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Happy New Year! Ace Tech Journalist Steve O’Hear attended the 2006 Edublog Awards show and has just filed the story over at the Guardian - complete with comments from Sabine Little - who facilitates 2006’s Best Undergraduate Blog winner CILASS Student Blog, and Post, Resource or Presentation finalist Terry Freedman.

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And the Winners of the 2006 Edublog Awards are:

Best Audio and/or Visual Blog:

absolutely intercultural!
Anne Fox (Denmark), Laurent Borgmann (Germany)

It was at a project meeting in Spain in March that Laurent mooted the idea of a podcast and within a month we were up and running. Laurent Borgmann and I have worked on several European projects together. Common to these is that they are usually about inter-cultural communication and explore the use of new media to foster cross-cultural understanding. The podcast adds a dynamic dimension to many of these projects as well as reaching out to a much wider audience

Doing the podcast gives me a great excuse to get in touch with an amazing array of people whom I would not otherwise be in contact with and it has been really interesting to hear all these different points of view.

Winning the award is a tribute to Laurent’s dynamism in getting the podcast started and to Karsten Kneese who has ensured that the technical side runs smoothly as well as being an important contributor. The award will spur us to continue and find ever more innovative ways of interacting with our audience. Thanks so much to those who nominated us as well as those who voted for us. We feel very honoured to be in such august company.

Best Group Blog:

Polar Science 2006
YES I Can! Science team, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Diane Hammond, Susan Stiff, and Dr. Tom Stiff (Canada)

Best Individual Blog:

Christopher D. Sessums :: Blog
Christopher D. Sessums (USA)

I feel considerably honored to receive this award. I want to thank all of you who read, write, and contribute to the dialog that makes this edublogger community so meaningful. The Internet is about people, not technology, and I am deeply thankful for your support.

You can read Christopher’s thank you post over at his site.

Most Influential Post, Resource or Presentation:

K12 Online Conference 2006
Darren Kuropatwa (Canada), Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach (USA), Wes Fryer (USA)

Best Library/ Librarian Blog:

Hey Jude
Judy O’Connell (Australia)

Best Newcomer: (joint winners)

Ed Tech Journeys
Pete Reilly (USA)

tilt!
Paz Peña (Chile)

Pete Reilly writes:

I am extremely honored to win the Best Newcomer award and to be sharing it with Paz Pena the talented blogger from Chile.

I thought long and hard before committing to starting a blog. It is so crowded out there. I wondered if I had anything meaningful to contribute. I used Will Richardson’s blogroll to find out what was being written and to familiarize myself with the “neighborhood”. After some time, I realized that there was a place for me to contribute.

Ed Tech Journeys looks at educational technology and educational transformation from the human point of view. It is here, in the human domain, that so many of our challenges lie. It is my hope that my voice, in concert with voices around the world will help us along on our individual journeys, for in them are the seeds of possibility.

Thank you to the educational blog community for finding my blog, and thus finding me. It is our mutual commitment to learning that gives me hope for the future.

Paz Peña writes:

I’m really honored for this award shared with Pete Reilly. When you work as an independent researcher, it’s difficult to appreciate if your work is valued in the community. This award it’s a great recognition for my research and a huge responsibility with the educational blog community. Thanks!

Best Research Paper:

Nancy White: Blogs and Community
Nancy White (USA)

At a moment when Time Magazine declares “You” the person of the year (all of us who create and share online) it seems perfect to be able to thank “You” for this award. As we expose our thinking to each other online, as we learn together, we enrich each other in ways that truly is amazing. Thank you for listening, for responding, for posting, for thinking out loud with me. Special thanks to all of the other winners, who are in my “inspiration pool.”

You can read Nancy’s ‘thank you post’ over at her site.

Best Teacher Blog:

Have Fun with English! 2
Teresa Almeida d’Eça (Portugal)

Winning “Best Teacher Blog 2006″ with “Have Fun with English! 2″ was totally unexpected, but a real thrill and a very special honor. I consider it a highlight of my long dedication to ICTs, always with great enthusiasm and commitment.

However, the biggest part of the credit goes to my students without whom this blog wouldn’t exist, and to teacher-friends worldwide who have collaborated with us enthusiastically on a regular basis. Congratulations one and all and my sincere “thank you”.

Congratulations also to all the nominees and winners. I’m very honored to have been a part of such a distinguished group of peers.

And congratulations to Josie Fraser and her team on a job very well done.

Finally, I would like to second Nancy White when she says “At a moment when Time Magazine declares “You” the person of the year (all of us who create and share online) it seems perfect to be able to thank “You” for this award.”

My very sincere “thank you” also to all those who voted for “Have Fun with English! 2″, because you felt that we deserved it.

Merry Christmas and a very happy 2007, everyone!

