- Best individual blog – I have shared out, noted, and thought about more ideas from http://michaelkmilton.com/ than any other website as of late in terms of actual classroom projects and lesson ideas. Michael Milton is sharing out so many fantastic ideas that it is hard to keep up. My lucky social studies teachers receive something from this website from me at least once a week.
- Best new blog – Bianca Hewes – Not necessarily new to blogging, but new to me this year. I came across her after studying PBL for my school. She is brutally honest and speaks it like it is. I appreciate this more than anything else in the world. She is not a cookie cutter, pretty classroom, everything is great type person. She is real. She speaks truth. The good and the bad. Her ideas are top notch and I hope to develop a voice like she has developed. She is an outlier pushing the ideas of classroom projects and helping students lead the charge in learning.
- Best student blog – Student Voice – I have worked with Zak Malamed as he has helped some of my students on a project and listening to him speak at ISLI. From there I have jumped onto this site and really love the ideas and platform of this site. So many great voices being shared. Students leading by example on how powerful the student voice can and should be. #stuvoice
- Best ed tech / resource sharing blog – Scott McLeod – Dangerously Irrelevant This guy is one of my favorites. He challenges status quo. He raises important ideas that need to be addressed. He is a boundary pusher and a much needed voice if we want to make positive change in education. Love that he has no fear. And he let me wear his Google Glass and now I want a pair so bad!
- Best teacher blog – Vicki Davis – Cool Cat Teacher – Always great content. Never miss a post. She is personable, shares her ups and downs, and provides quality content that any teacher can apply and learn from. Have been following her for years and information constantly gets better. I am proud to call her a mentor and friend. She is top notch and leading the charge in education remaining true to her classroom.
- Best library / librarian blog – I just came across http://www.techbrarian.com/ and it is by far the coolest looking website and just blows my mind. So much to learn here and I need a few days to just process it all. This has inspired me to reshape my blog, develop a new website, and really design a better concept of myself. So good, so good. More need to be aware of this work and site.
- Best administrator blog – Jimmy Casas Jimmy is the principal for our high school so I am keeping it local. When he writes a post it comes from the heart and the mind. It is a real voice and we don’t see this enough from administrators. It is hard to open up when one little phrase can be taken out of context, but in order to connect and grow, we have to be open and honest. He does just that.
- Most influential blog post of the year: Pernille Rip http://pernillesripp.com/2013/09/22/dear-bammy-awards-where-did-it-go-wrong/ I love her too! I am probably not on her PLN radar but she is great. She shares so many great things about education, her teaching, and her students. This blog post was something that really opened up some great conversation. Someone had to speak up and she did. This took courage and frankly it made me think even more highly of her for speaking up. This post is important not because of the questions raised about the BAMMY’s, but the importance of speaking up and advocating for what is right. The conversation that erupted was paramount to moving education forward. More teachers need a backbone to speak up about the truths of education and issues. This blog post is an exemplar about how to do this professionally.
- Best individual tweeter – Ginger Lewman @gingerlewman I LOVE Ginger. She challenges my thoughts, questions my thinking, speaks her own piece, and this is what I love about her. She is another real authentic voice in education who is not afraid to ask the questions that need to be asked. My best conversations about education have been with her.
- Best twitter hashtag – This is tough. I have debated between the following #iaedchat #edchat #tlap and #itlchat. In the end I think I have to go with #iaedchat as it is the one that I constantly share with and connect with the most. The others are great and I even have one, but if I go by use, then #iaedchat is the clear winner.
- Best free web tool – Audacity. Loving this tool as I push my boundaries to create podcasts. Learning so much with this tool that has been around for so long. Really, I should go state Google Hangout. Yes, let me go with Google Hangout. So many fantastic connections have been made with other educators, classrooms, and students. Okay, so there it is a mid write-up change in making. Google Hangout, but still wanted to give Audacity a plug 🙂
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast – I am going with Vicki Davis Every Classroom Matters Podcast My favorite podcast dealing with education. I have not missed one yet. Professional, seeking out many new voices, and I am learning so much from these 10-15 minute episodes. She also helped give me a nudge to start my own. One day I might have an audience like her.
