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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…

December 12, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Participate In The Edublog Awards Event!

Voting in the Edublog Awards is open until the end of Tuesday but, more importantly, the Edublog Awards Live Online Ceremony is taking place on December 14th at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

You can get all the details here.

I look forward to it each year because it’s a lot of fun to connect simultaneously with so many people whose tweets and blogs I read.

Unfortunately, because of a prior commitment, this year I’ll only be online for the first twenty minutes. I’d encourage you to check it out!

And, if you’re still interested in voting and are interested in seeing who I nominated, you can read this prior post.

November 16, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Another Edublog Awards Nomination

Today, I realized yet another consequence of writing late night posts — I had forgotten to include one more nominee in my nomination post for this year’s Edublog Awards.

I was a subscriber to John Norton’s Middleweb email newsletter long before he turned it into a blog which is now regularly filled with great resources. It’s getting better and better all the time, and I’m nominating it for “Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog.”

I’ll also add it to my original nominations post.

November 15, 2011
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Nominations For The Edublog Awards

Nominations for this year’s Edublog Awards are now open. I think the whole process is a great way to learn about exceptional resources that are out there, so I’m an enthusiastic supporter!

I’m only going to offer nominations for a few categories this year, but I’m making up for that by nominating more than one in some areas:

Best Individual Blog

I’m listing two blogs — The Shanker Blog and This Week In Education. Matthew Di Carlo at The Albert Shanker Institute provides the most accessible, even-handed, and savvy analysis of education research around — he makes that blog a “must-read.” And Alexander Russo’s scouring of mainstream and social media for the most informative news and analysis of today’s education policy issues (plus the thoughtful pieces from John Thompson, his regular contributor) ensure that he’s on the top of my RSS Reader everyday.

Best Group Blog

I have to nominate three blogs for this category: Transform Ed, Powerful Learning Practice, and InterAct. Transform Ed is comprised of posts from many educators connected to the Center For Teaching Quality (I’m a member of the Center’s Teacher Leaders Network, but don’t blog at Transform Ed). Many talented educators also blog at Powerful Learning Practice, led by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Will Richardson. InterAct is the blog of Accomplished California Teachers, though its posts have national significance. David B. Cohen, Martha Infante, and Kelly Kovacic are the primary three bloggers there (I’m a member of ACT, but don’t post at its blog).

Most Influential Blog Post

The Relationship Status of Teachers and Educational Technology: It’s Complicated by Roxanna Elden is hands-down the wittiest, and certainly one of the most insightful, pieces I’ve read about the use of ed tech.

Best Teacher Blog

David Deubelbeiss’ blog, EFL 2.0 – Teacher Talk is my nominee in this category. David gives and gives and gives, and then gives some more.

Best School Administrator Blog

The Wejr Board by Chris Wejr consistently posts thoughtful commentary on issues like parent engagement and rewards, awards and incentives.

Best Free Web Tool

I’m going to nominate the top two web tools on my The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2011 list:

GeoTrio lets you create a virtual tour of just about anyplace on a map. You type in addresses or locations and easily create multiple “stops” that show the Google Street View snapshots of the area. You can also upload your own images. But that’s not all. What really makes GeoTrio stand out is the ability to easily make an audio recording for each stop on the map.

Corkboard Me is sort of a  Wallwisher-clone that is even simpler to use but has fewer features. You just paste virtual sticky-notes on a virtual bulletin board. One nice feature it has is by pasting the url address of an image link, the image will show up on the sticky note. No registration is necessary.

Best Educational Use Of A Social Network

EFL Classroom 2.0 provides a huge service to ESL/EFL/ELL teachers around the world. It’s a treasure trove of resources and relationships.

Lifetime Achievement

I would be shocked if there is anyone who has helped more educators in the social media world than Sue Waters. I nominate her for this category every year, and every year she is not considered because she’s an employee of Edublogs. “Conflict of interest” or not, she deserves the award!

Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog

I was a subscriber to John Norton’s Middleweb email newsletter long before he turned it into a blog which is now regularly filled with great resources. It’s getting better and better all the time!

Good luck to my nominees, and to everyone else who gets nominated. I can’t wait to see the entire list and spend a lot of time exploring and learning from them!

December 15, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The 2010 Edublog Awards Winners Announced!

The awards ceremony was just completed for the 2010 Edublog Awards Winners.

You can see the winners here, and it’s quite an impressive group. It’s a gold mine for learning about top-notch blogs, twitterers, and other social media resources.

I was honored to be named Second Runner-Up for Best Individual Blog. Thanks for your support!

December 13, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards Announced This Week

Voting for the Edublog Awards (vote here)  will end on Tuesday the 14th of December (11:59 PM EST USA)! – Click here to check the time voting finishes in your local time!

Winners will be announced at the live awards ceremony on Wednesday the 15th of December at 7pm EST USA – Click here to check your local time!

Learn more about the awards show here.

Thanks to many who nominated me in five categories:

Best Individual Edublog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Educational Tech Support Edublog

Lifetime Achievement

I’d also encourage you to consider voting  for the people I nominated:

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical”

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters

No matter who you vote for, though, please take the time to explore the nominations in all categories.  It’s a great way to learn about new great blogs and other resources that are out there!

December 5, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting Begins For Edublog Awards

Voting has just begun for this year’s Edublog Awards. Voting ends on December 14th.

