New logos!! Definitely lucky :- )
Support blogging and social networking! Vote at Edublog Awards.
New logos!! Definitely lucky :- )
Support blogging and social networking! Vote at Edublog Awards.
Time to vote in the 2009 Edublog Awards for your favourite bloggers, tweeple and online colleagues.
Congratulations to all those who were nominated. Now it’s your turn to read through the lists, maybe fine new resources and people to follow, and last but not least – cast your vote and make it count!
Thanks to Edublogs for making it fun and making it happen!
I’m very lucky and honoured to have three successful nominations again this year:
Best librarian / library blog
for this blog Heyjude: Learning in an Online World
Best educational use of a social networking service
for our collaborative space at Second Classroom (Dean and Judy)
This is a major surprise – and while it’s an honour, there are way too many people deserving people in the queue before me
Best of luck everyone!
I love that educators – on the ground – are ready to share resources and knowledge with me via the intrawebs and the metaverse. Doesn’t matter which way I look at it, blogging, collaboration spaces, 3D worlds, and more are transforming my professional learning.
Each day I have the chance to laugh a little, muse a little, cogitate some more, and look for opportunities to help someone, somewhere, sometime in learning, teaching, and information services.
So without further ado – My nominations for the 2009 Edublog Awards are:
Best Individual Blog : John Connell – The Blog ::: Still my all-time favourite for covering innovation and emerging technologies blended with a global perspective on culture, society and the politics of change.
Best Group Blog: Pandia Search Engine News ::: If you are serious about knowing what is going on in the online world of search (and you should be!) then the work of Per and Susanne Koch and team, from their base in Norway, makes essential reading. Check out their fabulous Pandia Search Central too!.
Best New Blog (to me): Kelli’s Blog ::: Kelli strikes a cord with me, an English teacher of excellence who shares on her blog. Wish I could teach English with your inspiration!
Best Resource Sharing Blog: Design 4 Learning ::: Expect the unexpected from here to the metaverse from my friend and co-author Dean Groom. Dean will never let you get into a rut!
Most Influential Blog Post: An Operating System for the Mind ::: Stephen Downes so eloquently explained that an education based strictly and solely in facts is insufficient, and drives home what 21st century learning is really about.
Best Teacher Blog: Darcy Moore’s Blog ::: He’s a genuine leader among the all-to -few school executives who really ‘gets it’!
Best Librarian/Library Blog: Tame the Web::: Michael Stephens has been telling it as it should be for libraries for more years than I care to count! Dean and I are proud that Michael wrote the Forward to our upcoming publication (ACER Pubications promises 2010 now!).
Best Educational Tech Support Blog : New Technology for Teachers::: With the information here, you’ve got a ready-made source of tools and ideas for your learning and teaching adventure!
Best E-Learning/ Corporate Education Blog ::: Jane’s E-Learning Pick of the Day, from Jane Hart at the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies, is an essential in your RSS reads.
Best Educational Wiki: Educational Origami ::: Andrew Churches not only shares resources, but dreams up new approaches, frameworks, models and more which we just have to adopt!
Best Educational Use of a Virtual World: – Angela A Thomas ::: Ange continues to demonstrate the outstanding possibilities that virtual worlds can provide us. If you want to know more, check out the Virtual Macbeth video and the Virtual Macbeth Wiki.
Lifetime Achievement: Karl Fish, The Fischbowl ::: Karl generously shares best practices and creates conversations that are inspiring, compelling, and influential. I have been honoured to participate online in some of his class projects at Arapahoe High School and have been inspired by the impact he is having right there in the classroom and in the kids minds.
There are many more fabulous folks that I could nominate! Luckily between us all we seem to bag the best!
The best part of the Edublog awards are discovering new things and sharing them with each other. Here are my nominations from 2008. A few people are still on the top of my nominations list
P.S. For all those (crazy?) kind folk who took the time to nominate Heyjude. What can I say – WOW! Now I wish I’d found the time to do more for you!
What types of media, access, and support do cutting-edge media centers and school libraries offer students? How are teacher librarians and library media specialists leading the charge to help students master 21st century literacies?
Issue 22 Volume 4 of ASCD Express “The Transformational Media Centre” looks at ways teacher librarians and library media specialists can collaborate with teachers and other staff to enhance student learning.
A good read overall – and I’m excited to say also includes a piece by me - Content Used to be King – as the New Voices feature.
My head is in ‘library zone’ these recent weeks – and so I am on the lookout for ideas, promotional materials, design ideas, pedagogical inspiration and more. Bit of a bower-bird for a while – before I head off for more presentations, workshops and the like.
So when I found this nice presentation from Nathan Wright, I decided I liked it! Might be just what you need to get you thinking?
This year I joined up for two classes, discussing chapters in the book by Daniel Pink. Using MeBeam, we could hear the students adding depth to their personal ideas, and challenging each other to think more deeply about the implications of each of the chapters for their schooling, their lives and society.
Karl Fisch set this up again this year at the A Whole New Mind 09 wiki. It’s the beginning of the year for me, so it’s not easy to help out much – this year two sessions had to be my limit. But the last class on the ‘roster’ happens to be at 6:15 am, so I can make it and still get to school. You can read more about the fishbowl discussion technique. Drop over to the CoverItLite replay of the blogging discussions.