- Best educational wiki – Is there really any reason to think that http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ should not be #1.
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series – Not sure if it fits this category http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/p/the-two-guys-show.html is a must. They helped motivate me to enact on my personal goal of podcasting, interviewing, and raising awareness through another media. These shows are great for the conversations and the information that can be obtained. The chat with Ginger Lewman is the best.
- Best educational use of a social network – No doubt I have to go with Ginger Lewman. She has challenged me to get going on some platforms like FourSquare. She has her own blog, tweets, and FB posts, but she also has LifePractice Learning. She is always leading the way and testing out what is new and happening. She is everywhere and does it the right way. Must give credit to the mentor who has helped me and continues to help me navigate the social media world.
- Best mobile app – Twitter, just because it is my one stop source to connect with the best educators around the world. I check this app at last 200 times a day. It is an addiction that needs help, but only a little bit because I am not giving it up.
- Lifetime achievement – Angela Maiers – She is living her words and inspiring so many. I cannot express here enough of how much she has helped me to find my voice as an educator as well as helping my students and students around the world to do the same. It is not easy to stand up strong for what you believe, but she does just that and is constantly working to bring in more people and students. She is connected and always upbeat. Love her message and hope to spread the message as well.
Yesterday I received a wonderful email from the website Pace Per Mile.
They emailed me to let me know that they have chosen my blog for providing great content, frequent updates, and more. They are going to list my blog on their website and tweet out my posts to all of their followers in which they have a large following of 28,000+
How cool is this!
Beyond cool, like super AWESOMESAUCE!
And it will also be featured on their Facebook page of 17,000+ fans
This just made my day. After a long week of of some ups and downs, battling illness in my family, and trying to get back into training mode after finding many excuses this was exactly what I needed.
Some good old positive reinforcement is so nice. This is a great reminder to spread positive vibes to other people, students, family, and friends.
What an excellent way to end my week. I am working to getting back into training for triathlons as well as the daunting task of my second marathon. I will pledge to continue to work harder than ever to provide quality content on my blog for people.
Please check out Pace Per Mile on their website, Twitter, and Facebook. They are doing something right with all of their fans and followers. I feel very honored to be recognized by them.
Friday I was checking my email and I came across an email from a name I did not recognize. I decided to check it out thinking it was going to be spam, but to my surprise it was something much greater.
I made the top 125 list of triathlon blogs according to http://www.
The link above contains the list of the other amazing sites and blogs. I know there are many more great ones out there, but I feel very honored to be recognized. It really makes my day to know that there are people out there who read and perhaps enjoy my rants and raves.
Good start to the weekend.
Check out the link and nominate for your favorite education blogs. The categories this year are
Best individual tweeter
Best group blog
Best new blog
Best class blog
Best student blog
Best resource sharing blog
Most influential blog post
Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
Best teacher blog
Best librarian / library blog
Best school administrator blog
Best educational tech support blog
Best elearning / corporate education blog
Best educational use of audio
Best educational use of video / visual
Best educational wiki
Best educational podcast
Best educational webinar series
Best educational use of a social network
Best educational use of a virtual world
Best use of a PLN
Go ahead and nominate. I am going through my list of blogs I follow to nominate my favorite ones. Yes, I know I cannot nominate myself. I would never do such a thing!
I have been chosen to help judge this years 2010 Cybil Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy books. I am so excited to be part of this panel of awesome people. I will be honest and tell you that is was very hard for me to not tell my readers earlier as I was asked to wait until it was posted on teh Cybil Website. This morning my name appeared. I have posted the announcement below, but you can click on the link below to see all the categories and learn more about this awesome event. All I can tell you at this point in time is that I am going to be extremely busy as I have to read 2-3 books a week, provide reviews and feedback, and chat with the other judges to narrow down the books for the Round 2 panel of judges. Start brewing the coffee and let the fun begin. I am so jacked!!!!!!!
