Teach.com has recently launched what it calls “a first of its kind ranking of the 100 best and most influential education blogs and news sites.” Known as Teach100, and available here, the list, which is updated daily, allows users to “quickly see the education blogs their community is reading, explore topics the blogs are covering, and decide which blogs they want to follow or add to their existing reading list.” The list also functions as an excellent introduction to the education blogosphere.
Teach100 will consider any blog that focuses on education, ranging from early childhood to postsecondary education. “Blogs may feature topical issues such as teaching styles, education reform, the hard sciences or other education-related topics.” New bloggers may submit their blogs to be ranked, provided that they meet the criteria of at least half of the content pertaining directly to education, the blog being at least six months old, and the blog having more than 50 individual posts.
Teach100 ranks each education blog on the following factors:
- Social (40%) – Engagement as determined through combined Facebook shares, Tweets and StumbleUpon visits to the blog. Ranking is also based on the number of shares pointing back to the blog’s 10 most recent posts and its main domain.
- Activity (20%) – The frequency of a blog’s updates. The more frequently a blog is updated, the higher its activity score.
- Authority (20%) – The overall authority and influence relative to the rest of the web as determined by the number of sites linking to the blog. This methodology is one of the foundations of the Google Search Algorithm and is a commonly used measure of a website’s authority.
- Teach Score (20%) – This is the single subjective factor in the evaluation of Teach100. The Teach Score considers how media is used throughout a blog, how topics in education are discussed, the timeliness of blog content, the capacity to inform and the overall presentation of the blog
This blog is currently ranked 120th.
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