Showing posts with label 2010 Edublog Awards. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 2010 Edublog Awards. Show all posts

Monday, January 10, 2011

So You Want to be a Blogger? (or a better blogger?)

During my Classroom 2.0 Live appearance (the recording is now available) on Saturday morning I was asked to recommend a "first step" for teachers who are just beginning to use technology in their classrooms. My response was to start a blog because through the process of developing a blog you can learn a lot of skills that carry over into other technology applications (that's the condensed version of my response). If you're considering starting a blog or you started one once but didn't do much with it, the 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge sponsored by Edublogs is for you.

The 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging Challenge is a series of daily tasks to get your blogging started on the right foot. The challenge started today (the challenge is self-paced so don't worry about starting a day late) with directions for creating your first blog on Edublogs. The directions include some very helpful tips about picking your display name, blog url, and blog title.

If you're not brand new to blogging, but you would like to kick your blogging up a notch, 30 Days to Kick Start Your Blogging has some good stuff for you too. Each day, in addition to the beginner challenges, there are advanced challenges and tips for bloggers who are looking to improve their blogs. Today's advanced challenge is to write a post on one of the following:

  1. Ten questions to ask my blog – Take on the role of reporter and ask your blog ten questions, documenting the responses from your blog eg When did you start? Why did you start? What is your most exciting moment? Where does your future lie? etc 
  2. “Life as a Blogger” or “My life as a blog!”
  3. 10 things you should know about blogging.

In the interest of full disclosure I must mention that Edublogs is a paying advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Week in Review - Edublog Awards Edition

Good morning (day, evening) from Maine. I have to start this week's Week in Review by saying thank you once again for all of your support in the Edublog Awards. Because of you Free Technology for Teachers received three Edublog Awards on Wednesday evening.

On Monday, ten fantastic educators/bloggers and I released The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators. Just counting the views on this blog, it has already been viewed nearly 30,000 times. If you like the book and think it can help the teachers you work with, please pass it along to them in print or digital form.

Here are this week's most popular items:
1. The Super Book of Web Tools for Educators
2. Video - Project Based Learning Explained
3. How to Prepare for the Delicious Shut Down
4. Skype in the Classroom
5. Sort Google Search Results by Reading Level
6. Twurdy - A Web Search with a Readability Index
7. Quiz Snack - Create Simple Polls and Surveys

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thank You! 2010 Edublog Awards

Last night the 2010 Edublog Awards ceremony was held live in Elluminate. This year Free Technology for Teachers received three awards; Best Individual Blog, Best Resource Sharing Blog, and Best Ed Tech Support Blog. As evidenced by my first stammering acceptance speech last night, I was completely floored to hear Free Technology for Teachers called three times last night. Thank you so much to everyone who voted for the 2010 Edublog Awards. And as I said last night on the awards show, please visit all of the blogs, wikis, and podcasts that were nominated.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Last Chance to Vote for 2010 Edublog Awards

At midnight (EST) tonight the polls will close on the 2010 Edublog Awards. Once again, there are many excellent nominees in all of the categories. Looking through the lists of nominees I found a few blogs that I add to my RSS reader right away. If you're so inclined, I'd appreciate your vote in the categories in which Free Technology for Teachers was nominated.

Best Individual Blog
Best Resource Sharing Blog
Best Educational Technology Support Blog
Lifetime Achievement
(When looking for Free Technology for Teachers on the lists, please note that they left the "s" off at the end of teachers).

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Voting is Open for the 2010 Edublog Awards

Voting for the 2010 Edublog Awards is now open. There are twenty-three categories on the list this year. There are as many as forty nominees in some categories. Even if you don't vote, looking through the lists is a good way to discover new blogs, people, and podcasts that can further your learning. If you do decide to vote, I'd appreciate your vote in the categories in which Free Technology for Teachers was nominated.

Best Individual Blog
Best Resource Sharing Blog
Best Educational Technology Support Blog
Lifetime Achievement
(When looking for Free Technology for Teachers on the list, note that they left the "s" off at the end of teachers).

Thank you to everyone that nominated me this year. Good luck to all of the nominees in their respective categories.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Udemy Blog - Good Interviews with Educators

This evening I learned that Udemy nominated Free Technology for Teachers for an Edublog Award. Udemy's nomination got me to look at their blog which I had never done before (I have reviewed Udemy and made a course on their service). The Udemy Blog has some superb interviews with educators like Jeff Utecht and Richard Baraniuk. The Udemy Blog also features many interviews with the founders and leaders of companies producing educational content and offering services for the education market. You'll find interviews with people from Quizlet, Wordnik, and Mind Snacks.

From a previous post about Udemy.
Udemy is a free platform for teaching courses online. Anyone can sign-up for Udemy and start creating courses in minutes. Udemy offers a variety of tools for delivering content online. Course creators can publish slideshows, publish videos, and create mash-ups of slideshows and videos synched together. Course creators can also hold live online sessions through Udemy's virtual classroom platform.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

My Edublog Awards Nominations

The nomination process for the 2010 Edublog Awards began this week. Picking nominees is a difficult thing to do because there are so many great people who deserve to be recognized. I've been thinking about my selections for three days and what follows is the result of much deliberation. I have not picked in every category, only the categories that I'm most familiar with.

Best Use of Video: Learn It In 5.

Best Educational Podcast: Seedlings Bit by Bit.

Best Individual Twitter: Steven Anderson @web20classroom (no one Tweets more useful links more often than Steven)

Best Use of a PLN: Beth Still for the ISTE 2010 Newbie Project

Best Educational Technology Support Blog: Speed of Creativity (Wesley Fryer)

Best Resource Sharing Blog: iLearn Technology (for a bunch of reasons this was the most difficult category for me to pick, not the least of which is that voters have twice awarded me in this category)

Best Librarian Blog: Joyce Valenza Never Ending Search

Most Influential Blog Post: Dan Meyer Math Curriculum Makeover (seriously, I wish he had been my math teacher in school).

Best Student Blog: Sorrel Dunn A Year in Frankfurt (Admittedly this is a total homer pick because Sorrel was my student last year and her father is my district's technology director. That said, it is a fun blog to read about an American high school student studying in Germany).

Best New Blog: Hack Education Audrey Watters

Lifetime Achievement: Vicki Davis Cool Cat Teacher (This was another very tough call. In fact, I typed and deleted a bunch of times before posting this).

Again, I cannot adequately express how difficult it was to pick just one nominee in each category. There are many many blogs in my RSS reader that deserve mention, some of them are listed here. I look forward to seeing the nominations of others because it is a great way to discover great new-to-me people.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Nominations Open for 2010 Edublogs Awards

In 2008 and 2009 Free Technology for Teachers was fortunate enough to be awarded the Edublog Award for Best Resource Sharing Blog. This year Edublogs in collaboration with Classroom 2.0 is again hosting The Edublog Awards.

The Edublog Awards is an annual online series of awards given out to recognize the contributions of bloggers to the advancement of education. The award recipients are chosen by the global community of education bloggers and blog readers. There are twenty-three award categories. Nominations can be made by anyone who has a blog. I will be making nominations very soon.

To nominate a blog or person in a category simply write a post on your own blog listing your nominations by category (you do not have to make nominations in every category). Then use the contact form on the Edublog Awards page to submit your list of nominations. You must do both of those things to make your nominations count. After the nomination period closes the nominations will be posted by category on the Edublog Awards page where you can vote for your favorites.

Disclosure: Edublogs is an advertiser on Free Technology for Teachers.