Education

My Votes for 2013 EduBlog Awards

Awards_350px_02-1dcdiip-300x300I’m going to go ahead and assume that some relatively large percentage of Scripted Spontaneity readers value my opinion.  With this fact in mind, I want to share with you some of the education blogs that I’m voting for as part of the 2013 Edublog Awards.  For each one, I’ve explained a bit about why I am a fan.

I hope that you find this interesting, whether you choose to vote or not.  I’ve only included the categories that I have strong opinions about, so read on.

Best Individual Blog: The Jose Vilson

In the world of blogs (and online reading, in general), it’s easy to turn your feed into an echo chamber–choosing to read voices that parallel your own views and experiences.  Jose keeps me honest with myself by pushing my thinking, specifically about minority students.  And, he’s a hell of a writer.

Best Group Blog: MiddleWeb

Middle grades education has always been my passion, and this recently renovated site is the best single place for news and conversation about teaching that unique and challenging age group.

Best New Blog: Leading Learner

Perhaps it says something about school administrators that I am so surprised when I find knowledgeable and savvy ones online.  This is a great example.

Best Resource Sharing Blog: Edudemic

There are TONS of sites like this out there, but the number that combine objective advice and share resources that I haven’t already seen is much smaller.  Edudemic has become one of the 2-3 sites where I know I will find a tool to do what I need to do.

Best Teacher Blog: The Nerdy Teacher

Nick is one of those teachers that I get giddy about.  I admire many educators, but there are a few whom I truly aspire to emulate.  And it gets even geekier when I’ve had a chance to meet him and interact with him online.  If you’re considering starting your own blog, this is what you need to see.

Best Administrator Blog: A Principal’s Reflections

I read several blogs that fall in this category, making the decision here difficult.  I was tempted to vote for Chris Lehmann’s Practical Theory or George Couros’ The Principal of Change, but decided that (among this list) Eric’s work is the most insightful and engaging.

Most Influential Blog PostTeacher’s resignation letter: ‘My profession … no longer exists’

There have been far too many of these posts in the last few months.  It is a sad testament to the state of teaching in America that this is the case–and I’m just another example of this trend, I suppose–but this letter from a resigning teacher is poignant.

Best Podcast or Google Hangouts: #EdChat

As someone who really wants to participate in the weekly #edchat events on Twitter, but rarely finds/makes the time, I REALLY enjoy this podcast that summarizes the chat.

Lifetime Achievement Award: Adam Bellow

This is all you need to know to appreciate my vote for Adam:

Education

2012 Edublogs Awards Nominations

When I first started blogging five years ago, I filled my RSS feed with the winners of that year’s Edublog Awards. A few years later, I finally felt knowledgeable enough to vote for my favorites. This year, for the first time, I have decided to participate in the nomination process. So, here goes.

Best Individual Blog – The Tempered Radical

Best Group Blog – Shanker Blog

Best New Blog – Teaching Speaks Volumes

Best EdTech/Resource Sharing Blog – Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day

Best Teacher Blog – Assorted Stuff

Best Library/Librarian Blog – Confessions of a Science Librarian

Best Administrator Blog – Burlington High School Principal’s Blog

Most Influential Blog Post – Evaluate Me, Please

Best Individual Tweeter – Dianne Ravitch

Best Twitter Hashtag – #EdChat

Best Free Web Tool – Socrative

Best Educational Wiki – Digitally Speaking

Best Mobile App – Voicethread

Lifetime Achievement – Angela Meiers