I'm so lucky to have lots and lots of virtual colleagues all over the world. Honestly they are a big foundation to my professional practice because they help me, the push my thinking and reading/dialoging helps me work out my thinking.
My students and I blog via Edublogs at LMS Eagles. Since we use that software, I realize that all sorts of nominations are flying over the cybersphere for Best of _______. Our class blog is not prime time ready yet, but it did give me pause to think about another blog that is shaping my thinking almost every day.
My nomination for Best individual tweeter is Paula White @paulawhite. She is also one of the Quadblogging partners I have.....boy did I feel like I was the luckiest person ever when I was partnered with her after watching tweets for the past year. She's always quick to respond and has tons of great ideas she shares continuously all year long.
Who but Larry Ferlazzo could I nominate for the Best Ed Tech blog. I think any time day or night I find Larry offering ideas...non stop. When I asked him to help me present some of his excellent ideas to a group that I was hosting, he couldn't have been more gracious. Sharing his knowledge and sharing his expertise.
A group that calls itself Voices from the Revolution makes a big difference in my teaching and the way I think about the classroom....don't you just love that name? I do believe I'm part of this ninja group of teachers who is promoting an education revolution by elevating the teaching profession from within as I read, write and comment on blog posts here. I believe this blog should definitely be considered for the Best Group Blog award.
This blog is chock full of pedagogical and assessment ideas from such different perspectives. Just today I scanned thru the blog and noticed articles about how to implement Problem Based Learning in a classroom, deploying a 1:1 initiative, how to find time to teach students to stop and reflect and even an insightful post called Throwaway Lesson about getting over yourself so you can see what students are really needing and feeling. Relevant? Oh my gosh....right on. Useful? Full of hard-won wisdom from people who are doing it 24/7. Practical? Usually I leave with at least one or two ideas that I can immediately implement with my students.
My vote for Best twitter hashtag is #scichat. While I haven't been attending this semester, this weekly meeting between all kinds of science teachers is outstanding. Just like the VFTR blog, #scichat is where people push your thinking, share freely and really don't come with any judgment. I've met a ton of really cool teachers who I've been able to help and who have helped me. To my mind's eye, that's why someone should be nominated for this kind of award. Gaining my sea legs here, I then branched out to #teaching 2030, #6thchat, and #pbl to name some new haunts.