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My Nominations for the Edublogs Awards 2011 – #eddies11

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My Nominations for the Edublogs Awards 2011 – #eddies11


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

– 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.

Lifetime Achievement

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.



8 Responses

  1. Can I just write ditto? 🙂 I love all of sites you picked, Marisa. Great post!
    (And thanks so much for nominating MyEC. The members loved your last post!)

    • Thanks, Tara!
      I do get a lot of messages of appreciation from the members in my inbox!
      You are doing an incredible job and I am learning so much from you every day.
      I love your work at MyEC.

  2. Thanks, Marisa. I really am committed to doing a lot better job of my blogging this time around. What an amazing company to be in – love your other nominees, fantastic people doing truly great stuff. Thanks again and I hope to deserve the love and support I get from you.

  3. Oh, is that how it works? I am on it, cheers Marisa. Have a wonderful weekend.

  4. ozge says:

    My dear Marisa,
    Thank you very much for your nomination. This is an honor for me to be listed here.
    I would like to thank you for being a great example to follow!!
    Miss you, cheers!

  5. Dear Marisa,
    I’m truly honoured to have made it to your list. You’re a role model to all, and being recognised by someone of your calibre means a lot to me! I hope to keep up the good work! 🙂
    Oh, and I do hope to have the chance to meet you f2f one day! 🙂

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