Edublog Nominations

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It’s that time of year – Edublog nominations … which I think is pretty important stuff. I’m also feeling a bit challenged this year, as some of the edu-stuff I read isn’t technically Edu (yet) and represents a tiny part of what sits in my reader, or on my friends list in virtual worlds these days, but never the less … the list must be written.

Best individual blog
Teach Paperless the guy just has Horde attitude, kids and burts bubbles with his lateral thinking

Best individual tweeter
@middleclassgirl – never a dull moment and free writing

Best group blog – But I guess Classroom2.0 will win as it’s just MASSIVE, never the less, massive ideas exist beyond the newbie garden – dangerous ideas live here.

Best new blog – New to me at least – love the conversation that Kelli generates for Australian Educators

Best class blog – You might not see inside, but trust me – Mr A connects kids to the real world with his amazing micro-blog.

Best student blog – Old student of mine I guess Year 10, but a collaborator still – check his first and last posts – that is what communication does in a classroom

Best resource sharing blog
No idea is that called Twitter?

Most influential blog post Nino writes some great stuff – I know this is 2008 – but it takes a while for people to catch up to gamer-blogs.

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
What? – Mark Pesce’s endless verbage around himself on New Inventors probably.

Best teacher blog – Because Darcy is dragging admins and execs into the light.

Best librarian / library blog – THE library blog and centre of much rebellion

Best educational tech support blog – Mike Bogle – crazy mixed up Canadian, American, Australian who is resiting the Borg. He puts a lot of the tech-issues in professional dev into focus for me, but it’s not nuts and bolts stuff – it’s interpreting edtech – which is more important to me.

Best elearning / corporate education blog – Betty and Suzie ROCK.

Best educational use of audio / Best educational use of video / visual
Kerry Johnson – as without Kerry bugger all audio or video would leave most decent Education Events in Australia. I know that’s not spirit of the category, but I don’t care, anyone can make a podcast – Kerry can teach you how and run a live event to the planet at the same time. Without Kerry – Ed Au would be just another wordpress blog. Someone should make her the CEO if they were smart. I would.

Best educational wiki – so much so Linden drones felt it out did them on too many levels.

Best educational use of a social networking service – okay, It’s part me – but hell we cracked 250 members this year around game and virtual worlds! So well done everyone! – Of course Ning is the portal, the worlds live beneath … on Reaction Grid, Quest Altantis, Second Life and World of Warcraft … do they could as social networking too?

Best educational use of a virtual world
Virtual Macbeth – Angela Thomas – No question. The design is amazing; the concept original and the execution floorless – this is exactly what Unis should be doing.

Lifetime achievement
Peggy Sheehy – though she might kill me. Peggy is without doubt an elite punk — amazingly generous, supportive and insightful – I am so pleased my 8 year old plays Warcraft with her.

There a stack of blogs and things that DON’T fit into these … all the people in Reaction Grid, Hyper Grid, Unity, Indie Games, story writing, programming … blah … and to all of those people I say THANK YOU. I’m really noticing this year how many people I can’t nominate – but have given me so much help and support.

Best Association — something that we MUST work on in Australia — HTAV. Events this year have been world class.
Most underachieving use of all of the above
– The Department of Education and Training NSW. Who still can’t see the tree for the Wood so to speak.

Hoping to nominate a NSW DET project next year! – Roger?

Keep looking for the edge.


4 thoughts on “Edublog Nominations

  1. Thanks Dean. I am pleased to see you have nominated Kelli too, she is an excellent colleague, blogger and thinker on important educational issues, especially for English teachers.

  2. Thanks so much for the nomination 😀 It means a lot – blogs can be hard to maintain when the marking and reports pile up, but I find it so worthwhile to articulate my ideas and reflections. To be told I am any good at it is THE BEST!

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