Best Undergraduate Blog:

CILASS Student Blog
University of Sheffield Student Ambassadors of the Centre for Inquiry-based Learning In the Arts and Social Sciences (England)

Tim Fiennes, student co-ordinator, writes:

It’s a fantastic honour and a privilege for the Student Ambassador Network (SAN) of the Centre of Inquiry-based Learning in the Arts and Social Sciences (CILASS) to have been awarded an Edublog Award for the Best Undergraduate Blog in 2006. It is a testament to the commitment that the students have to shaping how learning and teaching is conducted in the future. This exciting new medium for communicating and disseminating information couldn’t be more relevant to approach to learning that the SAN is trying to promote – the use of technology, discussion of ideas and accessibility to the wider community.

We would like to thank everyone who voted for the blog and to encourage surfers (and bloggers!) to log on and take a look at what we are doing.

Sabine Little, Learning Development and Research Associate (Networked Learning), writes:

I’d just like to add my thanks to whoever nominated us, and to the vote of trust above all - the blog is still in its infancy, but it has given everybody who is a part of it a great surge of enthusiasm and belief in the power of and interest in educational blogging. Tracking the stats over the past couple of weeks, it was great to see how the blog gathered momentum, and the Edublog Awards themselves did a great deal to help us promote the blog and the idea behind it - students taking the initiative and discussing their own learning, so ‘thank you’ to everybody who’s helped us achieve our goal.

Best Wiki:

Flat Classroom Project
Vicki Davis (USA), Julie Lindsay (Bangladesh)

Vicki Davis & Julie Lindsay write:

The world is indeed flat as are our classrooms. We truly believe that we taught lifetime lessons within a short two and a half week project. Our students entered the projects as kids and are now using terms like “professional” and “collaborative” to talk about who they are. Working through the project requirements has made them more aware of the meaning of connectivity and learning and has highlighted the sense of responsibility that we all have to be collaborators on the path to knowledge. This sort of project indeed serves as a landmark and a notice to all teachers that they can now connect with other teachers via their blogs to find curriculular commonalities and create collaborative learning environments that can be meaningful and fair to their students. This is truly the greatest project that each of us have participated in and we look forward to doing more together and with other classrooms around the world. Thank you for recognizing us and the amazing students who have truly created the content on this amazing wiki. Thank you for this recognition!

Edublog Star Award (Convenors choice):

Duck Diaries
Barbara Cohen (USA)

Barbara Cohen writes:

I am thrilled and delighted to accept this exciting award on behalf of the students, faculty and parents at Marin Country Day School in Corte Madera, CA. The Duck Diaries blog was the end result of one of those serendipitous “teachable moments” that educators always dream about, and we had a great time putting it together. I had been looking for a way to introduce blogging to our lower school students and teachers, and when Daisy the Duck decided to lay an egg on our school playground, we seized the opportunity to write, reflect and share the story. Our school’s website boasts that “our unique location allows us to use areas of our campus as outdoor classrooms and to offer students an environmental education that is integrated into the curriculum,” and the blog allowed us to provide others with a glimpse of what this actually looks and feels like for our students. After the resounding success of the Duck Diaries, we will continue to explore new ways to use blogs in the early elementary classroom.

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A Duck with a Blog comes from a K-8 Independent School in Northern California, USA, and is the first winner of the Edublog Awards Convenors eduBlog Star Award. Kindergarten and 1st and 2nd Grade students create drawings and theories about the appearance and adventures of a duck and an egg. Charming and heartbreaking in equal measure, it’s a great example of blog use for education – the whole school using technology to come together as a community and to showcase their creativity.

Well done!

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A well deserved congratulations to all this years nominees!

Voting closes midnight GMT Saturday 16 December 2006.

Unbelievably, there are only 4 more voting days for you to show your support for the international Edublog Awards 2006 finalists. So if you haven’t already, please do vote, and make sure you show your support for all the hard work educators have put into make the internet a more interesting, creative, informative and though-provoking place this year.

I’ve been so busy with the day job and with putting together the event this year that it seems like everyone has scooped me on it.

Keen to add our own flavour to the heap of seasonal festivities, Edublogland is currently caught up the annual voting frenzy which traditionally (well, it’s the third one – that’s about 30 in internet years right?) proceeds the online Award Winners party. Why not come along? It will be open house over at edtechtalk.com/chat from around 13:55GMT, this Sunday, 17 December 2006. There will be various listening options for your aural pleasure, with Skypecast and talkshoe links available from the EdTechTalk Edublogs Award page.

Once again the smooth talking Jeff Lebow and the unidentifiably accented Josie Fraser will host Edublogland’s favorite holiday show, with Dave Cormier rounding up the years highlights.

! will also be announcing the winner of the first Conveners Choice award for the edublog I loved most of all this year – one that didn’t make it onto the nominee list but firmly deserves wider recognition. And that’s all I’m saying for now.

Jeff promises to improve the Worldbridges help pages before the weekend.

