My nominations for the 2012 EduBlogs Awards are all about being inspired and helped throughout this year.
I highly recommend and nominate:
Best group blog - Hawaii Book Blog (soon to be Hawaii Reads). Yes, I know it's a local blog, but Misty-Lynn and Alex give me hope for the future. Every state should have young people like these to carry on and spread the love of books and reading.
Best class blog - Mrs. Yollis' Classroom Blog. Linda Yollis' seamless use of blogs to have her 2nd and 3rd grade students reach out globally is so inspiring.
Best individual tweeter@AuntyTech. Donna Baumbach leverages the power of her tweets by using twylah.com and rebelmouse. She's a frequent contributor to #TLChat. Her tweets are so useful! Best twitter hashtag#TLChat. This is my bread-and-butter go-to hashtag for educational resources that rock. I access it via paper.li. Best free web tool - Google Apps for Education. This ubiquitous, dynamic set of tools provides a solid online workplace for students to organize, create, collaborate, and publish. Empowering. Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast - TeacherCast. The brainchild of Jeffrey Bradbury, this network produces volumes of quality content. The variety of educational experts on the show is astonishing. Best open PD / unconference / webinar series - Google EducationOnAir. This is a very well put together program by The Giant. The offerings are practical and Google+ Hangouts is such a fun way to participate. The topper is the Past Recordingsarchive, assuring us that we won't miss a thing. More, please! Best educational use of a social network- iPad Education Dreams. This Facebook group makes everyonean administrator (you can request to be invited). Created by Josh Reppun, this burgeoning group is a stellar example of how people who are passionate about an educational topic come together and generously provide support for one another. Best mobile app - TripIt. This handy little free app was recommended to my by a colleague this summer at #ISTE12 and I have been using it ever since. Takes the worry out of travel plans. Lifetime achievement - Jerry Blumengarten, the one and only cybraryman. My hero, 'nuff said. What about you? Who or what inspired you this year?
If you're really serious about knowing about the status of the ereader industry, you can fork over $4500.00 (!) for International Data Corporation's Worldwide and U. S. eReader 2012-2016 Forecast which covers statistics for Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo Inc., Pandigital Inc., and Sony.
And there you have it, four ways to keep up with what's happening with ereaders! This is by no means a comprehensive list. Please comment below if you have suggestions.
To my dear author friend who asked me to do some investigative work on ereaders, I hope this helps! The state of the digital publishing industry is a subject in which I'm keenly interested. I learned a lot writing this article!
Mrs. Middleton's U. S. History classes are in charge of conducting a school-wide mock presidential election on Tuesday.
Click on the cartoon below to get to our Elections LibGuide. You can learn all about the presidential candidates, the issues, and how the electoral college works.
Voting will take place during both lunches, and students will have a choice between a written or electronic ballot (courtesy of Google forms). There will be 3 separate groups: upper school students, middle school students, and faculty.
And to the adults: be sure to vote on Tuesday, if you haven't already!