The end of the year is coming soon, and that means it is time for the annual Edublog Awards!
According to the Edublog Awards site:
The Edublog Awards was set up in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
Here are Mrs. Yollis' Edublog Award Nominations:
Best Class Blog: 4KM and 4KJ
This fabulous fourth grade blog out of Victoria, Australia, is a model for what educational blogging can be. Run by the talented @kathleen_morris and @kellyjordan82, this blog features engaging lessons, meaningful tech integration, and educational videos that share and enhance learning. Their classroom blog comes alive with rich discussion in each and every comment section. This is classroom blogging at its best!
Best Student Blog: Come Somersault With Sarah
Each year, I nominate a student blogger from the prior year who has continue to excel with blogging. This year, I am proud to nominate fourth grader, Sarah, for best student blog. She is a model blogger who posts regularly, incorporates her own photography, and shares her talent for piano and violin through videos recorded by her parents. Sarah demonstrates proper netiquette by making an effort to comment back to visitors who take the time to leave her a comment.
Best Educational Use of Audio/Video/Visual/Podcast: Mr. Avery's Classroom Blog
Mr. Avery and his students create fantastic green screen videos that are used by classes around the world. The videos are produced throughout the year and present educational content in clever ways.
Best Library Blog: The Bulldog Readers
Julie Hembree is a modern librarian who incorporates traditional library skills and digital media. She models her love of learning, creates award winning book trailers with her students, and connects her library with the world. We should all be fortunate enough to have such a dedicated and talented librarian at our schools!
Best Ed Tech / Resource Sharing Blog: Integrating Technology in the Primary Classroom by Kathleen Morris
This wonderful resource is rich with useful tips, tools, and advice for all teachers. Kathleen's blog offers a fabulous section about educational blogging, another that features tech tools for teachers, and a useful web 2.0 tools section for global collaboration projects. Kathleen publishes frequently and the comment section often offers additional information and ideas from her global audience.
Best Individual Blog: wwwatanabe
Tracy Watanabe is a dedicated and talented educator. Her blog is filled with detailed professional development posts, useful tutorials, and information about peer coaching and 21st century learning. She approaches each post in a thoughtful way, and I recommend everyone subscribe to wwwatanabe.
Best Hashtag: #comments4kids
This Twitter hashtag is invaluable for connecting student bloggers with teachers and students all over the world. Whenever the class or a student blogger has a new post, a quick tweet using #comments4kids will result in quality connections for my class. A big thank you to @wmchamberlain for the fantastic idea!
Best Educational Use of a Social Network: Student Challenge
The Student Blogging Challenge is open two times a year and is a wonderful way to learn about blogging and connect with classrooms all over the world. Each week a menu of challenges is posted and learning is self-paced. A big thank you goes out to Sue Wyatt (@tasteach) for volunteering to run the Student Blogging Challenge!
Best Individual Tweeter: @RossMannell
Ross Mannell is a retired teacher in Australia and is one of the best supporters of student blogging that I've ever known. He uses Twitter to connect with bloggers worldwide. (Like Tracy Watanabe recommended, I'd love to see a new Edublog category for Best Blog Commenter. Mr. Mannell's contributions to classroom blogging are tremendous!)
Lifetime Achievement: Sue Waters
Sue Waters is an incredible person! She works for Edublogs, but is always available to help a teacher out with a tech or blogging question no matter what the blogging platform used. She is a dedicated worker, a passionate educator, and she possesses a positive problem solving attitude. Her blog, The Edublogger, is a phenomenal resource for teachers, and her years of service to others deserves this lifetime achievement recognition.
The nomination close soon! Find out how to submit your nominations and get voting details by clicking here.
What do you think of my nominations?