Christmas Eddies

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.

Congrats to all. Congrats to those in the Best library/librarian award category – you are all sensational and certainly each of you are an inspiration to my work and my play online. 

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:

Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog
UoL Library Blog
Paul Walk’s weblog
Hey Jude
Joyce Valenza
Blue Skunk Blog

And the Edublog Winners for 2008  in all categorys are:

1. Best individual blog – The English Blog

2. Best group blog – SCC English

3. Best new blog – Angela Maiers

4. Best resource sharing blog  – Free Technology for Teachers

5. Most influential blog post – Order for Closure

6. Best teacher blog – The Cool Cat Teacher

7Best librarian / library blog – Hey Jude

8. Best educational tech support blog – Teachers love Smartboards

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog – eLearning Technology

10. Best educational use of audio – Ed Tech Talk

11. Best educational use of video / visual- Steve Spangler blog

12. Best educational wiki- Flat Classroom Project 2008

13. Best educational use of a social networking service- Classroom 2.0

14. Best educational use of a virtual world- Discovery Education Second Life

15. Best class blog- Extreme Biology

16. Lifetime achievement- David Warlick

Collaborate visually

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 you do this? know about this? heard about this? Go on! Do some collaborating (visually) today!

Vodpod videos no longer available.

more about “Collaborate visually“, posted with vodpod

Outstanding edublog awards

I want to thank the amazing folks who have nominated this blog for the annual Eddies awards – The 2008 Edublog Awards. It’s an honour to be nominated, and to be able to ‘wear’ the badge proudly for the 2008 nominations.

There are many many people who do a tremendous job sharing information and knowledge via their personal or group blogs.

We are all richer for this sharing. Thank you for the nomination!!

Now its time for all good friends in the blogosphere to visit the extensive list of fabulous nominations in a wide range of categories to expand your RSS reads, and cast your votes for your favourite.

Check out the excellent nominations in the category Best Library/Librarian blog and cast your vote! I’m honoured to be included alongside:

Lorcan Dempsey’s weblog
UoL Library Blog
Paul Walk’s weblog
Hey Jude
Joyce Valenza
Blue Skunk Blog

Blog ‘o the month, virtually!

After a tweet from Scot Merrick, I discovered that November is definitely the month of fun for me.

This blog has been selected for the the Blogger’s Hut @ ISTE Island in Second Life. This is just so much fun, and a real delight to be featured in the Bloggers Hut. Isn’t it nice to have an international ISTE member added to the monthly list!

So now its time to get into Second Life and vote. Come on in and join the fun.

We’re voting on:

Learning Visions”–Cammy Bean

“HeyJude”–Judy O’Connell

“Bud the Teacher”–Bud Hunt

“A Piece of My Mind”–Scott S. Floyd

Writing over coffee

As I sit in the coffee shop at home in my own suburb I am pondering how things on the communication front have changed in the years that I have been frequenting this excellent little shop.

How proud I was when I got a mobile phone so I could ring home while having coffee to get the kids to take the washing off the line. I could liase over my mobile to meet friends after school to talk. Now?

I am writing on my blog using the free wifi on my iTouch (though it could have been my eePC) after checking my email and twitter. Is this relaxing? Funny thing is that it is for me, but it is clearly not the chosen way for most people to relax! No one else here is on ‘a device’!

What does this mean? Is my behaviour part of a new wave or am I an abberation amongst my peers?

So cool, so easy!

Naturally, I am now testing the other bits of fun associated with Posterous.   Well, I am using my Gmail account, because my work email sends to Posterous all the privacy stuff that we have at the bottom of our emails. Now, to test sending a pic along with the post.

Here's a pic from my phone.  Oh, and we can't send stuff via SMS from OZ yet…unless we dial to the UK.  Sometimes, just sometimes, it might be worth it.  Otherwise via email is pretty cool.

So this is crossposting to my blog, twitter, and of course to Posterous. Nice 🙂

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