Thanks to many who nominated me in five categories:

Best Individual Edublog

Best Resource Sharing Blog

Best Individual Tweeter

Best Educational Tech Support Edublog

Lifetime Achievement

I’d also encourage you to consider voting  for the people I nominated:

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical”

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters

No matter who you vote for, though, please take the time to explore the nominations in all categories.  It’s a great way to learn about new great blogs and other resources that are out there!

Nominated Best Individual Blog

Nominated Best Individual Tweeter

Nominated Best Resource Sharing Blog

Nominated Best Ed Tech Support

Nominate Life Time Achievement

November 17, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards “Widget”

A great way to learn about great blogs is through the annual Edublog Awards.

You can keep up with everybody who is being nominated through this neat widget Edublogs just created:


November 11, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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My Nominees For The 2010 Edublog Awards

The Edublog Awards are a great place to learn about education-related blogs. You can see all the previous nominees and winners here.

Here are my nominations for this year’s awards (The url address is visible because it makes things easier for the Awards’ sponsors):

Best individual blog: Bill Ferriter’s “The Tempered Radical” http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/the_tempered_radical/

Best individual tweeter: Shelly Terrell http://twitter.com/ShellTerrell

Best group blog: TLN Teacher Voices http://teacherleaders.typepad.com/tln_teacher_voices/

Best new blog: InterACT from Accomplished California Teachers http://accomplishedcaliforniateachers.wordpress.com/

Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler’s Technology Tidbits http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com/

Best teacher blog: David Deubelbeiss http://ddeubel.edublogs.org/

Best school administrator blog: Connected Principals http://www.connectedprincipals.com/

Best educational tech support blog: The Edublogger http://theedublogger.com/

Best educational use of audio: Sean Banville’s Breaking News English http://breakingnewsenglish.com/

Best educational use of video / visual: Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos http://www.teachertrainingvideos.com/

Best educational use of a social network: EFL Classroom 2.0 http://eflclassroom.ning.com/

Lifetime achievement: Sue Waters http://theedublogger.com/

Nominations close on December 3rd — Make your own!

November 11, 2010
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“The 2010 Edublog Awards – Nominations Open!”

Nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards are now open:

* Nominations: Close Friday 3 December!
* Voting: Ends Tuesday 14 December!
* Award Ceremony: Wednesday 15 December!

You can read about the awards categories and the nomination process here. It’s as easy as pie to nominate blogs, so I’d encourage you to look at the categories and nominate some good blogs.

I’ll be sharing my nominations very soon. The whole process is fun, and a great way to learn about education-related blogs.

December 18, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards Winners

Winners of the Edublog Awards were announced today. A complete listing of all winners and runner-ups hasn’t been posted yet, but you can see a list of winners at Cathy Nelson’s blog. I’ll write as soon as a complete list is posted.

Though this blog didn’t “win,” it was a runner-up in three categories — Best Individual Blog, Best Resource Sharing Blog, and Lifetime Achievement — not bad at all, I think.

Thanks to everybody who nominated and voted for this blog and me! Congratulations to all the first place winners and nominees. And thanks to Sue Waters and Steve Hargadon for doing a great job hosting the awards ceremony.

December 13, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Edublog Awards Ceremony & Results Coming-Up

Here’s a short excerpt from an “Edublog Awards 2009″ post:

There’s only days till the Edublog Awards Ceremony….so it’s time to record the details in your Calendar!

This year the event will be held in Elluminate.

You just need to click on the following link up to 30 minute before it commences to join the Award ceremony:

http://tinyurl.com/edublogawards

The event is scheduled for:

  • GMT/UTC: 12 am, Friday 18 December
  • USA EST: 7 pm, Thursday 17 December
  • AEST: 11 am, Friday 18 December

PLEASE click here to visit TimeandDate.com to check your local time!

The post itself has some more information you might want to read.

You can find out more information about voting here.

December 9, 2009
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Voting In The Edublog Awards (Part Two)

The actual voting site for the Edublog Awards is slightly confusing (only slightly — I was a bit confused at first, and I see others on Twitter who might have been, too — it’s just that they wanted to rightfully show all the nominees, too), so I’m going to follow the lead of other bloggers and post the direct links to each category. You can click on it and then easily vote for whoever you want:

The Edublog Award Categories….

  1. Best individual blog
  2. Best individual tweeter
  3. Best group blog
  4. Best new blog
  5. Best class blog
  6. Best student blog
  7. Best resource sharing blog
  8. Most influential blog post
  9. Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  10. Best teacher blog
  11. Best librarian / library blog
  12. Best educational tech support blog
  13. Best elearning / corporate education blog
  14. Best educational use of audio
  15. Best educational use of video / visual
  16. Best educational wiki
  17. Best educational use of a social networking service
  18. Best educational use of a virtual world
  19. Lifetime achievement

I was lucky enough to be nominated in these categories:

Best Individual Edublog (I nominated Public School Insights, but it doesn’t appear to have made the “short list”)

Best Individual Tweeter (I nominated  web20classroom and ShellTerrell)

Best Resource Sharing Blog (I nominated Welcome to NCS-Tech)

Lifetime Achievement (I didn’t nominate anyone in this category, and I certainly don’t belong here)

Our school’s Intermediate English class blog was nominated (by me :) and others) in the Best Class Blog category.

You can see all my nominations at My Nominations For The Edublog Awards 2009.

I’m also adding the main Edublog Awards 2009 site (where you can see links to all the nominees) to The Best Places To Find Good Education Blogs.