Sunday, November 28, 2010

2010 Edublog Nominations

Yes, it is that time of year again when Edubloggers from around the world make their ultimate selections for the Annual Edublog Awards. The awards are a great way to find new educational blogs to follow and post to, and unique Twitterers to follow who share the best Tweets- and a multitude of innovative resources to discover.

Every day is an educational journey in the day and life of an Educational Blogger or an avid Twitterer. It is always difficult to nominate one particular individual for each specific category. There are so many creative people and insightful educators to choose from now, since we are so connected through our PLN's. I am going to give it my best shot to share my award nominations of the individuals that most influence my life, my professional development opportunities, my technical support and my educational leadership shared-vision. (Please note: more individual comments for each nomination will be posted by tomorrow).

Best individual blog: Jane Hart "Jane's Pick of the Day" http://janeknight.typepad.com
Best individual tweeter: Steven Anderson Web 2.0 Classroom http://twitter.com/#!/web20classroom
Best resource sharing blog: David Kapuler Tidbits of a Cyber Hero http://cyber-kap.blogspot.com
Most influential blog post: Shelly Sanchez Terrell "Teacher Boot Camp" http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org
Most influential tweet / series of tweets & discussion Kyle Pace http://twitter.com/#!/kylepace @kylepace
Best teacher blog: Ozge Karaoglu http://ozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org
Best librarian / library blog: Shannon Miller http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com
Best school administrator blog: Chris Lindholm "Principal Thoughts" http://chrislindholm.typepad.com/principal-thoughts
Best educational tech support blog: Tech Soup Blog http://blog.techsoup.org/?cg=lnav
Best elearning / corporate education blog: Tom Kuhlmann "Rapid eLearning" http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning
Best educational use of video / visual: Dr. Tae http://drtae.org/building-a-new-culture-of-teaching-and-learning/
Best educational wiki: Andrew Churches http://edorigami.wikispaces.com
Best webinar series: ISTE http://www.iste.org/store/webinars.aspx
Best educational use of a social network: EDU PLN http://edupln.ning.com/group/edchat
Best use of a PLN: Intel Education Teachers Engage Community http://engage.intel.com/index.jspa
Lifetime achievement: Doug Johnson "The Blue Skunk Blog" http://doug-johnson.squarespace.com/

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Fall is a Time for Giving Back to the Online Community of Educators

Fall is my favorite time of year and it is a time for giving back to the online community.  Every Spring and Fall I try to create a comprehensive list of grant opportunities for educators.  This grant list is my way to give back to the online community of educators who help me everyday, but to also assist your efforts to make it through the school year with a few more golden opportunities and resources for your students.  Here is once again the golden ticket of grant resources to share with all of you.  Please share and distribute with your educational staff and good luck with writing and applying for some of the unique educational grant opportunities!








Friday, November 12, 2010

Changing of the Seasons Brings Changes for the Professional Journey

The beautiful Fall season is upon us and November has brought some of the most beautiful sights and scenes of the year in Brownsville, MN. This is the time of year that over 30,000 tundra swans, snow geese, wood ducks and mallards are enroute on their migration journey to the south. We are very fortunate that our home location is right on the path of their dedicated migration route. These beautiful creatures stop over to "rest and refuel" in the newly created protective habitat area- before they take off to endure another 1500 miles of their journey.

Here are some photos and video clips of these magnificent birds.



With the changing of the seasons brings changes for my professional Innovative Educator Consulting business. The past year I have hired a administrative assistant, the one and only Miss Kim Berg. I was so fortunate to hire her, and the best part is- I have known Kim for over 8 years, because she was my program assistant I originally hired at my past technology director job. Kim does a tremendous and thorough job keeping all the ed tech grant work organized, communication for setups for training events, creation of marketing flyers and promotional materials. She is a huge asset to my company and my branding presence.

Another positive change that has occurred this month, is that I have hired a network administrator specializing in PC infrastructure technical support and security, 1:1 PC tablet deployment with Google apps and Windows Skydrive, and background knowledge in videography and webinar development. I am thrilled to have Jeff Harm join my educational technology consulting company to be "my network specialist and technical trainer" while supporting my 1:1 training initiatives, technology integration workshops and global webinar events.

 
Change is good- it needs to occur often just as the seasons change, to keep an individuals learning platform and presence vibrant, creative and filled with new innovative ideas to share the collective intelligence while continuing to build and grow the collaborative partnerships!