This is my first time to participate in the Edublog Awards, and I am excited to nominate people and sites that inspire me to be better at what I do.
From the Edublog website:
The Edublog Awards started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
Although there are more areas to nominate in, these nominations are the ones that have impacted me the most this past year.
◾Best individual blog: Margie Myers-Culver's Librarian's Quest is a great source for book reviews & weekly Twitter wrap ups.
◾Best group blog - Definitely has to be the Nerdy Book Club blog
◾Best new blog- Cynthia Alaniz, blogs about being a new librarian at Librarian in Cute Shoes
◾Best class blog- Louise Morgan's Class at Mrs. Morgan's Superstars Second graders that connect and create
◾Best ed tech / resource sharing blog - Todd Nesloney great resource for tech tools and information on flipping classrooms.
◾Best teacher blog - Katherine Sokolowski's Read, Write, Reflect Always thoughtful, heartfelt, well written posts
◾Best library / librarian blog Nancy Jo Lambert's Borchardt Elementary Library blog is one I use almost daily to see how she is collaborating with her teachers.
◾Best individual tweeter - Nancy Jo Lambert @NancyJoLambert - I seem to favorite and retweet many of her tweets.
◾Best twitter hashtag: #tlelem http://tlelem.wikispaces.com/ A great place to connect & share
◾Best free web tool BiblioNasium My students love this site and the support you get from the people at BiblioNasium is incredible! Marjan Ghara, the founder even Skyped with our students!
◾Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy podcasts
◾Best educational wiki- The Global Classroom Project is a great spot to find opportunities to connect students.
◾Best open PD / unconference / webinar series School Library Journal put on the webinar Be the Change during the spring. It was a six part series that was very motivating.
◾Lifetime achievement - Jerry Blumengarten http://www.cybraryman.com/ His thorough lists of sites and Twitter chat schedules are referred to by many.
So there are my nominations of people and places who have inspired me in the past year. If they have also inspired you, feel free to leave a comment. Who would you nominate? You can make your own nominations at Edublogs Awards. Nominations are open until December 1st, so go nominate!