Top 100 Influential Education Blogs

UPDATE: You can see an updated list here.

Over the last 5 years there was a sharp increase in the number of education blogs in various areas such as art education, technology, creative writing, mathematics, or drama, from primary school level to lifelong learning approaches.

Despite this surge in education blogs, there haven't been many attempts at classifying the blogs according to their authority. We will present a ranking of education blogs ordered by their Onalytica Influence Index.

The Influence Index we compute at Onalytica shares the same idea with the impact factor that nowadays all academic journals publish on their cover. Essentially impact factors just represent what is common wisdom; that some publications matter more than others, and impact factors attempt to quantify this. Similarly, the Onalytica Influence Index measures the "punching weight" of education blogs compared to one another.

Our influence measuring methodology is based on the Input/Output model developed by the Nobel Prize winner Wassily Leontief.

The model takes into account all references and citations between the blogs. We developed three metrics for each blog: Influence Index, Popularity and Over-Influence.

The Onalytica Influence Index is the impact factor of a blog, or how much that blog matters.

Popularity represents how popular or well-known the blog is among other education blogs.

Over–Influence seeks to capture how influential a blog is compared to how popular it is. There is a strong correlation between how popular or well-known a blog is and its influence. However some blogs carry more influence than their popularity leads us to believe; this is what we call over-influence.

Below we present a list of 100 most influential education blogs ordered by their Onalytica Influence Index.

The most popular blog in our list is Larry Ferlazzo's blog, however it's not the most influential. Its over-influence is 0.8, meaning that the blog carries only 80% of the influence we would expect from how well-known it is.

The most influential is Dan Meyer's blog and its over-influence score of 1.6 means that the blog carries 60% more influence than we would expect from its popularity. Similarly, the Hack Education blog, the second most influential, is more than twice more influent than its popularity would lead us to believe.

The reason for a blog being over-influential, i.e. his over-influence is greater than 1, is that those who reference or cite the blog are themselves influential blogs.

Please contact us if we have missed any blogs or you would like more information on our influence measuring methodology.

