Let me start by offering my sincere congratulations to all of this year's Edublog Awards winners. I am currently listening to the podcast of the awards ceremony (from EdTech Talk) and still reflecting what winning might mean to the winners, and what not winning means to the others. As Alex said,
It is an honour to be recognised for making an effort, to be considered and included and most of all to be able to share with others the things that I’m experiencing as an educator.
With that in mind, I will be sticking my official Nominee badge on this blog, especially as a message to those who I encounter who think this is a geeky hobby that doesn't have any real benefits. But I would be lying if I was nonchalant about the results, especially as this blog was listed in the Best Teacher Blog category. However, I was not staying up after midnight to listen to the skypecast! I had intended to go and play in the Teachers' Golf Day but an overnight family illness kept me at home this morning. So, at about 10.30 am I snuck onto the computer to see how Teaching Generation Z (pronounced Zed here in Australia!) had fared. Well, Have Fun with English! 2 was the winner and that's great but how did everyone else go? It would be interesting to know (a) the exact number and complete list of nominations and (b) the exact voting stats from SurveyMonkey. Luckily, Josie decided to add a percentage graphic to give some idea of how the voting patterns had fallen out.
Actually after seeing that, maybe I was better off with less data! Ouch - I was officially Mr. 5.4%. Now if I was a whiz at Mathematics (maybe Darren could work this out) I could work out when analysed alongside of the other percentages, what the actual number was likely to be. But it's bringing back memories of my less-than-stellar schooldays athletic prowess where my best result in the 100m sprint was an equal last. (At least I wasn't alone in last place!) Anyway, better keep that quote from Alex in mind before I ask for someone to pass me the sour grapes juice.
I don’t think I would attach too much significance to the actual results of the voting process. The nomination process is a far greater determination of the regard your work is held in by your peers. I fleshed this idea out a little more over at my blog.
BTW, Generation Zed … I didn’t know there was another way to pronounce that? 😉
Congratulations on being nominated Graham! Mr. 5.4% is much better than 0% any day!
Um, is it ok that I pronounce it Generation Zee? 😉
Double-you, Ex, Why and Zed… that’s how Aussie kids finish reciting the alphabet. I always had difficulties rationalising the different ending when I watched Sesame Street as a kid, because back at school, saying Zee was as weird as spelling colour without the “u” or pronouncing tom-art-toe as tom-A-toe. It’s a free world, so pronounce my blog title how you want but if I ever do any more podcasts, I think I’ll stick to my colloquial pronunciation.
In Canada we also say Double-you, Ex, Why and Zed although more and more people are saying (and teaching!) Zee; probably due to the impact of American media.
Spell checkers still underline in red when I write colour or honour or flavour. (You can’t see this but it’s happening right now. It’s interesting … the spell checker underlined Zee but not Zed.) “Tom-art-toe” was new for me; I say tom-A-toe.
These sort of cultural differences are always fascinating to me … I’m reminded of a song. 😉
I concur with Kim. But hey, it’s just the beginning and with so many great leaders to model for us, I’m sure we’ll see a growth in all areas in the next few years. btw – we do pronounce it Zed, Double-you, Ex and Why. Here we say tom-A-toe but we use the “u” in all our words. It drives the kids a bit nuts because of the American spell check but they’ll get over it 😉 I’m grateful that you dropped by and added a comment on my blog. I’ve now added two more places to visit and read to mine just from your visit. Thanks!! And you’re right about the number of blogs. I’m in the process of reducing my post requirements.
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I’m really curious about all the nominations, rather than the nominations that were decided on as the final four, five or six to be voted on. I think for the up and coming edubloggers this would have a positive effect, just knowing that they were nominated. 🙂