A few days ago, I picked up a tweet about the UK Education Blog Awards. This is the second year that this award has happened and it intrigues me.
Like many blogging awards, it has grown out of the dedication, enthusiasm and interest of educators interested in digital technology. These people have pushed boundaries and set trends that the rest of us have picked up and followed.
Yet, now I’d like to raise the flag and salute the blogs from UK educators who have also discovered the value of blogging. It’s not just about using ICT as a tool for lessons or networking. It’s also about recognising that, perhaps, blogging is a form of reflection and an approach to developing teachers’ confidence and ability to think about what they do on a daily basis.
I don’t think it matters one jot how many visitors a blog receives or numbers of comments that occur on a post. What matters is that the process of writing a blog is a form of emancipation for the person who wrote it. That somehow, in putting down one’s thoughts, it helps the writer grow both personally and professionally.
For me, blogging has ultimately been a selfish process. I’m delighted when people come and visit (hello!) and made up when folk comment (I rarely bite back). But I’ve found it’s just a handy place to set out my thoughts. Most posts have links to useful website and so are great memory joggers for me. It’s so much more organised than my computer files! Even for photos.
So, if you can vote for this blog, then THANK YOU. It helps raise the profile about the benefits and also the simplicity (I hope) of taking learning outside. Click on the link and chose whether it’s a teacher or influential blog. Or better still, both. Quite simply, it’s the top 10 blogs with the most votes in each category that go forward to the final for the judges consideration. Voting ends on 15th June 2012. Anyone from any country can vote.
If you can spare the time to vote for some of the other UK Education Bloggers, then this would also be appreciated. This includes:
- Learning for Life – Kierna Corr’s blog about what’s happening at the nursery where she works in Northern Ireland
- Find Us Outside – Judy Duncan’s blog about her outdoor activities with her Primary 7 class
- The Imagination Tree – A very popular Early Years blog from Anna Ranson
- ABCDoes – Alastair Bryce Clegg’s Early Years blog which has some outdoor play posts from time to time
- Precious Childhood – Niki Buchan’s blog with beautiful photos and thoughtful text
- Pedagoo – A collective blog of many educators from Scotland and further afield. This demonstrates the positive power of social media as a professional development tool
- The Geography Collective – Founders of the Mission Explore website
- Fagely Primary Forest School – Written by Michaela Worthington and helpful for anyone interested in Forest Education.
Thanks very much for visiting this blog – whether this is your first visit or a repeat visit, it’s good of you to drop by.