My 2010 Edublog Nominations

Nominations are open for the 2010 Edublog Awards.

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.

The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.

The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.

It introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.

My nominations are as follows:

  • Best individual blog – Kevin Jones, Engaged Learning: Always engaging, always interesting, Kevin blogs about a wide range of topics related to training and learning. My favorite posts are his posts about social learning. His ideas are brilliant! p.s. Kevin I appreciate you letting me borrow some of your content for a presentation I gave last year. 🙂
  • Best individual tweeter – Guy W. Wallace, @guywwallace: Guy tweets not only about learning and education but about performance improvement — which is at the heart of corporate and workplace learning.
  • Best new blogLibraries and Transliteracy: Transliteracy, the ability to read, write and interact across a range of platforms, is the skill for the 21st century. The authors share a wide range of information, presentations, and resources useful for anyone working in education.
  • Best resource sharing blog:  Sarah Houghton-Jan, The Librarian in Black: As her tagline says Sarah is well-informed and shares news about tools and resources for learning and libraries. She considers the challenges that the average user faces and frames her post around those challenges.
  • Most influential blog post: Peter Bromberg, 10 Steps to Promote Learning in Your Conference Presentation: How many of us have sat through a conference or continuing education session where the speaker reads from the slides or worse the script? Peter Bromberg wrote a wise, thoughtful post that anyone presenting at a conference should be required to not only read but sign as a pledge.
  • Best librarian / library blog – Buffy Hamilton, The Unquiet Librarian: Buffy Hamilton shares her experiences as the media specialist/teacher-librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, Georgia. Buffy is at the cutting edge of providing library services to her students. A frequent presenter at conferences around the country, Buffy is highly respected and admired by her peers.
  • Best elearning / corporate education blogRapid E-Learning Blog: 67,000 readers can’t be wrong. The Rapid E-Learning Blog is my number one reading recommendation to anyone creating e-learning!
  • Best educational podcast: Maurice Coleman, T is for Training Podcast: Coleman hosts a biweekly recorded show on Talk Shoe that is podcast for listeners. Trainers and educators can call in and talk with their peers about current issues in learning. T is for Training is a learning experience for callers and listeners alike!
  • Best educational use of a social network: Helene Blowers, 23 Things: The original 23 things program has been replicated world-wide by hundreds, maybe thousands of libraries, schools, and other organizations. In the 23 Things program participants are taken step-by-step through using social networks and Web 2.0 tools while actually using those tools. This is the program that put social networking on the map for many organizations.

Those are my nominations! You have until Friday, December 3rd to make yours!

New Strategies for Digital Natives

I’m live blogging from Computers in Libraries on the Cultivating Innovation & Change Track. This morning’s session is presented by my friend Helene Blowers from Columbus Public Library.

Helene kicked things off with this great YouTube video that makes me miss my little ones.


Digital natives are those born after 1980. This is their reality:

Age 1- First commercial PC

Age 3 –  First cell phone

Age 9 – Internet

Age 14 – Web 1.0 to Web 2.0. Built on engage and connect versus find.

Digital natives have always had access and engagement. It’s part of their reality.

The last election really showed how powerful engagement and Web 2.0 is. Photo Clinton vs. Hillary during primary. Election was won during primary.
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Digital natives uses real identity as online identity. They have never known any difference and see them as ubiquitous. Digital identify is important because that is how they connect and exert influence online.

Top 5 Social Networks January 2009

  1. Facebook
  2. MySpace
  3. Twitter
  4. Flixster
  5. LinkedIn

Things important to digital natives and things to think about when designing services and spaces for them:

  • Social identity
  • Creativity and leaving their imprint
  • Self-expression
  • Digital information quality
  • Sharing information rather than quality of information
  • There are no barriers
  • Access is universal. Always connected 24/7
  • It’s all about me
  • Peer to peer file sharing is not piracy it’s sharing
  • Digital advocacy

Only .08% of students have actually met someone in person that they met online.

The safety precautions we’ve put out are working and this is a smart group!

1 in 5 teens are self-identified as nonconfromists.

The digital native digital sandbox is unlimited and they have lots of opportunity.

Digital natives want to remix, reuse content to express themselves.

You are what you share not what you own.

Librarians to Lifebrarians.

Strategies for Dealing With Digital Natives

  • Engagement
  • Enrichment – provide customers with a rich online experience that enhances their local branch experience and daily lives. Customers need to feel value from library
  • Empower – Enable customers to personalize and add value to the library experience and allow the community to celebrate themselves.

23 Things Summit

“23 Things” is a revolutionary staff development learning concept centered on social collaboration tools. Helene Blowers successfully created the first program while at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.

Thousands of libraries and library organizations of every size and type have adapted the idea for their staff. Hands-on, self-directed, and innovative, 23 Things style programs have introduced many, many library staff, volunteers, trustees, and others to 2.0 tools like blogs and wikis.

During this 2 hour Summit, organizers from several successful programs around the nation will share best practices and lessons learned. Participants will be able to ask questions and seek advice to help in implementing a similar program.

Who should attend? If you are involved with library training, if you are thinking about implementing a 23 things style program, or if you have already implemented a 23 things style program and want to share what you’ve learned, then this session is for you!

WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library are collaborating to create this event.

Date: 3/3/2009
Start Time: 2:00 PM EST
End Time: 4:00 PM EST

Register here.