Edublog Awards 2010

3 December 2010 · 8 comments

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I’m taking the last minute step to nominate some blogs for the 7th Annual Edublogs Awards. The nominations close TODAY! My understanding is that its about education sector blogs, so I’m sticking to the teacher blogs I know and love.

I know that most blogs and categories are about teachers who are interested in digital technologies. However I wanted to enter blogs that have inspired, helped and educated me! I’ll let you know what happens from here (it’s all a bit of an experiment).

I am nominating the following blogs in the categories listed below:

Best individual tweeter

Catriona Oates.
Catriona understands the educational value of Twitter as a tool for engaging and learning through active participation. If you look at her tweets, there are lots of conversations, thoughts and comments happening. She is a positive communicator.

Best new blog

Let the Children Play.
Jennifer Kable’s blog really encouraged and inspired me. Within less than one year she has one of the most influential and popular pre-school blogs on the planet. Have a look at see why. Beautiful photos and lots of child-initiated ideas. Best of all the focus is largely on outdoor play including forays into the Australian Bush.

Best resource sharing blog

Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning.
Sherry and Donna have the most professional and organised blog out there in the pre-school world. Each activity is meticulously photographed and give us step-by-step instructions for all sorts of activities from water walls to flying balloons.

Most influential blog post

A numb butt makes a numb mind.
Every time I read this post, I get lump in my throat. The words and images just say everything to me about why children need real world experiences.

Best teacher blog

Teacher Tom.
Tom Hobson posts daily about life at his cooperative pre-school. The posts can be funny, serious, heart-warming, sobering and all-in-all very interesting. He thinks and talks from the heart as well as his head and demonstrates what emancipated educators achieve.

Best educational wiki

Metasaga.
This is an unsung hero of a wiki. Metasaga is a beautiful thinking skills framework that helps children and adults reflect upon their personal circumstances through looking at events and objects around them. Lots of examples to help you get going. Big thanks to Kate Coutts, Head Teacher at Uyeasound – the most northern school in the British Isles.

Best corporate education blog

Mission Explore.
The freshest outdoor website on the planet. The book had my teenage son entranced. The blog is funny, innovative and original.

Let’s see what happens now!

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child central station December 4, 2010 at 01:51

Amazing choices!

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child central station December 4, 2010 at 01:52

What wonderful choices!

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jenny December 4, 2010 at 06:18

Juliet, thrilled beyond belief by your kind words about Let The Children Play – this means much to me coming from you 🙂

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Teacher Tom December 6, 2010 at 01:48

Thanks for working so hard to draw our attention to these awards and for promoting all of us so much, Juliet!

It was probably on FB that you wrote that you felt it was time for preschool teachers to get more recognition. Rock on, sister! Let’s start working on that together.

And I am sooo flattered! You are too kind. =)

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Amber Greene December 6, 2010 at 13:37

Yay! EC teachers unite! Great to see you are promoting life in the outdoors with young children. I run two playgroups from my home in Oz, and the biggest drawcard is the outdoor space. My blog is http://www.mamamoontime.com if you want to have a squiz! My friend Felicity just gave me a link to Jenny, who led me to you. I’m stoked to find like-minded EC teachers out in blog land! PS A friend of mine has just started a version of a forest kindergarten playgroup in Brisbane. I’ll visit in the new year and write about it so keep an eye out!

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Abbie December 8, 2010 at 00:27

Great choices! I am clicking over to all of them.
Hope they all get the award.

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Carolyn December 10, 2010 at 08:10

Thank you! I tried to go to “A Numb Butt makes a Numb Mind” but that link goes to Teacher Tom’s blog (which I love, don’t get me wrong!) But I am curious about the other one too! I couldn’t find that blog when I googled it. If you could fix the link I would be so happy! thx again!

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Juliet Robertson December 10, 2010 at 17:25

Hi Carolyn

This blog post was for the nomination stage. Sadly “Numb Butt” didn’t make the shortlist.

I’ll put a quick blog post on Sunday to encourage a few more visitors to go to the voting website.

Thanks for trying.

Best wishes
Juliet

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