The Edublog Awards

Most Influential Post, Resource or Presentation 2006 Finalists

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I am so surprised and honored to be nominated alongside works and events of such note in this category, all of which have influenced my teaching. That my keynote for the first UK edublogging conference is a finalist pleases me a good deal because it was a great conference filled with many of my blogging heroes. I’m pleased, too, because it was also a talk fraught with tech issues (the room and the sun prevented me from using a digital story as backdrop or any visuals at all) and with risk as it marked a new kind of talk for me–less optimistic in tone than previous talks. I’m glad some of you found useful my urging for us to stop hoping that our educational systems can change, and rather, to roll up our sleeves and get to work in our classrooms and on our blogs, and then, then maybe change will follow!

danah boyd: Henry and i wrote this article to help inform the public at large about the problems with a piece of American legislation called DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act). We both have individual blogs where we discuss our research and ideas; we collaborated on this piece because we felt as though our views complemented each other’s quite
well. Our individual blogs are:

http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/
http://www.henryjenkins.org/

The “K12 Online Conference” is an online conference for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice! This year’s live events and unveiling of presentations were held over two weeks and included a preconference keynote. The conference was organized in four strands all related to the theme “Unleashing the Potential.”
All presentations were archived and are viewable at your convenience via the conference agenda. Darren Kuropatwa a teacher in Manitoba Canada, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach an adjunct professor in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Wes Fryer the Director of Education Advocacy for AT&T in the state of Oklahoma all served as the conference conveners and organizers. A vote for this blog is a vote for the 4 keynoters, 36 presenters and many volunteers that helped make the conference a success.

“Coming of Age: An Introduction to the New Worldwide Web”, was an attempt to make Web 2.0 accessible to ordinary classroom teachers in a very pragmatic way. As you can see from some of the responses I received, it was an approach that was very much appreciated.

The first edition involved 14 educators from the UK, USA, Thailand and Canada, each describing their use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom, in order to help teachers new to this and also to inspire them.

You can read more about each contributor at the website cited above. I’m an independent educational technology consltant based in England, and I work with schools and Local Authorities on things like evaluating and improving schools’ ICT (information & communication technology) provision.

I do hope you will vote for this resource, but even if you don’t, please download it and tell others about it :-) It’s completely free! Thank you, Terry Freedman

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Author: James Farmer

Founder and CEO of Edublogs.

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  1. On behalf of the K12 Online conveners- we are humbled by the nomination, but not surprised due to the quality of the presentations and the contributions of those who collaborated to
    make this event such a success. Our hats are off to the presenters, moderators, and participants whose combined efforts are deserving of this nomination. Thanks again for all your hard work.

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