As a student in IT, it is important to stay up to speed on the latest trends in technology because those trends often indicate the fastest-growing career paths. There are hundreds of thousands of tech blogs out there, but not all of them are created equal. Here are a few of the best blogs we’ve found for students to follow.

Start with some of the heavy hitters such as: 

  • Engadet – Blog includes obsessive daily coverage of everything new in gadgets and consumer electronics.
  • Mashable – On of the most widely viewed sources for news in social and digital media, technology and web culture.
  • Gizmodo – “The gadget guide.” Latest news on gadgets and technology.
  • Boy Genius Report (BGR) - Technology category leader among early adopters, savvy technophiles, and casual readers.
  • GigaOM – Well-known provider of online media, events and research for global technology innovators.
  • TechCrunch – Blog dedicated to profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news.

 Once you are familiar with these blogs and what they offer, start to dive deeper into the blog world:

  • gHacks Technology News -  Software reviews, Internet news, and Windows and Linux tutorials.
  • ReadWriteWeb – One of the more popular technology blogs out there that covers a very broad range of trending topics. Known for insightful analysis about each day's Internet industry news.
  • The Windows Blog – Everything Windows
  • Digital Inspiration - Award winning technology blog. Features software reviews, consumer gadgets and useful web applications.
  • Beta News - Tech gear, cloud computing, and IT Systems news and popular file forum. In the last couple of years BetaNews has stepped up its game, hiring a well-known Microsoft authority Joe Wilcox from eWeek.
  • Dvice – Not as widely followed as the key consumer technology blogs but a favorite. Tech news and plenty of engineering concepts and designs. A fun read.
  • How-To Geek – Computer help, how-to’s, and IT tips.
  • Redmond Pie - Covers news from Microsoft, Google, and Apple. Geared toward those who love the technological innovations coming out from Microsoft and other companies.
  • Naked Security – IT security blog of the year. News, opinion, advice and research on computer security issues and the latest internet threats.

These blogs will plug you into the pipeline of IT news. As you start to find trends that are interesting to you, take a look at the sources these blogs link to, generally blogs that are even more focused. This is a good way to refine your interests and expertise, and help develop your niche as a hirable employee.

Any other blogs that you read on a daily basis that we missed?