2011 Edublog Awards

I just finished going through the list of winners from the 2011 Edublog Awards. I was particularly interested in the categories for the Best Class Blog, Best Student Blog and Best Teacher Blog as educators that I am working with are always looking for good examples. Please take a look at these:

Best Class Blog (top 5 winners)

  1. Mrs. Yollis’ 3rd Grade Class Blog http://yollisclassblog.blogspot.com
  2. St. Wolstan’s Transition Year Blog http://stwolstansty.blogspot.com/
  3. Mr. Buxton’s 5th Grade Class SAS http://mrbuxton.blogspot.com/
  4. Mr. Salsich’s Class http://jmsalsich.edublogs.org/
  5. 2KM And 2KJ @ Leopold Primary School http://2kmand2kj.global2.vic.edu.au/

Best Student Blog (top 5 winners)

  1. Jaden’s Blog http://jadensawesomeblog.blogspot.com/
  2. Miriam’s Blog http://victoria-miriamsmoments.blogspot.com/
  3. Jake’s Blog http://mjgds.org/students/jakeg/
  4. Jarrod’s Blog http://jarrodsblog.global2.vic.edu.au/
  5. Gemma’s Blog http://gemmaccs11.edublogs.org

Best Teacher Blog (top 5 winners)

  1. Brunswick Acres Art Blog http://baart.weebly.com/
  2. allatc http://allatc.wordpress.com/
  3. Teacher Tom http://teachertomsblog.blogspot.com/
  4. Ms Mac’s Website http://kmcfadzen.wordpress.com/
  5. In search of Scientific Creativity http://problemfinding.labanca.net/

Fantastic! All of them! And congratulations to all the nominees.

Nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards

I am honored to be nominated for the 3rd year in a row for the Edublog Awards. I’m sure you will agree that it’s always nice to be appreciated.

This year I was nominated in the Best Educational Tech Support Edublog category. (Votes are always appreciated. Just click this link, scroll down until you see ThumannResources, click the radio dot next to it and then click “Vote”.)

What I like most about the Edublog Awards is the chance to take a look at some blogs that I might not have otherwise been reading. My favorite category is “Best New Blog” and here are the nominations:

  1. About A Teacher
  2. bcnpaul1′s blog
  3. Be Cunning and Full of Tricks
  4. Blogging through the Fourth Dimension
  5. Box of Chocolates
  6. Comments4Kids
  7. Connected Principals
  8. Culture of Yes
  9. Digital Dervish
  10. Educating Grace
  11. Eliterate Librarian
  12. Emma Herrod
  13. Experts and Newbies
  14. Hack Education
  15. ideaconnect
  16. InterACT
  17. Inter.Connect.Ed
  18. Language Garden
  19. Libraries and Transliteracy
  20. New City Arts
  21. Michelle’s Musings
  22. MrK’s Professional Reflections
  23. Quantum Progress
  24. Reflections of a teacher and a learner
  25. Teaching Literacy in the Early Years
  26. Speech Techie
  27. The Nerdy Teacher
  28. Think Thank Thunk
  29. Turklish TEFL
  30. Upside Down Education
  31. Venture Pragmatist
  32. Walt Gardner’s Reality Check
  33. Webb’s Wide World
  34. Whose Learning Is It Anyway?

To explore the other categories you can visit http://edublogawards.com/ or select from this list:

  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 school administrator blog
  13. Best educational tech support blog
  14. Best elearning / corporate education blog
  15. Best educational use of audio
  16. Best educational use of video / visual
  17. Best educational wiki
  18. Best educational podcast
  19. Best educational webinar series
  20. Best educational use of a social network
  21. Best educational use of a virtual world
  22. Best use of a PLN
  23. Lifetime achievement

Happy reading!

Seven Things You Don’t Need to Know about Me

Liz Davis tagged me in this meme. I figured that it would be a great topic of conversation as my husband and I prepared for the family to come for Christmas dinner. It was pretty entertaining to create the list as we peeled shrimp, sauteed various vegetables, and worked to keep the kitchen clean and the kids occupied.

Seven Things You Don’t Need to Know about Me

1. I was always envious that my cousin had a lavender room when we were kids. I fulfilled a childhood wish by selfishly painting my daughter’s room lavender.

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2. I actually dropped a math course in college because the professor lectured using his middle finger. (The professor was rumored to have been the inventor of AstroTurf, but I’ll admit that it wasn’t until I wrote this that I finally confirmed that false.)

3. My first career out of college was in book publishing.

4. My second career out of college was in financial services. But I moonlighted as a cannoli stuffer in my then boyfriend’s (now husband’s) pastry kitchen.

5. I met said husband at a photo copier. He was making copies. (Don’t you remember the Saturday Night Live skit with Rob Schneider?)

6. My husband accuses me of favoring Dirty Dancing as my movie of choice, but it’s really Clueless.

7. My parents had my brother and I convinced we were allergic to chocolate growing up. When I got to college, I became a chocoholic – and lived to tell about it.

