December 5, 2013
by Larry Ferlazzo
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…