Edublogs 2009 Awards: Inspiration in Education

My blog is relatively new and has become much more than I ever would have expected. I owe this to the various people and organizations I am nominating below for the Edublogs 2009 awards! I have learned by their examples. My knowledge as well as my passion for learning and collaboration I owe to them. Several others not on this list have also been influential.

My Nominations

Best individual blog- Kalinago English, Karenne Sylvester’s blog, has everything a blog needs from passionate posts to technology tips to controversial stances against the injustices in education! I’d also like to nominate Terry Freedman’s ICT in Education blog. He continues to write thought-provoking posts and provides useful tips for educators through his blog and other multimedia channels.

Best individual tweeter- Steven Anderson, @web20classroom, is an incredible representative of what an educator on Twitter should be. He is a close friend. He really cares about education and shares resources as well as helps as many educators through Skype. He does this in addition to working as the technology specialist for 19 schools. @Tomwhitby continues to inspire thought-provoking conversations which proves the 140 character limit is not limiting at all!

Best group blog- The Educator Royal’s Treatment, which is managed by Ken Royal, is a daily stop for me! I anticipate all the posts and have really had some great moments reading the various posts!

Best new blog- Ken Wilson has written one of the most compelling blogs that often reads like a novel. I would also like to include Marisa Constantinide’s blog, which is rich with teaching instruction advice and Tamas Lorincz’s blog which is thought-provoking and makes the educator deeply self-reflect.

Best class blog- Gelincik Grubu is a kindergarten class blog created by teachers in Turkey. They showcase the incredible work the children do which is an inspiration!

Best student blog- Adora Svitak is a 12 year-old prodigy who writes thought-provoking pieces such as how she feels befriending her principal on Facebook to poetry!

Best resource sharing blog-Several of my original posts began with links from Larry Ferlazzo’s blog. Rarely do I go a week without referring to a link within a post I found through Larry! I would also like to include Ozge Karaoglu’s blog, which has become a wonderful source of information to various Web 2.0 tools! Cybraryman also has a great website for nearly every subject imaginable.

Most influential blog post- Burcu Akyol has created one of the most influential blog series for educator’s professional development, Spread Your Knowledge. The Spread Your Knowledge series featured posts written from leading experts. Topics covered include getting published, how to tweet, creating a PRESTO, doing a presentation, blogging, and creating your own educational materials. I would also like to include the post by Scott Mcleod about Leadership Day 2009 which inspired several bloggers globally to blog about effective technology practices on July 12th.

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion- #Edchat is a discussion which has included over 400 educators, parents, student teachers, and administrators. Through #edchat various educators were able to debate a topic with the incredible education author, Alfie Kohn. I am honored to collaborate on this great project with Tom Whitby and Steven Anderson. I would also include #teachertuesday which is managed by TheEngTeacher who also manages to feed teachers’ blogs on Twitter.

Best teacher blog- Chickensaltash not only shares various resources in his blog, but he also shares how his students collaborate with other schools around the world. Chickensaltash’s work with Cool Earth is inspiring to educators. His work with schools in Peru and his travels as an educator in the rainforest earned him a nomination for the education Oscar’s.

Best librarian / library blog-Library Tech Musings by Gwyneth A. Jones is a treasure trove of web 2.0 tools and technologies for libraries. The blog is also highly visual.

Best educational tech support blog- If I need to know how to use a specific technology I visit David Kapular’s blog, Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyberhero. David has also published 6 free e-books to explain the various resources in his blog and has developed a wiki dedicated to these materials.

Best elearning blog- Elearning Learning has each of my favorite elearning blogs in one spot.

Best educational use of audio- Breaking News English by Sean Banville has over 1o00 audio files to support over 1000 current events. Each audio file is relevant, interesting, has supportive text, and exercises to accompany it! Moreover, Sean has pair activities for each lesson and even asks educators what news they would like him to do an audio file and lesson for!

Best educational use of video / visual- Russell Stannard has created several teacher training videos on various websites and nearly every web 2.o tool imaginable! TEFLClips by Jamie Keddie hosts various videos and accompanying lesson plans.

Best educational wiki- Ozge Karaoglu’s wiki reviews several web 2.0 tools in depth, provides excellent uses of Glogster, and showcases the incredible ways she uses web 2.0 tools with children.

Best educational use of a social networking service- The Educator PLN ning was created by Tom Whitby and continues to be one of my favorite places to travel daily to mingle with over 1500 educators! Additionally, Steve Hargadon’s Classroom 2.0 ning is a thriving community of nearly 35,ooo educators.

Best educational use of a virtual world- Edunation, which is currently run by The Consultants-E, is the place educators go to teach lessons, create educational materials, and attend conferences in Second Life. This mass of three virtual islands has been a safe haven for educators and free for all to use. It is also an invaluable source of professional development.

Lifetime achievement- Sue Waters has been the most influential individual in helping me develop my blog this year! All her websites, wikis, blogs, webinars, individual help, and virtual chocolates have helped make me pass the 5 month blogger mark!

