The Signal and The Noise: The Blogosphere in 2014


It felt like the blogosphere increased in ‘noise’ in 2014. The Echo Chamber went from under 2,000 blogposts in 2013 to over 6,000 in 2014. Teacher voice online is proliferating, spurred on by the astonishing energy of the edubloggers’ commander-in-chief, Andrew Old (who unmasked himself in 2014).

Here is my small effort to tune into to the ‘signal’ of some of the best blogposts and bloggers over the year.

My Top 14 bloggers of 2014

  • Andrew Smith
  • Cazzy
  • Daisy Christodoulou
  • David Didau
  • David Thomas
  • Harry Fletcher Wood
  • Harry Webb
  • Heather F
  • Jo Facer
  • Kev Bartle
  • Kris Boulton
  • Phil Stock
  • Sam Freedman
  • Tom Sherrington

Top 14 posts of 2014 on this blog

Top 14 books I read in 2014

Moonwalking    RobertPeal


I’ll end with 3 of my highlights of the year, 3 trends I see, and 3 of my hopes for 2015:

3 Highlights of 2014

Starting a free school with an amazing team – Katharine, Katie, Bodil, Jonny, Olivia, Barry, I am so lucky to work with you!

Visiting Trinity Dixons Academy with its inspiring leadership – thank you so much Dani, Wes and Luke!

Meeting Doug Lemov and his wonderful family with Bodil and Jo – thank you Doug!

3 Trends in 2014

The Rise and Rise of ResearchED: amazing energy from Tom, Helene and the team

OFSTED Reach Out: edubloggers have been holding their feet to the fire

Core Knowledge gains influence: Daisy Christodoulou, the tide is with you!

3 Hopes for 2015

OFSTED stop grading teaching

Research(ED) Leads forge a network to lead the teaching profession

Michaela develops a powerful knowledge-led curriculum, pioneering mastery assessment system, unprecedentedly effective CPD, unusually low-burnout staff culture and habitually kind, motivated pupils!

Here’s to finding the signal amid the noise in 2015!

About Joe Kirby

School leader, education writer, Director of Education and co-founder, Athena Learning Trust, Deputy head and co-founder, Michaela Community School, English teacher
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8 Responses to The Signal and The Noise: The Blogosphere in 2014

  1. Joe Kirby says:

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  2. Great post as always Joe!

    I’d really like to hear more about your CPD programme at Michaela if possible? Are you responsible for it or able to put me on contact with someone who is?

    Here’s my ideas around CPD…
    Part 1:
    Part 2:

    Have a great 2015!

  3. magnus4444 says:

    Thanks for the highlights – who is Michaela? She’s not mentioned in the top bloggers or the team at your new school – just wondering as she sounds like she is one to watch next year! Either that, or you’ve just performed the mother of all delegations to her…

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