OK – so the EduBlog Awards are very big on Twitter this week.
I’d never done it (nominated anyone) before so I thought it might be a nice little LEARNing activity (besides I’ve been thinking about re-doing my own “booger-roll”)…
Wish I’d never started – felt like a kid trying to sort out his old toys for the upcoming jumble sale at the local orphanage!
I mean…seriously tough decisions!
Having only just finished my first 6 months in the “blogosphere” – I know how much it takes to get a blog off the ground and keep it running (so does my wife – part of the reason she keeps hiding my modem)! Don’t tell her but I have 3G on the iPad…
BUT, I felt it was important to recognise all the time, energy and passion that so many bloggers put into their work. Sharing without caring about “citations” and the like…
I’m just a bit annoyed that I could only choose ONE for each category. Sorry to all of you I had to miss out – I still love you all!
– and here they are:
Best individual blog – Please don’t make me do this! How can I choose just ONE? OK – it has to be one on LEARNing (that’s a given) – maybe with a bit of leadership and tech thrown in: Dangerously ! Irrelevant (from Scott McLeod). Scott is a bit of a “blogging Yedi Master” (who obviously has a number of “clones” – my wife wants to know where he gets them)…always does great stuff!
Best individual tweeter – @2learn2 (from Steve Cushing). Even with the serious “business” of LEARNing and TEACHing, Steve just manages to put a smile on my face – several times a day!
Best group blog – The Committed Sardine (from the guys at 21st Century Fluency). How could I not nominate a blog with such a great name? I’ve been a fan of this one for a while – packed with regular chunks of technie news, with an keen eye for what’s important in how we look at education.
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog – Free Technology For Teachers (from Richard Bryne). Richard just has his finger on the “pulse” and delivers just how teachers need.
Best teacher blog – Think, Thank, Thunk (from Shawn Cornally). The whole premise of Shawn’s site is just wonderful – proud to be a teacher and not scared to share the “fear” so many of us have (besides I love the title).
Best School Administrator blog – The Principal of Change (from George Couros). George’s musings show how he walks-his-talk – savvy, connected and knows how not to take himself too seriously.
Best free web tool – PrintEdit (from Mozilla). Anything that saves paper and ink by letting us remove “unwanted” content (as well as costing “nowt”) gets my vote!
Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast – The Khan Academy (from “everyone” who shares on it). I do not care what critics say – it is (almost) the “future” of the University.
Best educational wiki – Educational Origami (from Andrew Churches). Andrew’s wiki is packed with LEARNing resources that sensibly link ideas that matter with the notions of 21st Century LEARNing.
Best educational use of a social network – English Companion Ning (from “everyone” who shares on it). Put simply – it is the “MicroSoft of educational social networking” (and I meant that in the most positive of ways)!
GOOD LUCK to everyone!
If you want to nominate some of your own favourite sites – go to the EduBlogs NOMINATION PAGE…