Saturday, May 8, 2010

Passing on the Love

I was surprised to see that @2sparkley had passed on a nice little award to me from her blog. I've always done what I've done because it's goofy and I have the time. It's nice to get recognition from the people that read your work. I feel I've have learned so many great things from @2sparkley that her blog would have been at the top of my recommendation list. I'm happy to pass this award onto other great bloggers.

For those I am awarding below, here are a few rules to follow:

1. Copy and Display the picture of the award given to you.

2. Link back to the blog that nominated you.

3. Nominate 10 different blogs..

4. Inform the people you have nominated so they can pas on the love.

Here are 10 tremendous blogs written by 10 even more tremendous people. I feel I have learned more from them than in any of my Educational Technology Masters Classes. They are helpful, friendly, smart and just all around awesome. As ESPN's Stuart Scott once said, "They are cooler than the other side of the pillow." I agree Stuart, I agree.

1. I Learn Technology by @Ktenkely is an amazing site. She updates like a mad woman and ALL of her resources are amazing. Many of them are geared for younger kids, but that is ok. If you are in the business of passing along great sites to other teachers, this site is the place to start. Some of the great things she shares make me want to teach in the Elementary School just so I could use them in my lessons. Heck, I might just use them with my HS English students they are that fun. Check out this site if you want to be cool.

2. Teacher Reboot Camp by @ShellTerrell is one of the first blogs that I started to follow and I am never disappointed when I stop by. As one of the founders of #edchat, she is constantly encouraging new bloggers to join with other teachers to spread the good word of education and technology. Her 30 Goals blog series was amazing. You have to check it out. Basically, she is the bees knees. :-)

3. Techno Constructivist by @anderscj is another wonderful blog that Mr. Anderson keeps regularly updated. He offers a weekly tech tip that I always find helpful and pass on to my friends and fellow teachers. He is a regular tweeter who is always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in the PLN Tweeterverse. You are guaranteed to learn something new and helpful when you stop by his blog. Long story short, he is so awesome, he could make a Wolverine purr.

4. The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness by @Zimmer557 is another go to source for me as I cruise my Google Reader. He is a wonderfully helpful educator and his blog is filled with great materials for all teachers looking to add technology to their classes. You should bookmark this guy, because he will help you learn and grow as an educator. Basically, he makes Sinatra look like a hobo.

5. Vanessa Cassie's Blog is awesome! You can follow here at @VanessaSCassie To get to the point, her blog is important. Her posts on SmartBoard technology has made my teaching career easier. I know that I'm a cooler person for knowing her. I hope to meet her one day and shake her hand because he blog has been so helpful to me and my fellow SmartBoard teachers. I know I can count on her to answer any IWB questions I might have. Vanessa, you are a rock star!

6. I'm pretty sure the educational Twittospere would collapse without @Cybraryman1. His website is filled with every single possible bit on knowledge one could imagine. If you need a resource, there is not point using Google, just stop by Cybrarman's page to find what you are looking for. I'm pretty sure he invented the Internet but is far too modest to admit it. :-)

7. Ozge Karaoglu is a great tweeter and blogger. Her blog is filled with many great resources to use for all grades and all subjects. You can follow her on Twitter at @Ozge. I have used many of the resources she has blogged about to great success. She really is a great educator who works hard to pass along wonderful sites that we can all use to make our classrooms better for all students. She also has a very awesome name that I have no idea how to pronounce. I hope she doesn't hold that against me. :-)

8. Bright Ideas Blog is one of my favorite Australian blogs I read. @Brightideasblog is the matching Twitter account. I always know I can count on her to drop me a message if I have a question or leave a comment on my blog. She has wonderful resources on her blog and has great ideas to share with the PLN. Please take some time to stop by and check out her blog. If you don't, I might not be your friend anymore.

9. @EDge21 is a wonderful twitter account matched up to a wonderful blog. There are more links than a teacher know what to do with to be honest. Although he is a Penguins fan and I'm a Red Wings fan, his blog is still pretty amazing. Great teacher resources for all subjects and grade levels. There is no reason an educator should not check out this blog. He is wonderful to chat with on Twitter and always has something great to add to the conversation. I'm pretty sure Twitter would stop if he left. Follow him and keep Twitter alive for the rest of us.

10. @Sharnon007 has a great blog filled to the brim of resources. Reading Teachers Online Arsenal is a wonderful site that I check almost daily. There are always wonderful resources available and the tweets are helpful. I've shared a few Twitter conversations with her and I always walk away with something valuable. Take the time to peruse the blog and see what yu can find to help your lesson plans.

Here are just 10 of the blogs that I read that have helped me on my educational journey. There are so many more that I use to improve myself as a teacher and I have the proof in my Google Reader if you want to see it. Please take the time to check out all of these blogs, leave a comment if you find something useful and pass the blogs along. We all need to support each other to make a difference in the world of education.


  1. Dear Nick,

    It was a done done deal to have you in my top 10. It is amazing but all the people you mention for your top 10 are blogs that I follow on a regular basis.

    IT is due to @ktenkley and her blogging alliance that I found so many wonderful people.I am truly enriched by all of these people.

  2. Awww, thanks for the nomination! Now I have some real work to do because it looks like you have effectively nominated some of my very favorites (and obviously you have already been tagged), I am sure there are some left out there :) I second all of the nominations you have here, excellent people and educators.

  3. Thanks so much Nick, you are very kind and generous!

  4. Hahaha! I just got over my narcissism and read the rest of your recommendations -- you are TOO funny! "I'm pretty sure Cybraryman invented the Internet but is far too modest to admit to it" - classic!

    Thanks for the shout out and for being such a wonderful and important member of my PLN :)

  5. It is so tough not to name everyone that has helped me on this crazy blogging journey. All of you have been wonderful contributors to what I do and the educational world as a whole. I know that I can count on you for the support I need for anything edtech or non edtech. Keep doing a great job and we will change edu yet! :-)


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