The Edublog Awards

December 19, 2009
by Sue Waters
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Winner Badges Are Now Available!

And here’s what the winners have been waiting for!

Winner Badges are now available and this year we have badges for Winner, First Runner Up and Second Runner Up!

If you won grab your badge from below, whack it in your sidebar linking back to the poll, you will be listed on those pages forevermore so wear ‘em with pride.

Adding your badge(s) to your blog is as easy as:

  1. Download this Winners Zip file – contains the HTML code for all badges with links back to their poll page
  2. Follow these instructions to add your badge to your blog!

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December 9, 2007
by James Farmer
62 Comments

And the 2007 winners are…

The awards

Huge thanks to everyone who helped make the fourth International Edublog Awards such a great success! This was our first attempt at using a Second Life location – the beautiful Island of Jokaydia – and Jeff Lebow did an amazing job of managing sound in and out world.

The glamorous Dave Cormier once again treated the assembly to his round up of the years top 10 edtech stories – don’t forget to check out the comments!

Anyway – the credit posts can follow – what you want are the winners right? ;)

Best educational use of a virtual world
Suffern middle school in Second Life (Second Life)
Ramapo Islands was a dream that started as just a “tip of a thought “when my daughter, Meghan, hounded me to enter Second Life and take a look around. After all – she was a Linden – and she was excited about this emerging Metaverse. I thought I had no time for a “Second Life” but succumbed, and seeing this new frontier through the eyes of a teacher – I was startled, and intrigued. After a very short time, I became determined to bring my students in world to be a part of it.
However, all of the determination in the universe was not going to make this happen without the support of a visionary administration, a community of believers in world, a solid staff of volunteers, and ultimately, a teacher who said yes. My teachers did say yes. Some said it tentatively, (“I don’t understand it, but I believe it is important for our students”) while others were eager and excited, (“I don’t care how deep the water is–I know how to swim!).
It was never going to happen without the help of people like Fred Fuchs of Firesabre who spearheaded the volunteer effort, and Barry Joseph of Global Kids, ushering the way – sharing hope and experience… All of you who wrote, or visited, or spoke to me at a conference and cheered us on — All of you who spread the word, and most importantly all of you who followed soon after – validating the work and extending the horizon. All of you share this award.
When I first began my “crusade”, shamelessly soliciting your help and your talent and energy I used the worn out adage, “It takes a village.” I am a dreamer – a visionary if you will–but first and foremost I am a teacher. So perhaps the old adage is still true, and those who object to its overuse may perhaps digest its latest incarnation a bit more easily. With that, I respectfully submit, “It takes a Metaverse.”
My students thank you.They are proud and excited!
My teachers thank you. They are renewed and energized.
I thank you, and I extend my hand.
Peggy Sheehy, Suffern Middle School, Ramapo Central School District.

Best educational use of a social networking service
Classroom 2.0, Steve Hargadon (Ning)

Best educational wiki
Welker’s Wikinomics, Jason Welker (Wetpaint)
Welker’s Wikinomics started out as an experiment in collaborative learning less than one year ago. Thanks to my bright and enthusiastic students, it took off and quickly grew into a huge online resource for economics students and teachers, covering nearly every topic of the macro and microeconomics AP syllabus. As the months passed, more new features were dreamed up and added to the wiki, such as the “Student Thought Forum”, the “AP Econ in the News” pages, the “Test Review Center” (where we host live chats the nights before tests), and many other interactive and engaging features aimed at enhancing and extending the learning that goes on in the economics classroom at Shanghai American School.
In addition to my students, who of course deserve the greatest congratulations, I would also like to thank the folks at Wetpaint, most notably Michael Bolognino, for working with me and other educators to help develop Wetpaint into an unparalleled free (and ad-free) online resource for educators. My direct communication with Wetpaint’s programmers has helped develop this product into one of the best wiki options available for educators. Thanks to their commitment to education, Wetpaint has begun offering their product ad-free to teachers, which along with the customizability and user-friendly interface has made Wetpaint a powerful, unmatched tool for teachers who want to extend student learning beyond the realms of textbooks and into the world of Web 2.0.
I also owe a big thanks to Shanghai American School’s tech guru, Jeff Utecht, whose visionary understanding of technology in education inspired me to explore wikis and blogs in the first place. Again, congratulations and thanks to everyone who pitched in to help make Welker’s Wikinomics the best educational wiki in the world! Jason Welker.

Best educational use of video / visual
RBG Street Scholars Think Tank Multi-Media E-Zine, Marc Imhotep Cray (Blogger)

Best educational use of audio
SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast (WordPress)
Thank you for the edublog award! What an honour!
The SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast is hosted and founded by Joan Badger and Ben Hazzard. We have posted the audio of our acceptance speech here: http://media.libsyn.com/media/pdtogo/smartboard_podcast_acceptance.mp3
Thanks again, Ben Hazzard

Best elearning / corporate education blog
eLearning Technology, Tony Karrer (Blogger)
Thank you for the edublog award. I want to especially thank my readers for voting for me, but I really want to thank everyone for all of the conversations we’ve had over the past two years. I really started my blog with the expectation that it would be similar to speaking engagements. What I’ve found is that it’s a truly extraordinary Learning and Networking Tool. Through blogging, I’ve accelerated my learning greatly, I’ve met too many interesting people to possibly name and thank, I’ve met up with many of them face-to-face at various events, and truly it’s become an integral part of my professional life. I look forward to continued conversation about the intersection of technology and learning.
Tony.

Best educational tech support blog
El tinglado, El tinglado bloggers
We the members of El tinglado and all the Spanish-speaking education blogosphere are very grateful to the Edublog Awards organization for giving us an award. We are a a bunch of Spanish teachers who live and work in Madrid and other Spanish towns, and we blog together on El tinglado, which is a lively experimental blog full of multimedia and interactive activities for those teachers and students who believe in a new kind of education.
Thank you all for your effort, Alejandro Valero.

Best librarian / library blog
A Library By Any Other Name, Vaughn Branom (Blogger)

Best teacher blog
The tempered radical, Bill Ferriter (Typepad)
Over the past four years, I’ve spent countless hours sitting behind my keyboard writing about education for myself, for my district, for The Teacher Leaders Network and for the National Staff Development Council. Often, I’ve doubted whether or not my investment of time was worth it. “Is anyone really listening?” I’ve wondered. “Is making our work transparent to the outside world through blogging really possible?”
Being recognized as the Best Teacher Blog in 2007 proves that my hours haven’t been wasted. Blogs really are the great equalizer, bringing educators to the table as partners in the constant debates surrounding our profession. Electronic connections between digital citizens happen thousands of times a day, creating a powerful and undeniable synergy that is improving teaching and learning on our planet.
The greatest reward, however, is the profound changes that the blogging community has had on who I am as a teacher. I wake up jazzed to sift through my feed reader each morning, knowing that I’m going to find something brilliant to spark my mind and challenge my practice—and I can only hope that my writing serves the same purpose for others. Thanks again, Bill.

