My Nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards

The time has come to submit nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards.  Each of my nominations are for folks who promote something of value to the early childhood education online community. I follow so many amazing blogs, so trying to narrow down to a final few is almost impossible but let me share with you who I have nominated for this year’s blog awards….

2011 Categories

Best individual blog  – Deborah of Brain Insights 

What I admire most about Brain Insights is how Deborah manages to share valuable information about the brain and all that impacts brain development in young children. Each post is written in such a way that is easy to understand and applicable to anyone working with young children.  I only wish I had known about this blog when I was still in college seeking my degree!!

Best individual tweeter – Deb @DebChitwood of Living Montessori Now

Deb is one of the most dedicated early childhood educators I know when it comes to sharing information about Montessori learning through social networking.  She is committed to her twitter followers and there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t see Deb working on Twitter to share, tweet, and retweet!

Best group blog – Sherry and Donna of Irresistible Ideas for play based learning

Sherry and Donna are two of my favorite Australian bloggers. Together they tirelessly blog about play based learning as well as beautiful photos they take during their many travels to visit other learning environments.  Sherry and Donna are extremely supportive of other bloggers as well and always seeking to promote the work of others through Facebook and other social networking tools.

Best new blog – Jackie of Happy Hooligans  

Jackie is full of spirit and spunk! Her photos are beautiful and the way she presents the activities on her blog make you want to run right out and try them yourself.   This is a very special blogger with a wonderful blog!

Best ed tech / resource sharing blog – Heidi of Heidi’s Songs

Heidi is one of the most resourceful and talented teachers that you can ever get to know. Her blog posts are in depth and she has resources that are first rate in any early childhood environment.  Heidi takes the time to comment on other blog posts and share through Twitter and Facebook too! I think Heidi has to be one of the hardest workers there is when it comes to providing quality support and resources to others through her blog and other social networking sites.

Most influential blog post – Scott of Brick by Brick – It’s All About Relationships

Scott shares a wonderfully reflective, honest, and true to teaching blog.  Although just about every post Scott shares influences me in some way, I decided to choose this specific post titled, It’s All About Relationships where Scott takes the time to remind readers, based on his own observations and classroom experiences, that teaching is more than just activities but instead it is about building relationships. In this post, Scott says “…the relationships we build help each of us (me included) to learn more about the world and our place in it.”

Best teacher blog – Kristin of Preschool Daze  

Kristin is the reason I started blogging. When I first found Kristin’s blog, I was blown away by her beautiful classroom photos and her amazing classroom ideas. Kristin’s blog inspires me every time I read it. She makes me want to be a better teacher and to try new experiences in my own classroom every chance I get. Kristin has a knack of modeling qualities like love, kindness, patience, and creativity through every blog post she shares. Her blog has been around for some time now and I still can’t wait to see what she is going to share next.

Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast – Rae Pica of Bam Radio

Rae Pica and her team over at Bam Radio address issues directly related to the field of early childhood education with a long and impressive list of experts that come and share their perspectives on a variety of early childhood education topics and issues.  In my mind, there is no other website or blog out there that does the amazing work in ece through audio/podcasts like Bam Radio!

Best educational use of a social network – Jamie of Hands on: as we grow

Jamie is what I would call “a quiet leader.” Jamie is always in the back ground helping other preschool bloggers connect, network, learn new tools, build relationships, and share ideas.  She has her own remarkable blog for sharing wonderful and creative ideas for both parents and teachers. Jamie is always inviting experts from all types of backgrounds and professions to come and share their insights on issues surrounding both early childhood education and parenting. Jamie is creative, hardworking, inspiring and always using social networking as a tool to promote early childhood education in any way she can.

Lifetime achievement – Vanessa of Pre-k Pages

When it comes to sharing resources online, I don’t think anyone can surpass the dedication and resourcefulness of Vanessa Levin.  Vanessa has a website and blog that has been here far before I ever started blogging.  I know that Vanessa has a lifetime of work ahead of her but in my mind – Vanessa has already given a lifetime of resources and great ideas to the early childhood education community.


I hope you will check out each of these blogs and vote for them too!! I will be sure to update when voting begins!