Do you have Internet resources you frequently use, bloggers and twitterers that provide a wealth of strategies and suggestions that help you teach, inspire, and lead in your educational community? Are you thankful to your Personal and Professional Learning Network (your PLN) for their connections and collaborations? I have and I am thankful.
What better way to honor those who have inspired us, than to nominate them for sharing their ideas with our community? Nominations for Edublog Awards allow us to share those resources with others. The benefit of these awards, from an Edublog post are:
- Celebrate and recognize those that contribute to our personal learning
- Create a handy list of incredible resources for the community to refer to
- Build awareness of all of the excellent ways technology is being used in education
I would love to nominate them all, but that isn’t possible. Therefore, with those in my PLN who have already nominated excellent resources from whom others can gain inspiration, I renominate those who inspire us, so that their voices are heard by many more.
Please add them to your community, consider their ideas, and add your own; our world grows better because if them, and you.
Best individual blog
Tracy Watanabe’s blog teems with ideas, resources, strategies, and reflections on many topics affecting education today. Through her kind and careful reflections, she provides us guidance in so many areas of digital learning:
21st Century Learning
Peer Coaching and Collaboration
Always available for a new idea or to answer a question, Tracy is the sunshine in the struggles to bring 21st Century education into a reality.
Best individual tweeter
Look for these tweets; she directs you to an inspiration or strategy, a tip or technique, or a recognition or encouragement that helps everyone grow in confidence and knowledge.
Best group blog
Youth Voices provides a venue for classrooms of all ages to express their voices through blog posts within their group platform. Students can post in discussions, missions, that promote global connections and local actions.
Best new blog
Travelling with Mr ‘Davo’ Devil
Have you seen a Tasmanian devil? One very creative and collaborative teacher, Sue Wyatt, otherwise known as Miss W or @tasteach, will introduce you to the traveling Tasmanian devil, who speaks of his travels from his point of view as Miss W’s travels around the USA and Canada. Enjoy participating in all the discussions on this new blog.
Best class blog
It is here that my students learned the importance of digital citizenship, including how to comment in ways that carry on the conversation that blogging begins.
Best student blog
Jaci’s catchy title drew me to read her blog. I found stories of her passions and of her schoolwork; Links allow me to follow-up on her suggestions, and her design and sidebar are interesting without being cluttered. She includes glogs, videos, and images to help the reader learn her ideas.
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano will share with you her expertise in blogging, iPad instruction, Skyping, and digital citizenship. She explains the use of educational technology for immediate use to collaborate with others. Her work will bring you the confidence to try the strategies and tools that lead to successful online collaboration.
Most influential blog post
Kathleen Morris: Top 10 Twitter Tips!
Twitter connects me daily to my PLN and the resources that help me become better in teaching and learning. This post will help anyone who wants to build their PLN through Twitter.
Best twitter hashtag
#comments4kids by @wmchamberlain
When your students blog, Will Chamberlain’s hashtag will lead others to comment on those blogs. This idea is a a true gift of community spirit and community building.
Best teacher blog
Denise Krebs’s shares not only strategies, but also her heartfelt connection with her students. In this day when so many negative barbs hurt the teaching profession, her blog shows how relationships and learning work together — how her students inspire her as much as how her lessons inspire her students. I am always reminded when I read her blog, to add joy back into my classroom.
Best librarian / library blog
Mrs. Howlin creates readers with imaginations. Follow her lessons and strategies from Flat Stanley to Postcards from Around the World to Search strategies for accurate web-researching: find it here at the Cosy Corner!
Best School Administrator blog
Leading a school through this transitional period from the information age to the digital age isn’t easy. But Jon Castelhano understands how to build relationships that inspire his staff to bring the best of themselves and the technology to their students’ learning.
Best free web tool
Twitter Comment, Converse, Collaborate, Share: a community of reflections and resources. I say, “To tweet is to contribute, connect, query, consider, collab w/ global everyday people choosing to improve just like yourself”
Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
Alice Barr, Bob Sprankle, and Cheryl Oakes bring you a podcast each week for tips and discoveries for teaching and learning.
Best educational wiki
Mrs. Yollis’s Educational-Blogging Wiki
Continue learning from Linda Yollis to help your students become readers and writers of blogs.
Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
Classroom 2.0 Live, Saturdays at 9:00 am Pacific will provide anyone who attends with the knowledge and skills to become 21st Century learners and teachers. If you can’t make the live sessions, watch the recorded versions on iTunesU.
