#eddies13 Irish Representation in the Nominations for The Edublog Awards a.k.a #irisheddies13

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This time last week I was giving thought

to whom I might nominate

in the Edublog Awards 2013

This evening the nominations that have made it

through to the voting stage of The Edublog Awards

make for interesting reading.


Tonight, I am going to write about the Irish bloggers

and educationalists who are through to the voting stage

and tomorrow I will take a look at friends of this blog

from abroad who have come through.


The Edublog Awards are like the Oscars for teachers who blog wink

Such was the number of Irish people who were nominated

one tweeter was prompted to coin the hashtag #irisheddies13.


Seomra Ranga for example, has created and made available

many invaluable classroom resources to teachers

over the  years and as you can see in the following link

is nominated in three categories.


The well regarded online educational magazine:

Anseo.net is nominated in two.


‘An Open Letter to Ruairi Quinn’

attracted a lot of positive attention

when it was posted at end of September.

It has been nominated in the category of

Most Influential Blog Post of 2013.


The letter writer is also nominated

in the Best Teacher Blog category

with Leaving Cert English.net


Scoil Mhuire in Lucan has been nominated for

Best use of Videos and Media in Education

Take a look at Scoil Mhuire TV

and you will see why.


St. Peter’s Bray have only been blogging since 13th February 2013

and they feature in the Best Podcasts  category.

Their blog certainly has a ‘feel good’ factor.

Their work shows the potential of podcasting .

It is informative, entertaining and builds self esteem in the students.


At second level St. Wolstan’s Transition Years are also nominated

for their podcasting. 


Thirteen year old Fionn from the blog ‘Autistic and Proud’  

is so happy to be nominated in the Best Student Blog category.

Can you imagine how he would feel if he won the vote!

How about voting for him smile


In the Best New Blog category is the ‘SpellingItOutBlog’

This blogger is ‘Irish. Living in Scotland. Training to Teach’

and credit where credit is due,

it was he who coined the hashtag #irisheddies13!

Also featuring in this category is ‘My TY Experience’ by Rebecca

from the St. Wolstan’s TY group. 



There is a well deserved Best Individual Blog nomination for 

Sub Stories who writes about her experience of subbing

and shares useful resources.

This blogger also has a lively and helpful Facebook page.

Congratulations too, to Nigel Lane of ‘The Inside Lane’

who is nominated in this category and also for 

EdBlogsIE which provides a great service

showcasing Irish blogs

and is nominated for the Best Group Blog


Irish tweeters @groganbee, @johnmayo and @fboss

are in the running for Best Individual Tweeter

and the hashtag #edchatie (brainchild of @fboss) 

is nominated in the category: Best Twitter Hashtag


There are nominations in the

Lifetime Achievement category for

 @irasocol who has a lot of Irish support

and also for

@domaho who blogs at e-learning island which

is nominated in the category of Best Teacher Blog


And my own blog ‘If Only The Best Birds Sang’

has been nominated in Best Class Blog category


Oops! Edited to add:

I would like to thank @tasteach who brought another

#irisheddies13 nomination to my attention

Eilis TY Blog again from St. Wolstan’s which has a nomination in

the Best Student Blog category. In particular I like the way

she prefaces each post with an apt quotation from people

as diverse as Mahatma Gandhi to Calamity Jane!


and for Best Mobile App

A  History of Ireland in 100 Objects


I make that twenty separate individuals or groups

with Irish connections; twenty six nominations in total,

I believe for #irisheddies13. That is a good representation

and it would be great if this showing at nominations

was reflected in the final awards.


So your vote would be much appreciated.

Voting is open until midnight Eastern Standard Time

on Wednesday, December 18th.

Votes are being counted using List.ly.

This is straightforward enough.

When you vote, you will just be asked to sign in

to List.ly using your Facebook or Twitter account.

In this way people can only vote once per finalist per category.


National interest apart,

the Edublog Awards

comprise a list of the

twitter hashtags,

free web tools

and mobile apps

that teachers are finding useful.

Click on this link to see.

2 thoughts on “#eddies13 Irish Representation in the Nominations for The Edublog Awards a.k.a #irisheddies13

  1. G’day Merry Beau,
    Just read your irisheddies13 post. Great to see so many Irish nominations but I think you might have missed young Eilis who has a blog for her TY . She is under best student blog as well http://eilistyblog.blogspot.ie/

    PS Notice my two girls got through as well in student blog. They will be so pleased and I have added the badge to their blog sidebar as well as written a post to explain to other students how they can vote for them. It is more difficult this year through using list.ly where you need to be 13 and older to have an account.

  2. Brilliant. Thanks for telling me. I will redress that immediately 🙂 I trawled through the nominations yesterday and lost track a number of times.

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