Showing posts from December, 2009


My only resolution is to meet my dear twitter friends in real life.

Happy New Year to my PLN!

Lessons Learned from Great Educators

I was tagged by Shelly Terrell in her wonderful challenge to write about our most inspirational educators.

German was my first foreign language. I studied it for 5 years before other languages came along. These days, however, it's all about English. At school, out of 21 classes that I teach per week only two are German. I write my blog in English, I google in English, I tweet in English, I sometimes communicate with other German teachers in English. However, the most inspirational educators who have deeply influenced me belong to the German side of my education.

Mr. Kazimir Sviben was my primary school German teacher. It was him who opened the door to the amazing world of foreign languages. He was one of the first multitaskers and lifelong learners I have ever met and he always encouraged us to pursue our dreams. His teaching instilled a love of languages in his students, many of whom became language teachers later on.

Professor Viktor Zmegac, my German Literature professor, is one o…

Christmas Eve at my house


Happy holidays


And the Educational Oscar goes to....

We're famous in Croatia today. There are articles about our achievement in the papers. As far as I know, we're the first school in Croatia to be recognized with the Edublog Award, so that's why it is called the Educational Oscar.

Published in today's paper

The proud nominees for the Best Educational Wiki.

I need this

I've just read a post about a blogger who is going to decline his nomination for the Best Individual blog 2009 because he knows the worth of his work and his readers' daily comments and reading are affirmation enough.

I guess it takes all kinds to make a world. I'm the complete opposite. I don't know what I'm worth. I'm an ordinary teacher teaching ordinary students. I need nominations to show me which way to go. I deeply appreciate it when my colleagues tell me I'm doing my job well.

I cried when I saw the nomination for my wiki. I immediately tweeted about it, published it in my Facebook status, wrote a blog post, sent emails to all my contacts and called my friends.

The ICT teacher from my school linked the voting page to the school website and the head teacher informed all the Croatian educational institutions and all the newspapers and Internet portals about this nomination. On Monday, reporters are coming to my school to interview my students. We have r…

And the nominees are....

Yes, I'm thrilled, I'm overwhelmed with joy and I'm sure this is how the Oscar winners feel....

Thank you Eva, Valentina and Karenne for nominating my wiki project Greetings from the world. Thank you Edublogs judges for shortlisting it.

My heartfelt thanks to all the members of the wiki who created such amazing glogsters. You're awesome!!!

If you feel like voting, just click here.

There's another nomination I want the world to know about:

talk.ed is nominated for the Best Educational Use of a Social networking Service. Monika and her webclass definitely deserve this award because they help, they encourage, they support.... they care!

Edublog Awards 2009

My nominations for Edublog Awards 2009:

Best individual blog: Teacher Reboot Camp by Shelly Terrell

Best individual tweeter @shellterrell

Best group blog: Macmillan Dictionary

Best new blog: Ken Wilson's Blog

Best resource sharing blog: Esolcourses by Sue Lyon Jones

Most influential blog post: Thnx 4 ur RTs by Karenne Sylvester

Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion: #edchat

Best teacher blog: Kalinago English by Karenne Sylvester

Best educational tech support blog: The Box of Tricks by Jose Picardo

Best educational use of audio: Breaking News English by Sean Banville

Best educational use of video / visual: Teacher Training Videos by Russell Stannard

Best educational wiki: Ktitraci by Traci Blazoski

Best educational use of a social networking service: talk.ed by Monika Hardy

Best educational use of a virtual world: Virtual Round Table Conference by Heike Philp