My chapters for involvement this time were Empathy (where I caught up with Julie Lindsay, wonderful aussie who is head of Information Technology at Qatar Academy in Doha.) and Meaning.
I loved saying hi! to the students. Their efforts were very impressive – wonderful thoughtful discussions. Likewise, the students blogging, who were also listening to the conversation, were extending their thinking in a number of ways, responding to our feedback, throwing out questions to us, and holding their own once again in terms of highly valuable and reflective discussion.
It at wonderful way for me to start the year. It reminds me of the goals we are working towards at our school – embracing technology in immersive and interactive ways to promote 21st century learning of the best kind.
Karl is an inspiration to us downunder, providing concrete evidence of success in changing the way we manage our learning environment. Karl’s work helps me keep my focus.
Special thanks to the students who shared their thoughts with their external visitors. Next year when the call for people to be involved goes out I highly recommend that you consider joining in. It’s easy, and a great way to see 21st century learning in action.
Sorry – the tags for the 7 things meme have been dropping in and I have been procrastinating while promising on Twitter to get on with it!
Do I even have seven things to dig up? Some of the entries I have read have been hilarious, and interesting. My favourite is always the eclectic collection of things from John Connell.
Oh well, in my crazy, ordinary, silly life here are 7 more useless bits of information that you don’t want to read:
Time to tag seven unsuspecting bloggers:
It had to happen – rather belatedly finding out something to inspire‘on the fly’.
Thanks to a tweet from OwenC about 6 applications that made 2008 special, I am busy exploring Zemanta. I’m doing this after jumping over to Owen’s blog, and having a quick chat about it just to check if I should download this new to my suit of FireFox plugins.
Interesting app…see the picture I’ve dropped into the post? It’s one of many that appear in the Zemanta toolkit, which responds to the content that your are writing in your post. (Now here’s a challenge - the next day one of the images had disappeared! Try again!)
I like that I can drag a picture from that selection straight into the blog
post – but I can’t use the normal editing to position that picture (unless I set the preferences to xHTML in zemanta). Alternatively a quick jump into the html allows me to move the picture around easily enough. I can also ‘filter’ or search the image pool too. It’s also rather clever the way the image captures attribution – though I have no idea what the source of the images are and if they are indeed creative commons accessible ones. (ok on closer examination, I can see that hovering over the image pool provides the source of the image and its attribution! Cool!)
Zemanta also pulls up content from other sites, drawing on your main topic. I can jump over to them if I see something directly relevant, and add it to this post. In this way I discovered that CWillliams has answered some of my queries about Zemanta. Diane also explains:
Zemanta provides you with an easy way of finding and adding photo’s to your blog posts, it recommends SEO tags based on the content of your blog posts – and this is a very cool feature as it’s next to impossible to think of all the relevant tags that could be used. Zemanta also provides you one click access to content related to your blog post .
I’ve picked a few related articles prompted by Zemanta:
Installation is easy..reminds me of Flock, which I used to use before it became so heavyweight.
Another feature is the automatic creation of links within the post. These are generated by Zemanta, at the bottom of the writing window. Simply choose and click and the links are hyperlinked within the post for you. Mostly these seem pretty relevant.
Zemanta also suggest tags to add to the post! This is something I don’t pay enough attention too, so it will be quite helpful for me.
After more investigation I find that I can add my Flickr account and link to my own images!In fact, if I want to, I can connect my Facebook, MyBlogLog and Twitter accounts to Zemanta and when you post about your friends, their blogs and websites will be added.
Very Nice. Looks as if I am going to have to review my blogging processes for 2009. Any advice would be most welcome!
Not everyone knows, or even cares about the annual Edublogs Awards.
But there are enough of us around to make the annual Eddies a great way to find out about new blogs, catch up on old favorites, have discussions, consider the evolution of Web 2.0, encourage those who have got involved, have arguements with the ‘old timers’ …whatever it takes to make a fun competition.
Thanks to the fantastic team who put on the awards this year: Josie Fraser, Dave Cormier, James Farmer, and to my fabulous friend Jo kay who hosted the event ‘inworld’ at Jokaydia supported by the EdTechTalk crew who provided a web-based audio stream of the event. I missed the event…being away in the country with no internet access. But I did catch up with some of the news via twitter and got a Christmas Eddie surprise all of my own!
I caught up with the Ustream later, and I loved Dave’s Top 10 Edtech News etc thingers of 2008.
Thank you to all those amazing blog readers who cast a vote to support Heyjude. You guys really rock! because you gave me a super fun Christmas Eddie Pressie!
Thank you to James and Edublogs! I WILL be making contact to get into using Edublogs Campus – a great prize, and just the right time for our small efforts at innovation at Joeys. I believe every school needs an Edublogs Campus…so I’m looking forward to our explorations in 2009.
Virtual hugs to you all!
Make sure you visit the other inspirational Library bloggers:
And the Edublog Winners for 2008 in all categorys are:
Howard Rhiengold’s short video ( from Howard Rheingold’s Vlog) summarises some pretty significant shifts taking place. I’d like to show this video to teachers who are pretty much at the stage of looking at YouTube videos but not much else. A good conversation starter, as you can have a tick list while they watch..do you do this? know about this? heard about this? Go on! Do some collaborating (visually) today!