Monday, November 21, 2011

The Edublog Awards

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.
The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.

The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners while creating an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!
Last year, I found the Castilleja School Library Website while browsing the Edublog winners and it has become the inspiration for our new library website that we will hopefully launch after winter break. I think the Castilleja site is everything a school library website should be- it is easy to use, nice to look at and features student reviews and engaging information while also promoting library programs. I've also found some of my favorite resources and blogs on the Edublog Awards Site including Free Technology for Teachers and the Moodle Guide for Teachers.

I'd like to use our blog to spotlight and nominate some of the sites, twitter feeds and other online resources we all use and would like to spotlight. The nominations period just opened last week- if you have any resources you think should be nominated please leave a comment on this post or send me an email. The categories are below. Please let me know by next week if there are any online sources you think should be included.

Best individual blog

Best individual tweeter

Best group blog

Best new blog

Best class blog

Best student blog

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog

Most influential blog post

Best twitter hashtag

Best teacher blog

Best librarian / library blog

Best School Administrator blog

Best free web tool

Best educational use of audio / video / visual

Best educational wiki

Best educational podcast

Best open PD / unconference / webinar series

Best educational use of a social network

Lifetime achievement

This post was brought to you by HVLA Treasurer, Rachael Myers

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