It’s been a while since I’ve participated in any blogging awards. So I would like to ask you to spare a moment of your time to vote for “I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!” in the National UK Blog Awards. It’s a quick and easy process and you only need to vote once. The deadline is Monday 1st December 2014. Vote here.
If the blog gets enough votes, it gets shortlisted and goes to a judging panel for consideration. The blog is in the educational organisations category so will not be competing against individual education bloggers. Many, many thanks for voting.
The Edublogs Awards are now up and running for the 11th year. This is a worldwide blog award specific to education. It’s a lovely opportunity to recognise people and organisations who have been blogging, tweeting and using social media to learn from others and share their education passions. As usual it’s hard to pick just one or two blogs and my apologies to fellow bloggers that I have not recognised. So my #eddies14 nominations are:
Best individual blog: Sand and Water Tables
Never again will you see a sand or water tray in the same way. Also enjoy the reflective observations of Tom Bedard on how the children play and learn. Apply the principles outside and a similar play revolution will happen.
Best class blog: Takoma Park Cooperative Nursery School
Lesley Romanoff writes about her nursery and what her children get up to inside and out. It is a lovely example of how a pre-school can communicate its activities to parents and wider community.
Best group blog: Pedagoo
This group blog is written by teachers for teachers. It continues to be a lively and active place and #pedagoofridays remains one of the most positive education hashtags on Twitter.
Best teacher blog: Learning for Life
Kierna Corr has been writing this blog about the adventures of her nursery class for almost 4 years. It’s about time she was recognised for her commitment and contribution to early years outdoor play.
Best individual tweeter: @EYTalking
Early Years consultant Laura Henry set up this Twitter account and has turned it into a really useful news network for early years educators. She also runs a chat on early years matters every Tuesday night between 8 and 9pm.
Best twitter hashtag: #eyfstwitterpals
This hashtag is used by a collective of early years practitioners who use it to create and share group resources. It is such a positive use of social media.
Lifetime Achievement: Tom Hobson
Teacher Tom has blogged between 5 and 7 times a week, every week for the past 5 years. That is more blogging than anyone else does in a lifetime. So he deserves a lifetime achievement award now! His posts are reflective, observant, political and critical. Blog on, Tom!