New Categories

In the spirit of writing in nominations and candidates, I’m including the following categories and hope these will be accepted or considered as categories for next year. I hope giving awards for these categories will inspire more educational projects in these areas:

Best Blog Series- my nomination is for Burcu Akyol’s Spread Your Knowledge series.

Best Virtual Conference- Heike Philp’s Virtual Round Table Conference had over 400 participants worldwide, 49 guest speakers, and brought together some of the best educational panels and experts for free! Educators even won over 3000 Euros worth of prizes and the entire conference took place online!

Best Example of an Educator Digital Portfolio- Ozge Karaoglu once again has shown what an excellent educator portfolio should look like. I encourage you to read her series on creating your own digital portfolio.

Best Classroom Collaboration Project- Arjana’s high school students from Croatia have made a deep connection with Monika Hardy’s students in Colorado. They even celebrated Thanksgiving together and collaborate frequently on a ning.

Best Webinar- Jo Hart, Phil Hart, Sue Waters, and Stony River bring us great webinars about various educational topics week after week for free! They deserve more than virtual chocolates. How about a virtual award?

Best Blog Carnival- Karenne Sylvester had an impressive blog carnival which included a slideshow of blogs and a poll. The Edge of Education carnival hosted by We Teach, We Learn  was one of my favorites as well with quotes from each blog!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

21 thoughts on “Edublogs 2009 Awards: Inspiration in Education

  1. Shelly,

    What a great list of nominees, including several that I should have included in my own nominations!

    And thanks for nominating me…

    Larry

  2. I nominate Shelly Terrell for best knowledge of Social Media and initiating the #edchat – therefore of course, also best tweeter… and the best encourager of teachers to engage in technology.

  3. And I second Karenne’s nomination :-)

    Great list, Shelly – though I have to agree that your name deserves to be on it!

    A couple of people who are new to me on here, that I will be checking out…

  4. Dear Shelly, I am very honoured to be included in your nominations, which was completely unexpected. You always feature top quality links, so to be included amongst them is very humbling. Thank you.
    And thank you also for providing a list of blogs, most of which I haven’t come across before. I shall look forward to exploring them.

  5. Thanks for the nomination Shelly, I never thought I’d be up for best original blog category (what if blog was spelled w/ a C), but stranger things have happened.

    Ok, that sounded funnier in my head.

    I love your list and totally agree on so many of those and think Larry and Ozge as well as many others that you have mentioned deserve all those accolades and then some.

    I hope to see you among the winners and share in your winnings. You are taking all of your PLN members out to dinner right? 8-P

  6. Great list, all fave teacher2teacher blogs of mine, too, including yours, Shelly.

    Just some food for thought:

    Something we can never have enough of is critical reflection, so my fave is still Alex Case http://www.tefl.net/alexcase, with some newer players like Sara Hannam http://sjhannam.edublogs.org and Tristan Verboven http://tristanverboven.wordpress.com.

    I’d love more teachers to blog for learners, geared to specific groups and starting up discussions. Teachers blogging for other teahers gets a bit blinkered. So I really enjoy “Der Englischblog” http://www.der-englisch-blog.de for the community Markus Brendel has been able to build.

    Onward and upward, everyone!

    1. Anne,

      I thought about this too! There were so many more I should have nominated and just pushing the envelope this far I hope doesn’t get my votes disqualified because only one is supposed to be allowed for each category. I think this goes to show how many fantastic blogs and writers are out there including your blog. I would have to find a wonderful category for most who break the envelope and go above and beyond.

      1. @Shelly Terrell, Anne

        This will be my fifth attempt to leave this message – unfortunately that little not-spam box doesn’t like me…

        I just wanted to say that I agree with your listing more than one person in each category and I blatantly ignored the rules myself because I don’t think that nominating one person per category is really possible, or just.

        When it comes to the polling, people can choose one however if Edublogs would like us to nominate those who should be on the list, they really shouldn’t make us choose “just one” – apart from the fact that given how many amazing blogs there are out there and how difficult that task would be – it isn’t very good for community best practices…

        I wrote and told them ;-) because I wouldn’t have done any nominations if I had to only choose one per category however I wanted to do a nominations postings as I would like to shed light on some of the more forgotten bloggers who produce amazing work as well as celebrate the posts of the more well-known bloggers too!

        Take care,
        Karenne

        1. Karenne,

          At first I cringed when doing this. There are so many wonderful people who work hard to nominate and really all should win an award for their specialties. However, I still want some if not all to win some award. We all do this for free and if at least some of my nominations are recognized for their hard work that would be amazing but really I think every blog I read deserves some sort of award because I would not read them if they weren’t brilliant!

  7. Great list Shelly! But… what about you? The best of the best!
    I know most of these blogs but my favorite blogger from your list is Ozge Karaoglu. I started following her blog in August and saw the great use she makes from twitter, so I also started twitting and here I am… with a fantastic PNL.
    I am really thankful of having you and Ozge in my PNL.

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