Monthly Archives: November 2009

2009 Edublog Awards

2009 Edublog Awards

It is time again for the Edublog Awards! Nominations just opened and will close on Tuesday, December 8th. Votes can be submitted until December 16th with the awards ceremony on December 18th.

You can nominate blogs for the following categories:

est individual blog
Best individual tweeter
Best group blog
Best new blog
Best class blog
Best student blog
Best resource sharing blog
Most influential blog post
Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
Best teacher blog
Best librarian / library blog
Best educational tech support blog
Best elearning / corporate education blog
Best educational use of audio
Best educational use of video / visual
Best educational wiki
Best educational use of a social networking service
Best educational use of a virtual world
Lifetime achievement

The steps to nominate a blog are below as taken from the Edublog Awards page:

Step 1: Write a post on your blog linking to:

  1. The Edublog Awards Homepage (that’s here 🙂
  2. The blogs & sites that you want to nominate (must be linked to!)

You can nominate for as many categories as you like, but only one nomination per category, and not yourself :) You can nominate a blog (or site) for more than one category)

Step 2: Email us the link to your nomination post

Use the form below to contact us, please include a genuine email address (spam free, just in case we need to confirm identity) and the link to your nominations post.
Subject: Edublogs 2009 Nominations
Body: Here are my nominations for the 2009  Edublog Awards

Best individual blog: xxxxx
Best resource sharing blog: xxxxx

Nominations that do not include the URL to the blog or do not follow the nomination procedures outlined in the blog post here will not be counted. The Edublog Awards are sponsored by Edublogs Campus and Classroom 2.0.

Join the Flat Classroom Workshop in India, 2010

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Flat Classroom™ Project

Just received this from Julie Lindsay –

The next Flat Classroom™ Workshop will be held in Mumbai next February at the ASB Unplugged Conference. If you are interested in joining us, classrooms globally are invited to apply to bring students. Read the details on the Flat Classroom Conference wiki and then fill in the online Registration form. Deadline is November 15th for applications.

Why should you bother to bring students and educators to a ‘Flat Classroom™ Workshop?’
The recent success at the Flat Classroom Workshop in Hong Kong, featuring Julie Lindsay and  Kim Cofino,  shows how a project-based action workshop is pedagogically significant and provides a learning adventure into 21st Century working modes using emerging technologies.

Vicki Davis and I are joining forces along with our friend and colleague, Bernajean Porter, to run an amazing event in Mumbai and know this is going to be a great success, just as the original Flat Classroom Conference in Qatar was last January. However we do need cultural diversity and we do need forward looking schools to seize this opportunity to sign up and bring students to Mumbai.

Need more information? We invite you read student and teacher comments and view more multimedia reflections at ‘Flat Classroom Participants Speak Up‘.


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Find more videos like this on Flat Classroom Conference Anne Mirtschin, flat classroom teacher and advisor, put together this video based on the ‘three words‘ request from participants in Qatar’s event.

Flat Classroom live events are significant because:

– they immerse participants in addressing a global issue in a project-based format

– they use emerging technologies and Web 2.0 tools to connect, communicate and collaborate

– they not only talk about flattened learning modes but practice them e.g. including virtual participants, live video streaming sessions to the world, use of a globally available backchannel

– they encourage students and teachers to work alongside each other with a common goal

– they foster digital citizenship and digital literacy

– they promote best practice methods for coming up with ideas, pitching those ideas and turning them into viable solutions to identified problems

Are you convinced this is THE workshop to be involved with? The place to bring students for cultural interaction and a chance to hone in on a global issue and use emerging technologies to solve it as a learning community?

OK, now read the details on the Flat Classroom Conference wiki and then fill in the online Registration form. Deadline is November 15th for applications. All inquiries to

How are you planning to use Google Wave?

000162A few weeks ago I received the infamous invite to from Google to use Google wave. I excitedly activated my Google Wave account and began searching for Waves to join, read and participate. I sent out the eight invites that I was allocated and started to add contacts and read the Waves people had added me to. Google Waves takes some getting used to but once more people begin using Google Wave I think Skype may become obsolete for instant messaging.

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One fantastic feature is the way Google Wave translates the messages in the Wave in real time. This video is a great demonstration of this feature. This would be an awesome to immerse students in conversation in different languages to collaborate with other students and classrooms around the world. This is definitely a way to ‘flatten classrooms’ and bring the world into the hands of your students.

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I am fascinated by what I have seen in the various Waves I have been added so please continue to add me to the conversations (! I noticed that I received another 12 invites so if you would like to receive one of the 12 Google Wave invites post a comment about how you would like to use Google Wave with your students or staff. If I receive more than 12 requests, I will create a survey and people can vote on the best suggestions. So, how are you going to use Google Wave?