The best educational wikis of 2011

With the announcement of the 2011 Edublog Award winners, there are now two more award-winning wikis in the Wikispaces community. And we couldn’t be prouder!

First place for the 2011 Best Educational Wiki went to Martin Burrett for his ICTmagic wiki. It’s a truly inspiring collection of IT resources for students and teachers, and it’s sure to give you more ideas than you could possibly have time to try. ICTmagic was also our Featured Wiki last August, so you can read more about it in Martin’s own words.

Resources for History Teachers
Second place went to Robert Maloy of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His Resources for History Teachers began as part of a class in 2006. Then, in the best tradition of all great wikis, it grew through the combined efforts of Professor Maloy’s students, along with K–12 educators and students from around the world, into a rich, multimedia, cross-referenced sourcebook for anyone interested in teaching or learning about history.

We were also very excited to see that many of the people we have previously profiled on this blog were nominated for Edublog Awards, including Andrew Churches of the Educational Origami wiki, Gwyneth Jones of the Daring Librarian wiki, Shawn Avery of the Student Math Movies wiki, and Craig Kemp of the Ruma Tahi wiki.

And congratulations to Linda Yollis, winner of the Most Influential Blog Post award, whose Educational Blogging wiki we featured in November.

In fact, we want to extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the Edublog winners and nominees, across all the categories. The amazing educational content you are constantly creating and sharing all over the Web makes our work more satisfying, and inspires endless conversations around the office. Be sure to check out all the winners and nominees for yourself.

Last minute gift ideas for teachers

Well for the first and last time for 2011 I am going to actually promote some last minute gifts for Teachers.  The great news is that because they are all digital resources you can download them and gift them in minutes without leaving your computer.


The New Teachers Kit:  Work Smart not Hard

Newly Qualified Teachers save Hours with this printable, editable kit for first time educators! Signs, displays, rosters, labels, charts, advice from a teacher who did it the hard way. Click here to check it out

eTeach:  A Teacher Resource

A Teacher Resource For Learning The Strategies Of Master Teachers.  Click here to see it.

Teacher Interview Tips

Teaching jobs can be extremely difficult to secure. Discover the Insider Secrets to Acing your Next Teacher Interview!  Click here to See it.

Helping Teachers Grow

A leading provider of online training for teachers, including classroom management, teaching diverse learners, and incorporating technology into the classroom.  Click here to see it.

Speeches for Teachers and Principals

31 inspiring speeches for students and staff . Fantastic time saver.  Click here to see it

2011 The Year Of... Websites


2011 is the year of many events that will be of interest to teachers and students around the world.  Here are a few sites that you might use along the way.

International year of Forests

International Year of Chemistry

International Year of the Solar System

World Veterinary Year

International year of Youth