The Edublog Awards! Time to Nominate the DEN & More

Edublog nominations are open.  It’s a time to share the best that’s out there and discover some new ones.  Discovery Education stands out as a nominee in a couple of categories.  I’m thinking many people, including me, will be make some additions to their RSS reader over the next few weeks once the list of nominations comes out.  While I’ve read many, many posts in previous years about the nominations from others, I’ve never put a lot of effort into this myself.  Well, that’s about to change.  Below are my nominations for most of the categories – some I skipped, with a few thoughts to follow.

  • Best individual blog: Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension – Pernille Ripp I came across this blog from a fellow Wisconsin educator over a year ago and really enjoy the thought she puts into her posts and her authentic voice.  If you’re not reading it, you’re truly missing out.
  • Best individual tweeter: Shannon Miller Shannon’s always sharing great links and resources.  Whether you’re looking for library resources or ed tech resources, this is it.
  • Best group blog: Discovery Educator Network The DEN is always sharing fantastic resources to assist teachers is using technology in their classrooms.  Teachers from across the country contribute to the space giving the DEN a unique voice.
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: iLearn Technology This is one of my favorites.  Not only does Kelly Tenkely share a new site or resource, but she gives a great description of the site and also explains how it can be used in the classroom.  Simply outstanding.
  • Most influential blog post: 12 Most Important Ways to Let People Know They Matter by Angela Maiers.  Just read it, it will do you good.
  • Best twitter hashtag: #edchat Just follow the hashtag on a Tuesday and you’ll see why this is the best.
  • Best teacher blog: Geek.Teacher by Dan Callahan – I’m not sure I can pinpoint a specific reason why I nominated this blog.  I just like what Dan shares – experiences from his school, things he’s doing with his students, and information about EdCamps, which he founded.  Regardless, I think this is a blog not to be missed.
  • Best librarian / library blog: Watch.Connect. Read. by John Schumacher.  I only wish every school had a librarian like John.  On John’s blog you will find a lot of information about the books he recommends as well as book trailers and other videos about literature.
  • Best School Administrator blog: Principal of Change by George Couros.  Not only does George share leadership ideas and thought provoking posts, but he’s a great guy as well.  He’s also not afraid to wear manpris.
  • Best free web tool: Wikispaces It’s easy to use, versatile, and allows free educator upgrades.  What more could you ask for?
  • Best educational wiki: Springfield Township School Library Wiki – maintained by Joyce Valenza.  Simply a wealth of information for students and teachers.
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series: Discovery Education Webinars – Discovery always has played an important role in my professional development as well as many of my colleagues.  Discovery Education shares quality webinars presented by great educators.
  • Lifetime achievement: Doug Johnson for his Blue Skunk Blog.  Doug’s been blogging about educational technology, school libraries, and the link between the two for a quite some time.  In fact, he’s been doing it so long, he recycles old posts in a BFTP (Blast From The Past) series.  Fortunately for his readers, the posts are still relevant.
If you haven’t submitted your nominations yet, get to it!  Nominate Discovery Education for Best Group Blog and Best Open PD/Unconference/Webinar series!  Make sure you nominate your other favorites as well!


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