Sunday, November 23, 2014

The 2014 Edublog Awards

I keep tabs on a lot of blogs, but my faves are on a list along the right side of my blog.  These are the ones that I would recommend to others and the ones I nominated for the 2014 Edublog Awards.
  • Best individual blog:  Dan Meyer's blog is a constant source of inspiration to me - The ideas about teaching and learning are always fresh and thoughtful.  I love how his writing gives me so much to think about in my own practice.  The blog is worth following for Dan's thoughts alone, but the others who comment create a great dialogue.  It's the very best PLC around.
  • Best new blog:  Kasey Bell's ShakeUp Learning.  When I read somewhere that Kasey's excellent blog was nominated as the Best New Blog, I thought there was some mistake.  How could a blog this fantastic be new?  But it seems that she started this blog in 2014.  Wow, I am impressed.  Again.
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog: Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers - if teachers only follow one blog for cool resources, this is the one to follow.
  • Best teacher blog:  Amy Gruen's Square Root of Negative One Teach Math  - this is a GREAT teacher blog.  Amy's enthusiasm is contagious and every time I read her work I wish we taught in the same building.
  • Most influential blog post of the year:  This post by Audrey Watters - well, it could be any one of her posts this year.  I have loved them all, but this one really had me wringing my hands days later.
  • Best free web tool:  Pear Deck, reviewed by me here.  I like this one a lot.
  • Best educational use of media (audio / video / visual / podcast): Two Guys and Some iPads - I was determined to learn augmented reality this year and started by getting to know the Two Guys blog.  Very cool stuff.
  • Best mobile app:  ClassKick, reviewed by me here.  If you haven't seen this app, take a look.  It is a great way to keep tabs on what students know and are able to do.
Tomorrow is the last day for Edublog nominations.  Who are your favorites?  Have you nominated them yet?


  1. I am pretty sure there are wayyyy better teacher blogs out there than mine, but I very much appreciate the compliment. Thank you so much for the kind words. :)

    1. Well, here is the first place where I find we would disagree! Every post I read on Square Root of . . . I wish I could sit at the tables with office supplies in the middle and co-plan some chemistry and algebra2 lessons. Next week I plan to blog about how your graphing calculator programming inspired me last year for Hour of Code!

  2. Hi Amy,

    We’re launching the first web version of Classkick soon! This makes the app available to students on Chromebooks and computers - in addition to the iPad app that you reviewed in 2014.

    Please let me know if you’d like to take a look.



    Co-founder, Classkick

    1. I would LOVE that! Please send me the details!