Today I am wandering away from the K12 Online 2007 Conference because I know it will be there for my return. Just one of the great things about that conference which I consider to be one of the best around!
I am enjoying browsing through the Edublog 07 Awards nominations. I have not seen a lot of them but happy to still see several favorites of mine listed. As I have said before you never have all you would like to see listed but I love the spirit of the awards in recognizing the edublogger community. This year they are releasing a list of all nominations via del.icio.us shortly so that you can check out all the entries that did not make the list this year. Good move and we appreciate having more good sites to check out.
Josie Fraser and James Farmer are hosting it this year. They are having to make some difficult decisions right off the bat with having to decide to limit all polls to one vote per IP. I appreciate all their efforts to make this a celebration of edubloggers. It is a lot of hard work on their part and they are most appreciated!
Congratulations to all the finalists! All the nominees are listed on this page. Voting will conclude on the 6th December and the awards ceremony will be on the 7th (in Second Life). You can get a subscription to the awards feed here to be updated on additional news and information.
The entire group of edubloggers are winners, both on and off the list. We keep seeing more and more exceptional educational blogs every day. We are getting our voices and the voices of our students heard! I truly believe these voices will help bring about needed changes in our educational system. So my hope is that the list of edubloggers keeps growing as it has grown this year. Wow! Just think about those possibilities just a multiplying! It makes me soar!
I wrote that last year at the Edublog Awards 2005. What a year we have had since! I feel the same way this year – just more so! I find more good edublogs daily! I often wonder what the true number really is.
Now it was fantastic to celebrate this year’s Edublog Awards 2006. I really enjoyed the Annual Edublog Awards event at EdTechTalk this morning. Here are the winners! Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier were great hosts. Josie Fraser, as always, presented the winners in her own special delightful way. Be sure to check out Dave’s Top 10 news events of the edublog year.
Congratulations to all the winners! I have to say it once again- the entire group of worldwide edubloggers are winners – both on and off the list! I can’t wait to see what happens next year!
Recently I presented a workshop session on blogging at the GaETC conference. I had a Skype call with Darren Kuropatwa. I wanted him to share the positive aspects of blogging that he had experienced with his class. Some amazing things came out of that call. First, Darren shared how his students summarize what they are learning through the scribe posts on the class blog. He explains it so well on the podcast. He uses a paradigm he borrowed from med school – watch it, do it, teach it. His students are writng the textbook for the class. The examples he shared were fantastic. He shared how he uses the chat box so his students have homework help 24-7. The students use delicious to create a resource file to help each class member. Then the wiki solutions manual is the space where students solve, annotate, and correct each othersâ€™ work. Listen to the podcast to get his explanations. What is so impressive to me is that Darren has truly put this in the hands of his students. They have ownership of their learning. They work as a team. It is the best use of blogging that I’ve seen in a classroom.
Then another story developed as we were skyping. I commented on the first time that I had seen Darren’s blog and how it blew me away. I am not and have never been a good math student but as I was reading his blog I got so excited because it made me feel that I could still learn these math concepts that had alluded me in the past. See my post here: A Math Weblog to Note. I can still remember that day and how I explored his blog in depth. It was exciting. Now the neat thing here is I heard the other side of that story, as did my workshop participants. Darren recalled how how intense the feeling was for him hearing how someone a half a continent away had been impacted by the work he was doing. Now here’s the best part of the story. Darren said his first reaction was “My students need to feel this.” His first thoughts were how to give that to his students. A true teacher! Now that’s a feeling that many of us have had and have seen firsthand when students blog. I’ve had many moments to share with students when they were just blown away that someone thought something they wrote was good or someone added to the conversation about something they were blogging about in class. Darren said in the skype call that this was what blogging is all about, that motivation from an authentic audience. I thought it would be good to share this piece because it could be used to share with administrators and others to get an idea of what blogging can be all about. Teachers need to set the stage and guide it. No one does that better than Darren.
I’ve thought about it a lot since the workshop and I’ve also thought about how Darren has captured the essence of blogging and then gone that extra step to share it all with others. Then each year he has built on the pedagogy and shaped and reshaped his learning and teaching. Darren is not just a math teacher. He is an incredible writing teacher as well. He knows how to use writing, blogging, and the Internet to learn. He guides his class and steps aside to let them own it. Just check out Living in Whoville and you’ll see. It gives me chills.This digital story is a class project. You can see links to some of the other projects that tell the story of what his kids have accomplished. It is awesome.
Now listen to the podcast, DarrenAnne.mp3, and listen to the two sides of the story. Just think what could lie ahead for our students! It is inspiring. He is really empowering the student in a way that totally focuses on the pedagogy – no small task. Plus the work is in the hands of the students. They own it! It is a model to follow. I can’t wait to cast my vote this year in the EduBlog Awards 2006.
The Edublog Awards 2006 nominations are in! Take a look!Â Voting closes midnight GMT Saturday 16 December 2006. It is exciting to go through the list and while I know many on the list there are always many that I don’t know. This is so amazing to me because I really try to follow all the new educational blogs. Hmmmm, wonder what else is out there that I’m missing? That’s why it’s so important that we blog to each other about the good work going on in many places. The best part of this truly is theÂ promotion of excellence in the educational use of social software. I wish the best to all the nominees!Â I say to all edubloggers worldwide keep up the great work youÂ are doingÂ in your quest to make a difference with your students and to promote needed changes in our educational system. My hat is off to each and every one of you!
Don’t forget to make your nominations for the Third International Edublog Awards.Â Josie Fraser states so well the issues surrounding us:
Learners and educators still however face difficult issues around network restrictions, around data protection and ownership, and around commercial protectionism. This year has also seen a marked increase in hostility towards social networking sites in the US, demonstrating a widespread lack of appreciation of the informal and formal educational value of user-centered applications.
The Edublog awards are more relevant than ever in this climate â€“ a space for us to refocus the debate surrounding young peoples use of technology as irresponsible, dangerous or illegal, and look at the positive, powerful and transformative work which continues to be demonstrated.
These awards are an effort to recognize the world of educational blogging and let us celebrate the good work of all. Join in on the spirit of this being a recogniton of educational bloggers worldwide!
Current edubloggers are invited to make a maximum of two nominations per category. Nominations are open from 8 November to 30 November. Email your nominations to the awards address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The most popular, eligible nominations in each category will be available to vote on from 2 December to 14 December. Winners will be announced live at a special broadcast awards ceremony currently scheduled for 15 December 1500 GMT.
I’d like to say a special thank you with a tip of the blogging hat to Josie Fraser and James Farmer for all they do to promote excellence in the educational use of social software. they’re the best!
Here are the ten categories:
- Best audio and/or visual blog
- Most influential post, resource or presentation
- Best library/librarian blog
- Best research paper on social software within learning and teaching