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Edublogs 2010 Awards

My professional growth in the past year is owed to so many individuals. Wish I could nominate each of you for an award. This was extremely tough! I tried to nominate folks I hadn’t previously nominated and/or I thought hadn’t been nominated by another person. Here are my nominations for the Edublogs 2010 awards. I have learned by their examples. My knowledge as well as my passion for learning and collaboration I owe to them. Several others not on this list have also been influential to my learning. I would love to give each of these individuals special awards because they have helped my growth in so many ways but I saw that they were nominated by many others.

My Nominations

Best individual blog- Larry Ferlazzo’s Best Websites of the Day is the right mix of personal reflection posts and various resources. Throughout my blogging I’ve noticed he is one of the people I link to the most! I don’t know how he keeps up with his 3 blogs, student website, and blogging! It’s phenomenal.
Best individual tweeter- @SueWaters is one of the most helpful individuals I know! She not only has helped me with my tech problems, she is one of the first ones to leave a comment on my blog and has supported many of educational projects to help educators worldwide get free support. Plus, she gives virtual chocolates! Adore her!
Best group blog- Cooperative Learning Catalyst writes fantastic education transformation pieces! So many incredible educators take part in actively blogging and creating projects for education reform.
Best new blog- About a Teacher by Greta Sandler. Greta is an amazing blogger full of passion and reflection! She also helps support many educators and one of the kindest people I know.
Best class blog- Our Good News. Greta Sandler’s class blog is full of inspiration from her students in Argentina!
Best student blog- All About Grosse Pointe South Student blog by @thenerdyteacher‘s class! Love the collaboration with Shannon Miller’s class in Van Meter!
Best resource sharing site- The Cybraryman website has links to everything and on any topic! He deserves an educational achievement! I link to his website the most and for good reason. Some of my favorite pages include his educational chats, Edchat page, birthday pages, and more!
Most influential blog post- Bullied, Blackmailed, Defamed, Threatened by Gavin Dudeney. Gavin takes a stand against cyberbullying and over 64 comments prove why this made such an impact! Love the way the community draws together to support him.
Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion- #ELTChat organized by Marisa Constantinides, Andy Chaplin, Berni Wall, and Jason Renshaw has been one of the greatest chats for English Language Teachers! The podcast and resources shared are absolutely amazing as well.
Best teacher blog- A Journey in TEFL Eva Buyuksimkesyan writes great reflections about integrating various technologies. I love how she always tries new things! To me that is what a teacher blog should be full of- experimentation and reflection!
Best librarian / library blog- Library Tech Musings by Gwyneth A. Jones is a treasure trove of web 2.0 tools and technologies for libraries. The blog is also highly visual.
Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals All my favorite blogging administrators under one roof! How more awesome could that get! Thanks to George Couros for organizing this.
Best educational tech support blog- Kelly Tenkely’s I Learn Technology is full of wonderful resources and she gives you an easy way to integrate these technologies into a lesson! She also has several e-books to help you.
Best elearning blog- Elearning Learning has each of my favorite elearning blogs in one spot. Thanks Tony Karrer for putting them together in one spot!
Best educational use of audio: Breaking News English I use Sean Banville’s website so often with my students that this was one of the easiest categories! Sean deserves more than an award!
Best educational use of video / visual- David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits David not only tells you about different technologies but he also tests them out and has an e-book about them! I love how he includes videos and different embedded examples of the technologies!
Best educational wiki- The NTChat wiki by Lisa Dabbs is full of incredibly useful information for new teachers and the design is quite lovely.
Best educational podcast- EdTechLive By Steve Hargadon. I love listening to the interviews with some of the best education reformers worldwide! Steve has great guests in his webinars that are also as a podcast! You’ll hear from Sir Ken Robinson, Diane Ravitch, and others.
Best educational webinar series- Serendipity & Topic sessions moderated by Jo and Phil Hart. Everything I know about Elluminate I owe to these 2! They are such a great support network. I have so much fun at these sessions!
Best educational use of a social network- The Educator PLN ning created by Tom Whitby offers so many group options, blogging, forums, and free webinars! Tom also shares many videos and highlights some of the best blogs!
Best educational use of a virtual world- Heike Philp’s Slanguages Conference was one of the best virtual world events I have ever attended including plays in Berlin, art displays, an iPad island and several fantastic educational presentations.
Best use of a PLN- Monika Hardy’s Innovation Lab connects her high school students with mentors worldwide from her Personal Learning Network! It’s really amazing the way she has transformed what learning and education can be!
Lifetime achievement- Howard Rheingold is one of the most amazing people I have had the privilege to talk to. He is super supportive, incredibly intelligent and works extremely hard writing books, teaching courses, conducting interviews and free webinars to help support educators worldwide! I marvel at his energy! He is a true inspiration.