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‘absolutely intercultural!’ is a joint venture of Anne Fox in Denmark and Dr. Laurent Borgmann in Germany who have worked together in several inter-cultural activities and projects.

A new episode is released every second Friday evening, looking at all intercultural aspects of human intercultural communication. For example, we’ll be hearing from students on foreign work placements, asking how teachers can make use of intercultural exercises and simulations in their classroom and sharing with you any intercultural gossip we come across. ‘absolutely intercultural!’ isn’t so much about passing on information but more about starting an intercultural dialogue between the makers, and you, the contributors and listeners.

Anne Fox works at CV2, the adult training arm of Grenaa Business College, a public sector college for young people preparing to go to university or start their first job. CV2 offers vocational training in team building, financial management, IT and languages to both those in jobs and those seeking jobs. She is based on mainland Denmark. Dr. Laurent Borgmann works at the University of Applied Science Koblenz, where he is the head of the international office at the RheinAhrCampus in Remagen. RheinAhrCampus offers Bachelor and Master degree programmes in Business and Social Management and in Mathematics and Technology.

Linda Hartley: I am delighted that the blog has been nominated for this award. I work in a primary (ages5-11) school in the UK and I am interested in how displays (bulletin boards) can be used to enhance children’s learning. I realised that original and interesting displays were constantly being created and vanishing unrecorded so I set up the a Flickr group to create a visual archive of ideas. The blog helps to widen the audience for the Flickr group and to promote discussion about displays. My final year research for my on-line degree was a distributed action research ( DAR) project based around creating and improving the blog. The blog has continued to flourish since the degree finished, steadily gaining more traffic and attracting links (technorati). My research journal blog is at Acting to Improve .

If you work in a school it only takes a few minutes to take a photo, upload it to the Flickr group, or to the blog wikispace, and join the conversation.

Dave Fagg: I don’t own a mobile phone, and mp3 player and grew up without a TV. How did I end up doing an educational podcast project? I’m an Australian History teacher, and earlier this year I was frustrated by the widespread use of mobiles and mp3-players in class, and wanted to find a way to integrate them into learning – there’s only so much confiscation a teacher can do before the students turn on you!

Eaglehawk Secondary College is a state Year 7-10 college in a fairly disadvantaged area of Bendigo, a regional city of 95,000 in Australia. There aren’t too many students with video iPods – an $AUD50 version is more likely. We were luck enough to get some funding for several mp3 players from Knowledge Bank, a government body committed to innovation in education, as well as the local “Innovations and Excellence” network. A big thankyou to both of these organisations!

I started out making podcasts to introduce Australian History topics to the class of 14-15 year olds, and they loved them! Even though it was my voice on the podcast, they preferred hearing it through earphones. This quickly morphed into a historical field-trip using podcasts at various locations in Bendigo. Students competed in teams to win prizes, listening to stories about the sites they visited, and recording their observations on the mp3 players and taking photos on mobile phone cameras.

But the best was yet to come. Through the marvel of the web, I hooked up with a teacher in Missouri, USA, who is doing a similar project (and more!). Our students are now exchanging podcasts with each other. They research and record local histories and details about life as a young person in Australia and the USA.

My students have loved using technology to learn. Little do they know I have covertly co-opted their means of driving teachers to distraction…ha ha ha! (evil laugh). Seriously, though, it has made me realise that if we creatively and critically use technology that students prefer, they are more likely to engage in learning.

is an endeavour to capture and share the wealth of knowledge imparted at face-to-face events in the VTE sector. The busy working lives of those working in the educational sector means that many are unable to attend a given conference, workshop or presentation. Podcasting is a simple and cost effective means to capture and share the learning throughout our networked community. Most of the recordings are made with small portable mp3 recorders by someone who attended the event. The long term vision is to create something akin to the IT Conversations podcast for the Australian VTE sector where people submit audio they feel would be of interest to the community.
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Digital Chalkie is an open group blog for Australian (and beyond) K-12 educators interested in the power of ICTs to enhance educational outcomes. The domain name uses the word ‘chalkie’ as an affectionately defunct Australian term for teachers. The goal is to establish a vibrant hub/magazine/think-tank for teachers to support each other and to collaborate in the use of ICT. As a groupblog users have been:

- Providing technical assistance to other teachers and trainee practitioners
- Discussing educational issues, particularly related to learning technology
- Sharing discoveries, resources, accomplishments, excitement and areas of interest
- Presenting ideas for integration of learning technology into the curriculum

A feature of Digital Chalkie is a regular live webcast on the Worldbriges Network run by Brad Hicks and Paul Reid. We have covered topics such as Blogging in the Classroom, RSS for teachers, Podcasting in Education, and WordPress in Education. These discussions are also archived as podcasts.

