On the twelfth day of Geekmas, teflgeek gave to me:  12 blogs worth clutching.

Welcome to the teflgeek Christmas celebration!  Themed around the classic Christmas carol – but going backwards, mostly because it’s more like a countdown that way!

Sorry about the “clutching” rhyme, but it was difficult to think of something that both rhymed and scanned with the more traditional “drummers drumming”…

So – 12 blogs worth holding onto.  Actually this ties into the Edublog awards, for which nominations are currently open (but which close Friday 2nd December).  So technically, not all of these are blogs as it also relates to twitter, wikis and other categories.

So my nominations for the edublog awards are as follows:

  1. Best individual blog: I think it has to be Larry Ferlazzo.  His blog should be the first port of call for anyone thinking about anything related to ELT – somewhere on Larry’s site there will be a post about it.  His prolific output is such that you begin to imagine he isn’t really a teacher in Sacremento at all, but is actually three retired ladies called Doris from Inverness.
  2. Best individual tweeter:  A difficult one to answer as there are so many people who could rightfully walk away with that title.  I will though, go with @brad5patterson.
  3. Best new blog:  new to me at any rate:  Tyson Seburn’s 4c. Go read it.
  4. Best ed tech / resource sharing blog:Free Technology for teachers.  Richard Byrne’s blog is THE place to go for the tech minded teacher.
  5. Most influential blog post:  Marisa Constantinides’ Disability Awareness Blog Challenge.
  6. Best twitter hashtag:  has to be #ELTchat.
  7. Best teacher blog:  going to go with Simon Thomas’ efl-resource.com.  Simon’s ideas are always fresh and interesting – and the way he keeps an eye on the rest of the tefl blogosphere makes him an essential blog to have in your RSS feed reader
  8. Best free web tool:  Wordle.  I use it more than any other web tool out there.  For interesting jumbled handouts it can’t be beaten.
  9. Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast:Kieran Donaghy’s Film English.  An excellent, interesting and motivating series of videos with accompanying lesson plans.
  10. Best educational wiki:  The teflworldwiki – an excellent resource of ideas and reference material.
  11. Best educational use of a social network:  The British Council’s Teaching English Facebook page.  37,000+ people can’t be wrong!
  12. Lifetime achievement:  Though I’m not sure he’ll welcome the inference of the “lifetime achievement”:  Scott Thornbury.