New Categories

In the spirit of writing in nominations and candidates, I’m including the following categories and hope these will be accepted or considered as categories for next year. The last year I did this I was really excited to see a few of these showed up as categories this year! I hope giving awards for these categories will inspire more educational projects in these areas:

Best Example of an Educator Digital Portfolio- Ozge Karaoglu shows what an excellent educator portfolio should look like. I encourage you to read her series on creating your own digital portfolio.
Best Game-based Learning Blog- Digital ELTplay by Graham Stanley and Kyle Mawer. One of the best blogs I’ve seen that highlights various educational games with screen shots and input how to use in your classes! Love this blog!
Best Mobile Learning Blog- Nicky Hockly writes helpful posts about mobile learning and the vocabulary. She explains how to effectively integrate mobile learning.
Best Educational E-book- A New Way To Lecture by Michael Zimmerman. Michael provides readers with innovative ways to integrate technology to replace boring PowerPoint lectures! I love the ideas!
Best Blogging Series- Terry Freedman’s 31 Days to Become a Better Ed Tech Leader is a fantastic blog series helping educators learn technology basics and lean effective integration!
Best Use of Facebook for Education- Marisa Constantinides runs a fantastic English teacher development group on Facebook as does Chuck Sandy and Curtis Kelly! With nearly 7000 educators active in these groups I definitely think we should have a Facebook education category!
Best Blog Carnival- Sabrina Devita recently had a great EFL/ELL blog carnival. Thanks Sabrina for sharing such great posts and writing great snippits about each one!

Absolute Best Readers in the World- You!

Wish I could have nominated these projects but I’m a part of them and just happy that they were nominated by others! Please check them out:

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15 Comments

  • Larry Ferlazzo
    December 2, 2010 - 23:45 | Permalink

    Shelly,

    I truly feel honored by your nomination. It means a lot coming from you…

    Larry

  • December 2, 2010 - 23:58 | Permalink

    Wow, Shelly! Thanks so much for your nomination and kind words. I feel really honored. It definitely means a lot coming from an incredible person and educator like you. I’m really thankful for your friendship and support.
    Thanks for believing in me and inspiring me to jump into new adventures every day.

  • Nicky Hockly
    December 3, 2010 - 04:49 | Permalink

    Thanks for including my E-Moderation Station mobile/e-learning blog in your new categories, Shelly. Nice to know that I have at least one reader ;-)

    • December 7, 2010 - 01:32 | Permalink

      Nicky,

      You have several readers I know because your blog is full of great information! Just wait! Next year I’m sure you’ll be winning the best mlearning category :-)

  • December 3, 2010 - 08:43 | Permalink

    Shelly,

    On behalf of all those who have contacted me who have suffered the same kind of abuse (some at the hands of the same person), I would just lke to thank you most sincerely for your support.

    For once, I’m not going to say I hope this doesn’t win – because the story, as a general discussion point, needs to be read as far and as wide as possible so that more people can feel empowered to end their own suffering and inspired to ensure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen in their own online (or off) communities.

    Best,

    Gavin

    • December 6, 2010 - 22:45 | Permalink

      Gavin,

      Your post is one of the most profound. I felt compelled to share it and I’m glad it was shortlisted. I can only hope that many people will vote for the post in the effort of bringing cyberbullying to the forefront!

  • December 3, 2010 - 15:52 | Permalink

    Shelly,

    Thank you so very much for putting this list together! I will make sure to broadcast it as much as possible since it is so complete and diversified!

    Keep up with the outstanding work!

    Christine Renaud
    Community manager
    Virtual museum of Canada | Teachers’ center
    Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/vmc_teachers
    Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/vmc.teachers

    • December 6, 2010 - 22:44 | Permalink

      Thank you for the great work The VMC does! I love the Facebook group and the events!

  • Eva Büyüksimkeşyan
    December 4, 2010 - 05:26 | Permalink

    Thanks Shelly for including me in your nominations. It’s a great honour for me and I’m happy that I started blogging which opened me a door to see truely wonderful educators all around the world. Although it has its own disadvantages as Gavin and many others experienced, it is still a wonderful opportunity for professional development.
    Hoping to see you again soon.
    Cheers
    Eva

  • December 4, 2010 - 14:14 | Permalink

    yeah… you are the one.
    i’m guessing the youngest life timer..

    • December 6, 2010 - 22:43 | Permalink

      Monika,

      Thanks you are so encouraging! Love your project and can only hope that if I mention it enough every school will do what you are doing to transform learning for students.

  • December 4, 2010 - 15:33 | Permalink

    Shelly, Thank you! – I am so flattered & honored by your nomination! So much so, that I feel churlish to point out that I renamed the blog The Daring Librarian blog last April:-) But you know Shelly, you can call it whatever you want! – I am just thrilled that someone who I greatly admire as you actually knows of it – much less nominates it! Muwaa!
    ~Gwyneth

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