Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Edublog Awards: A PLN Win-Win!

I love the Edublog Awards.  Every year, around this time, the blogosphere and twitterverse get to honor their own by giving a shout out to their favorite bloggers, tweeters and virtual leaders.  Then, when the winners are announced in mid December, we all get to add a bunch of fabulous names to our twitter and RSS feeds.  See how that works?  No matter who takes home the shiny edublogger badge for their virtual mantelpiece, we're all winners!

So here's what you gotta do:
  1. Write a post with your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website – anywhere public)
  2. Send a link to your nomination post via this form.
That's all there is to it.  Easy peasy! 

So, in keeping with the of the awards, which is to promote and demonstrate the educational value of social media, here are my nominations:  

Best individual blog:  Doug Johnson  - I feel like I learn so much from Doug.  He is a prolific blogger and, what's more, his posts are always meaty, well written, and brimming with a "students first" philosophy.  I <3 him.
Best individual tweeter:  TIE! Steven Anderson AND MaryAnne Reilly - I favorite more tweets by these two individuals than anyone else.  Steven always shares tons of great resources and MaryAnne frequently gives me reason to pause and consider an idea or issue from a different angle.  They are both fab.
Best new blog:  TIE! The Candid Librarian AND The E-Literate Librarian - I learn so much from these girls and while they've each been blogging for a little over a year, I feel like this is the year when they both found their voices and established themselves as rock stars.  I love learning from them!
Best ed tech / resource sharing blog:  Blogging from the Web 2.0 Classroom  AND The Daring Librarian - I can't think of two more generous bloggers.  They share, share and share.  And then, when they are done, they share some more.
Most influential blog post:  Settle In, It's a Long One AND 2000 Hours - both posts rocked my socks.
Best twitter hashtag: #edchat
Best librarian / library blog:  This is so hard.  I read so many great librarian blogs.  I could list so many here, but I'm gonna call it a tie between:  Never Ending Search and The Daring Librarian. This year, their blogs have had a huge impact on both my practice and my life as a blogger.
Best School Administrator blog:  The Principal of Change - George is my latest brain crush.  He's got so many great resources and ideas to share.  I'll come work for you any time, George! :)
Best open PD / unconference / webinar series:  TL Virtual Cafe! Um, duh!

There are lots of other categories, but those are the ones I'm tossing my two cents at.  So... now it's your turn. Take a few minutes to share the love with those people who have influenced your thinking and practice this year.  I can't wait to see who other people nominate and to add bunches and bunches of new people to my already amazing PLN.  Yay!


  1. Humbled and honored for not one but 2 nods. Much appreciated! I think the best part of it is the fact I get to share and learn and grow with all of the folks you have listed. Thanks again and keep being awesome!

  2. Thank you so much for your kind words :) I am glad that you are finding some value in my blog...better yet, I have now found yours!

    Thanks again

  3. Jennifer, Thanks so much for the "Principal of Change" blog recommendation. What a treasure trove of great information. It's nice to get an administrators perspective too. He's awesome! (and so are you, by the way!)

  4. Thanks for the library <3. You know I'm a Library Girl groupie so I'm honored to share ideas with you and all of our awesome library PLN.

  5. Awwww. Shucks! I admire each of you so much! Your kind words are, indeed, humbling. Also, I *love* that Pam has found George as a result of this post - to me, this is precisely what these "awards" are all about. Yay!

  6. Hi Jennifer,

    A belated thank you for the shout-out. Having you just write this is much better than winning any contest.


  7. Thank you my girl for the kind shout out - to be in a tie with the Goddess that is my mentor Dr. Joyce Valenza is UNREAL!!! Woop Woop! Wait till you see my noms.....soon, soon!
    Thanks again, honey!

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  9. belated Congrats to the winner. I am late I know, but edublog awards are always a big event..so wish you good luck with this achievement..

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