So, earlier on this week, I discovered my @TeacherToolkit blog was ranked amongst the Top-10 Education Blogs in the UK!
In fact, number 1!
Despite the accolade from Cision UK, this does come at a price and if you are a keen blogger, then please read this. Regarding this ranking, I was flattered to be interviewed; you can read the full discourse – which is to appear in Cision’s monthly newsletter – at the foot of this post.
How it works?
Cision Influence Rating offers a detailed view of each blogger and publication, and reflects the level of influence they have across traditional and social media. Rated on a scale from 0 to 99, the Cision Influence Rating reflects the level of influence a blogger has across traditional and social media. The rating is determined by over 40 data points, including the performance of one’s content and presence on social sites. Influencers are rated on both their content’s performance and their presence on social sites – accounting for both their online and offline voices.
Have any idea? Me neither!
And just remember, this is ‘according to Cision UK’.
Top 10 UK education Blogs:
The full list: (last Updated 15/01/2014) – click here to visit the page.
- @Learning Spy
- Learning from my mistakes: an English teacher’s blog
- Scenes From The Battleground
- Geoff Barton’s Pick ‘n’ Mix
- Tabula Rasa
A great collection of bloggers!
Speedy Spotlight on @TeacherToolkit:
Posted: January 15, 2014 at 2:17 pm
Ross spoke to us about the power of blogging and the advantages and detriments of social media; particularly from the front-line in the classroom. He was adamant that the social media epoch in education is upon us and that more and more teachers are taking control of their own professional development.
Why should people read your blog?
I aim to keep teachers updated with great ideas for the classroom; as well as sharing my own leadership journey. Conflicting government diktat and changeable Ofsted frameworks means that navigating the path to outstanding can be challenging. As I gather this information for my own needs, it only seems natural to share it with the wider profession.
What makes your blog different?
Whether you are an experienced teacher or someone who has little practical teaching experience, there are ideas on my blog that will change the way you think about your lessons, teaching and school leadership. The social-feedback I’ve received suggests the information that is shared has reached all four corners of the globe!
What’s your favourite blog and why?
I have an extensive list on my blog, which includes Tom Sherrington’s headguruteacher, Stephen Lockyer’s ClassroomTM, David Didau’s The Learning Spy and Alex Quigley’s HuntingEnglish.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start a blog?
I have written about this subject in a post titled ‘#CynosuralAddiction to blogging’. I am fully addicted to my own blog and I’d be lying if I said it hasn’t impacted on my own job and home life… So, you need to tread carefully and balance the benefits of blogging, versus the flexibility of your work/life and the choice of web-tools available.
How does a good PR work with you?
Working to promote good news in education.
What do PRs do that’s bad?
Sell their products with no direct benefits to teachers. I receive countless requests to advertise goods. I can safely say I have only promoted two or three companies on my blog that I have personally used in my own classroom, which have benefited my students.
What was your blogging highlight of 2013?
There are many! Yet, in May 2013, as a direct result of a Twitter troll, I was invited to The House Of Commons in Westminster.
What will be big in your blogosphere in 2014?
I think social media will play a huge part affecting both Ofsted and The Department of Education.
End of interview
The link to the full article is here.
Regarding blogger-influence, I am getting to grips with how Teach 100 rankings operate and have managed to stay between 50th-75th position – for 6 months or so – from over 550 educational blogs worldwide! On another note, many edu-bloggers fail to read the great blog from David Hopkins (@hopkinsdavid), who, according to Teach 100, is the highest educational blog in the UK (not including The Guardian Teacher Network).
Anyway, back to blogging!