Best Individual Blog 2006 Finalists

The pennies of this blog come from 30 year educator and 25 year education technologist and programmer, David Warlick. Nearly every day sees something new at this blog, written from nearly anyplace on the globe. Warlick uses 2¢ Worth to point to other important postings from other educator and media bloggers and various happenings in the world of education reform. Most often, he shares his own brand of insights on teaching and learning in a time of rapid change, exploring ideas about technology, the new information landscape, and what it means to be literate in the digital age.

Alex Hayes: Barbara Dieu in Brazil sent me an SMS message congratulating me on nomination for the EDUBlogs award. Graham Wegner posted and Technorati pinged it my way. I am astounded, deeply and profoundly touched by your consideration whoever it is that has nominated me. It is an honour to be recognised for making an effort, to be considered and included and most of all to be able to share with others the things that I’m experiencing as an educator. I honour the support of the TALO network, the FLNW group and the opportunity given me to also co-author This is a gift and a privilege.

I am honored to be nominated alongside such inspiring bloggers for this award. On bgblogging I work out my ideas about the emerging relationships between online communication, multimedia and hypertext narrative, communities of practice and their impact on learning and formal education in the 21st century both for me as a lecturer at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, and for my writing students, who have blogged with me since the fall of 2001. My posts (and my sentences) tend to be longer than most, my impulse being towards what I call slow-blogging, in which I try to weave together what I am reading, teaching, thinking, and learning. Some posts from the past year that articulate my current understanding of how blogging has had an impact on my teaching life include “Blogging and Place“, “A Recent Conversation on Blogging…“, “Creative Tensions: New Books, A Video Conference and Classroom Lessons.”

I am absolutely stunned to be nominated for this award. I began writing my weblog as a means to explore my thoughts, the thinking of others, and to build relationships with people around the globe interested in teaching, learning, and computing.

I live in Gainesville, Florida, a bustling college town with a population of 100,000 people (and 1 million pine trees), located one hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in north central Florida (about two hours north of Orlando, i.e., Disney World). I live with my best friend Lynn, our three children, Duncan, Zoe, and Samuel, our dog Bic, and our two cats Tarzan and Moses.

When I am not busy reading, writing, and reflecting, I direct the Office of Distance Education in the University of Florida’s College of Education. My office works with the various academic departments to provide online courses and degrees in support of working teachers and educators around the world. I regularly provide training, workshops, and demonstrations of digital technologies in support of teaching and learning for college professors, pre-service teachers (teachers-in-training), and in-service teachers (active practitioners). And just for fun, I am in the throes of a doctoral program where I am investigating the impact of social software on teaching and learning.

Anne Galloway Lecturer and PhD Candidate Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology Carleton University Ottawa, Canada

Thank you so much for nominating me and allowing me to stand amongst such incredible blogs and bloggers! I started PLSJ in early 2002 as a way to keep track of my dissertation in sociology and anthropology, but I never imagined how important blogging would become as a research methodology, or the extent to which it would connect me with such a wide range of bright people around the world. Most of what I write is related to technology, space and culture – covering everything from using the Amish to understand contemporary anxieties about emerging technologies to cheese and the politics of technology, and even excerpts from my dissertation on technology design ethics and aesthetics. But perhaps the most gratifying experiences of all are those times when the quality of readers’ comments far exceeds the quality of my posts. Without such exceptional and dedicated readers, my blog would not be what it is today – so thanks again and please feel free to browse the archives!

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