Thank you, Edublogs, for providing this opportunity to acknowledge amazing educators around the globe, and for raising the awareness of the awesome impact social media and web 2.0 can have on our learning and our learners.
Here are my nominations for 2012:
Best individual blog: Dare to Care by Denise Krebs
|Dare to Care|
Denise is a passionate educator who I learn so much from. Her blog, Dare to Care, focuses on the 6 Cs she puts in her tag line, "Creating, Contributing, Communicating, Connecting, Collaborating & Curating." Her genuine love for learning is apparent in all she does.
Best group blog: 1 to 1 Schools
1 to 1 Schools is a group blog for one-to-one learning. Each contributor takes a slightly different perspective, which creates an all-star team for one-to-one implementation as well as technology integration and 21st century learning. For example, Dr. Nick Sauers mainly posts from an administrative point of view, while Janet Moeller-Abercrombie posts from a teacher's point of view. The different perspectives create a well-rounded foundation to one-to-one learning and technology integration.
Best new blog: Ms Edwards Considers...
|Ms Edwards Considers...|
Best class blog: Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog
|Mrs. Yollis' Blog|
Best student blog: BB's Awesome Blog
|BB's Awesome Blog|
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom
|Integrating Tech in the Primary Classroom|
Best teacher blog: What Else by Sheri Edwards
Best library / librarian blog: Bulldog Readers Blog by Julie Hembree
|Bulldog Readers Blog|
Best Administrator blog: This and That by Jon Castelhano
I know that traditionally when "administrator" is said, I think of a principal -- but not this time. The best administrator's blog is the blog of Technology Director, Jon Castelhano. He gets it. He gets how he and his department can help change the culture of a district. He empowers those around him to work towards the goal of a healthy, 21st century learning district, and he captures that in his blog.
Most influential blog post: "Staff Development Day: Blogging and the Google Teacher Academy" by Linda Yollis
|Mrs. Yollis' Blog|
Best individual tweeter: Joan Young @flourishingkids
Best twitter hashtag: #comments4kids @wmchamberlain
#comments4kids is my favorite hashtag because it's a place where educators can ask others to comment on student posts. I've seen the disappointment in students after they've written a post, yet didn't receive comments... and the excitement from thoughtful comments. It can make their day. Check out #comments4kids, leave a comment, and put a smile on kids' faces. Thanks William Chamberlain!
Best free web tool: Twitter
Twitter is the best free resource I've been introduced to. The people I connect with, and resources and ideas shared on Twitter are a huge part of my professional development, learning, and growth.
Best educational use of audio/video/visual/podcast: Mr. Avery's Classroom Blog
|Mr. Avery's Classroom Blog|
Best educational wiki: Flat Classroom
Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay for helping flatten classrooms!
Best open PD / unconference / webinar series: Edublogs Teacher Challenges
The Edublogs Teacher Challenges are fabulous open PD. It is the one link I share most frequently with colleagues throughout the year. Their professional development includes many free Web 2.0 tool tutorials, how to build a PLN, and blogging. They help teachers start their personal or professional blogs, class blogs, and student blogs. I learned about blogging from their challenges and the connections I made through their challenges. I am grateful for the outstanding professional development they provide.
Best educational use of a social network: Student Challenge
Sue Wyatt for volunteering her time to organize the Student Blogging Challenges.
Best mobile app: ShowMe
Our students love creating presentations using ShowMe! Students find it easy to use, and teachers love using it for quick formative assessments and closure activities.
Lifetime achievement: Sue Wyatt
|Miss W -- @tasteach|
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