Here are 7 more bloggers that may have 7 things to share:

AJ Kelton

Clif Mims

Kern Kelley

Erica Hartman

Angela Maiers

Lisa Durff

Cathy Nelson

ThumannResources gets the Bronze at the 2008 Eddies

Emanna Romano looking at her blog nominations in SL
Emanna Romano looking at her blog nominations in SL

It was, in all honesty, an honor to be nominated by Liz Davis and Kevin Jarrett in two categories for the 2008 Edublogger Awards. I never thought that I would win. I actually predicted that Angela Maiers would win for Best New Blog and she did. We started our blogs at just about the same time and hers is so chock full of quality and meaningful resources and information that I knew she was sure to be awarded the honor. Among the other 13 nominees was also Human, which came in second and a host of other Edublogs that deserve a read.

I also really enjoyed the experience of the awards ceremony. (I had to attend – it was an excuse to go shopping in Second Life.) I commented in the EdTechTalk (which incidentally won for Best Use of Audio) that it was difficult to simultaneously manage the chat in EdTechTalk, the chat in Second Life and the audio which I was listening to through iTunes as the quality was better than in Second Life. But it was worth the multitasking, to be able to communicate with everyone that came to participate in the event. I especially enjoyed my time with Riptide_Furse who represented the DEN for their award, Best Use of a Virtual World.

Everyone in the chat and the audience at the awards were very supportive of all the nominees and Josie Frasier did an excellent job MCing the event. Should you have missed the hour-long ceremony, you can go back and view the video or chat logs at EdTechTalk. You can also see the pictures that I took as I posted them on Flickr. (They’re a little biased though, I will admit.)

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Emanna Romano and Joyce Story waiting for the Awards Ceremony to begin.
ThumannResources takes the Bronze!
ThumannResources takes the Bronze!
The After Party at Jokaydia
The After Party at Jokaydia

My Google Reader is Growing: The 2008 Eddie Nominations are Posted

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The other day when I posted my nominations for the 2008 Eddies I really didn’t give much thought to my own blog. I really wanted to give credit where it was due to some of the other blogs that I read on a regular basis. I wish there had been more categories or you could vote for more than one blog in the same category.

I was so psyched when Liz Davis nominated ThumannResources for the Best New Blog category. Her kudos mean a lot to me as I admire her techno talent and her philosophy on how technology should be embedded in education and professional development. That must be why I spend so much time reading her blog and linking to posts that I feel people should read. I even nominated Liz’s post on the Ten Tips For Growing Your Learning Network” for a 2008 Eddie.

So, have you stopped reading my post yet and gone over to this awesome list of edublogs? These are blogs that you should stop and take a look at. Here are the categories:

1. Best individual blog

2. Best group blog

3. Best new blog

4. Best resource sharing blog

5. Most influential blog post

6. Best teacher blog

7. Best librarian / library blog

8. Best educational tech support blog

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog

10. Best educational use of audio

11. Best educational use of video / visual

12. Best educational wiki

13. Best educational use of a social networking service

14. Best educational use of a virtual world

15. Best class blog

16. Lifetime achievement

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I have to admit, that I was honored when Kevin Jarret nominated ThumannResources for the Best Resource Sharing Blog category, but as Kevin pointed out on his blog, I even nominated Larry Ferlazzo. Take a look at the nominations in this category. You’ll see Kevin’s and Larry’s and many others worth perusing. I highly recommend reading Miguel Guhlin and Silvia Tolisano‘s posts and I myself am going to look into the other nominations, some of which are new to me.

If this is your first time here, thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll come back again to read my next post and consider leaving a comment so that you can participate in the conversation.

If you’ve been here before, thank you for your support and please leave a comment so I know who you are. :)

P.S. Please consider voting for ThumannResources in the Best New Blog category. That would be great.

An Accomplishment in Itself

I really liked the title of Cathy Nelson’s post yesterday, “You Are All Winners in My Book“. We have our blogrolls, we have our Google Readers or our Bloglines. The fact that you, the reader of this post, have taken the time to immerse yourself in the Edublogosphere, to keep up with educational technology trends, is an accomplishment. And if you have taken it a step farther and left feedback on the blogs you have read. If you are a contributor to the Edublogosphere – well, thank you for your help. Your opinion matters. Take it one step farther – for those of you who have committed the time to create and maintain your own blogs, to paraphrase Cathy Nelson, you all deserve recognition for your accomplishments.

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These past 27 days, many of us have been participating in Steve Dembo’s 30 Days to Being a Better Blogger Challenge. Each day we have been faced with a new blog-related challenge from Teach42. I’ll admit that I have not completed them all. Some because I was not interested and some I’ll have to go back and work on during the month of December. (Please see previous post.) One major thing that Steve’s challenge did for me that did not make an immediate or noticeable change to ThumannResources.com was getting me to read and comment on more blogs. I’ve added to the number of blogs I subscribe to, I’ve increased the number of things I look for in a blog and therefor, it is without further adieu….

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Here are my nominations for the 2008 Edublog Awards:

Best Resource Sharing BlogLarry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

Most Influential Blog PostThe Power of Educational Technology: Ten Tips For Growing Your Learning Network

Best Teacher BlogICT In My Classroom

Best Educational Use of AudioBit by Bit

Best Educational Use of VideoCommon Craft

Best Educational WikiSchool AUP 2.0