I am so honored to be part of three of the Edublog best of the Web 2013 Finalists.
I can not believe it that the virtual debate that Melissa Butler and I organized is a finalist for best use of Video and Media! This debate which I blogged about here, and which you can learn more about by going to the Virtual Debate website, is so close to my heart. It was truly one of the greatest experiences of my teaching career, and I loved seeing how engaged and excited the SOMS students were. It really showed how technology when used correctly, can be a game changer in education and truly break down the classroom walls.
I am also honored to be nominated as part of the TL News Night Crew, in not only the Best Use of Video and Media category but also the Best Podcast or Hangout category. Once a month a group of teacher librarians from different part of the US, get together with state library associations to talk about the state of school libraries. We talk about the good and bad and also hear about all the really amazing things that different State School Library Associations are doing. It is on the 3rd Monday of the month (we are taking this month off) and the host are as follows: Michelle Cooper, Nikki D. Robertson, Sherry Gick, Sue Levine, and Shannon Miller. I love working with this amazing crew each month and I always leave the hour learning so much and getting some great ideas.
The last nominations that I am a part of is the #ptchat radio network. Every week on Wednesday nights at 9pm EST, I help to co-moderate #ptchat which is a weekly chat involving teachers, parents, administrators and national organizations. We discuss a wide variety of topics related to education. As a supplement to the chat, Dr. Joe Mazza the founder of #ptchat leads a weekly #ptchat podcast in which different moderators and guests discuss this weeks topic in more depth. I am so excited to see it included as one of the best podcasts.
I never in my wildest dreams thought that I would be included in any of these things but especially our little debate as a finalist for Best Use of Video and Media in Education alongside such greats as Khan Academy and TeacherCast. I am so humbled.
If you would like to vote for any of these you can by clicking on the links above.
Elissa Malespina is the Middle School Teacher Librarian in Somerville and a Presenter, Author and much more. The views are my own. Find my full resume above.