Edublog Awards – Thank you

Yes, it’s Edublogs awards time again, and I am very thankful to readers of this blog who have gone to the effort of nominating it for Best Teacher Blog and Best Librarian/Library Blog. It’s very humbling to be in the company of truly excellent educators who do a wonderful job of sharing their learning with others.

Just to be nominated is reward enough for me. Recognition from your peers is the best kind. There are some who want to win, and John T. Spencer has written a very honest and interesting post explaining why he does. I watched the Twitter stream when the awards were announced and noticed  a bit of sniping amongst some who had a thing or two to say about the awards. I’m really not interested in getting involved in banter like that. As far as I am concerned, yes, it could be construed as a bit of back slapping in what is a not exactly huge edublogosphere, but why not? Why not give recognition to people who spend their ‘down time’ learning and being transparent about it? Why not give recognition to a profession that traditionally does not provide external rewards to people who go the extra mile? Why not give recognition so that others can discover the wonderful voices out there who do are doing so much to make our profession responsive to change?

Not everyone who is making a difference has been nominated. Someone once said to me it was a shame that the loudest voices are the ones that are always heard first. My advice is this; pay attention when you can to the voices out there, both large and small. They all matter, especially when it comes to making our education systems better for the students we teach.

Visit the Edublogs awards site and discover some new voices. Read them, leave comments, become part of the conversation. You never know, it may spark you on to start writing too.

Voting closes on December 14th. Congratulations to everyone and thank you to Edublogs for going to the effort of running the awards.

Edublog Awards 2010 – my nominations

Nominations for the Edublog awards close tomorrow, so I thought I better get my act into gear and nominate some of the wonderful people out there who make learning happen for me. Not only for me, but  for countless others out there who find that the best professional development they receive these days comes from the people who are willing to be transparent about their thinking, and willing to share the resources they find that make them better at what they do.

It’s not easy. There are far too many great blogs, tweeters, and resource sharing sites out there, but I’ll give it a go. There are a ton more that deserve mentioning- wish I had the time to name them all.

Best individual blogJohn Connell: The Blog.   John always make me think. Especially when he’s fired up about something. I’ve been reading John for as long as I’ve been involved in the edublogosphere, and his quality posts that appear on a consistent basis, are one of my always go to places on the web.
Best individual tweeterAlec Couras.   Whenever I see a tweet from Alec appear in my Twitter stream, I take pause to read it. Alec shares some wonderful links, as well as giving us insight into the way he goes about his work, and how he lives his life.
Best new blogLiv to Dance. OK. I teach Liv, so I’ll be up front and admit bias. But I love Liv’s enthusiasm and how she’s working at building audience as she writes about dancing, her passion.

Best student blogStyle Rookie I don’t know if this qualifies as a student blog, but I’m guessing it does. Tavi is still at school, is blogging about what she loves, and making a reasonable dent in the universe while doing it. She impresses me, and she impresses my students also.
Best resource sharing blogPhil Bradley’s weblog. Phil finds the new stuff that’s out there and lets us all know if it’s worth looking at. If Phil thinks it’s good, then I’m sure to be checking it out.

Best teacher blogBrave New World.  Tania Sheko’s blog is well worth reading. Sometimes resource sharing, sometimes reflections on the need for change in education, and always how she is trying to make this happen. Quality writing too.
Best librarian / library blogBright Ideas I just love what SLAV and Judith Way are doing for Australian Teacher-Librarians, and Librarians the world over. Bright ideas is a place where Teacher Librarians can post what they’re doing in their own schools. It a vehicle for many who don’t have a web presence to get their great work out there for all to see and learn from.  It’s also a great resource sharing blog.
Best school administrator blogDarcy Moore’s Blog. Darcy is a Deputy Principal in New South Wales, and he pushes my thinking. I love that a Deputy Principal sees the value in blogging and wants to be part of the change process. Darcy is one of our great role models who the NSW Department of Education better hang onto!
Best educational podcastEd Tech Crew. Tony and Darrell do a great job of interviewing people who are exploring new ways of doing things. They share some great resources along the way too.

Best educational use of a social network –  Instructional Rounds – Best Teacher practice – The E5 Model PLN.  Nina Davis and Jenni Byass have set this up to support their teacher professional leave project, but along the way they’ve managed to attract school administrators and teachers from many parts of the world. Updated regularly and a supportive environment.
Lifetime achievementBill Ferriter. I’ve been to the United States twice this year and unfortunately did not get to meet Bill. His blog ‘The Tempered Radical’, is that really nice blend of a teacher modeling really good classroom practice, ideas for using new technologies for meaningful learning, and gutsy posts that get to the heart of current issues facing educators the world over. Bill is @plugusin on Twitter, and to me, he’s a real human being, sharing what matters. I don’t know how long Bill’s been at it, but he gets my vote anyway.

Voting ends Tuesday 14th of December.