It is time again to nominate tweeps from my treasured PLN and I have been thinking about who and what to choose for many weeks. There are so many superb educators out there who do their jobs superbly, day after day, just for the love of teaching and the joy that come from helping children be the best they can be. I feel very proud of my profession and by nominating a few of my colleagues I hope to show how proud I am of them.
My wiki page was celebrated in the Edublog awards as the ‘Best Educational Wiki’ in 2011, which has been one of the highlights of my professional career. I hope that all on my list below can be celebrated in the same way. To me, you are all winners.
Best individual blog
Best new blog
Best edtech / resource sharing blog
http://ictevangelist.com from @ICTevangelist is a great place to find information about the latest tech and pedagogical gold. He is also an endless source of iPad information and tips. So if you have something beginning with an ‘i’ you should be following him on Twitter and reading his blog.
Best Teacher Blog
http://teachertoolkit.me from @TeacherToolKit is a wonderful blog with delights for every level and description of educator. His blog and ideas have resized my teaching on more than one occasion and he has make a contribution to so many teachers. Thank you Ross!
Best group blog
The growing Digital Leader movement http://www.digitalleadernetwork.co.uk of empowering a group of dedicated children/students to provide help, training and creative solutions for their classmates and teachers has benefitted countless people across the UK. It provides student the opportunity to engage with technology and collaborate to enhance to tech experience for everyone. Follow developments every Thursday at 9pm GMT with #DLchat.
Best class blog
I love http://www.edutronic.net by @Edutronic_Net and the students in his school. It is a wonderful example of how blogging has empowered the students to shape their own learning and explore the world with an audience from around the world.
Best Administrator (SLT) blog
http://johntomsett.wordpress.com by @johntomsett is an amazing blog by an inspirational headteacher. Each and every time he blogs he has make me think about how things could be better and that teaching really is the best profession in the world.
Best twitter hashtag
#ukedchat is the online hub for education in the UK. The weekly discussions cover a myriad of educational topics and push forward the understanding of what is possible in the classroom. In my opinion it is the best CPD on the internet. It’s based at http://ukedchat.com.
Best free web tool
The free tools that has made biggest impact in my classroom this year has to be http://www.classdojo.com. The children love it and it has continued to improve and it is now a vital part of my teaching.
Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
I have recently discovered http://www.l4l.co.uk by @eyebeams. I’m amazed at the passion, insight, but most of all the fact that he is able to record a daily podcast/Audioboo on important, useful and relevant educational topics which keep me informed about what is happening out there. It has become compulsive listening.
Best open PD / unconference / wedinar series
The TeachMeet movement http://teachmeet.pbworks.com provides an amazing learning experience for all who take part. The format of micro presentations keep the events interesting and fresh. I learn so much each time I attend a TeachMeet, but more than that, I feel inspired in so many different ways and ready to try lots of new things.
Best Social Network
It has to be Twitter.com