Edublog Nominations

I have mixed feelings on the whole awards concept, but I do enjoy a chance to nominate and recognize some of the blogs I read on a regular basis.  Sadly, there aren't categories that I would like (best high school teacher - "Stop Trying to Inspire Me" or best kinder teacher "Look At My Happy Rainbow") and there are some categories that are almost worthless to me.

Best individual blog:
Science Teacher - If there is a Doyle fan club, Nash and I will have to arm wrestle for who gets to be president. 

Best individual tweeter:
@jerridkruse for his fresh quasi-Luddite perspective

Best group blog
Cooperative Catalyst - I feel like this is a true example of what happens when a group of people choose to write together and comment on one another's work as well.  It's thoughtful, provocative and has a real range when it comes to voice.

Best new blog
Comments4kids - One of the smartest ways to organize student comments on a grassroots level. 

Best class blog
Swimming Under Icebergs - A multimedia, constructivist, student-centered blog.  Every once in awhile, I have my class read their blog posts.

Best resource sharing blog
Joe Bower - I know that sounds a bit strange, because it's not a "ten zippy things that will change your teaching career" blog, but he shares tons of resources and perspectives on authentic, constructivist education.

Most influential blog post
Jabiz Raisdana's post "There Is Nothing in the Internet That Is Not In Your Heart" struck a chord with many readers who recognized that the hysteria over the internet is a bit insane.

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion

Best teacher blog
Mrs. Love's Blog-0-Rama - thoughtful, practical, personal and well-written.  I really enjoy this blog and read it regularly.   (Incidentally, this was hard, because I wanted to nominate many others for this one)

Best educational wiki
Wikistange: To me, this is what a wiki should be all about - students sharing, posting, commenting.  It's an ever-evolving picture of Alan's classroom.

Best educational podcast
"With Learning in Mind" is a great, conversational podcast by Russ Goerend and Matt Townsley.

Best educational webinar series
The Reform Symposium - one of the few "virtual conferences" that I paid much attention to.  I really enjoyed it.

Best educational use of a social network


John Spencer

John Spencer is a teacher, author, speaker, and incessant doodler. He is the co-author of Wendell the World's Worst Wizard and the co-founder of Write About. He is passionate about helping students develop into better writers and deeper thinkers.

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  1. If I could nominate a second one, it would be: This Brazen Teacher's "Tribes: Part Deux" - While she doesn't blog often, her posts (like this one) have a profound includnece on other bloggers and thinkers. She's like the quiet one at a dinner party who finally speaks up and changes the shape of the rest of the conversation.

  2. Thanks for reminding me about a couple of these. I'd forgotten to add the to my new blog reel when I started Trying Teaching this fall.

  3. Thanks for nominating the Comments4Kids blog. I thought it was a means to an end, but now I realize it is just a first step. Your other nominations have introduced me to some new things to check out. I can't believe I miss so much...

  4. Totally agree about Look At My Happy Rainbow as the best kinder blog. There is such an opportunity to demean or be overly cutesy...and he never goes there. Maybe we can force a category. The award is all made up anyway...why not?

  5. Thanks for the nomination, John. I don't know if you know about one of our foundational tenets, but now that you've mentioned us on the Internets, you are on the list to be a guest. Congrats!

  6. Well your mention is like an award in itself, so I'll consider myself humbled. :)

  7. I appreciate the mention as well. Thanks.

  8. Thanks for the nomination. Since I tend to be a thorn in most edtechie's sides, do you want to place bets on how many votes I get. :) But as you know, raising unpopular views is not about popularity and more about being conscientious. The few folks who "get it" (such as yourself) and those who have been "converted" are enough to keep me going! Thank you!

    ps. I don't like the word converted - I'm not trying to make people agree with me, but I trying to expand the discussion beyond the echo chamber.

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