You can help out. How?
Book nominations will run from October 1 – October 15.
You can nominate one book in each genre. Books should be published from October 16, 2009 to September 30, 2010.
Head on over the website for more details
The 2010 Science Fiction and Fantasy Panel
If you don’t have any idea how many amazing sci-fi and fantasy books are published each year for children and young adults, let the number of people on our SFF panels give you a clue. It’s a LOT. An abundance of riches. That’s why we’ve got two separate sets of judges for elementary/middle grade and young adult books. Our enthusiastic bloggers will soon be on the job selecting the best of the fantastical best.
Panel Organizer: Sheila Ruth, Wands and Worlds
Panelists (Round I Judges), MG/Elementary:
Anamaria Anderson, Books Together
Gwenda Bond, Shaken & Stirred
Cindy Hannikman, Fantasy Book Critic
Aaron Maurer, Coffee for the Brain
Nicole Signoretta, Booked Up
Charlotte Taylor, Charlotte’s Library
Karen Yingling, Ms. Yingling Reads
Panelists (Round I Judges), Teen/YA:
Steve Berman, Guys Lit Wire
Tanita Davis, Finding Wonderland
Leila Roy, Bookshelves of Doom
Sheila Ruth (see panel organizer)
Angie Thompson, Angieville
Hallie Tibbetts, Undusty New Books
Heather Zundel, Secret Adventures of WriterGirl
Round II Judges:
Melissa Baldwin, One Librarian’s Book Reviews
Kate Coombs, Book Aunt
Emily Mitchell, emilyreads
Nancy Tsai, Kidsmomo
Tanya Zavestoski Turek, Books 4 Your Kids
Emma Carbone, Miss Print
Anne Levy, Cybils
Sam Musher, Parenthetical
Sarah Stevenson, Finding Wonderland
Steph Su, Steph Su Reads
I was curious to see how some people were coming to my website. So I checked my monthly update about how people are finding my blog and this super cool blog was one that had my blog mentioned. Go ahead and check this blog out Bookworming in the 21st Century
I thank the creator of this blog for mentioning my blog and just wanted to return the favor. I had no idea this blog existed or my blog was even mentioned. Just another little surprise that makes your day. The Mean Old Librarian blog is another good one mentioned.
I won the Kreativ Blogger award from the Life (and Lies) of Inanimate Flying Objects
Kreativ Blogger award: tell 7 secrets and tag 7 people.
Ok! here we go.
1. I am a pack rat. My office is so crammed with “stuff” that I feel is important. I have a very hard time throwing away old magazines(especially Rolling Stone and any fitness magazines). I am trying to slowly give away and trade books that I don’t read, but so far that is not going according to plan as I give one away I acquire 2-3 more.
2. 40, 34, and 32 are my favorite numbers. I was the number 40 all through high school, 32 when I was in college and 34 is the number of Charles Barkley when he played for Phoenix and he was my all time favorite basketball player.
3. My favorite candy is sour cherry balls. Yes, I live for Valentine’s Day because this is the only time of the year when you can find bags and bags of this delicious treat.
4. I have this addiction where I cannot stop checking out materials from the library. I have tried to stop checking out books so I can read the 50 or so books I have purchased that are sitting on my shelves, but so far I have not had the will power to do so. I have about 30 items currently checked out which is pretty normal.
5. My favorite cartoon of all time is He-Man. I loved this cartoon growing up and now my children watch this also now that I have purchased the dvd set. “I have the power!”
6. I am very allergic to poison ivy. I look at a picture of it and I swear I will have it the next day.
7. I am still working on writing my own book, but really struggle to make time to write. I plan on devoting my summer to writing when things calm down.
I’m tagging some creative bloggers…
Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link. Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
Thanks to Jennifer @ Reading with Tequila for giving me the award.
Here is my list of 15 other blogs. There are many more that I wanted to add, but I played by the rules this time.