Most influential blog post
Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher? – The Fischbowl, Karl Fisch (Blogger)

Best resource sharing blog
TipLine – Gates’ Computer Tips, Jim Gates (Blogger)
My sincere, heartfelt thank you goes out to the voters. This is absolutely incredible. When it was announced I was grinning so hard my cheeks hurt! :-)
In 1994 (stay with me here – this will be brief) I began a user group for teachers who were using the Macs. As part of that, in the summers I began to compile lists of around 180 tips that were each about a sentence or two long – just long enough to fit one a day easily on the daily bulletins. Then, when I took my current job I continued the practice via email. That went on until 2005 when I decided that I needed a way to manage the archives. That’s when I moved it to the blog. Still, however, I send out the tips on a listserv mailing list to those who don’t yet know how to use RSS to collect their feeds.
I work for an agency that serves some 24 public schools in our area. My battle, as I’ve noted in my blog on many occassions, is one of trying to get the schools to stop fearing blogs and wikis and to start USING and promoting them. As I’ve often said, I consider my blogs (those I read) to be my personal professional development. Yet, only about a third (MAX!) of the districts will allow them past their filters. Instead of promoting them, they block them. It’s out of fear and ignorance, to be sure. They don’t read blogs so they don’t know the good that can come from them. They don’t hear the conversation. All they know about a wiki is that anyone can change it, so then they can’t control it, so it shall NOT be used in the school. I’m hopeful that this award will help to move them along in a positive direction to see that blogs and wikis are NOT necessarily bad things.
Thank you to all of you who worked so hard to make the awards possible. I still tell folks, “Get this.. it was done live in second life and streamed live over ustream.tv. How cool is THAT!”
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You’ve made an old man… well… 58 isn’t old, is it? … VERY happy.
James Gates.

Best new blog
dy/dan, Dan Meyer (WordPress)

Best group blog
Techlearning blog
I am honored to accept this award on behalf of all of the TechLearning bloggers, a group of the best thinkers in the educational technology community who share their ideas and start conversations with educators, administrators, policy makers, and others who are concerned with ed tech. The goal of the TechLearning blog is for all of us to think deeply about technology integration and other issues affecting schools and educators today. As the director of TechLearning.com, I find the TechLearning bloggers’ words and ideas meaningful and inspiring.
Thanks, Gwen Solomon

Best individual blog
ScienceRoll, Berci Meskó, Hungary (WordPress)

Congratulations to all this years winners! As always, winners are invited to mail in a short acceptance speech/couple of paragraphs about why their blog or project really deserved it’s prize.

Remember to check out all our excellent finalists (and if any finalists haven’t managed to get in their about paragraphs yet, please do so so that we can archive next year).

Pictures from last nights awards and after party are housed over at Flickr, if you took any pictures/screen shots please do add them to the pool.

Update: Winners badges can be found here… wear ‘em with pride!

November 26, 2007
by James Farmer
74 Comments

Edublog Awards 2007 Finalists Announced!

We are delighted to announce this years finalists, and to officially open voting. Once you’ve had time to evaluate the finalists yourself, click through the category titles to vote.

One thing we should say at this point is that the response to these awards has been amazing… even though you had to fill out contact form after contact form to get your nominations in, we still received over 500 and choosing a shortlist from these has been immensely hard – if you haven’t got listed this year, don’t be disheartened, for ‘best teacher’ for example we had over 80 different blogs to choose from!

1. Best individual blog

Don’s Learning Log
dy/dan
I’m a first-year blogger and a fourth-year teacher. I teach 14-18 year olds math in Santa Cruz, CA, and aim to share anything
that’s any good in my classes with the rest of the Internet. I spent over 18 hours prepping a 45-minute lesson last year but that kind of work is easier when you can share it with 6,000 people over a two week stretch. I’d love to see that kind of collaboration become the norm ’round the edublogosphere and I’m glad to have been highlighted by the edublogs gang.

e-Literate
e-Literate is a U.S.-based edublog by Michael Feldstein focused primarily on higher education. Special areas of interest include edupatents as well as the impact of educational technology infrastructure ( e.g., LMS/VLE, ePortfolios, etc.) on teaching and learning capabilities.

Ewan McIntosh’s edu.blogs.com
OLDaily

OLDaily covers the world of online learning. If it reflects a rising trend, if it describes a new approach to online learning, it recenters our thinking, then it’s in OLDaily. Publishing six or so items five days a week, the blog covers education and technology news and also looks at how developments in fields such as online publishing, software and multimedia design, information and communications studies – to name a few – impact on online learning. The website is also a learning and research resource for practitioners. OLDaily posts are tagged, indexed and collected in a large searchable resource base. The website also offers articles, audio speeches, and videos. The site demonstrates new learning by embodying the principles it describes, integrating learning, practice and research into a single environment. OLDaily is authored by Stephen Downes.

Mobile Learning
Mobile Learning is authored by Leonard Low at the Centre for Education Excellence, Canberra Institute of Technology, Australia. As might be expected from its title, it is concerned exclusively on the use of mobile devices such as media players, mobile phones, and handheld computers, and their role in educational settings. It started as a record for personal reflection, but has evolved into a platform for sharing and discussing new ideas and insights with other teachers and technologists, and as a result delves into all aspects of mobile learning: pedagogy, technology, strategy, policy, and practice.

Mobile Technology in TAFE
I’m Sue Waters from Perth, Western Australia and am best known for my Mobile Technology in TAFE web sites (blog, podcast, wiki). My passion is the belief that organisations and individuals are not utilizing e-learning, Web 2.0 and m-learning to their full potential — so my goal is to help others engage in these technologies by providing helpful information through my web sites. Some people consider I have the coolest job because part of my work involves training people how to farm fish and the half is training people how to use technology in education. I work in the VET sector (vocational education and training i.e. trades type area) in Australia which means my students range in age from school age upwards to WAY older than me and I facilitate professional development with VET lecturers.


Moving at the Speed of Creativity
“Moving at the Speed of Creativity” documents my own learning journey as an educator in the 21st century and facilitates collaborative conversations with others about issues including educational reform, learning theory, practical applications of read/write web and other digital technologies in classroom learning contexts, Internet safety, one to one learning, and other topics. Wesley Fryer, US.

Newly Ancient
Newly Ancient is the occasionally coherent ramblings of the 14-year-old student, developer, designer and resident demigod Arthus Erea.
Primarily, the blog focuses upon student learning and how technology can be successfully integrated into schools (from a student’s perspective). Arthus blogs from his MacBook Pro nestled in the beautiful Green Mountains of rural Vermont (Which may or may not be a member of the United States). Newly Ancient enjoys an evolving focus and background as Arthus continues through his schooling.

ScienceRoll
I’m a 23-year-old Hungarian medical student and I’m the author of the blog Scienceroll.com. I try to help medical students, physicians, medical librarians and health care lawyers to get closer to the world of Medicine 2.0. Medicine 2.0 is the combination of medical education and the tools of web 2.0. I share medical tools, sites with them; write reviews about web 2.0 based medical community sites and I’m also the co-organizer of several medical projects in Second Life. I help coordinating medical exercices for medical students and I also organize sessions in the Scifoo lives on scientific conference in the virtual world. I hope that medical professionals find my blog useful and innovative. Berci Meskó, Hungary.

2. Best group blog

Bionic Teaching
In Practice
Who are we? Teachers at primary and secondary level (students age 5 to 18); Teachers at schools with a large number of poor students (Title One schools in the U.S.); Teachers who use technology in their classrooms, but want to make sure it’s used well.
Why would you want to read this blog?
-We have some really incredible teachers who happen to also be awesome writers. They have interesting stories to tell.
- If we can make information technology, collaborative curriculum, and constructivist instruction work in the classroom, it can be done. All these approaches have to work with our children, not just the children of the rich and middle-class, if we are going to have a truly public education.
- We write about the hard truths, but also we also find humor in the impossibilities and improbabilities of our jobs, and ourselves.

