry in 60 seconds."
If you don’t have the time to sit down at a computer or laptop, you can download the Education Dive app from the App Store or Google Play, so you can get your 60 seconds’ worth on the go.
- Hechinger Report
The Hechinger Report is a nonprofit news organization that is focused on producing in-depth education journalism, including investigative reporting and detailed analysis.
- The Journal of Research in Rural Education
Published annually, the Journal of Research in Rural Education is a peer-reviewed, open access e-journal that publishes book reviews and scholarly research on issues related to rural education. The journal makes subscribing super-easy. Just click on the subscribe button and it will send an email to staffers, who will add you to their subscriber list. You don’t even have to include a subject line or message text.
- The official journal of the National Rural Education Association, The Rural Educator is a peer-reviewed journal that’s published three times per year. It focuses on the impact of federal and state reform policies on rural schools, financial and other issues related to rural schools, and what they refer to as “promising practices.”
All past issues of The Rural Educator are available for review in the archives section.
- SmartBrief Education e-newsletters
We mentioned one SmartBrief e-newsletter in #2 on this list, but the media company publishes about 23 education-focused email newsletters, including the following:
- THE Journal Electronic Media
You probably subscribe to the digital version of THE Journal, but have you tried out any of these five newsletters?
THE News Update newsletter lands in email inboxes on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, bringing the latest news, announcements, and statistics on technology trends, tools, and usage for K-12 instruction, administration, and events. It also includes opinion pieces by leading technology experts.
IT Trends is a twice-monthly newsletter that provides features, opinions, news, and technical information for IT professionals working in K-12. Topics include networking, wireless, servers and virtualization, data security, big data, cloud computing, and more.
21st Century School shares weekly overviews of hardware, display devices, infrastructure, and interactive classroom technologies, as well as case studies.
K-12 Mobile Classroom is a monthly compendium of mobile-related news, information, and insights.
THE STEAM shines a monthly spotlight on K-12 STEM and STEM+Arts (STEAM) technologies, curriculum tools, trends, and best practices that power STEAM education. Issues also highlight exceptional school projects and programs.
These are our top 10 – do you have a favorite online publication that’s not on this list? Share your recommendations in the Comments.
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