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December 3, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Check Out These Finalists For The 2014 Edublog Awards!

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The 2014 Finalists for the 2014 Edublog Awards have just been announced and voting has begun.

It’s a wonderful opportunity to check them out and learn about tech tools, blogs and other resources that you might have missed during the year. I know I always learn a lot from taking time to browse through them.

And one category you definitely don’t want to miss is the Most Influential Post one.

I’m a finalist in a number of categories, and I thank those who nominated me. I receive plenty of recognition, so I’d encourage you to vote for others.

November 12, 2014
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Nominations Now Open For The 2014 Edublog Awards

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Nominations for the eleventh annual Edublog Awards are now open. You can learn about the Awards and the nominations process here. The deadline is November 24th.

Its purpose is to recognize effective uses of social media for educational purposes.

I view them, as I view all of these types of awards, as great opportunities to learn about new resources out there, and that’s been the case for the past eight years of my following the Awards.

December 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting is open! Check out the 2013 Edublog Awards nominees!

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Between now and December 18th, you can vote for nominees listed at the Edublog Awards site.

As I’ve said in previous years, I feel honored by being “shortlisted” in several of the categories and greatly appreciate those who nominated me.

Nevertheless, instead of voting for me, I’d ask that you vote for those who I nominated — if they made the shortlist. If not, vote for one of the other worthy nominees.

I think the Edublog Awards are one of the best ways to learn about countless great blogs and other education resources out here.

In case you missed my previous post, here are my nominations for the awards:

Best Individual Blog — This was a tough one. I tried to think about which blogs I make a point of reading every one of its posts and that post regularly (there are quite a few bloggers I wish would write more). There are only a few of them, and most fit in other categories. So, I’m nominating Alexander Russo’s “This Week In Education” here.

Best Group Blog — Middleweb has to be my choice.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog — Richard Byrne at Free Technology For Teachers is an easy choice.

Best teacher blog — The Center For Teaching Quality Blogs are written by teachers. It could fit in the Group Blog category, but I figure it could fit here, too.

Best administrator blog — Chris Wejr doesn’t believe in rewards, but I’m nominating him anyway

Most influential blog post of the year — Saving the Poor With Science by Mike Rose is an eloquent piece on how the new emphasis on “character education” is not enough….

Best individual tweeter — Diane Ravitch is a must-follow to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of education

Best twitter hashtag — I’m more of a “lurker” on both, but I think it’s a tie between #ELTchat and #ELLchat.

Best free web tool — Screencast-o-matic, which easily lets you upload presentations to the Web and provide audio narration. It’s been around awhile, but I just tried using it regularly this year. You can read how I use it here.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast — Joe Mazza hosts an excellent show on BAM Radio about parent engagement.

Best educational use of a social network — The Teaching English – British Council Facebook page has got to be one of the fastest-growing education sites in social media today. It has nearly one million Likes and is a go-to resource for English teachers throughout the world. You can read my interview with Ann Foreman, the person behind the site’s success, here.

Best mobile app — Instagram’s fifteen second video feature. You can read how I use Instagram in the classroom here

Lifetime achievement — Sue Waters, the most helpful person on the Web to educators…

November 21, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Here Are My Nominees For The 2013 Edublog Awards

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It’s that time again — to make nominations for the 2013 Edublog Awards.

As I’m always said, I like the Edublog Awards because they’re great opportunities to learn about new blogs, people and resources that are out there.

You can see my list of nominees from last year here.

Here are my new ones (and I hope you make time to make your own):

Best Individual Blog — This was a tough one. I tried to think about which blogs I make a point of reading every one of its posts and that post regularly (there are quite a few bloggers I wish would write more). There are only a few of them, and most fit in other categories. So, I’m nominating Alexander Russo’s “This Week In Education” here.

Best Group Blog — Middleweb has to be my choice.

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog — Richard Byrne at Free Technology For Teachers is an easy choice.

Best teacher blog — The Center For Teaching Quality Blogs are written by teachers. It could fit in the Group Blog category, but I figure it could fit here, too.

Best administrator blog — Chris Wejr doesn’t believe in rewards, but I’m nominating him anyway :)

Most influential blog post of the year — Saving the Poor With Science by Mike Rose is an eloquent piece on how the new emphasis on “character education” is not enough….

Best individual tweeter — Diane Ravitch is a must-follow to keep up-to-date on what’s going on in the world of education

Best twitter hashtag — I’m more of a “lurker” on both, but I think it’s a tie between #ELTchat and #ELLchat.

Best free web tool — Screencast-o-matic, which easily lets you upload presentations to the Web and provide audio narration. It’s been around awhile, but I just tried using it regularly this year. You can read how I use it here.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast — Joe Mazza hosts an excellent show on BAM Radio about parent engagement.

Best educational use of a social network — The Teaching English – British Council Facebook page has got to be one of the fastest-growing education sites in social media today. It has nearly one million Likes and is a go-to resource for English teachers throughout the world. You can read my interview with Ann Foreman, the person behind the site’s success, here.

Best mobile app — Instagram’s fifteen second video feature. You can read how I use Instagram in the classroom here

Lifetime achievement — Sue Waters, the most helpful person on the Web to educators…

November 20, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Nominations Open! The 10th Annual Edublog Awards Are Here!”

It’s that time again — Nominations Open! The 10th Annual Edublog Awards Are Here!

These awards recognized education blogs from around the world, and I think they’re great opportunities to learn about blogs and great work that is out there that all of us might not know about.

You can read about my past nominations (and past winners) in my previous posts about the awards.

I’ll be offering my nominees for this year in a future post….

Go the above link to learn about how you make your own nominations!

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December 10, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards Winners To Be Announced On December 12th

I usually “virtually” attend the Edublogs Awards ceremony each year — it’s a lot of fun to connect in the chat window with bloggers and twitterers from around the world, and to hear actual voices!

I’m probably going to miss it this year, though, because of school and basketball commitments, but I’m still going to try to make at least part of it.

Here’s the info on the event:

We will (virtually) meet in Blackboard Collaborate to announce the winners and celebrate together.

Winners that are present will have a chance to say a few words as well, so be prepared!

When: Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm EST (see in your timezone here)

Where: Click on this link here and you will be taken there. We’ll arrive around 30 minutes early to get  setup.

And stick around for the after-party to meet up with your favorite bloggers and celebrate another exciting year!

December 3, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting is open for the Edublog Awards! Check out the 2012 nominees!

The finalists have been announced for the 2012 Edublog Awards! You can see who they are and vote for them here. Voting ends on December 12th.

I am a finalist in several categories, and I thank those of you who nominated me.

However, I would prefer that, instead of voting for me, you vote for those who I nominated.  Just as a reminder, here they are again:

Best individual blog — The Tempered Radical

Best group blog –TransformEd

Best new blog — Diane Ravitch

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog — Middleweb

Best teacher blog — Alice Mercer

Best administrator blog — Chris Wejr

Most influential blog post — A Significant Error That Policymakers Commit by Larry Cuban

Best individual tweeter — NYTimesLearning

Best twitter hashtag — #PTchat

Best free web tool — Marqueed

Best educational use of a social network — EFL Classroom 2.0

Best mobile app — Skqueak

Lifetime achievement — Sue Waters

November 13, 2012
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Nominations Open – The 2012 Edublog Awards are here!”

It’s that time of year again….to nominate your favorite education-related blogs or social media sites for the Edublog Awards.

This is an annual event that’s a great way to discover new bloggers and social media sites that are worth reading/using.

You have until November 26th to make your nominations, and can learn about the process here.

I’ll be posting my own nominations soon…