I still remember how much I enjoyed being nominated for some of the awards as a new blogger and tweeter in 2009 and how much this encouraged me to keep blogging and to try to keep getting better.
Some people may still think these nominations have no value – well, they do; it’s our colleagues giving us a little bit of praise and encouragement to keep sharing and pursuing learning through blogging.
So, I will keep up with this good tradition and here are my nominations for 2011
Best individual blog
TEFLtastic with Alex Case is my favourite in this category.
Best individual tweeter
This is a very difficult decision as the Twitter scene seems to change every single day of the week. For sheer consistency and a steady sharing of great ideas, I nominate @NikPeachey as a tweeter of the highest quality – his tweets never fail to lead to information sources or blog posts of great value to all ELT teachers
Best group blog
This has to be www.eltchat.com It is a blog maintained by the #ELTchat moderators but the wealth of posts it includes have all been written by willing bloggers who follow #ELTchats and write some awesome summaries.
Best edtech / resource sharing blog
There are many established blogs, most of them by Nik Peachey (!!!) but this is the year for nominating Ozge Karaoglu for her great A-Z series and for always sharing great edtech resources.
Most influential blog post
Six Reasons Why you Cannot be a Bad Teacher by Burcu Akyol – a deceptively simple post that leaves no one in doubt that there is simply no excuse to be a bad teacher any longer!
Best twitter hashtag
#ELTchat – need I say more? 🙂
Best New Blog
Welcoming back Tamas Lorincz and his Journey into Learning, a blogger who has been away and come back with a great new blog. His posts are always honest, reflective and come straight from the heart of a great educator.
Best teacher blog
Henrick Hoprea’s Doing Some Thinking blog keeps getting better and better every time I visit.
Best free web tool
For me, this has to be pbworks – I use this free wiki web tool with every course I run and it’s fantasticand easy for all students and trainee teachers to use – still freely available to every educator.
Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
Russell Stannard’s Teacher Training Videos must have by now helped hundreds upon hundreds of TEFL teachers without
any other access to training & development opportunities.
Best Librarian/ Library Blog
This has to be Jerry Blumengarten’s Cybrary Man’s List of
Educational Websites! He has a page for everything! Great content!
Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
Reform Symposium for offering a forum and a chance to present to so many teachers from all over the world.
Best educational use of a social network
My English Club is an inclredible website that draws hundreds of learners from around the world, all inspired by the work of Tara Benwell.
Nik Peachey – he is one of the most giving/sharing edtech experts/bloggers and his posts, talks and writings have engaged and stimulated a huge number of teachers towards thinking and learning about ICT and including educational technology in their teaching and teacher training.