Edublog Award Alternative

It is that time of year again where part of the edublogging/twittering world gets all excited about awarding those blogs they like with the “edublog award”. Then there is the other part of the edublogging/twittering world that gets all upset about the awards. I fall into neither camp. I am not offended nor am I motivated to nominate or vote in the proceedings. I have a rather simple proposal. If you feel you need to nominate blogs for an award, then also nominate educators that have yet to connect to this powerful community for us to contact an persuade to join twitter or start a blog. What do you think? My thoughts on this started today after hearing Diane Ravitch speak in Chicago and being amazed at the number of educators who had never heard her views nor knew about the facts she talks about. Those of us on Twitter know of her quite well and many of us advocate in our sphere of influence in the same ways, BUT, we are still the minority. So along with nominating the most loquacious writers, I think we should nominate other educators to join our community. We will be stronger in larger numbers and we can use something that sometimes divides us (edublog awards) into something that unites us and makes us strong as well as smarter. What do you think? Answer with a comment.

5 thoughts on “Edublog Award Alternative

  1. I like where your thoughts are leading to on this, as I very much am aware of the “echo chamber” like atmosphere that we operate in on Twitter and the blogosphere. I might be so bold as to challenge you to take this a step farther, and create these awards in the form of long hand letters. Actual, honest to goodness, hand written letter of appreciation; not digital text, or a quick Hallmark card, but a nice pleasant long-form letter that might encourage them to take you up on the offer to join your digital network after seeing how far you’re willing to go to flatter them ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I have already picked the five educators I will write my letter to. Have you? I think the effort will enrich us all! Since all of the people I am going to contact are within a short distance, maybe I will offer to have a workshop/get-together to examine the value of writing/reflecting transparently and drinking from the firehose that is Twitter.

      • Alright, this is the 5th time I’ve tried to submit this comment (thank you copy/paste), but I’m excited that you called me and pushed me on this suggestion! I’m already halfway through my written “thank you’s”, and will be sending them off before the Christmas break. While I most likely won’t be getting together with others for a workshop, I think a nice gathering at a local watering hole might be in order, disconnected from Twitter completely ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Dave,

    Really like what you are purposing here. I have often thought about setting up an anonymous letter campaign at my own school. I would write a comment or a question and drop it in someone’s mailbox to let someone know their work is appreciated. Lots of twitter has certainly become an echo chamber and you do see the same blogs/tweeters surfacing every year in these awards. Don’t get me wrong, they are all very deserving, but many more are out there just as if not more deserving. Thanks for starting the conversation that we often get into this time of year…

    Cheers,

    Josh

    • It’s nice to be cheerleaders for one another, but are all of these blogs and thoughts deserving when a good majority of them are the same thing over and over again each year? Especially some of the more popular resource sharing blogs that seem to be little more than a stream of lightly fleshed out press releases and a quick video exploring something? What if the Edublog Awards, or any other populist education award, were treated like an achievement, and once you received the award for your blog, that’s it, no more for that one to make room for more voices?

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