Every year I look forward to the Edublog nominations and awards. I always find more people to add to my PLN. And I like to pay it forward because I was fortunate enough to be nominated and it really encouraged me to keep learning, sharing and blogging.
Here are my nominations:
Best Group Blog: Nerdy Book Club
I love this community of readers and I'm constantly inspired to add to my TBR pile.
Best New Blog: It All Started in the Library
This blog is written by my fellow SC librarian, Lorena Swetnam. She has lots of great ideas and I am always excited when I have a new post from her in my reader.
Best Library/Librarian Blog: Mrs. Readerpants
This is always the hardest category because I love so many of them, but this year I want to recognize Mrs. Readerpants for her middle grade book reviews and creative ideas. I've used many lesson ideas from her blog.
Best Individual Tweeter: Nikki D. Robertson
Nikki has worked so hard getting #tlchat organized each month and she always has great library ideas and lessons to share. If there was a Pinterest category she would win that as well. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest for display ideas, resources and more.
Best Twitter Hashtag: #tlchat
This is a no brainer. I love this hashtag and have really enjoyed the recent addition of the live chat each month.
Best Free Web Tool: Edmodo
For this category I tried to think of the tools I use the most. I love Goodreads, Postermywall, Picmonkey, Big Huge Labs and more, but no site as much as Edmodo. We use it for creating a community of student readers and to facilitate PD in my district.
Best Webinar series: TL Virtual Cafe
I've been lucky enough to present as part of this series and each month I'm excited to "attend" the webinars to be inspired and make new librarian connections.
Best Mobile App: Remind 101
This app (and site) has been an excellent addition to our outreach to parents at my school. The tool allows you to create text notification groups without sharing your number or collecting student and parent numbers. I have a group for the library and many teachers have a group for their classes as well. We send homework reminders, school news, library program dates and more. If you aren't using it you should take a look.
Big thanks to Edublogs for sponsoring these awards each year. Good luck to all the nominees.