Being the month of March, we all want to find that ‘pot of gold.’ Well this year, I found it!
At my first meeting of our YIS@Coetail, we were all asked to start gathering good resource sites for us to subscribe to using RSS and Google Reader? I really struggled knowing where to go look for those “best” resources. Where are the best blog sites on TechEd? I didn’t have a clue where to go. I didn’t know, back in September that I should have just looked up the past award winners each year from EduBlog. That would have made my search a lot easier.
Okay, I admit, I’m a little out of the loop, I just found The Edublog Awards for 2011 that was voted on in December 2011. But I just recently found it, thanks to my colleague, Jean, who led me to a site that had been nominated. We had been talking lately about how to direct elementary students when researching and Jean emailed me this link on 20 Great Research Websites for Kids. I was surprised how good this resource was and that it was only nominated. After looking at the nominated site, it got me curious about the winners. If this site is this good, then how good is the winner?
I went to The Edublog Awards and found that there wasn’t just one winner, but many because of the many different categories:
- Best new blog
- Best class blog
- Best student blog
- Best teacher blog
- Best librarian/library blog
- Best school administrator blog
- Best group blog
- Best free web tool
- Best ed tech/ resource blog
- Most influential blog post
- Best Educational wiki
- Best open PD/ webinar series
- Best hashtag
- Best individual tweeter
- Best use of a social network
- Best use of audio/ video / podcast
- Best individual blog
- Lifetime achievement
I was at first interested in the Tech Ed category, which I have listed the top 5 from the list below:
Best ed tech / resource blogs
Free Technology for Teachers: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/
Cindy L. Meester’s Blog: http://meesterc.wordpress.com/
Speech Techie: http://www.speechtechie.com/
I’m a teacher, get me OUTSIDE here!: http://creativestarlearning.blogspot.com/
Irresistible Ideas for Play Based Learning: http://www.playbasedlearning.com.au/
But then I realized what a wealth of information the other categories will give me too. I could spend a good six months looking at all of these sites. But best of all, when someone asks me, do I know of any good resources for technology. I now have an answer!