Friday, November 26, 2010

The 2010 Edublog Awards

From the Edublog Awards website:
Welcome to the 2010 Edublog Awards.
Celebrating the achievements of edubloggers, twitterers, podcasters, video makers, online communities, wiki hosts and other web based users of educational technology.
Now into our 7th year!

  When I first decided to write this post, I had absolutely no idea how hard it would be to choose just one person, blog or wiki for each category. After struggling to make my decisions, I came to the realization that the fact that this was so difficult is a good thing. A very good thing. The difficulty reminds me that our PLN is so rich with amazing people who do amazing things and share everything with all of us. How lucky we are!

Here are my nominations:

Best individual blog:
The Principal's Page Sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves is to laugh at ourselves. I can always count on Michael Smith's blog to remind me that we should never take ourselves or our jobs so seriously that we lose sight of why we got into education in the first place.

Best individual tweeter:
Kelly Tenkely Whether on her blog or on Twitter, Kelly is someone I can always count on to share fabulous links, great information, and wonderful advice. How lucky we are to have her in our PLN!

Best resource sharing blog:
 iLearnTechnology Without a doubt, Kelly Tenkely's blog has an amazing wealth of resources, including those of her own creation (check out the Bloomin' Peacock)

Most influential blog post:
"I'm Not Who You Think I Am," on A GeekyMomma's Blog
If we are defining "most influential blog post" by the amount of conversation it prompted, then this wonderful post by Lee Kolbert (@TeachaKidd on Twitter) should receive many, many votes!

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion:
#speakloudly Think back a few years and ask yourself if you could have imagined protesting something as heinous as book banning with a simple hashtag (of course, you would also have to explain to your back-then-self what a hashtag is).

Best librarian / library blog:
The Daring Librarian I knew I was going to love Gwyneth Jones' blog when I saw the words "with sweet snarky freshness" in the blog header. That's my kind of librarian!

Best educational wiki:
New Tools Workshop Seriously, if you can't find it here on Joyce Valenza's wiki, it doesn't exist!

Best educational webinar series
 Classroom 2.0 Live If you are looking for me on Saturday mornings, this is the first place you should look. Every weekend I learn something that I can use in my classroom the following Monday; every weekend I am inspired to keep trying new ideas in my classroom. 

Best educational use of a social network:
The Classroom 2.0 Ning. If you belong to only one ning, this should be the one! Educators from all over the world gather here to share knowledge, ask questions, and provide support. It exemplifies what a "social network" should be.

Best use of a PLN:
The ISTE Newbie Project A project developed by Beth Still, the ISTE Newbie Project puts our PLN to the task of raising enough funds to send one educator to ISTE each year.

Lifetime achievement:
Vicki Davis, the Cool Cat Teacher herself! How many of us have learned so much from Vicki! From her award-winning blog to projects like the Flat Classroom Project, she inspires educators around the world to bring 21st-Century learning into their classrooms and to find new and exciting ways to collaborate with other educators around the world.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Little Low Tech

One of the ways I have my students get ready for a spelling test is by creating what we call Spelling Art. Using their twenty spelling words, they create any piece of art that they'd like. The only rules:

  • Use all of the words.
  • Use color.
  • Have fun.

Most students will use a pencil to outline the picture and then add the words along those lines, adding color as they go. I always love seeing what my students come up with. Sometimes they are personal statements:

Sometimes they come with a punchline: "I like minions."

Occasionally a student turns in an incredible work of art:

And then there are those that are just so amazingly cool that you want to share them with everyone you Taryn's spelling art...

of a spelling test!