Nov 262012

It’s the time of year for the Edublog Awards.  I remember this event like a whirlwind last year.  I was new to blogging, new to Twitter, and new to using social media as a professional.  I remember seeing massive volumes of Tweets generating in my Twitter stream about the Edublog Award Nominations.  I remember reading how bloggers could blog about their nominations and then send the link to Edublogs for voting.  Since blogging was new to me at the time, I felt it was not my place to do a nomination.  Besides, I was still learning what the entire Edublog Awards were and what they were for.

It’s a year later.  Now, that I have been on social media for professional purposes and blogging for a little over a year, I feel I have the experience and insight to do Edublog Nominations.  Here are my favorites that deserve the award.

  • Individual Blog: Rapid E-Learning–  I study and learn so much from Tom’s blog.  There is always something new to learn on his blog.  It’s crazy awesome!
  • Group Blog: TeacherCast– This has been one of my favorite go-to blogs for all sorts of information as a teacher…especially Apps!
  • EdTech BlogFree Technology For Teachers–  This has been my go-to place for all things related to technology in the classroom.
  • Teacher Blog: Cool Cat Teacher–  I’m going to say it, we all know Cool Cat Teacher is the best teacher blog and resource.  Educators love it.  It’s a fav!
  • Influential Post:  Confessions of a ‘Bad Teacher’–  This post is a must read.  It was insanely popular and will hit you to your core.  It speaks truth.
  • Individual Tweeter: Angela Maiers– These words sum up her influence and awesomeness…”You Matter!”
  • Twitter Hashtag: #ELLchat – I am an ESL teacher so I am baised to ESL hashtags.  I have networked with, chatted and tossed up ideas with some fabulous people from #ELLchat.
  • Free Web Tool:  Glogster EDU– Glogster is my favorite web 2.0 tool.  Although they have paid services, they also still have a fantastic free service.  Glogs rock!
  • Video/Podcasts: Ted Talks– We all know they are awesome!  That’s all I need to say.
  • Educational Wiki:  Web 2.0 Guru–  This wiki has a massive list of 2.0 resources to use in education.  Many of the resources I find and use are from this wiki.  It is one of the best!
  • Social Network: Twitter–  Twitter has been the best professional development tool for me ever hands down!  I will reiterate this and preach it over and over because it’s that awesome for PD.
  • Mobile App:  Edmodo–  I teach higher education students and do not have access to Moodle or Blackboard, so yes I do use Edmodo with my higher ed students.  And guess what…they love it!!!!   The Edmodo App has been a lifesaver in answering student questions before exams, communicating assignments, having students turn in assignments digitally and the list of wows  goes on and on!

I am not nominating in all areas because I don’t feel my nomination in the areas I have not listed would be appropriate since I don’t have as much experience with blogs and web 2.0 in those areas.  

Check out the websites to my nominations at the links provided.  You’ll love them!

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