Kitchen table math, the sequel
LeaderTalk
LeaderTalk is the first group blog written BY school leaders FOR school leaders. Its intent is to share the voice of principals, superintendents, and the faculty that prepare them. The success of LeaderTalk is due to the nearly 50 busy administrators and professors who somehow find time each month to share what it’s like to live the life of a school leader today. LeaderTalk is relevant to all persons interested in PK-12 school leadership issues. CASTLE, Iowa State University, Dr. Scott McLeod, Director.

Techlearning blog
The TechLearning blog brings together the best thinkers in the educational technology world to share their ideas and to start conversations with educators, administrators, policy makers, and others in the community. The goal is for all of us to think deeply about technology integration and other issues affecting schools and educators today. Gwen Solomon, Director, TechLearning.com

3. Best new blog

dy/dan
I’m a first-year blogger and a fourth-year teacher. I teach 14-18 year olds math in Santa Cruz, CA, and aim to share anything
that’s any good in my classes with the rest of the Internet. I spent over 18 hours prepping a 45-minute lesson last year but that kind of work is easier when you can share it with 6,000 people over a two week stretch. I’d love to see that kind of collaboration become the norm ’round the edublogosphere and I’m glad to have been highlighted by the edublogs gang.

enlighten education
Matthew K Tabor
Mobile Technology in TAFE
I’m Sue Waters from Perth, Western Australia and am best known for my Mobile Technology in TAFE web sites (blog, podcast, wiki). My passion is the belief that organisations and individuals are not utilizing e-learning, Web 2.0 and m-learning to their full potential — so my goal is to help others engage in these technologies by providing helpful information through my web sites. Some people consider I have the coolest job because part of my work involves training people how to farm fish and the half is training people how to use technology in education. I work in the VET sector (vocational education and training i.e. trades type area) in Australia which means my students range in age from school age upwards to WAY older than me and I facilitate professional development with VET lecturers.

mrs. amy’s preschool press!
“mrs. amy’s preschool press” is a first-time blog site created by Chicago, Illinois (USA) not-for-profit program coordinator, amy ewaldt-doseck. this site shares stories, photos, anecdotes, teaching tips and more from FUN CLUB, a premier preschool (ages 4-6) enrichment program in Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. parents can log onto the site to stay current on classroom happenings, comment to teachers, check calendars and more. there are also pages with theatre scripts, short stories, and Illinois educational standards…this site is all about good, old-fashioned fun – in a tech-savvy wrapper!

The PrincipalsPage.com Blog
The PrincipalsPage.com Blog has already become far more than I could have imagined. Much to my surprise, people actually read it. Even more shocking, they come back. The only purpose of the blog is to share thoughts, ideas, and stories as told from the perspective of a practicing K-12 (5-18 year olds) school administrator. And maybe every once in a while someone might actually get a smile or laugh out of my usually incoherent ramblings. In summary, it is an honor just to be nominated. micsmith.

The Random Thoughts of Louis Schmier
Spotlight 4
Taylor the Teacher
thinking 2.0

4. Best resource sharing blog

edte.ch
Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites Of The Day For Teaching ELL, ESL, & EFL
Each day my blog highlights between 1-7 sites accessible to English Language Learners that have recently been added to the 8,000 categorized links on my website. These sites include ones for English, Math, Social Studies, and Science, along with links to hundreds of Web 2.0 tools that students can use to produce content (and examples of their work). These sites are accessible to English Language Learners of all ages — from pre-school through adult. Many classes with native-English speaker students aged 5-14 years old, and Special Education classes of all ages, find most of these sites useful. Teachers of students from 5-18 years old find the Web 2.0 tools helpful. I’m a teacher in Sacramento, California (USA), with students aged between 14-21 years old, and am responsible for the blog’s content, though readers also contribute site recommendations.

OLDaily
OLDaily covers the world of online learning. If it reflects a rising trend, if it describes a new approach to online learning, it recenters our thinking, then it’s in OLDaily. Publishing six or so items five days a week, the blog covers education and technology news and also looks at how developments in fields such as online publishing, software and multimedia design, information and communications studies – to name a few – impact on online learning. The website is also a learning and research resource for practitioners. OLDaily posts are tagged, indexed and collected in a large searchable resource base. The website also offers articles, audio speeches, and videos. The site demonstrates new learning by embodying the principles it describes, integrating learning, practice and research into a single environment. OLDaily is authored by Stephen Downes.

TipLine – Gates’ Computer Tips
woodchurch science
woodchurchscience is the homepage for Woodchurch High Specialist Engineering College science department. We are based on the Wirral in the UK and the school caters for 1360 11-16 year olds. The site is maintained by chemistry teacher Graham Warren. All science teachers at the school strongly encourage the use of this blog; every pupil has the address in their planners and a vibrant online community is building. It has become essential in the science classroom and is fast becoming a vital communication tool for getting information quickly to where it’s needed most: the user. Hopefully it’s the first stop for our pupils when looking for science news, views, classroom resources and revision materials.

5. Most influential blog post

Gone Fischin’ – Dangerously Irrelevant
The Did You Know? video (version 1 and/or version 2) has now been seen by over 10 million people online as well as countless others at workshops and conferences. This is the post that went viral and facilitated the video’s worldwide impact. The success of the video is a real tribute to Karl Fisch’s vision and creativity. The video is relevant to all persons who care about preparing students for our digital, global future. CASTLE, Iowa State University, Dr. Scott McLeod, Director.

How to Grow a Blog – blog of proximal development
How to Prevent Another Leonardo da Vinci – Wandering Ink
Wandering Ink is a student blog by Kris Bradburn (16) from the Vancouver region, Canada. It’s not strictly an edublog, though I do lots of edublogging within it. Topics vary, but include education, Web 2.0, curent events, giftedness/intelligence, creativity, and other strange ideas that come to mind. Targeted towards anyone who wants to hear and share interesting thoughts.

Is It Okay To Be A Technologically Illiterate Teacher? – The Fischbowl
The Fischbowl is a blog in support of a staff development effort at Arapahoe High School (serving grades 9-12 in the United States, which is roughly ages 14 through 18) exploring constructivism and 21st century learning skills. What we are asking the teachers to do in our staff development is to reexamine everything they do with their students, to see if it matches up with what the latest research says about how people learn, with the demands of a rapidly changing, globally interconnected and technology-enabled world, and with their own personal beliefs about education. We are then asking them to make changes when what they are doing does not match up with what our students need. This particular post was exploring the question of whether or not a teacher today can be technologically illiterate and still be a good teacher. If you click through to the post, be sure to read through the comments and the links to the post (at the bottom of the comments) – I think that’s where most of the good conversations took place. Karl Fisch, Director of Technology.

The Ripe Environment – Discourse about Discourse

6. Best teacher blog

Beyond School
I’m Clay Burell, blogger at Beyond School. I’m an American whose 8 years teaching at Asian international schools – Shanghai and Seoul – has opened a more global view of teaching, politics, and philosophy. My highest values are to bring relevance, creativity, and internationalist citizenship into the learning I try to foster. Web 2.0 is great, of course, but not if it just gives economic advantages and promotes more socio-political indifference. I fear schools are not preparing the future leaders we will need to effectively confront global warming, peak oil, and other looming crises; at the same time, I know to laugh as we go. I teach secondary humanities (English and history) for 14-18 year-olds.

Blog of proximal development
Betchablog
Betchablog is a personal reflective blog of an Australian educator, responding to a range of educational issues and ideas, as well as sharing of resources, tutorials and links with other teachers. Chris Betcher.