Maintained by Paul Reid, and based in Western Australia, Digital Chalkie aims to allow geographically disparate Australian educators to collaborate beyond the closed and often very useful discussions that go on behind email listserves. Australian contributors have included Kim Flintoff, Brad Hicks, Terri Van Zetten, Rod Blitvich, Steve Adcock, Reg Whitely, Mark Weber, Richard Ure, Yvonne Harrison, Bryn Jones, Paul Fuller, Jenny Ashby, Cameron Bell, Anne Baird, and John Pearce. Our webcast discussions have also involved educators in North America and South East Asia. We are very excited to have received this nomination and grateful for the support.

We’re excited to be nominated for an EduBlog Award! Producing the Infinite Thinking Machine blog and video podcasts is so much fun that it doesn’t even seem like work. And we’re very thankful for the great response we’ve received from the K-12 community so far.

Our shows and website are designed to spark dialogue and help educators explore a wide range of innovative ideas. Through an active blog, an Internet TV show, and other media resources, we showcase examples of innovative instructional methods, talk with leading experts, and share real stories from the classroom to improve how we think, learn, teach, and live. And we try to have a little fun along the way.

The ITM is a wonderful collaboration between an amazing team of K-12 innovators from across the globe: Lucie deLaBruere (St. Albans, VT, USA), Julie Duffield (San Francisco, CA, USA), Wesley Fryer (Oklahoma City, OK, USA), Lucy Gray (Chicago, IL, USA), Steve Hargadon (Granite Bay, CA, USA), Tom March (Mittagong, Australia), and Mark Wagner (Irvine, CA, USA) are true superstars. Their insightful posts provide classroom teachers with a great mix of inspiration and practicality. We’re also fortunate to have the support of so many great organizations, including: Computer Using Educators, Discovery Education, Google, ISTE, KZO Webcasting, and WestEd. In many ways, we feel like we’re breaking new ground by bringing together such a wide range of organizations that deeply care about K-12 education. We hope that our combined energy and creativity can can jump start a wider conversation about innovation and creativity in our schools, and we look forward to hearing your ideas and feedback.

Thanks again for the nomination, and good luck to all the other nominees!

Wow…what an honour to be nominated. The success of Polar Science 2006 was truly a group effort, and it is wonderful to be recognized in the “Best Group Blog” category. Thank you!

The whole Polar Science team is thrilled to have been nominated for a 2006 Edublog Award! Polar Science in an online collaborative project for K-12 students and teachers, and has been developed by YES I Can! Science. We are hosted by McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. The project is coordinated by Diane Hammond, Susan Stiff, and Dr. Tom Stiff. Polar Science 2006 had bloggers from across Canada and the U.S., as well as Japan, Italy, Croatia, Australia and New Zealand. We designed the Polar Science collaborative learning environment to allow teachers and students, (aged 8-18), to take part first-hand in the research of Dr. Shane Kanatous and his “Ice Team” in Antarctica , and Canadian biophysicist, Dr. Thomas Hawke and his “Lab Team” in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Kanatous leads a team of scientists who have travelled to McMurdo Station in Antarctica to study the biology of Weddell Seals, and Dr. Hawke leads his team of graduate students in his lab, as they analyze the samples sent by the Ice Team.

In designing the site we wanted to give students, teachers and researchers the most effective communication tools to share updates and photos from the expedition, compare results of student investigations, ask and answer questions, and reflect on learning. Individual and team blogs have proven to be very effective communication tools throughout the project. Visit the site to read the blogs from both the Ice and the Lab teams, and to access the student blogs.

Best wishes to all nominees!

Four teachers–Paul Allison , Lee Baber, Susan Ettenheim, and Thomas Locke–are mainly responsible for this blog, podcast, and webcast. Toward the beginning of 2006, a few of us in New York City began to meet via Skype. In the spring of 2006 we began webcasting with the help of Jeff Lebow and Dave Cormier of WorldBridges.

Every Wednesday evening at 9:00 EST (Americas) we get together and talk about our teaching. These conversations are archived as a podcast on this blog. Together we are searching for the most effective practices in technology, studying research, and improving our knowledge of new media by using it oursleves. We have two purposes: developing teacher knowledge and leadership in our own schools and districts and putting this knowledge and leadership to work to improve student online reading and writing through the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts and webcasts.

After 9/11, there was a lot of talk about doing meaningful work. At the same time, Paul Allison [ Weblogs & Wikis & Feeds, Oh My! ] was finding himself being seduced by new forms of literacy on the Internet. An opportunity to become a “studio teacher” of technology at East Side Community High School, NYC presented itself in the Summer of 2002, and Paul has been at ESCHS ever since. Another community that Paul is a part of is the New York City Writing Project. He was a participant in the NYCWP’s Summer Invitational in 1985, and he has worked for the NYCWP in various ways ever since. Currently, with Felicia George, Paul is the NYC Technology Liaison for the National Writing Project.

