My PLN has been a source of support, learning, and encouragement, and along the way, I’ve met many wonderful new people, made new friends, and discovered some invaluable online professional learning resources.
Today, I’m taking the opportunity to nominate a few of my favourite sites, blogs, and resources for the Edublogs Awards 2011.
The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media. The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners while creating an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!network
BEST NEW BLOG
Teaching the Teacher: http://traintheteacher.wordpress.com/
Stephanie (@traintheteacher) found me on Twitter some months ago, and I soon discovered her insightful blog (established Jan 2011) where she has shared her experiences, reflections, and learning as a student-come-beginning teacher.
We need more student and beginning teacher bloggers like Stephanie; as by sharing our stories, frustrations, learning, and achievements, we can build informed community understanding of new teacher experiences, and better aid their entry into the teaching profession.
BEST GROUP BLOG
Edublogs Teacher Challenge: http://teacherchallenge.edublogs.org/
With out a doubt, the Teacher Challenge blog is one of the BEST online professional development resources for teachers on the internet today. Written by teachers, for teachers, this is relevant, informed PD at it’s best. It has helped me improve my blogging skills, and build my PLN.
BEST ED TECH / RESOURCE SHARING BLOG
Education Technology and Mobile Learning: http://educationaltech-med.blogspot.com/
There’s always something interesting in Med’s blog feed, and I’ve always appreciated the incredible effort he puts into his visual explanations of the latest education technology tools and resources. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning remains one of my most frequently bookmarked blogs in my Diigo library.
BEST TEACHER BLOG
Stump the Teacher: http://stumpteacher.blogspot.com/
While I follow many amazing blogs, my stand-out teacher blog for 2011 just has to be Josh Stumpenhorst’s "Stump the Teacher” blog (). Josh’s blog has taught me a great deal about teaching, and about myself; and his work inspires and educates teachers around the world.
BEST EDUCATIONAL USE OF AUDIO / VIDEO / VISUAL / PODCAST
The Virtual Staffroom Podcast: http://virtualstaffroom.net/
Chris Betcher’s Virtual Staffroom podcast remains the ONLY educational podcast I remain subscribed to, as his inspirational interviews with leading educators enable teachers to share and learn from each-other – around the world. I have followed the Virtual Staffroom for nearly 4 years, and eagerly await each episode.
Well, these are my nominations for the Edublogs Awards 2011.
I hope they will help inspire and educate others, as they have done for me.