The Cool Cat Teacher Blog
The Cool Cat Teacher blog is a blog for teachers, leaders, and educators by Vicki Davis, teacher and educator in Camilla, Georgia, US. Vicki works with global collaborative projects and likes to share the things that work and her own mistakes as she reflects on the improvements that Web 2.0 technology has made in her classroom during her two years of blogging.

Miss Baker’s Biology Blog
My students and I are honored and thrilled to receive this nomination! The goal of our blog is to create a place where we can share science news, communicate ideas, and discover our passion for learning biology. I have loved every moment of developing this blog with my 14-18 year old students and to be acknowledged in this manner is very special. Thank you students for all of your hard work and thank you to the Edublog Award Committee for selecting our blog for this honor. Stacy Baker, United States.

Primary Teacher UK
Primary Teacher UK is a news, reviews and resources site with daily updates for primary teachers (age 3 – 11) in the UK. The website is run by Andrew Ross, a year 6 (age 11) teacher from Northwich. A range of teachers submit articles and add to the resource bank. The site is updated frequently with links to websites, news articles, and additional resources along with personal observations about teaching in the primary age range. With an average readership of 800-1000 teachers a day the site continues to grow. If you enjoy the site please feel free to add your own contributions. Full details on how to do this are available on the site.

Teaching Generation Z
Hi, I’m Graham Wegner from Adelaide, Australia. This is my blog. It’s gone from a solo expedition over two years ago to becoming the central focal point for my online learning network. I pull in influences from all around the world and from all sectors of education, wrestled with ideas from some of the brightest minds in learning and mix it all up with my unique perspective all from my humble location in this part of the world. I’m a primary school (ages 5 -13) teacher with some leadership responsibility and I have no doubt that blogging in general has made me a better, more critical and open teacher.

Teaching in the 408
The tempered radical
Being recognized as an Edublog Awards finalist has left me completely jazzed! As a passionate classroom teacher of 11-13 year olds for the past 15 years, my goal on the Tempered Radical has been to raise the voice of educators into critical conversations about teaching and learning in America. By tackling topics with an open mindset, I hope to leave my readers—whether they be classroom teachers or policy makers—challenged each time that they visit. Bill Ferriter.

Science is fun with the right teacher
My name is Jerry Mullins and I am a science teacher for Kanawha County School District in Charleston, West Virginia, US. I developed this site to assist 14-21 year old learners in the areas of Biology; Anatomy; and Forensic Sciences. I wanted to incorporate 21st century technology into my district and to better align my lessons with my students background knowledge. My students seem to do better now that they are not doing worksheets and reading out of a book. This site gives me the opportunity to concentrate on labs, discussions and demonstrations while the students learn in an interactive manner via the web. Lastly, it greatly assist parent in assisting their children at home, as well as, allowing students to continue there studies even if they are absent from school. I never imagined that this site would gain this kind of attention. I only hope that it assist all those students how view the site no matter what country of origin they are from.

7. Best librarian / library blog

Hey Jude
Librarians Matter
Librarians Matter is a personal blog primarily about emerging technologies, libraries and education. Major themes include how to have fun with new web tools, how to keep user needs firmly at the centre, alternative forms of participation ( unconferences, webjams, collaboration), and how to find time to do this. Kathryn Greenhill, the author, is employed in a university library in Western Australia.

A Library By Any Other Name
A Library By Any Other Name is a vehicle for me to share information and resources, particularly Library 2.0 versions, primarily with the elementary and secondary librarians in my school district. I know my information is being used by other librarians, teachers, and other persons interested in helping school-aged students, ages 4-18, to learn. I post about books and authors and ways to use the stories and information with students. I inform my audience about interesting and fun websites that can be helpful with students as well. As the district supervisor for cataloging, I try to keep my librarians updated on things about MARC records and Dewey subject headings. I pay tribute to the organization of information by classifying each of my posts with a Dewey number. And I regularly react to what is newsworthy in regards to the 2.0 world and the ways in which we all can communicate and share information and how we need to be sure our students experience all that is possible! My goal for my blog is that I make a difference somewhere for someone for a minute or two about something.

Spineless?
The spineless? blog from Heriot-Watt University Library, Edinburgh, UK, is almost exactly one year old. We (various library staff) blog about our services, new resources, items of interest, and answers to frequently asked questions, always trying to do so from the library user’s perspective. As well as common categories of posts such as new book alerts, and opening hours, we?ve tried on occasion to introduce a little humour and creativity. We?ve kept the design of the blog as simple as possible, so that there?s less distraction away from the information within it. Sometimes the posts have not even been about the library! We?ve tried to keep our readers up to date, as well as sometimes providing more general information in posts such as ‘Open Access – some pointers’ and ‘It?s amazing what you can get for free!’ Our library is not boring, and neither should be its blog! A big thank you if you vote, and also to all who have contributed to spineless? over the past 12 months. Roddy MacLeod, Senior Subject Librarian, Heriot-Watt University.

Techno Tuesday
Wow, I am both flabbergasted and amazed to be nominated. My blog, TechnoTuesday is really just ramblings I make as I learn about new tools, particularly web 2.0 applications, and their role in the educational arena. I am a teacher librarian working with ages 10-14 in the Myrtle Beach area of South Carolina, US. I do not limit it to just targeting librarians or those interested in libraries, as I feel the library can be pivotal in schools adopting these tools. My goal is to share with all educators as well as those in my field, and perhaps be there to guide any who decide to jump in this “information ocean” called the Internet. Being a school teacher librarian affords me many opportunities to do just that, and my blog is one vehicle I use to explore its vastness. I am honored to be nominated.

8. Best educational tech support blog

The Ed Techie
My site is edtechie.net, I’m based in the UK where I’m a Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University. The main purpose of my site? To have a space where I (and hopefully my peers) can think through the seismic changes in education, and occassionally to talk about football. For sample posts see The Future of content (http://tinyurl.com/2yxwxr) and The VLE/LMS is dead (http://tinyurl.com/2tvlkz)

Integrating ICT into the MFL classroom
Mobile Technology in TAFE
I’m Sue Waters from Perth, Western Australia and am best known for my Mobile Technology in TAFE web sites (blog, podcast, wiki). My passion is the belief that organisations and individuals are not utilizing e-learning, Web 2.0 and m-learning to their full potential — so my goal is to help others engage in these technologies by providing helpful information through my web sites. Some people consider I have the coolest job because part of my work involves training people how to farm fish and the half is training people how to use technology in education. I work in the VET sector (vocational education and training i.e. trades type area) in Australia which means my students range in age from school age upwards to WAY older than me and I facilitate professional development with VET lecturers.

OUseful Info
OUseful.info is a UK based blog written by Tony Hirst of The Open University. Originally focussing on library and web search related mash-ups, in recent years the focus has moved towards a wider consideration of the potential use of new technologies in education, particularly higher education and formal and informal lifelong, adult learning. OUseful.info tracks new technologies in a hands-on way, providing commentary as well as rapidly prototyped demonstrations, showing how new technologies can be used today. Recent posts have included the use of the Google Custom Search Engine to provide a meta-search tool over instructional video sites, a consideration of how Google Analytics can be used understand student behaviour on online courses, and a mashup of Yahoo Pipes, the Grazr feed reading reading widget and the CoRank DIY-Digg-like site to construct an Open Educational Resources website solely from third party tools and content.