Currently, Susan Ettenheim is having a lot of fun and finding great satisfaction teaching at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, M416 in New York City. Teb and Paul and the other teachers at the New York City Writing Project have been a great source of sharing and learning, a special precious time to get together and think through the adventures and experiences of the week. Her students challenge her and challenge themselves to push technology use to the next level, wherever that may take all of us

Now a New Yorker, Teb Locke is currently teaching science and technology to elementary students at The Neighborhood School PS 363 in the East Village. Recently, he has seen a particularly powerful example of this in his work with students on the NeigbhorhoodWiki. He is enthusiastic about the new opportunities afforded by the Internet to communicate with others and build communities of learners. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family, painting , playing guitar, and brewing beer. In the past year, he has also started a love affair with Ubuntu and is fascinated by the possibilities of using Linux and other open source solutions in education.

Currently, Lee Baber [ New Media Guides ] is teaching Computer Technology (8th Gd) in Rockingham County School System and developing new open-source resources for her county and her team at Worldbridges . Last year, Lee and Dave Cormier started a middle school Elgg project called Personal Learning Space which included a student webcast called SpaceCast with Barbara Dieu from Brazil and other participants. Now, since joining forces with Paul, Susan, Teb and Richard, the project has grown into a thriving student community with the addition of a high school Elgg, Youth Voices and a rich media mapping project .

“Our group blog and weekly meeting provide me with inspiration from our members and guests, incredible direction for writing projects and lesson plans, and a place to reflect, grow, collaborate and connect with versatile and talented professionals.”

The Fischbowl is a blog to support staff development efforts at Arapahoe High School in Centennial (just south of Denver), Colorado, USA. Arapahoe has a little over 2,100 9th through 12th grade students (typically 14 to 18 years old) and is part of Littleton Public Schools.

Karl Fisch, Director of Technology at Arapahoe, is the principal “author” of the blog, but contributors to the blog include 47 teachers at Arapahoe that are participating in our staff development efforts. In the beginning, the blog was simply a place to “continue the conversations” we had in our staff development meetings every two to three weeks, to extend the discussions beyond the time we had face to face. As time went on, we started to post more to the blog about relevant educational issues, new technologies, and whatever else might be related and thought-provoking for our teachers, even if it didn’t directly relate to what we had just talked about in staff development.

In addition, each of the participating teachers created their own personal blog, where we asked them to reflect on their own learning and teaching, on their thoughts and ideas about the topics we covered, and on any changes they implemented in their classrooms. As you might imagine, some teachers took to blogging and reflecting (in a public forum) more than others, and posting certainly tapers off as the school year progresses. You can find these blogs by looking on the right side of The Fischbowl under Personal Blogs - underneath those you’ll also see some of the Class Blogs that teachers created for use with their classes. As a side note, some students from those classes have also started commenting on The Fischbowl, lending a much needed student perspective to our discussions.

Contributing Teachers: Jessie Comp, Jesse Craig, Amanda Crosby, Michele Davis, Rob Escue, Brian Hatak, Ray Hawthorne, Roger Hess, James Holman, Kristin Kakos, Alison McBride, Melissa McGarvin-O’Melia, Brad Meyer, Anne Smith, Barbara Stahlhut, Cara Syers, Adam Wallace, Bill Boehm, Stacey Cornils, Jerry McWilliams, Jerry Knafelc, Karen Gerlich, Christine Zisch, Mark Hampshire, Missy Marchino, Emily Firchau, Micki Lillie, Lindsay Donaldson, Patty Melin, Jessica Greenless, Barbra Kitch, Eric Riordan, Jenny Seidel, Lary Kleeman, Jeff Krause, Greg Trotter, Terry Sale, Lauren Gaffney, Maura Moritz, Cheryl Makovsky, Marlys Ferrill, Missy Jonson, Jared Rottschafer, Andrea Korn, Joan Hitchens, Joe Holliman, and Andrea Bradley.


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The pennies of this blog come from 30 year educator and 25 year education technologist and programmer, David Warlick. Nearly every day sees something new at this blog, written from nearly anyplace on the globe. Warlick uses 2¢ Worth to point to other important postings from other educator and media bloggers and various happenings in the world of education reform. Most often, he shares his own brand of insights on teaching and learning in a time of rapid change, exploring ideas about technology, the new information landscape, and what it means to be literate in the digital age.

Alex Hayes: Barbara Dieu in Brazil sent me an SMS message congratulating me on nomination for the EDUBlogs award. Graham Wegner posted and Technorati pinged it my way. I am astounded, deeply and profoundly touched by your consideration whoever it is that has nominated me. It is an honour to be recognised for making an effort, to be considered and included and most of all to be able to share with others the things that I’m experiencing as an educator. I honour the support of the TALO network, the FLNW group and the opportunity given me to also co-author http://www.nswlearnscope.com. This is a gift and a privilege.

