Photo Credit: TempusVolat via Compfight
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
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
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
free web tools
and mobile apps
that teachers are finding useful.
Click on this link to see.