El tinglado
El tinglado is a lively experimental blog full of multimedia and interactive activities for those teachers and students who believe in a new kind of education. We are a bunch of mature Spanish teachers who live in Madrid and other Spanish towns. We have our personal blogs, but work together and colaborate in El tinglado.

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog

Clive on Learning
E-Learning Queen
E-Learning Queen focuses on online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to e-learning and mobile solutions, with emphasis on real-world e-learning issues and applications for corporations, schools, universities, and not-for-profit organizations. E-Learning Queen takes an interdisciplinary approach and looks at culture, human relations, leadership, and humanities as well as technological advances. In addition, e-Learning Queen provides annotated bibliographical entries on recent articles in “Corgi Catches.” The entries include podcasts, video, and useful integrated web applications. Who is the “Queen”? You, the reader, are the Queen (or, if you prefer, the King). Dr. Susan Smith Nash is the Queen’s assistant, located in the U.S., but with featured interviews of elearning professionals around the world.

eLearning Technology
In the Middle of the Curve
Mohamed Amine Chatti’s ongoing research on Technology Enhanced Learning

10. Best educational use of audio

Allanah’s Appleby Showcase
Our podcasting site was born little over a year ago as a record of some of the exciting things we have been doing in my classroom of eight to ten year olds here at Appleby School in Nelson, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. It is a companion to our blog site which is mainly written by the children themselves: http://moturoa.blogspot.com/ Our blog also records some of the happenings in our classroom. I made this video at the beginning of 2007 to explain how I use ICT in my classroom: http://www.teachertube.com/view_video.php?viewkey=93fe8abcfe3ce2003e5c

EdTechTalk
SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast
The SMARTBoard Lessons Podcast facilitates a community of educators who share lesson ideas that use technology to engage students in learning with a focus on interactive whiteboards. Teachers from around the world (Australia, Canada, France, Israel, New Zealand, Oman, United Kingdom, and United States) have been discussed teaching and learning with Canadian co-hosts who are 2000 kilometres away from each other. Joan Badger leads this podcast for professionals from Winnipeg, Manitoba and Ben Hazzard chimes in from Port Lambton, Ontario.

The Virtual Staffroom
The Virtual Staffroom is based in Australia, with contributors from many countries (so far, Canada, USA, New Zealand, Belgium, UK, Hong Kong, etc…). The main purpose of site is to support conversations with leading teachers about the use of technology in the classroom – informal grassroots discussions about how ICTs are being used in classrooms on a daily basis. Chris Betcher.

Youth Radio
The Youth Radio Project is a joint venture between teachers and students loosely connected through the US’s National Writing Project and beyond. The project is designed to connect upper elementary students (aged 9-13 years old) through the use of “voice” as a publishing medium with the Weblog platform providing a way for the young writers to connect with others around the world. The podcasts have ranged from full-length radio stories, to collaborative found poems from literature books, to poems for multiple voices. Kevin Hodgson.

11. Best educational use of video / visual

Mr. C’s Class Videos
My name is William Chamberlain and I teach 10-11 year olds (5th grade) in Noel Elementary School in Noel, Missouri USA. Mr. C’s class videos is a site I post videos that I have made to use on my class blog.

Mr. Smith’s History
MyGermanClass
MyGermanClass.com aims to help people of all ages learn to understand and speak some basic German, while having fun. The MyGermanClass video podcasts are quite different from traditional language learning resources with a twisted sense of humor and silly sensibility. Videos range from off-the-wall food preparation (Cooking with Herr Nelson) to The Man Who Wears the Rubber Shoes, to Animal Cracker Love in the Forest. Viewers can also sign up for a small donation to participate in online mini-courses which give access to scripts in English/German, self-check quizzes, and discussions. Clark Shah-Nelson, US.

PlanetFesto
Planetfesto is an environmental nonprofit whose goal is to build a virtual ribbon around the planet consisting of 6” pieces. Each piece includes a photo or drawing of what you love most about the planet, a sentence about what you love, and pledges of personal action. There are lots of educational tools embedded about actions we can take that make a difference, but what people are loving is that planetfesto is a creative and emotionally engaging way to get involved in helping the planet, as well as informative. Contributors have come from 39 countries, including a research base in Antarctica, and ages from 4-87. Entire schools have challenged each other to participate at 80% or 99% rate. Nancy Raff, US.

RBG Street Scholars Think Tank Multi-Media E-Zine
RBG Street Scholars Think Tank’s Multi-Media E-Zine is an educational program and research project aimed primarily at 15-30 year olds (the hip hop generation and their children), but good for all age groups. The site is dedicated to further building the Hip-Hop/Black Liberation Movement connection by integrating conscious digital edutainment with a scholarly self directed learning environment. One of the baddest edutainment resources on the web.

12. Best educational wiki

GoAPES Wiki

Horizon Project 2007

The Horizon Project is a collaborative project between five classrooms of students aged 15-18: the Vienna International School, International School Dhaka, Shanghai American School, Presbyterian Ladies College (Australia) and Westwood Schools in Camilla, Georgia to envision and analyze the future as outlined in the Horizon 2007 report by the New Media Consortium and Educause. The project required the use of social bookmarking, video, outsourcing. . It was dubbed “the project that never sleeps” by its participants and had six student led teams with student project managers responsible for all content and organization. This wiki is proof of what can happen when students take the reigns and teacher’s guide!

Mr. Lee’s Math 12 Advanced Class
Outcomes Portfolio Wiki – The Atlantic Canada mathematics curriculum contains a list of specific outcomes that identify the educational goals of each math course. The objective of this wiki project is to create a shared electronic portfolio that clearly and concisely explains these grade 12 (age 17) expectations and connects each outcome with sample problems. By using a wiki located on the world wide web, students can collaborate to develop these explanations and then share them with each other. Erick Lee.

Salute to Seuss
The “SALUTE TO SEUSS” wiki (hosted by Jennifer Wagner) is an online project for the teacher (who is teaching 4 to 13 year olds) to use within their classroom. Each teacher is encouraged to showcase their students’ participation by using a Web 2.0 tool — such as wiki, blog, photoshare, podcast, or more. For many of these teachers — this is their first time using these tools both for themselves and with their students!! There are 214 teachers from 45 U.S. States, 3 Canadian Provinces, and New Zealand participating. The final date of the project is not until mid-December — so the pages change daily as teachers post their projects. 2007 is the 50th Anniversary of the writing of “The Cat In The Hat” written by Dr. Seuss. To celebrate this milestone, this project also had many websites to visit, worksheets, standards, and activities to expand the project even more as the teacher wishes.

Welker’s Wikinomics
Welker’s Wikinomics was created by Jason Welker, an AP and IB Economics teacher at Shanghai American School in China. The wiki serves as a meeting place for AP Econ students where they can collaborate on a comprehensive online study guide, communicate about their course, study for exams, share resources, debate topics we don’t have time to cover in class, and help each other learn and prepare for tests and exams. The wiki has grown to over 120 pages and has over 75 regular student contributors, all 15 – 18 year olds from SAS.

13. Best educational use of a social networking service

Classroom 2.0
Classroom 2.0 was created to provide an easy starting place for educators to be introduced to the tools of Web 2.0, and to encourage them to be part of the online dialog. With over 4,000 registered users, and growing over 100 per week, Classroom 2.0 has become a spawning ground for many other wonderful educational social networks based on the Ning platform, and has also hopefully shown the positive potential for social networking in education at a time when concerns about MySpace and Facebook overshadowed the technology’s pedagogical potential. Steve Hargadon in California, USA.

