We have been so busy reading and pinning great blog posts that it totally slipped my mind that we had wanted to make nominations for the 2011 Edublog Awards. While the PediaStaff blog isn’t strictly an educator’s blog per se, a very large percentage of our readers and all of our contract therapists are educators working in schools as SLPs, OTs, PTs and School Psychologists.
So here we go:
Best Blog – Therapy Fun Zone – This is a fantastic blog, perfect for school-based OT’s. It is activity based, colorful and well written! Her activities are targeted and to the point, meeting specific OT objectives in the areas of sensory, fine motor, gross motor and more. Great stuff!!
Best Ed Tech Blog – SpeechTechie – I don’t think I can say anything about Sean Sweeney’s phenomenal blog that hasn’t been said already. The man was a celebrity at the ASHA tweetup for Pete’s sake! Seriously, Sean is an SLP with an amazing take on how to use technology to advance speech language pathology objectives in the classroom. Although he writes about apps and interactive websites most frequently, he also writes about technology tools to make SLPs better whether that be using blogs, sharing sites, or even QR codes!
Best New Blog – Speech Room News – Jenna Rayburn at Speech Room News is a breath of fresh air. She has amazingly creative ideas for classroom SLPs and knows just what to bring to the table to stay in step with her kiddos. Whether it be an Angry Birds Game, or a mock Facebook activity, her ideas are sure to be a hit with the students. Oh, and also is quite good at adapting some of the great activities posted on Pinterest by general classroom teachers into exercises with a speechie bent!
Best Twitter Hashtag – #slpeeps – I have never seen a group more dedicated to sharing ideas and resources as this bunch of speech language pathologists.
Best Individual Tweeter @YTherapySource – Margaret at Your Therapy Source, posts tremendous resources, videos of school and pediatric therapy ideas and current research for school OTs and PTs looking to stay current and relevant in their fields!
Most Influential Blog Post – Loren Shlaes, OTR – Twenty-Two Reasons Why a Child Can’t Sit Still. This guest post written for us by Loren is one of our top visited posts of all time and I am guessing is being shared by OTs with parents nationwide! Great job Loren!
Best Student Blog: Future SLPs. Jourdan is wildly enthusiastic about her upcoming career as an SLP. We enjoy her contributions immensely!
Best Group Blog: All4MyChild – Also a new blog, these ladies do an amazing job blogging fantastic book reviews, articles and other tidbits for school based Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Pathologists. Lots of posts, lots of Great stuff!
Best Teacher Blog: Play on Words – Sherry Artemenko has 35 years of experience as a school based and pediatric speech language pathologist. Her blog specializes on how to use play to advance language. She writes fantastic reviews of games, books and toys from an SLP angle and provides detailed ideas on how to advance specific therapy objectives to excite and engage students.
Best Educational Use of a Social Network: OK, it will be no surprise to anyone here that we nominate Pinterest in this category. Teachers and therapists have jumped all over the Pinterest bandwagon to share a mind-boggling number of classroom activities and ideas.