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The Eight Blogs & Four Email Newsletters I Read First


Three years ago, I posted The Twenty Blogs I Read First…

You still might find it useful, but I was prompted by Richard Byrne’s doing an update of his original list of recommended bloggers. He called his new one, Ten Bloggers I Read First.

Here’s my updated list, not necessarily in order of priority:

Free Technology For Teachers

This Week In Education

The Answer Sheet

Shanker Blog

The Tempered Radical

Learning The Language

The Edublogger

The New York Times Learning Network

And four email newsletters:

ASCD Smart Brief

Middleweb Smart Brief

Education Week has a number of email newsletters, and I have two of them in my “must-read” list. You can subscribe to both of them here:

Edweek Update (Daily)

Teacher Update (Weekly)

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Hi Larry,

    Thank you for the mention.


  2. Hey Larry – thanks for the kind mention of MiddleWeb SmartBrief, the companion newsletter of our middle grades site Folks who subscribe help keep MW going and growing.

    I depend on your blog and tweets to keep up – so I’m here or on your twitter feed most of the time. 🙂 I also enjoy, in addition to the Ed Week newsletters, the Edutopia newsletter and the oldie but goodie PEN Weekly NewsBlast which really paved the way for substantive weekly ed news updates.

    I love those 300-wd news summaries!

  3. Hi Larry
    Your blog is a wonderful resource and I can’t thank you enough for sharing.

    A suggestion: Is it possible to open up links into a new window?

    I really enjoy exploring the links on your site but I don’t want to loose the list I am

    looking at and also your blog takes a time to re-load everytime I return.

    But I am sure you have a very good reason for not opening links into new windows


    Best regards!

    • Dan,

      I’ve asked Edublogs staff about this in the past, and I believe they told me it’s not possible with their platform. However, an easy alternative is just to right click any link and click on “open link in new tab.”


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