EFL classroom 2.0
Kingswear School Network

Hello! Our rural primary (ages 3-11) school Ning was set up by Mrs Rhys-Jones to help us improve communication, share work and celebrate progress. Each student and member of staff has their own blog page which we can see and the best blog posts are featured on the public main page. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Talkabout Primary MFL
Talkabout Primary MFL is a network for those teaching (or considering teaching) foreign languages in Primary school (ages 3-11); a place to share worries/successes with supportive colleagues. Jo started it earlier this year in response to the isolation felt by many teachers in the UK finding themselves suddenly tasked with introducing languages to the primary curriculum and desperate for support – oh and is learning as she goes along – as we all are perhaps?


Voices of the world

14. Best educational use of a virtual world

Edtech Island
The Island of jokaydia
The Island of jokaydia was opened in September 2007 and is dedicated to building a creative and vibrant community focused on education, arts and society. The current focus of jokaydia is in supporting a growing community of educators who are exploring how they can use virtual worlds in teaching and learning. The island is owned and operated by Jo Kay aka jokay Wollongong who is based in (you guessed it!) Wollongong, Australia. The island includes a range of flexible meeting spaces, educational tools and examples, free newbie resources and links to web resources. As well as using the island to provide Second Life presentations, tours and training, Jo Kay and Sean FitzGerald use the space to support a range of activities including conferences, discussions and social events. Visit the jokaydia blog at jokaydia.com for more info or visit the Island in Second Life via SLurl.

Schome Park
The Schome Park Project is using our island in the Teen Grid of Second Life (Schome Park) alongside a wiki and forum to develop our thinking about schome (not school – not home – schome – the education system for the information age). Whilst the schome community includes members of all ages from all around the world, the Schome Park Project itself is focused on working with 13 to 17 year olds. Current students come from the UK, the USA and the Falkland Islands. Peter Twining directs the Schome Park Project, and founded the Schommunity – join us and help make schome (the education system for the information age) a reality at http://www.schome.ac.uk/

Second Life in Education
The Second Life in Education Wiki provides a range of resources for educators who are interested in exploring the use of virtual worlds, in particular Second Life, in teaching and learning. It was developed by Jo Kay aka jokay Wollongong and Sean FitzGerald aka Sean McDunnough who are both based in NSW, Australia. The wiki includes useful resources for educators who are new to Second Life, including how to get started in Second Life, an extensive overview of Educational Uses of Second Life, a comprehensive categorised directory of current and future virtual worlds and links to Jo and Sean’s presentations and workshop materials. It is also used to support their activities on the Island of jokaydia in Second Life, where they run workshops, tours and events.

Suffern middle school in Second Life
“Suffern Middle School in Second Life” is the running account of the process of the proposal, acquisition, development and integration of a virtual presence for education at Suffern Middle School, Suffern, NY. Hosted and maintained by Peggy Sheehy, facilitator of the virtual campus, the blog speaks of the evolution of Ramapo Islands where in the 2006/07 academic year, 400 8th grade students (13-14 years old) and their teachers participated in exploring curriculum on a three island private estate in Teen Second Life. Math, Social Studies, English Lit, Health, Family and Consumer Science, were addressed and after great success Ramapo Central School District increased the virtual presence to 6 islands where we now also explore digital storytelling, science, foreign language, digital music, multimedia, and research skills. Ramapo Islands will serve approximately 1000 students this year ages 13-15 and is a student-centered, project based, experiential frontier. The kids are incredibly engaged and invested in their learning as along with their teachers they are designing authentic and meaningful learning scenarios.

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Josie Fraser & James Farmer

December 17, 2006
by James Farmer
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Convenors Edublog Star Award 2006: Duck Diaries

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A Duck with a Blog comes from a K-8 Independent School in Northern California, USA, and is the first winner of the Edublog Awards Convenors eduBlog Star Award. Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd Grade students create drawings and theories about the appearance and adventures of a duck and an egg. Charming and heartbreaking in equal measure, it’s a great example of blog use for education – the whole school using technology to come together as a community and to showcase their creativity.

Well done!

December 8, 2006
by James Farmer
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Badges and Party Invites…

A well deserved congratulations to all this years nominees!

Voting closes midnight GMT Saturday 16 December 2006.

Unbelievably, there are only 4 more voting days for you to show your support for the international Edublog Awards 2006 finalists. So if you haven’t already, please do vote, and make sure you show your support for all the hard work educators have put into make the internet a more interesting, creative, informative and though-provoking place this year.

I’ve been so busy with the day job and with putting together the event this year that it seems like everyone has scooped me on it.

Keen to add our own flavour to the heap of seasonal festivities, Edublogland is currently caught up the annual voting frenzy which traditionally (well, it’s the third one – that’s about 30 in internet years right?) proceeds the online Award Winners party. Why not come along? It will be open house over at edtechtalk.com/chat from around 13:55GMT, this Sunday, 17 December 2006. There will be various listening options for your aural pleasure, with Skypecast and talkshoe links available from the EdTechTalk Edublogs Award page.

Once again the smooth talking Jeff Lebow and the unidentifiably accented Josie Fraser will host Edublogland’s favorite holiday show, with Dave Cormier rounding up the years highlights.

! will also be announcing the winner of the first Conveners Choice award for the edublog I loved most of all this year – one that didn’t make it onto the nominee list but firmly deserves wider recognition. And that’s all I’m saying for now.

Jeff promises to improve the Worldbridges help pages before the weekend.

Finalist badges are now available at the site – badge your blog with pride!

December 8, 2006
by James Farmer
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Best Audio and/or Visual Blog 2006 Finalists

‘absolutely intercultural!’ is a joint venture of Anne Fox in Denmark and Dr. Laurent Borgmann in Germany who have worked together in several inter-cultural activities and projects.

A new episode is released every second Friday evening, looking at all intercultural aspects of human intercultural communication. For example, we’ll be hearing from students on foreign work placements, asking how teachers can make use of intercultural exercises and simulations in their classroom and sharing with you any intercultural gossip we come across. ‘absolutely intercultural!’ isn’t so much about passing on information but more about starting an intercultural dialogue between the makers, and you, the contributors and listeners.

Anne Fox works at CV2, the adult training arm of Grenaa Business College, a public sector college for young people preparing to go to university or start their first job. CV2 offers vocational training in team building, financial management, IT and languages to both those in jobs and those seeking jobs. She is based on mainland Denmark. Dr. Laurent Borgmann works at the University of Applied Science Koblenz, where he is the head of the international office at the RheinAhrCampus in Remagen. RheinAhrCampus offers Bachelor and Master degree programmes in Business and Social Management and in Mathematics and Technology.

Linda Hartley: I am delighted that the blog has been nominated for this award. I work in a primary (ages5-11) school in the UK and I am interested in how displays (bulletin boards) can be used to enhance children’s learning. I realised that original and interesting displays were constantly being created and vanishing unrecorded so I set up the a Flickr group to create a visual archive of ideas. The blog helps to widen the audience for the Flickr group and to promote discussion about displays. My final year research for my on-line degree was a distributed action research ( DAR) project based around creating and improving the blog. The blog has continued to flourish since the degree finished, steadily gaining more traffic and attracting links (technorati). My research journal blog is at Acting to Improve .

If you work in a school it only takes a few minutes to take a photo, upload it to the Flickr group, or to the blog wikispace, and join the conversation.

Dave Fagg: I don’t own a mobile phone, and mp3 player and grew up without a TV. How did I end up doing an educational podcast project? I’m an Australian History teacher, and earlier this year I was frustrated by the widespread use of mobiles and mp3-players in class, and wanted to find a way to integrate them into learning – there’s only so much confiscation a teacher can do before the students turn on you!

