The 2009 Edublog Awards: Voting

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)

Lifetime achievement
This is a major surprise – and while it’s an honour, there are way too many people deserving people in the queue before me ūüôā

Best of luck everyone!

The 2009 Edublog Award Categories….

  1. Best individual blog
  2. Best individual tweeter
  3. Best group blog
  4. Best new blog
  5. Best class blog
  6. Best student blog
  7. Best resource sharing blog
  8. Most influential blog post
  9. Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
  10. Best teacher blog
  11. Best librarian / library blog
  12. Best educational tech support blog
  13. Best elearning / corporate education blog
  14. Best educational use of audio
  15. Best educational use of video / visual
  16. Best educational wiki
  17. Best educational use of a social networking service
  18. Best educational use of a virtual world
  19. Lifetime achievement

Edublog Awards 2009 – let’s celebrate!

Comes the end of the academic school year for us in Australia¬†– and it’s the perfect time for us to have a celebration – the Edublog Awards!!

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 Individual Tweeter: Elaine Talbert::: @etalbert for her wonderful finds and  2.0 slideshare alerts.

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: ‚Äď 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 ūüôā

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!

Who we are; what we do

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.

Jumpstart with blogging and twitter

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?

Empathy and Meaning

Once again I’ve had a wonderful time participating in live blogging A Whole New Mind with students from Arapahoe High School. I wish I had time to do more – it’s an amazing experience.

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.

Seven things you don’t need to know…about me!

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:

  1. English was my third language to learn, but it is definitely my master language now. Hungarian then German have fallen by the wayside, and while German is largely incomprehensible to me, Hungarian remains familiar and will help the family along in our visit to Budapest in April.
  2. While I admit I failed the bus licence test (only did it once), I reckon I can drive anything. My very first car was a  a tiny 479 cc two-cylinder double clutch number, and it cost nothing to run!
  3. I have an addiction – chocolate!
  4. My only achievement as a pimply teenager was to score 9th in the State in the Music in the HSC.  Despite that, I have lost my piano playing skills.
  5. I’ve always enjoyed singing in choirs since I was 6 though – but have never had singing lessons and am just an ordinary alto. This years gamble will be to sing Handel’s Messiah with the Sydney Philharmonia massed choir.
  6. I’m a definite Libra. I love balance, and get very sick at heart in an unbalanced environment. I will get quarrelsome and annoying if things are unfair. In Grade 5¬† I led a classroom ‘walkout’ against our teacher, and we played netball in protest against unfair discipline in the classroom. Despite this ‘bent’ I am uber conservative about most things in life.
  7. I hate getting up early in the morning!

Time to tag seven unsuspecting bloggers:

Jeanette Tranberg

Tom Barrett

Camilla Elliot

James Herring

Kathryn Greenhill

Michael Stephens

Rhonda Carrier

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Blogging Fast Forward

It had to happen – rather belatedly finding out something to inspire blogging ‘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 addition 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

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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 Рand 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!

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