Muddling through the blogosphere

December 1, 2013
by blogwalker

My 2013 Edublog Award Nominations #eddies13

Thank you, Edublogs, for sponsoring the annual Edublog Awards event. Every year, I look forward to discovering new ideas and resources, learning from innovative educators, and the opportunity to give a shout out to those who have inspired me in the past year.


 My 2013 Edublog Awards Nominations:

  • Best Individual BlogKevin’s Meandering Mind – This is not the first time I have nominated Kevin Hodgson’s blog for an eddie, but this year, I’ve moved his nomination from Best Teacher Blog to this first category. Kevin’s love for teaching, music, poetry, comic creations, collaboration, reflection and more continue to inspire and recharge my thinking about what it means to be a connected educator.
  • Best Class BlogMr. Bentley’s 5th/6th Grade Loop – Last summer, Edutopia’s Suzie Boss asked me if I had a recommendation for a teacher in my district who immerses students in Project-Base Learning (PBL). Suzie now joins me in recognizing the amazing teaching and learning that happens in Jim Bentley’s classroom. If you can’t visit his classroom in real time,  Jim’s classroom blog will provide a window into his teaching. Be sure to check the resources he and his students have created for producing award-winning documentaries and PSAs.
  • Best Group BlogYouth Voices – An annual invitation to  “youth of all ages to voice their thoughts about their passions, to explain things they understand well, to wonder about things they have just begun to understand, and to share discussion posts with other young people using as many different genres and media as they can imagine!
  • Best Ed Tech / Resource Sharing Blog – Free Technology for Teachers – Richard Byrne’s blog is a treasure. So many great technology tools clearly explained and demonstrated.
  • Best Teacher BlogAlice in WonderTech – A year ago this week, I traveled to Mountain View (California) to attend the Google Teacher Academy, where I met amazing teachers from across the nation and world – including Alice Chen, a middle school ELA teacher. Alice is a fearless explorer of new technologies and a sought after trainer in her district, region, and state. Her blog posts are a reminder that even if we stumble a bit in adopting new ideas and tools, we are still moving forward.
  • Most Influential Blog Post of the YearUsing Writing to Combat Bullying and Cliques – OK, I’m not sure if an article posted to Education Week counts as a blog post, but in the month since reading David Rockower’s powerful article, I’ve passed it on to both colleagues and administrators (and even adapted a Google Doc version to center on cyberbullying).
  • Best individual Tweeter@LarryFerlazzo – I really appreciate the constant flow of outstanding resources and articles Larry shares through Twitter.
  • Best Twitter Hashtag – #upstanders – Margaret Mead’s words from the past sum up the power of this timely/timeless hashtag: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
  • Best free web tool Mozilla’s PopcornMaker – What a great tool for introducing students to the art and power of remix.
  • Best Open PD /Webinar Series Common Sense Media’s webinars (which include participation certificates) are a wonderful new resource and free online PD option for teachers to learn more about what it means to be a digital citizen.
  • Lifetime AchievementMike Ribble – With much appreciation for all that Mike has done to ignite conversations and communities around issues of digital citizenship.

Note to self: Next year do NOT wait till the last day to post nominations!

December 17, 2012
by blogwalker

2012 Edublog Awards – And the winners are …

The annual Edublog Awards are a great event for discovering new resources for digital age teaching and learning.  This year’s event was a standout for me for three reasons:

#1. #UnfollowBullying won for the Best Twitter Hashtag. Very exciting to watch a student-initiated, student-led campaign move from vision to reality! (Yes, the students are from my school district:-).

#2. The Digital ID project was voted a finalist for Best Educational Wiki.

#3. Jaden’s Awesome Blog won for Best Student Blog. Fifth grader Jaden got his start as a blogger while in Linda Yollis’s 3rd grade.  Jaden’s blogging skills reflect the reading/writing possibilities that can happen when an outstanding teacher blogger models that students earn their right to their own blog by demonstrating 21st century citizenship and literacy skills through Linda’s classroom blog. Jaden also won the Most Influential Blog Post category for his Ten Things I’ve Learned about Blogging post. I love that Jaden attended the virtual awards ceremony prepared with an acceptance speech! Just wish that Ms. Yollis and her students would switch to Edublogs, as my district, like many, blocks Blogger:-(.

Congratulations to all the nominees, finalists, and winners!

November 28, 2008
by blogwalker

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.
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