Best educational use of a social network
Amy Cobb leads a team of class bloggers who found each other at Quad Blogging. Her creative use of technology has inspired the students in the teams to learn about blogging, technology, reading, and writing. Check out her blog to learn how blogging helps students learn and collaborate using digital citizenship.
Miss W, or Sue Wyatt, middle school teacher extraordinaiire, has led thousands of teachers and students into successful blogging, helping them reach lifelong achievements.
I thank and honor each of the individuals who provided so many ideas and resources that helped my teaching and learning. Please add them to your resources!
Build your PLN. Add to the community. Who else will you nominate?
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It is so wonderful that the Cosy Corner blog set up by the teacher librarian, Lyn Howlin has been nominated for the Best Library Blog. Lyn is an outstanding teacher and librarian and her wonderful enthusiasm is passed on to the students who have been greatly inspired by this blog. It is great to see so many students so keen to be in the library and so excited about working on the Cosy Corner blog.Congratulations Lyn and students!
Dear Sheri,I fell humbled and honoured to be nominated by you for Library Blog.
Twelve Months ago I hardly knew what a blog was. I created the blog in the Christmas holidays for something to do. As the blog grew, so did my awareness of a wonderful community of inspiring, encouraging professionals all working to inspire and engage our students and expose them to a world beyond their own towns and cities. I am for ever grateful for those who have supported my students and I as we have made this journey. Thank you!
Thank you so much for your nominations, I feel both humbled and honored. I learn much from you and am inspired by you. You’ve helped me with my learning, and help take things to the next level. For example, when I wrote a post on tips for student comments on blogs and forums, and suggested doing it as a webquest, you commented with an Essential Question to kick the whole thing off! Or, when I was trying to work out my Essential Question for a professional development, and I put an idea on my PLN circle in Google+, you were quick to respond with exactly what I needed. You are so encouraging and model what you wish to see from others. Thank you for being such an inspiration, for being such a valuable part of my PLN. I appreciate you.
I am taking a noveling break to write a comment on your blog. Thank you so much for nominating mine in best teacher blog category. I am humbled and honored. I really appreciate the words you said about the inspiring learning relationship my students and I have. So true, and I am happy it maybe comes through in my blog. Thanks for the kind words.
And thank you for thinking of Jaci. I can’t wait for her to see your comment and blog post with the nomination. You are thoughtful and know how to motivate children to do their best.
Thanks again for being a role model in the noveling challenge this November too! I couldn’t have done it without you!
Denise, I am watching your posts for more info about the “geniushour.” When you shared your poster about “Welcome to 107: You are a genius,” I showed it right away to my class and shared how I felt about them. We have an activity afternoon a few days each year, and I would like to sponsor “geniushour” for my time with the kids. Your posts under “geniushour” show how much you care about your students and their learning. Your post about Angela Meiers’s “You Matter” led me to search for more about that, and I started to give kids “You Matter” cards, like our friend Mrstg. And one of your posts, where you struggled to understand one of your students, really showed your caring and concern. Thanks for all you do for others, especially your students — I’m sure Jaci would agree! You have certainly inspired her.
Thank you so much for nominating my Educational Blogging wiki for an Edublog Award! I really appreciate that! My students and I have thoroughly enjoyed blogging and I hope my wiki encourages other teachers to join in!
I am truly honored!
Linda, As I said, the work of you and your students set my students and myself on a great and safe conversational path of blogging for an audience and with purpose. Thank you for all that you and your students do. Sheri
Thank you very much for nominating #C4K. It is really gratifying to know that something so small like a hash tag can make a real difference with students’ learning. On another note, I have read probably 40 nomination posts and this one is definitely the most thorough. I can really tell you spent a lot of time and thought on your nominations. Thanks again 🙂
Thanks for the kind words. In the past the list of winners of these awards have helped me learn more about so many aspects of teaching and learning online: how to blog, how to comment, how to watch one’s digital footprint, how to use various tools, such as Diigo or Voicethread. I know some people look down on these “badges” and “awards,” but to newbies and to experts, recognition of those who have served us should be part of our responsibility to give back. And the resulting list then adds to the resources for others to continue the cycle. And your little corner of the world has encouraged so many young people; you and your idea deserve the honor. Thanks again, Sheri