I would just like to give a plug to the best teacher blog awards for 2011. This is an awesome awareness raising exercise bring new blogs to the attention of teachers and stakeholders everywhere. This is just one category. There are 18 categories in 2011 and the nominations in each of the categories is well worth a look. It is run by Edublogs (since 2004) and aims to promote and demonstrate the educational value of social media, and the archives "create a fabulous resourcefor educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.... Voting is open until 11:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December the 13th – and the winners will be announced at the Edublog Awards ceremony on the 14th at 7pm EST."
Having been an on-and-off blogger myself for many years (and even a nominee one year) I know how much time and effort goes into these great blogs. And having been a reader of some of these nominated blogs also for years, I know just how much I have learnt from them. Do yourself a favour - go on over and have a read.
I was happy to see the category of best twitter hashtag and even more happy to see #pencilchat as a nominee. This hastag has inspired a number of blog posts and a newspaper article. There were even lesson ideas that came out of the shared experience on twitter over several hours.