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Just about a month ago, I proposed the idea of a blogging alliance between educational bloggers.  The response has been incredible.  To date there are 73 educators involved from around the world.  In this month of reading and commenting I have learned a great deal from these amazing men and women, I have built new friendships, and started new conversations.  It has truly been an incredible experience to have educators, passionate about learning, coming together to support each other.  If you are looking for some excellent educational blogs, may I recommend those in our alliance?  By clicking this link, you will be offered the opportunity to subscribe to the “bundle” of blogs in Google Reader.  All of the work has been done, all you have to do is subscribe!  Join us in this journey of learning, exploring, and sharing. The blogs range in topics and focus from k-12 and higher ed.  Even though I teach in the elementary school, I have found the blogs geared toward middle, high school and higher ed to be fantastic. I learn something new every day.

A few of the blogs are in Spanish or Portuguese, don’t let this stop you from reading them.  Google Reader makes it simple to translate a blog to your language with the click of a button.  As you are reading the blog, simply click on the “Feed Settings” button above the post and choose “translate to my language”.  That is it!  Even if you view the original blog to add a comment, Google Translate keeps the blog translated for you. How cool is that?!  There really are no boundaries to learning any more.

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  1. I have learned so much from reading the blogs that are a part of this alliance. I have also found great blogs that I would not have found any other way. Thanks Kelly!

  2. I must agree Kelly. Being part of the blog alliance has helped me and opened my eyes to a world of possibilities. Yes new friendships have been formed but also new networks of learning and sharing across the world. I feel very honoured to be a part of this.
    Thankyou for setting this up, and thankyou to everyone who agreed to be part of this wonderful, life learning experience. Not only for ourselves but more importantly for our students. I love reading about everyones ideas, thoughts and the sharing that is involved.

  3. Thanks for the suggestion! I’ll give the translator a try. I’ve enjoyed reading many of the blogs in the alliance. Thank you so much for setting this up! I try to comment on at least 5 posts a night.

  4. I have truly been blessed by this project, I feel selfish getting so much out of it for myself! I am glad to hear that others are benefiting as much as I am 🙂

  5. Don’t be modest about reaping the rewards for initiating such a great initiative. Have you read Seth Godin’s Tribes? People are waiting for someone to lead. And the benefits are great for all!

  6. I read your blog off and on and find it very enlightening. I have been trying to build my blog to help educators as well. The focus of the blog is on helping educators overcome their fear of integrating and using technology in the classroom. How can I become a more active member of the community and join the alliance?

  7. Thanks for adding me into the alliance – and your lovely comments on my blog. Already relishing the opportunity to connect with so many other ed blogs!

  8. Thank you for organising this. It is great being apart of a group who are willing to offer advice and feedback and are happy to share. I love it!

  9. As I said in my email…

    Thanks for creating the blogging alliance! I already feel that I have begun to network with different people and engage in conversation through blog comments. It’s wonderful to share thinking with other teacher/learners and feel connected in this way.

    Thanks so much again for your creativity, enthusiasm and commitment… all of which are infectious 🙂

  10. Thanks for allowing me to be part of the alliance. i know my blog isn’t strictly speaking an education blog, but I have readers who are both parents and teachers. Learning is something i am addicted to, so all these great new blogs are like a treasure trove.

  11. I really enjoy reading your blog. I have learned a lot and as my own blog develops I enjoy reading these others. I love the thought of the alliance. Great job.

  12. I have learned so much from reading the blogs that are a part of this alliance. I have also found great blogs that I would not have found any other way. Thanks Kelly!

  13. Thanks once again for facilitating this initiative. It has been so great to have a centralized list to check and share educational ideas with the great people on it!

  14. Have to agree with all the posts so far, this has just inspired me so much, my blog has improved already, just that teaching, planning, and marking get in the way.
    thanks for setting this up Kelly,

  15. I would love to be part of the alliance. like you I fell into my job as technology teacher in a K-5 school and I have been learning ever since from blogs, wikis and general searching around. I too created a place to keep all of the websites I told my teachers about though I put them in a a wiki http://www.learning-spaces.wikispaces.com. I look forward to learning from you and the “alliance.” Twitter me: @teacherdebra

  16. Trevor, the original alliance is closed to new members joining (purely as a result of how many we have). But, I have had several interested and am considering starting another alliance. This is in an attempt to keep the list manageable for those who are participating to comment and interact. Is this something you would be interested in?

  17. I’m so thankful that you put this together. I’ve learned so much in the short period of time that we’ve had this. You’ve done a service to far more than you’ll ever realize! Thank you!

  18. I am a graduate school student in Childhood Education. I enjoyed reading your blog very much. Thank you for wonderful sharing!

  19. I have an idea for the Blogging Alliance I want to run by you. What if we set up a group blog for all members of the alliance where we could cross-post blog posts of ours we would like to see reach a broader audience? It is near impossible to follow 73 blogs and following only ones from a particular category limits the scope. Perhaps we could all commit to one post per month on the group blog. What do you think? I would be willing to set this up (granted I can find a free hosting service to allow 73+ collaborators).

  20. Carl, I think this is a great idea! Would it be a place to cross-post a piece from our blogs or are you thinking of new content added collectively between us? Do you want to spear head this?

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