Monday Message and EduBlog Award Nominations

The view from my window makes me long for Thanksgiving past...

Welcome back, everyone! I trust you had a restful if not slightly decadent Thanksgiving break. We are all back and ready for the stretch run at the end of the year. Of course, the weather here in central Missouri is not the most inspiring (see image above), but we will soldier on.

Here are a few announcements from the eMINTS National Center:

Registration for eMINTS Winter Conference 2011 Now Open: Online registration for the 2011 eMINTS Winter Conference is open, now through January 28, 2011 – or until sessions are filled. The Conference dates are Feb. 23-25, 2011 with a new location in at the Stoney Creek Inn in Columbia, MO. This year’s conference offers MORE:  more sessions, more presentations, more pre-conference hands-on workshops and more inspiration from nationally-recognized keynote speakers, Jamie McKenzie and Bernie Dodge. Find details and register online now at: http://www.emints.org/events/winter2011/ or check out the conference blog at http://emintswincon.wordpress.com/

eMINTS Teacher Presents at National Science Conference: Kelly Taylor year 2 eMINTS teacher from Carnahan School of the Future in St. Louis, MO presented Tools for Data-Driven Biology Teaching at the National Science Teacher Association conference in Kansas City.  Kelly shared how using her WebQuest increased proficiency on specified Course Level Expectations.  Her presentation was based on her eMINTS Training and the graduate work she is doing at Washington University.  To access the conference presentation materials go to http://mrstaylorssciworld.weebly.com/nsta-conference-materials.html

Help for WINDOWS 7 OS and SMART Notebook:  If you are experiencing difficulties with the new Windows 7 Operating System and features of the SMART Notebook Ink Aware programs, a help video from SMART on how to resolve those issues is available at: http://www.emints.org/equipment/fy11/whiteboard.shtml#win7help
The link launches a WMV file with tips for users.

Edublog Award Nominations
The following are not an officially promoted list of sites from eMINTS. These are simply some of the favorite sites of eMINTS staff and deserve nominations for the 2010 Edublog Awards.

Best Group Blog: Edutopia
From the George Lucas Educational Foundation, Edutopia seeks to identify the most innovative teaching strategies and share them with the world. The site is a fantastic resource and features many, many bloggers who freely share the best strategies available to the 21st Century educator. (Shared by Ruth Henslee, eIS)

Most Influential Blog Post:”When Hunches Collide
Kelly Tenkely’s post “When Hunches Collide” is truly inspiring (if not influential). She takes some time to share some of her ideas of how education could be transformed as she dreams of better days being inspired by a TED talk graphic facilitation by Steven Johnson’s summarizing ideas from his book Where Good Ideas Come From. As a person that values interdependence, she puts her ideas out there to “collide” with others and hopefully make something happen. She fully believes in her PLN and what they the changes their ideas together may spark. She is an avid blogger penning Dreams of Education and iLearn Technology a blog she uses to support classroom teachers. She can also be followed on Twitter @ktenkely. (Shared by Brooke Higgins, eIS)

Best Resource Sharing Blog: Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day
For my money, there is no better resource sharing blog on the entire web. My Reader fills up daily with updates to past posts as well as a steady stream of new resource lists for current events and trending topics. No site is better for the teacher trying to stay up to date than Larry Ferlazzo’s Website of the Day.
(Shared by Zac Early, eIS)

Best Library/Librarian Blog: Librarian By Day
Transliteracy is a hot topic in the library sciences right now and there is no better place to follow the transliteracy discussion than at Librarian By Day
, the brainchild of blogger/librarian Bobbi Newman. I suggest you add LBD to your RSS feed ASAP in order to keep up with this rapidly advancing literacy movement.

Best Admin Blog: Principally Speaking
Dr. Robert Dillon, a principal in the St. Louis, MO area, provides post after post of inspiration and insight into administrating the 21st Century school with an eye toward technology and student engagement. Check out Dr. Dillon’s Principally Speaking and revive your perspective on education for the December stretch-run. (Shared by Carmen Marty, eIS)

Lifetime Achievement: Bernie Dodge
We at eMINTS would be remised if  we didn’t give credit to the WebQuest guru of gurus, Bernie Dodge. A regular at our annual Winter Conference, Bernie has been an integral part of the eMINTS program with his perspective of the WebQuest guiding many of our teachers to instructional success. For all his great work in educational technology, Bernie Dodge receives a nomination for the Edublog Lifetime Achievement Award. (Shared by Zac Early, eIS)

Are there any other blogs or online educators who deserve a nomination? Feel free to mention some of your own nominations in the comments.

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