Monday, November 26, 2012

Edublog Award Nominations

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?


    1. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

      Thank you so much for your kind nominations. I am flattered to see that you nominated both my professional blog and class blog.

      I think the Edublog Awards are a fantastic way to encourage other teachers and students to get involved in blogging. I do hope your nomination post encourages others to start reading blogs or creating their own.

      I certainly agree that there should be a best commenter category! Maybe next year.

      Good luck with the awards and we hope to see you online for the ceremony.

      Your friend in Australia,
      Mrs Morris

      1. @ Mrs. Mrs. M♤rris and Mrs. Y☆llis,

        Mrs. M♤rris, I hope I get a blog!

        I would nominate you too if I knew how. It would be in the category: "Best Ed Tech / Resource Sharing Blog" just like Mrs. Y♔llis! If you were me what category would you do?

        Mrs. Y☆llis, I think your nominations are brilliant and clever. Do you think it is brilliant or clever? Which word do you think is better to be in the sentence?

        Good luck with both of your blogs!

    2. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

      I cannot believe that it is that time of your for the Edublog awards. So many wonderful blogs!

      I thought your nominations were great. For they are all outstanding in there own way.

      Good luck to all the nominations. I feel just getting this far you are all winners already.

      Enjoy the awards day when it arrives.


    3. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

      Wow! This is a very good post you put up.

      Thank you for nominating us for best class blog!
      I think your nominations are very good. A lot of people have nominated Sue Waters for Life Time achievement.

      I hope you get short listed and then into the top five.

      Good luck,

    4. Dear Mrs Yollis and class,

      Thank-you so much for nominating our classroom blog! :)

      I think your blog deserves to win cause you seem like you put so much effort in you posts and you are great friends to 4KM and 4KJ.

      How many times have you won the edu blogs awards?

      I hope you win again this year,
      Bye for now

    5. Hi,

      thank you so so much for nominating our blog to be selected. I think your nominations were well thought out and i agree 100%

      this was also a great post

      from Riley (4km)

    6. Dear Mrs Yollis,

      I am Georgia from down under in 4KM and 4KJ. I nominated Bucks Pool party on my blog. Mrs Morris said that you said it was hilarious. :)
      Thank you for nominating our class blog! It’s great that we are getting a lot of votes from our blogging buddies.
      Here is the link to my blog, be sure to visit.
      Also, thank you for nominating Mrs Morris’ own blog. I hope she we get lots of votes.
      I think your nominations are fantastic!
      Your Blogging Buddy,
      P.S Can you please comment on my blog. :lol:

    7. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

      Thank you so much for the nomination

      I've never really been in blogging class so this is the first Edublog nomination I've participated in.
      I agree with all of your nominations and I hope you’re short listed.

      From your friend from down under,
      Brandon (4KM)

    8. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Thank you so much for nominating me. I was so excited in the morning when my mom showed me your blog post. Thank you for teaching me about blogging and continuing to support my blog even though I am a former student.


    9. Dear Mrs. Yollis and class,

      Thank you for honouring me in an unexpected way. I normally sit somewhere in the background so the nomination was quite a surprise. :)

      Teacher (retired), N.S.W., Australia

    10. Mia (your former student that misses you)November 29, 2012 at 1:37 PM

      Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      Finally! I have memories when we would go to the computer lab and Ms. Menchall's computer lounge so everybody could vote. I am not doubtful for a second that you won't win again!

      I will try to vote every day for you. If you give any of your students blogs, let me know so if they're nominee's, I can vote for them.

      Good luck to you and your students!

      Your former student (that misses you),

    11. Dear Mrs. Yollis,

      I am thoroughly impressed with the tremendous talent each of your nominee blogs have!
      Good luck to each of them!

      I am familiar with the blogs of some of your nominations but not all. It was fun to check them all out.

      Good luck bloggers! You are an impressive bunch.

      Shannon- Collin's mom

    12. LInda, thanks so much for the #comments4kids nomination. As an influential member of the class blogging community, your support makes a big statement about commenting on student posts. (Not that you aren't a great supporter all the time ;).


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