Eaglehawk Secondary College is a state Year 7-10 college in a fairly disadvantaged area of Bendigo, a regional city of 95,000 in Australia. There aren’t too many students with video iPods – an $AUD50 version is more likely. We were luck enough to get some funding for several mp3 players from Knowledge Bank, a government body committed to innovation in education, as well as the local “Innovations and Excellence” network. A big thankyou to both of these organisations!

I started out making podcasts to introduce Australian History topics to the class of 14-15 year olds, and they loved them! Even though it was my voice on the podcast, they preferred hearing it through earphones. This quickly morphed into a historical field-trip using podcasts at various locations in Bendigo. Students competed in teams to win prizes, listening to stories about the sites they visited, and recording their observations on the mp3 players and taking photos on mobile phone cameras.

But the best was yet to come. Through the marvel of the web, I hooked up with a teacher in Missouri, USA, who is doing a similar project (and more!). Our students are now exchanging podcasts with each other. They research and record local histories and details about life as a young person in Australia and the USA.

My students have loved using technology to learn. Little do they know I have covertly co-opted their means of driving teachers to distraction…ha ha ha! (evil laugh). Seriously, though, it has made me realise that if we creatively and critically use technology that students prefer, they are more likely to engage in learning.

is an endeavour to capture and share the wealth of knowledge imparted at face-to-face events in the VTE sector. The busy working lives of those working in the educational sector means that many are unable to attend a given conference, workshop or presentation. Podcasting is a simple and cost effective means to capture and share the learning throughout our networked community. Most of the recordings are made with small portable mp3 recorders by someone who attended the event. The long term vision is to create something akin to the IT Conversations podcast for the Australian VTE sector where people submit audio they feel would be of interest to the community.
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December 8, 2006
by James Farmer
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Best Group Blog 2006 Finalists

Digital Chalkie is an open group blog for Australian (and beyond) K-12 educators interested in the power of ICTs to enhance educational outcomes. The domain name uses the word ‘chalkie’ as an affectionately defunct Australian term for teachers. The goal is to establish a vibrant hub/magazine/think-tank for teachers to support each other and to collaborate in the use of ICT. As a groupblog users have been:

- Providing technical assistance to other teachers and trainee practitioners
- Discussing educational issues, particularly related to learning technology
- Sharing discoveries, resources, accomplishments, excitement and areas of interest
- Presenting ideas for integration of learning technology into the curriculum

A feature of Digital Chalkie is a regular live webcast on the Worldbriges Network run by Brad Hicks and Paul Reid. We have covered topics such as Blogging in the Classroom, RSS for teachers, Podcasting in Education, and WordPress in Education. These discussions are also archived as podcasts.

Maintained by Paul Reid, and based in Western Australia, Digital Chalkie aims to allow geographically disparate Australian educators to collaborate beyond the closed and often very useful discussions that go on behind email listserves. Australian contributors have included Kim Flintoff, Brad Hicks, Terri Van Zetten, Rod Blitvich, Steve Adcock, Reg Whitely, Mark Weber, Richard Ure, Yvonne Harrison, Bryn Jones, Paul Fuller, Jenny Ashby, Cameron Bell, Anne Baird, and John Pearce. Our webcast discussions have also involved educators in North America and South East Asia. We are very excited to have received this nomination and grateful for the support.

We’re excited to be nominated for an EduBlog Award! Producing the Infinite Thinking Machine blog and video podcasts is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like work. And we’re very thankful for the great response we’ve received from the K-12 community so far.

Our shows and website are designed to spark dialogue and help educators explore a wide range of innovative ideas. Through an active blog, an Internet TV show, and other media resources, we showcase examples of innovative instructional methods, talk with leading experts, and share real stories from the classroom to improve how we think, learn, teach, and live. And we try to have a little fun along the way.

The ITM is a wonderful collaboration between an amazing team of K-12 innovators from across the globe: Lucie deLaBruere (St. Albans, VT, USA), Julie Duffield (San Francisco, CA, USA), Wesley Fryer (Oklahoma City, OK, USA), Lucy Gray (Chicago, IL, USA), Steve Hargadon (Granite Bay, CA, USA), Tom March (Mittagong, Australia), and Mark Wagner (Irvine, CA, USA) are true superstars. Their insightful posts provide classroom teachers with a great mix of inspiration and practicality. We’re also fortunate to have the support of so many great organizations, including: Computer Using Educators, Discovery Education, Google, ISTE, KZO Webcasting, and WestEd. In many ways, we feel like we’re breaking new ground by bringing together such a wide range of organizations that deeply care about K-12 education. We hope that our combined energy and creativity can can jump start a wider conversation about innovation and creativity in our schools, and we look forward to hearing your ideas and feedback.

Thanks again for the nomination, and good luck to all the other nominees!

Wow…what an honour to be nominated. The success of Polar Science 2006 was truly a group effort, and it is wonderful to be recognized in the “Best Group Blog” category. Thank you!

The whole Polar Science team is thrilled to have been nominated for a 2006 Edublog Award! Polar Science in an online collaborative project for K-12 students and teachers, and has been developed by YES I Can! Science. We are hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The project is coordinated by Diane Hammond, Susan Stiff, and Dr. Tom Stiff. Polar Science 2006 had bloggers from across Canada and the U.S., as well as Japan, Italy, Croatia, Australia and New Zealand. We designed the Polar Science collaborative learning environment to allow teachers and students, (aged 8-18), to take part first-hand in the research of Dr. Shane Kanatous and his “Ice Team” in Antarctica , and Canadian biophysicist, Dr. Thomas Hawke and his “Lab Team” in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kanatous leads a team of scientists who have travelled to McMurdo Station in Antarctica to study the biology of Weddell Seals, and Dr. Hawke leads his team of graduate students in his lab, as they analyze the samples sent by the Ice Team.

In designing the site we wanted to give students, teachers and researchers the most effective communication tools to share updates and photos from the expedition, compare results of student investigations, ask and answer questions, and reflect on learning. Individual and team blogs have proven to be very effective communication tools throughout the project. Visit the site to read the blogs from both the Ice and the Lab teams, and to access the student blogs.

Best wishes to all nominees!

Four teachers–Paul Allison , Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim, and Thomas Locke–are mainly responsible for this blog, podcast, and webcast. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in New York City began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of WorldBridges.

Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. These conversations are archived as a podcast on this blog. Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it oursleves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.

After 9/11, there was a lot of talk about doing meaningful work. At the same time, Paul Allison [ Weblogs & Wikis & Feeds, Oh My! ] was finding himself being seduced by new forms of literacy on the Internet. An opportunity to become a “studio teacher” of technology at East Side Community High School, NYC presented itself in the Summer of 2002, and Paul has been at ESCHS ever since. Another community that Paul is a part of is the New York City Writing Project. He was a participant in the NYCWP’s Summer Invitational in 1985, and he has worked for the NYCWP in various ways ever since. Currently, with Felicia George, Paul is the NYC Technology Liaison for the National Writing Project.

