Education Technology Blogs: Generation Yes Reviewed

The Education Techie reviews tech tools that can help students and teachers. This week, the Techie is taking a look at some education technology blogs. Today, we'll talk about the Generation YES blog. Schools offering Instructional Design degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What's It Like?

Generation YES (Youth and Educators Succeeding) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the incorporation of technology into educational settings. The organization works on a variety of projects related to this goal. As part of its website, Generation YES has a blog, but this blog is certainly not the main focus of the site or of the organization.

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Though the Generation YES site is designed well, the blog itself is pretty minimal. It doesn't have a logo or design scheme. This is perfectly fine - its content is still interesting. The blog is, after all, one small part of a much broader website that focuses on the work of a functioning nonprofit.

Perhaps because of this, the blog isn't updated on a regular schedule. It's also not equipped with an RSS updater, but it is updated often, so if you decide to check it, say, once a week, you'll likely have new material to read each time. The topics covered on the Generation YES blog focus mostly on K-12 education and technology that relates to it. Most of the blog posts seem to be written by Sylvia Martinez, who is the President of Generation YES.

Blog posts cover things like Generation YES projects and TED talks that relate to education and technology. One series of posts is about the Khan Academy and includes a thorough analysis of the implications of self-directed video education. The blogs are all written in a somewhat informal tone, though they are very well written and make for a thought provoking read.

Who Will Get the Most Use Out Of It?

Due to its more analytical tone, this blog is probably going to be most appealing for teachers, parents and others interested in educational approaches and techniques. Rising teachers may be particularly interested in the blog. The commentary is interesting, and the articles that are linked are always relevant to education. This probably isn't the best choice for younger students, and since it serves as more of an editorial outlet, it might not fill the needs of someone who is looking for an education blog that gives quick tips.

However, those who have an interest in educational policy and process, particularly as it relates to technology, will like this blog.. Generation YES is an interesting organization, and their site is well worth checking out. The fact that the blog is so interesting is sort of like icing on the cake.

This is the second in a series of articles about education technology blogs. Previously, the Techie looked at Digital Tweed. Stay tuned for more this week!

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