The nominations for the 2012 EduBlogs awards are open, and for the first time ever I’m (almost) organised enough to make some nominations. If you haven’t heard of the awards, you can read a bit about them here, and if you want to make nominations yourself, you can find out how to by going here.
I stuck to what I know, so haven’t made any nominations in areas I felt my opinion would be uninformed! Even so, I had a pretty tough time making them with so much good stuff going on. For what they’re worth, my nominations are below.
- Best individual blog: If you’re a teacher who enjoys getting their class outside, or wants to get their class outside, then you really want to be reading Juliet’s blog. She will keep you bang up to date, help you avoid problems before you had even thought of them and give you everything from big outdoor learning ‘events’ to everyday stuff that you can do outside. Outstanding. http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.co.uk/
- Best group blog: I am constantly amazed by the community that has grown up around pedagoo, and was blown away by the TMSLFringe12 event. Amazing stuff from Fearghal, Kenny, Neil and a huge community of pedagurus http://www.pedagoo.org/
- Best new blog: I still can’t quite believe that this is a new blog, but there you are. These young people are doing amazing things, and I know the University is very proud of them. CPDStrathclyde Originally at https://sites.google.com/site/cpdstrathclyde/our-blogs and now http://cpdstrathclyde.co.uk/wordpress2/news-and-reviews-2/
- Best class blog: I have only recently discovered the Acharacle Primary school website, but have been so impressed by it. If you want to see the sort of website we should all have, visit it on a desktop machine. This is my favourite of the blogs http://p4-7eblog.weebly.com/p4-7e-blog.html
- Best student blog: Another recent discovery due to his invention of the #pupilfriday hashtag on Twitter, his blog is even more impressive. I see a bright future ahead for this young man. http://jamiehalvorson.wordpress.com/
- Best teacher blog: Had a few outstanding candidates for this one, but in the end Kenny Pieper just shaded it because so often I feel that he is hitting the nail exactly on the head. Plus, I love the title of his blog! http://justtryingtobebetter.com/
- Most influential blog post: Fearghal’s stuff is consistently thought-provoking, but this post which flew a bit under the radar (possibly due to the time of year) seemed to speak directly to me! http://fkelly.co.uk/2012/01/good-practice/
- Best individual tweeter: Another category I really struggled with, but Derek just shaded it. As well as keeping you right up to date with the things that are going on in GBL and indeed the wider education world, Derek doesn’t forget that social networks are social as well as networks, and is happy to get involved in music discussions, general banter and most importantly Dundee United related tweeting as well. Take a bow @derekrobertson
- Best twitter hashtag: If you don’t know why, click on the link. #pedagoofriday
- Best free web tool: I have used this free resource all year, and the pupils love it. They have an app now too, for iOs with an Android app due very shortly. I’m getting to the stage where I might even start paying the $49 a year for Premium Membership so I can organise my lists & my pupils. Tell me it’s not as good as writing your word list out three times….. SpellingCity.com
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast: John and David have built a remarkable resource in EduTalk and Radio EduTalk. You can listen while you are doing other things, making it very easily accessible, and yet it always makes you think. I don’t mean to be bossy, but if you haven’t checked it out already, then you should. EduTalk/Radio EduTalk
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series: Still inspiring teachers, growing, attracting attention and spawning clones – TeachMeet
- Best mobile app: Drill number facts while killling zombies. What could be better? If it was free? Well, it is! Nice one. Math v Zombiez
- Lifetime achievement: Andrew Brown
So what do you reckon? Could you do better? Well, on you go then!