I am honored to be nominated alongside such inspiring bloggers for this award. On bgblogging I work out my ideas about the emerging relationships between online communication, multimedia and hypertext narrative, communities of practice and their impact on learning and formal education in the 21st century both for me as a lecturer at Middlebury College in Vermont, USA, and for my writing students, who have blogged with me since the fall of 2001. My posts (and my sentences) tend to be longer than most, my impulse being towards what I call slow-blogging, in which I try to weave together what I am reading, teaching, thinking, and learning. Some posts from the past year that articulate my current understanding of how blogging has had an impact on my teaching life include “Blogging and Place“, “A Recent Conversation on Blogging…“, “Creative Tensions: New Books, A Video Conference and Classroom Lessons.”

I am absolutely stunned to be nominated for this award. I began writing my weblog as a means to explore my thoughts, the thinking of others, and to build relationships with people around the globe interested in teaching, learning, and computing.

I live in Gainesville, Florida, a bustling college town with a population of 100,000 people (and 1 million pine trees), located one hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in north central Florida (about two hours north of Orlando, i.e., Disney World). I live with my best friend Lynn, our three children, Duncan, Zoe, and Samuel, our dog Bic, and our two cats Tarzan and Moses.

When I am not busy reading, writing, and reflecting, I direct the Office of Distance Education in the University of Florida’s College of Education. My office works with the various academic departments to provide online courses and degrees in support of working teachers and educators around the world. I regularly provide training, workshops, and demonstrations of digital technologies in support of teaching and learning for college professors, pre-service teachers (teachers-in-training), and in-service teachers (active practitioners). And just for fun, I am in the throes of a doctoral program where I am investigating the impact of social software on teaching and learning.

Anne Galloway Lecturer and PhD Candidate Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology Carleton University Ottawa, Canada

Thank you so much for nominating me and allowing me to stand amongst such incredible blogs and bloggers! I started PLSJ in early 2002 as a way to keep track of my dissertation in sociology and anthropology, but I never imagined how important blogging would become as a research methodology, or the extent to which it would connect me with such a wide range of bright people around the world. Most of what I write is related to technology, space and culture - covering everything from using the Amish to understand contemporary anxieties about emerging technologies to cheese and the politics of technology, and even excerpts from my dissertation on technology design ethics and aesthetics. But perhaps the most gratifying experiences of all are those times when the quality of readers’ comments far exceeds the quality of my posts. Without such exceptional and dedicated readers, my blog would not be what it is today - so thanks again and please feel free to browse the archives!
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I am so surprised and honored to be nominated alongside works and events of such note in this category, all of which have influenced my teaching. That my keynote for the first UK edublogging conference is a finalist pleases me a good deal because it was a great conference filled with many of my blogging heroes. I’m pleased, too, because it was also a talk fraught with tech issues (the room and the sun prevented me from using a digital story as backdrop or any visuals at all) and with risk as it marked a new kind of talk for me–less optimistic in tone than previous talks. I’m glad some of you found useful my urging for us to stop hoping that our educational systems can change, and rather, to roll up our sleeves and get to work in our classrooms and on our blogs, and then, then maybe change will follow!

danah boyd: Henry and i wrote this article to help inform the public at large about the problems with a piece of American legislation called DOPA (Deleting Online Predators Act). We both have individual blogs where we discuss our research and ideas; we collaborated on this piece because we felt as though our views complemented each other’s quite
well. Our individual blogs are:

http://www.zephoria.org/thoughts/
http://www.henryjenkins.org/

The “K12 Online Conference” is an online conference for teachers, administrators and educators around the world interested in the use of Web 2.0 tools in classrooms and professional practice! This year’s live events and unveiling of presentations were held over two weeks and included a preconference keynote. The conference was organized in four strands all related to the theme “Unleashing the Potential.”
All presentations were archived and are viewable at your convenience via the conference agenda. Darren Kuropatwa a teacher in Manitoba Canada, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach an adjunct professor in Virginia Beach, Virginia and Wes Fryer the Director of Education Advocacy for AT&T in the state of Oklahoma all served as the conference conveners and organizers. A vote for this blog is a vote for the 4 keynoters, 36 presenters and many volunteers that helped make the conference a success.

“Coming of Age: An Introduction to the New Worldwide Web”, was an attempt to make Web 2.0 accessible to ordinary classroom teachers in a very pragmatic way. As you can see from some of the responses I received, it was an approach that was very much appreciated.

The first edition involved 14 educators from the UK, USA, Thailand and Canada, each describing their use of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom, in order to help teachers new to this and also to inspire them.

You can read more about each contributor at the website cited above. I’m an independent educational technology consltant based in England, and I work with schools and Local Authorities on things like evaluating and improving schools’ ICT (information & communication technology) provision.