Currently, Susan Ettenheim is having a lot of fun and finding great satisfaction teaching at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, M416 in New York City. Teb and Paul and the other teachers at the New York City Writing Project have been a great source of sharing and learning, a special precious time to get together and think through the adventures and experiences of the week. Her students challenge her and challenge themselves to push technology use to the next level, wherever that may take all of us

Now a New Yorker, Teb Locke is currently teaching science and technology to elementary students at The Neighborhood School PS 363 in the East Village. Recently, he has seen a particularly powerful example of this in his work with students on the NeigbhorhoodWiki. He is enthusiastic about the new opportunities afforded by the Internet to communicate with others and build communities of learners. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, painting , playing guitar, and brewing beer. In the past year, he has also started a love affair with Ubuntu and is fascinated by the possibilities of using Linux and other open source solutions in education.

Currently, Lee Baber [ New Media Guides ] is teaching Computer Technology (8th Gd) in Rockingham County School System and developing new open-source resources for her county and her team at Worldbridges . Last year, Lee and Dave Cormier started a middle school Elgg project called Personal Learning Space which included a student webcast called SpaceCast with Barbara Dieu from Brazil and other participants. Now, since joining forces with Paul, Susan, Teb and Richard, the project has grown into a thriving student community with the addition of a high school Elgg, Youth Voices and a rich media mapping project .

“Our group blog and weekly meeting provide me with inspiration from our members and guests, incredible direction for writing projects and lesson plans, and a place to reflect, grow, collaborate and connect with versatile and talented professionals.”

The Fischbowl is a blog to support staff development efforts at Arapahoe High School in Centennial (just south of Denver), Colorado, USA. Arapahoe has a little over 2,100 9th through 12th grade students (typically 14 to 18 years old) and is part of Littleton Public Schools.

Karl Fisch, Director of Technology at Arapahoe, is the principal “author” of the blog, but contributors to the blog include 47 teachers at Arapahoe that are participating in our staff development efforts. In the beginning, the blog was simply a place to “continue the conversations” we had in our staff development meetings every two to three weeks, to extend the discussions beyond the time we had face to face. As time went on, we started to post more to the blog about relevant educational issues, new technologies, and whatever else might be related and thought-provoking for our teachers, even if it didn’t directly relate to what we had just talked about in staff development.

In addition, each of the participating teachers created their own personal blog, where we asked them to reflect on their own learning and teaching, on their thoughts and ideas about the topics we covered, and on any changes they implemented in their classrooms. As you might imagine, some teachers took to blogging and reflecting (in a public forum) more than others, and posting certainly tapers off as the school year progresses. You can find these blogs by looking on the right side of The Fischbowl under Personal Blogs – underneath those you’ll also see some of the Class Blogs that teachers created for use with their classes. As a side note, some students from those classes have also started commenting on The Fischbowl, lending a much needed student perspective to our discussions.

Contributing Teachers: Jessie Comp, Jesse Craig, Amanda Crosby, Michele Davis, Rob Escue, Brian Hatak, Ray Hawthorne, Roger Hess, James Holman, Kristin Kakos, Alison McBride, Melissa McGarvin-O’Melia, Brad Meyer, Anne Smith, Barbara Stahlhut, Cara Syers, Adam Wallace, Bill Boehm, Stacey Cornils, Jerry McWilliams, Jerry Knafelc, Karen Gerlich, Christine Zisch, Mark Hampshire, Missy Marchino, Emily Firchau, Micki Lillie, Lindsay Donaldson, Patty Melin, Jessica Greenless, Barbra Kitch, Eric Riordan, Jenny Seidel, Lary Kleeman, Jeff Krause, Greg Trotter, Terry Sale, Lauren Gaffney, Maura Moritz, Cheryl Makovsky, Marlys Ferrill, Missy Jonson, Jared Rottschafer, Andrea Korn, Joan Hitchens, Joe Holliman, and Andrea Bradley.


December 8, 2006
by James Farmer
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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 http://www.nswlearnscope.com. 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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December 7, 2006
by James Farmer
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Most Influential Post, Resource or Presentation 2006 Finalists

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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December 7, 2006
by James Farmer
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Best Library/Librarian Blog 2006 Finalists

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The Edublog Awards were inspiring to me last year because I was able to discover exciting new blogs and to follow their links to other innovators. I am thrilled to have been nominated because I believe in participatory culture and want to stimulate others to think about school libraries and issues in education. I encourage everyone to explore all the blogs listed and their archives, not just their opening pages. You may be amazed at the diversity covered in the past year alone.

DeepThinking is written by Diane R. Chen, elementary library information specialist at Hickman Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Originally intended to more deeply explore the issues facing school librarians, this blogger reserves the right to ramble and reminisce about life, education issues, technology, and family challenges while working to inspire metacognition and delving deeper into thinking/learning for the students ranging in ages from 2 years old to 11 years (grades PreK – 4).

Judy O’Connell: Making fortunate discoveries – Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and more..

I am completely fascinated by emerging technologies, the development of Web 2.0, and what this all means for schools and school libraries. In May 2006 I created HEYJUDE specifically to engage in reflection, learning and social networking with others. Since then I have been inspired by so many people in the blogosphere, that this inspiration has flowed over into my work as an Education Officer (Library & Knowledge Management), with Catholic Education in the Western region of Sydney. Web 2.0 has become my ‘signature’ and my passion! and have been described as being “a mini tornado, stirring things up, moving them around and finally settling us all in a new information environment”.

Our Bibliosphere News was the first of many Web 2.0 initiatives … and the momentum keeps growing! I also happen to be Vice-President (Association Relations) of IASL, which might have given me a head-start in working with colleagues around the world. Not so! The reality is that nothing prepared me for the professional learning buzz that HEYJUDE would become. The amazing personal and professional links with fellow bloggers, social bookmarkers, photo-sharers, bloglines buddies, and fellow poddies (yes, that’s what we do with words in Australia…truckies, roadies, firies, sparkies…) has been terrific. Thanks EVERYONE!

This blog has exceeded all our expectatations. It was set up in July 2006 by a small group of Australian librarian bloggers to foster a community of online librarians to discuss issues affecting our profession and to promote professional development and learning. In only a few months it has grown to accommodate more contributors and an increasing readership. It has also generated two associated blogs, one covering a conference and the other to encourage librarians to explore virtual worlds and how they can be used to enhance library services. Who are we… these are the core group that got the blog started, but others can and do register as contributors. We actually have a frappr map for our community — http://www.frappr.com/librariesinteract

Bronwyn – Brisbane, Queensland
CW – Perth, Western Australia
Morgan – Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Peta Hopkins- Gold Coast, Queensland,
Kathryn Greenhill – Perth, Western Australia
snail — Sydney, New South Wales
tango — Melbourne, Victoria
techxplorer — Adelaide, South Australia

Tanja Messerli: I am a Swiss Bookseller and a teacher of (Book) Selling. I like to educate apprentices who have chosen this unprofitable but great profession usually because they love reading books and talking about it. A profession with a touch of everything: literature, science, investigation, consultation but also selling, buying, exhibiting, calculating – commercial stuff.

I belong to the German speaking part of Switzerland and so German my Blog’s language and the language of my commercial school’s website.

I adore what librarians do, but I write about what bookshellers (should) do. In connection I wrote my first posting in English.

The L Files is the blog of Bond University Library. Bond is Australia’s only private, independent, not for profit university. Around 4000 students studied at Bond last year – it is an international university with approximately half of the students and staff coming from overseas. The L Files was established as an alternative communication medium between the Library and its customers. A number of library staff are regular contributors to the blog and in some instances posts have elicited comments from students. In this way, the blog has served to improve two way communication and has provided an easy way for students to provide feedback to the Library on particular services announced through the blog. Posts have ranged from announcements about new titles in the Library to new electronic resources to assignment tips for particular courses and also some fun things like donuts in the Law Library.