I have chosen the following people and sites to nominate for the 2011 Edublog Awards:
Best group blog
The Cooperative Catalyst | http://coopcatalyst.wordpress.com/
The Cooperative Catalyst is a blog started by a small group of passionate educators that has grown to a vibrant community characterized by insightful posts and comments from educators that represent a broad spectrum of ideas and beliefs. I’m proud to announce that I am a new member, and am very excited to write my first post this week!
Best student blog
Enjoli Gilbert and Haley Gomez | http://gilbertandgomez.blogspot.com/
Gilbert and Gomez is a blog about books by two college freshmen who began their blogging journey in their senior year at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Academy here in the New Orleans area. These girls have a fun, energetic way of bringing the books they read to life for their blog readers.
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
Richard Bryne | http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
My go-to site for all things edtech has to be Free Technology for Teachers. With frequent updates on all the hottest tech tools, Richard Bryne has created an invaluable resource in his blog.
Most influential blog post
Josh Stumpenhorst | “I resign from teaching” | http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com/2011/02/i-resign-from-teaching.html
When I saw this post come up on my RSS reader earlier this year, I was immediately taken aback by the title: “I resign from teaching”. I had to read it. You do too!
Best twitter hashtag
#edchat | Tuesdays at 7PM ET
The first and largest Twitter hashtag chat for teachers is my favorite place to learn, listen, speak out, and vent. I believe that all teachers can benefit from this lively discussion that takes place every Tuesday night between passionate teachers from around the world.
Best teacher blog
Vicki Davis | http://coolcatteacher.blogspot.com/
As a pioneer of ed-blogging, Vicki Davis stands out as a teacher who is unafraid to challenge her peers to be the best that they can be. For me, her blog is a source of content that is consistently relevant, informative and inspirational.
Best librarian / library blog
Elizabeth Kahn | http://www.talesfromaloudlibrarian.com/
My friend and colleague, Elizabeth Kahn, is a “loud librarian” with a passion and love for her work that shows in everything she does. For example, she kicked off this school year by starting a series of short videos titled “Get Reading: digital book talks for teens who love to read.” She has won a number of awards for her work, including 2 Laura Bush grants for her library, regional tech educator of the year, and state librarian of the year, to name a few.
Best free web tool
Classdojo | http://classdojo.com
I love ClassDojo! It is a free classroom management tool that’s super-easy to set up and even easier to use. I’ve blogged about it–find out more here: http://blanchetblog.net/2011/10/12/classdojo-is-cool/
Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
Dave Schultz and Tyler Winner | “Do the Quad solve” | http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jGJrH49Z2ZA
Recently, my students and I connected with a dynamic duo of teachers from Ohio who have been busy recording and editing YouTube videos in which they sing and dance about MATH. Their “math rap” videos stand out from the hundreds that can be found on YouTube not only because of their high quality and accuracy, but also because of the school spirit and excitement showcased in the student participation in each project.
Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
Reform symposium | http://reformsymposium.com/
This year, I moderated, presented and participated in my first online “unconference”, RSCON3. I blogged about this, too! I was blown away by the sheer magnitude of interacting with over 1,000 educators representing myriad countries sharing tons of great information about teaching and learning. I am anxiously awaiting RSCON4, and hope to meet and talk to even more passionate educators there!
I am fortunate enough this year to have the experience to nominate way more people and sites than I did in years past. With so many nominations, I only included a very short description of each, but I encourage you to check these sites out to see exactly why they are on my list!