Education Blog I P O-I
1. dy/dan (Dan Meyer's Blog) 100.0 90.9 1.6
2. Hack Education 72.6 39.4 2.4
3. The Principal of Change 62.3 63.6 1.4
4. Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... 51.7 100.0 0.8
5. The Learning Network 49.0 36.4 1.7
6. Dangerously Irrelevant 46.4 54.5 1.2
7. Ideas and Thoughts 38.9 36.4 1.4
8. The Blue Skunk Blog 34.8 45.5 1.0
9. Free Technology for Teachers 34.8 72.7 0.7
10. The Thinking Stick 34.4 30.3 1.4
11. David Wees's Blog 33.7 21.2 1.8
12. Practical Theory 32.9 27.3 1.4
13. Langwitches 29.7 33.3 1.1
14. Getting Smart 28.6 21.2 1.5
15. Ewan McIntosh's Blog 28.2 30.3 1.1
16. Stephen Downes's Blog 27.5 24.2 1.3
17. Annie Murphy Paul's Blog 26.2 21.2 1.4
18. CogDogBlog 25.9 27.3 1.1
19. open thinking 25.9 30.3 1.1
20. Moving at the Speed of Creativity 25.5 45.5 0.8
21. 21 Century Collaborative 24.2 9.1 2.1
22. Around the Corner-Mguhlin.org 23.8 15.2 1.6
23. Vicky Lora's Blog 22.7 42.4 0.7
24. Will Richardson's Blog 22.6 30.3 0.9
25. doug - off the Record 22.4 24.2 1.1
26. The Learning Spy 22.1 15.2 1.4
27. Burcu Akyol's Blog 20.6 18.2 1.2
28. David Warlick's Blog 20.5 21.2 1.1
29. The Number Warrior 20.2 12.1 1.5
30. Shanker Blog 20.2 33.3 0.8
31. Continuous Everywhere but Differentiable Nowhere 20.1 33.3 0.8
32. Let's Play Math! 20.1 6.1 2.1
33. Learning in Hand 20.1 12.1 1.5
34. This Week In Education 19.7 24.2 0.9
35. Nerdy Book Club 18.0 24.2 0.9
36. assortedstuff 17.9 21.2 0.9
37. Irish Teacher Blogs 17.8 9.1 1.5
38. Diane Ravitch's Blog 17.8 69.7 0.4
39. Jeremy Harmer's Blog 16.9 30.3 0.7
40. Graham Wegner's Blog 16.5 9.1 1.4
41. Krissy Venosdale's Blog 16.0 21.2 0.8
42. Reflections of a Techie 15.7 6.1 1.6
43. Ozge Karaoglu's Blog 15.7 27.3 0.7
44. Education Next 15.5 36.4 0.5
45. David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts 15.4 27.3 0.7
46. Hooked on Innovation 15.3 12.1 1.1
47. Creative Star Blog 15.2 3.0 2.0
48. Librarian in Black 14.8 9.1 1.3
49. transformEd 14.8 12.1 1.1
50. The Reading Zone 14.1 9.1 1.2
51. Kevin's Meandering Mind 13.9 33.3 0.5
52. C-O Connections 13.8 6.1 1.4
53. 4C in ELT 12.8 18.2 0.7
54. Jay P. Greene's Blog 12.6 15.2 0.8
55. Eduwonk 12.5 15.2 0.8
56. Sean Banville's Blog 12.1 15.2 0.8
57. The Wejr Board 12.0 27.3 0.5
58. NYC Educator 11.8 21.2 0.6
59. Beyond School 11.6 3.0 1.5
60. A Journey in TEFL 11.2 18.2 0.7
61. My Island View 11.0 21.2 0.6
62. User Generated Education 10.9 12.1 0.8
63. The Jose Vilson 10.8 6.6 1.1
64. Reading By Example 10.6 12.1 0.8
65. OpenContent 10.2 3.0 1.3
66. Infocult: Uncanny Informatics 10.2 3.0 1.3
67. Linking and thinking on education 9.9 6.1 1.0
68. Action-Reaction 9.7 15.2 0.6
69. Jim Burke: The English Teacher's Companion 9.6 9.1 0.8
70. Maria Constantinides - TEFL Matters 9.6 30.3 0.4
71. Learning In Burlingtion 9.5 15.2 0.6
72. Primary Tech 9.5 24.2 0.5
73. Jabiz Raisdana's Blog 9.5 6.1 1.0
74. Higher Ed Watch 9.4 6.1 1.0
75. SocialTech 9.3 3.0 1.2
76. Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom 9.1 12.1 0.7
77. Reflections on Teaching 8.7 12.1 0.7
78. Blogush 8.6 15.2 0.6
79. Cathy Nelson's Professional Thoughts 8.6 9.1 0.7
80. Not So Distant Future 8.5 9.1 0.7
81. The Unquiet Librarian 8.5 9.1 0.7
82. levdavidovic 8.3 6.1 0.9
83. MathsClass 8.3 9.1 0.7
84. Two Writing Teachers 8.3 9.1 0.7
85. Eduflack 8.1 12.1 0.6
86. Danah Boyd's Blog 8.1 3.0 1.0
87. Life is not a race to be first finished 7.9 6.1 0.8
88. The Electronic Pencil 7.9 9.1 0.7
89. Year Two Blog 7.9 6.1 0.8
90. Agnostic, Maybe 7.8 6.1 0.8
91. Earth Science with Mrs. Wilson 7.7 3.0 1.0
92. Doug Belshaw's Blog 7.6 12.1 0.6
93. A Recursive Process 7.5 3.0 1.0
94. Teaching Chemistry 7.5 3.0 1.0
95. Sherman Dorn's Blog 7.4 6.1 0.8
96. So You Want To Teach 6.7 6.1 0.7
97. Penelope Trunk's Blog 6.4 3.0 0.8
98. South Dublin Libraries 6.4 3.0 0.8
99. allthingslearning 6.4 15.2 0.4
100. The Adventures of Library Girl 6.4 3.0 0.8

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