I do hope you will vote for this resource, but even if you don’t, please download it and tell others about it :-) It’s completely free! Thank you, Terry Freedman

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The Edublog Awards were inspiring to me last year because I was able to discover exciting new blogs and to follow their links to other innovators. I am thrilled to have been nominated because I believe in participatory culture and want to stimulate others to think about school libraries and issues in education. I encourage everyone to explore all the blogs listed and their archives, not just their opening pages. You may be amazed at the diversity covered in the past year alone.

DeepThinking is written by Diane R. Chen, elementary library information specialist at Hickman Elementary School in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Originally intended to more deeply explore the issues facing school librarians, this blogger reserves the right to ramble and reminisce about life, education issues, technology, and family challenges while working to inspire metacognition and delving deeper into thinking/learning for the students ranging in ages from 2 years old to 11 years (grades PreK - 4).

Judy O’Connell: Making fortunate discoveries – Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and more..

I am completely fascinated by emerging technologies, the development of Web 2.0, and what this all means for schools and school libraries. In May 2006 I created HEYJUDE specifically to engage in reflection, learning and social networking with others. Since then I have been inspired by so many people in the blogosphere, that this inspiration has flowed over into my work as an Education Officer (Library & Knowledge Management), with Catholic Education in the Western region of Sydney. Web 2.0 has become my ‘signature’ and my passion! and have been described as being “a mini tornado, stirring things up, moving them around and finally settling us all in a new information environment”.

Our Bibliosphere News was the first of many Web 2.0 initiatives … and the momentum keeps growing! I also happen to be Vice-President (Association Relations) of IASL, which might have given me a head-start in working with colleagues around the world. Not so! The reality is that nothing prepared me for the professional learning buzz that HEYJUDE would become. The amazing personal and professional links with fellow bloggers, social bookmarkers, photo-sharers, bloglines buddies, and fellow poddies (yes, that’s what we do with words in Australia…truckies, roadies, firies, sparkies…) has been terrific. Thanks EVERYONE!

This blog has exceeded all our expectatations. It was set up in July 2006 by a small group of Australian librarian bloggers to foster a community of online librarians to discuss issues affecting our profession and to promote professional development and learning. In only a few months it has grown to accommodate more contributors and an increasing readership. It has also generated two associated blogs, one covering a conference and the other to encourage librarians to explore virtual worlds and how they can be used to enhance library services. Who are we… these are the core group that got the blog started, but others can and do register as contributors. We actually have a frappr map for our community — http://www.frappr.com/librariesinteract

Bronwyn - Brisbane, Queensland
CW - Perth, Western Australia
Morgan - Blue Mountains, New South Wales
Peta Hopkins- Gold Coast, Queensland,
Kathryn Greenhill - Perth, Western Australia
snail — Sydney, New South Wales
tango — Melbourne, Victoria
techxplorer — Adelaide, South Australia

Tanja Messerli: I am a Swiss Bookseller and a teacher of (Book) Selling. I like to educate apprentices who have chosen this unprofitable but great profession usually because they love reading books and talking about it. A profession with a touch of everything: literature, science, investigation, consultation but also selling, buying, exhibiting, calculating - commercial stuff.

I belong to the German speaking part of Switzerland and so German my Blog’s language and the language of my commercial school’s website.

I adore what librarians do, but I write about what bookshellers (should) do. In connection I wrote my first posting in English.

The L Files is the blog of Bond University Library. Bond is Australia’s only private, independent, not for profit university. Around 4000 students studied at Bond last year - it is an international university with approximately half of the students and staff coming from overseas. The L Files was established as an alternative communication medium between the Library and its customers. A number of library staff are regular contributors to the blog and in some instances posts have elicited comments from students. In this way, the blog has served to improve two way communication and has provided an easy way for students to provide feedback to the Library on particular services announced through the blog. Posts have ranged from announcements about new titles in the Library to new electronic resources to assignment tips for particular courses and also some fun things like donuts in the Law Library.

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The Artichoke blog is an online scratch pad for my “ignorance” in all matters educational. It is a place to explore differences in opinion and alternative viewpoints to educational policy and practice in New Zealand and elsewhere.The challenge and collaboration in comments from other edubloggers are the best part of “Artichoke”. Their contributions help explore the mismatch in education between; what we think we know, what we do, and what students’ experience. The Edublogger Award nomination belongs to them.

I am a teacher. My day job sees me working with schools and teachers in New Zealand to integrate thinking and information communication technologies into student learning.

Beth’s Thoughts started as way for me to learn the mechanics of blogging. If you are going to teach people how to blog you better know how. Now I am hooked. Blogging as helped me clarify my thinking as I moved out of the science classroom (after 19 years) and into the role of technology integration specialist. I have learned more from my new teammates and the last year of blogging then from most of my formal education. The blog is my own, I try to focus on teaching, learning and technology but occasionally wonder based on what I am reading and experiencing. I work for Barnstable Public School, Hyannis, MA, US as the sole district wide K12 integration specialist. I support teachers and students K-12. I love what I do. I am really honored to be nominated and make the short list, I am shocked actually. Thanks, Beth.

