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
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
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
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
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?