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.