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Nominations for 2008 Edublog Awards


With so many bloggers contributing to my personal learning network, it’s difficult to nominate only one per category for the 2008 Edublog Awards. I’ve based my nominations on recent posts by the following bloggers/groups:

  • Best Individual Blog: Creating Lifetime Learners – Mathew Needleman continues to inspire me with easy-to-use strategies (and arguments) for bringing multi-modal/multi-media writing into the classroom.
  • Best Group Blog: YouthVoices – The credit for this dynamic project that engages a growing student community goes to Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim.
  • Best Resource Sharing Blog: The EdubloggerSue Waters‘ constant flow of resources, tutorials, and support has made a difference for many an Edublogger!
  • Best Teacher Blog: Educating Alice – Monica Edinger’s passion for literature (long-time association with Newberry Awards) and commitment to allowing young students to “do” history as opposed to just studying history is evident in the opinions, resources, and thought-provoking topics posted to her blog.
  • Best Librarian Blog: NeverEndingSearch – Some of my favorite tools (i.e.,, I’ve discovered through Joyce Valenza’s posts.
  • Best Technology Support Blog: Around the Corner – When Miguel Guhlin blogs about a tool (i.e., Diigo, VoiceThread), he generally creates detailed tutorials that include the quirky little things you might need to know about. Great resources for workshops!
  • Best Use of Audio – YA! CastsRobert Rozema‘s innovative Web 2.0 projects are grounded in research and a great resource for making visible to administrators of pre-service teacher cohorts the case for going beyond MS Office in the technology component.
  • Best Use of Video – Common Craft Shows – Lee LeFever continues to provide educators with the perfect video introductions to 21st century tools.
  • Best Use of a Social Networking Site: Classroom 2.0Steve Hargadon deserves some major recognition for introducing the ning as a dynamic, community-building resource for educators.
  • Best Use of Virtual World: Literary Worlds – Western University of Michigan English professor Allen Webb has developed an amazing virtual world in which participants wake up in the environment of a selected novel (right off the high school required reads’ shelf).
  • Best Class Blog: Kids Book Blog – 5th and 6th graders from Elk Grove, California, are collaborating to provide their readers with a rich source of book recommendations and reviews.


  1. Thank you for the nomination!

  2. Gail,

    I am SO honored by your nomination. Thrilled to death, in fact!

    And it was wonderful presenting with you last week at NCTE; I enjoyed your post on our session as well. I’m still catching up after dashing home to school (a full grade Ellis Island simulation on Tuesday) off to Boston for Thanksgiving and now home catching up. Thanks again so so SO much!

  3. @Mathew and @Monica – I’m chuckling just thinking about how amazing it would be if the two of you met and shared a conversation about the innovative ways you engage students in new literacies. Mathew, you would especially enjoy hearing how Monica brings Charlie Chaplin into her 4th grade classroom:-)

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