To me, the Edublog awards aren’t about distinction, or “winners,” or getting a sweet badge for your blog. They’re about appreciation, and recognizing people who have positively impacted my practice. Thank you to these amazing educators as well as to the hundreds of other bloggers whose work I read each week. You’ve truly made a difference in the way I think about education, and you help me love to learn.
* Best individual blog – David Truss – Pair-a-Dimes for your Thoughts
David is an amazing soul. He is consistently positive, eager to help colleagues, and his posts are inspirational and informative. I appreciate reading about his experiences and ideas, and I’m thankful he has taken the time to comment on my own thoughts on many occasions.
* Best individual tweeter – Patrick Larkin @bhsprincipal
It’s been a privilege getting to know and work with Patrick this year. I always know the resources he shares on Twitter and his blog will benefit my work with kids!
* Best resource sharing blog – Richard Byrne – Free Technology for Teachers
Each week I share various “tech” resources with my staff. This is the site I first reference when looking for great tools and ideas to share. Every time.
* Best teacher blog – John T. Spencer – Spencer’s Scratch Pad
John’s writing style drew me in immediately. I keep reading because of the very honest, real way he depicts life as a teacher and his poignant interactions with his students. The guy also earns some serious points in the wit category.
* Best school administrator blog– George Couros – The Principal of Change
George reminds us, in every post, that administrators are human. His writing displays emotion, shares his successes (and sometimes failures), conveys enthusiasm for his school, students, and lifelong learning, and inspires us all.
* Best educational use of video/visual– Shelly Terrell –Teacher Reboot Camp
Shelly’s 30 Goals challenge first led me to this amazing blog, so full of resources and know-how. Love her featured interviews with educators from around the world. She’s also so supportive of everyone in her network!
* Best educational wiki – Dianne Krause | eToolbox
If one of my teachers needs a tutorial on how to use a certain tool, or ideas about the relevance of the tool and its use in the classroom, I go to this wiki. This resource is so comprehensive and user-friendly. And Dianne’s a Pennsylvania girl, so… that makes her even more awesome.
It’s no surprise that many of the listed blogs/people are contributors to Connected Principals. It’s been an absolute pleasure to get to know and share with these educators this year. Thanks again to George for envisioning CP and bringing it to life.
Which leads me to…
* Best group blog– Connected Principals
* Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion– #cpchat
* Best use of a PLN – Connected Principals