My name is Pete Reilly and I write the Ed Tech Journeys blog. In my view, most of the challenges we face in educational technology are not technology issues; but human ones. Technology is relatively new in the context of education and there are few roadmaps to guide us. It is my hope that Ed Tech Journeys can be a place where a light is shone on the path, so that all of us can find our way.
I am a Director of a technology consortium of 62 public school districts just north of New York City and President of the New York State Association of Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE).
The two entries I believe capture the spirit of Ed Tech Journeys are “When You Believe It, You Will See It” and “Toe the Line or Ride the Line?“.

My name is Terri Van Zetten, I teach in Broome, WA. Western Australia is over 2000km from a major city in north west of Australia. Research shows that the kids of today don’t want to view the Net, they want to be part of it, to publish. I did not want my students to miss out, just because of how remote we are! Podcasting is a fantastic way to promote our school, faith, Aboriginal culture and wonderful community to the world. Many of our kids also have family around Australia and overseas, so it is a great way for them to share their successes. I have an after school club on a Friday (yes, Friday arvo when everyone is having ‘choir practice’) with a chore group of students. You will also find videos from an Australian 3in6 competition on the site.

Many of my students do not have computers, but do have DVD players and mp3 players, so it is also a way of sharing with their families. This time last year, I did not know what blogs, wikis and podcasts were about and now I teach kids as young has 5 who can tell you all about them, it is so exciting!

This nomination has been a big surprise. My name is Paz Peña and I’m from Chile. I’ve been working for three years as an instructional designer and “tilt!” is my personal blog. It was born with the idea to put in order my thoughts relate with the technologies of free knowledge and social software. Months after its creation, I have realized that all the reflections in “tilt!” are around a general question: how communities are affected by knowledge creation which is located in the subject and not in the institution. This idea has been the perfect excuse to explore a wide range of subjects, using technology as a common denominator to speak about philosophy, policy, communication, education, and many others.

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This white paper was written as part of a larger grant provided by the John and Catherine MacArthur Foundation in support of what we are calling Project NML (or New Media Literacies). Over the next few years, we will be developing and publicizing a series of projects designed to promote the teaching of media through school based, after school, and informal learning communities. These include: an exemplar library of short digital films focused on creative artists working in a range of different media and the creative, economic, and ethical choices they face in purusuing their work; an ethics casebook faced on the challenges youth face as media makers and participants in online communities; and a series of curricular guides for teaching media through traditionl school content. The white paper emerged from both the ideas found in Henry Jenkins’s new book, Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and a systematic review of existing educational literature on youth and new media. It was released alongside the MacArthur Foundation’s announcement of a 50 million dollar five year comittment to work on youth and digital learning.

Authors: Henry Jenkins is the founder and co-director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies program and the principle investigator on Project nml. Ravi Purushotma, a 2006 graduate of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies program, examines using popular culture/digital media/video games for learning foreign languages. He currently works at The Education Arcade at MIT. Katherine Clinton received her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in Games, Learning, and Society in 2006 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and currently is the educational consultant for the New Media Literacies project at MIT. Margaret Weigel is the Research Manager for the New Media Literacies project in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT. She earned her advanced degree in Comparative Media Studies in 2002, and writes on new media and visual culture. Alice J. Robison is a postdoctoral fellow in the Comparative Media Studies program at MIT, where she specializes in new media literacies and in the ethnographic and rhetorical study of the production of digital media, especially videogames.

I was invited to write this paper by Jo Murray, the editor of the Knowledge Tree. She was a very encouraging and useful thinking partner and editor. The other “partner” in the paper was my network of friends and colleagues who helped me think at a gathering of eMint in London in July and later, responded to a posting in my blog earlier this year. So the paper is a network product. Blogs and online interaction were the grounding for not only the content, but the thinking behind it.

Where am I in the education sector:? Lost in space? Behind the shelf of chocolate? I am part of the learning sector! :-) I’m a solist, an indy, a consultant (hopefully that is not a dirty word) working in the area of online interaction, mostly for non profits and organizations. I work mostly with adult learners, but I float all over the map. My organization, if you can call it that (my desk certainly is not organized) is Full Circle Associates. I call Seattle, Washington USA home of family and hearth, but because of the net, my other home stretches across many of those electronic traces that envelope the earth.

Ulises A. Mejias is a Learning Systems consultant living in Ithaca, New York. He is also an Ed.D. candidate in Communication, Computing and Technology in Education at Teachers College (Columbia University), where he has taught a graduate course on Social Software Affordances. He is currently working on his dissertation, “Networked Proximity: ICT’s and the Mediation of Nearness,” which deals with how social relevancy is being redefined by new media, and explores the limits of the network as metaphor and model for organizing social realities. This is his second EduBlog nomination. He blogs at http://ideant.typepad.com.

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