Friday, October 15, 2010

RSS Feeds and Resources for ESL Teachers

A colleague of mine asked me the other day if I had ideas for resources (blogs and websites) that would be worth checking into. Here are a few resources I've come across recently that I check into regularly. If you have any additions, feel free to share them!

ASCD EDge is a professional networking community for teachers, primarily K-12 educators. (It's like Facebook for teachers.) Members create a profile page where they can post photos, videos, blogs, articles, comments, etc. to connect with colleagues in the ASCD EDge community. The membership is large, which provides great exposure to a large audience.

ASCD SmartBrief
ASCD SmartBrief is daily news for the education profession. ASCD identifies and compiles top stories for each day and compiles them into a newsletter format with links to the full articles. It's almost like an RSS feed already done for you.

Free Technology for Teachers
This blog provides free resources and lesson plans for teachers using technology. While this blog is not designed for ESOL teachers exclusively, I think there are many adaptations that can be made to fill these kinds of needs.

Randall's ESL Blog
This blog provides a venue for ESOL teachers and students to share thoughts, opinions, and ideas about learning English. A recently added feature to his blog includes English Voices, which allows students and teachers to share their thoughts via voice recording. Randall posts various topics, and visitors to the site respond using a microphone to record their thoughts.

What is on your RSS feed? Feel free to share additional resources that you think are valuable.

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