Mind/Shift is a magazine-style blog launched in 2010 by KQED, a public media organization based in North Carolina, and NPR (National Public Radio). It is simple to navigate; clicking on the title of an article or its accompanying graphic takes one straight to that article. Each article in turn has a group of suggested articles related to the first one. A reader can spend hours just reading one related article after another. For example, clicking on Social And Emotional Benefits Of Video Games: Metacognition and Relationships can lead the reader to What Keeps Students Motivated to Learn? which in turn could lead the reader to Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? and so on and so forth.
At any time, a reader can shift gears by choosing a different subject from the blue tool bar. These choices include GAMES AND LEARNING, BIG IDEAS, TEACHING STRATEGIES, CHILDREN AND MEDIA, AND ABOUT (which tells about Mind/Shift).
The blog focuses on Digital Tools and Teaching Strategies, both of which can help a new teacher as well as a seasoned one who may need more help growing into the digital age.
On a sad note, it was while checking out this blog’s references that I learned of the death of poet Maya Angelou.