SLPs Shortlisted for 2011 Edublog Awards–Voting Ends Tomorrow Night

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Last year, several SLP and SLP-related blogs were nominated for the Edublog awards. According to The Edublog Awards website, the awards are “a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.”

This year, SLPs again made a strong showing among shortlisted nominees. Here’s a listing of the SLP and SLP-related nominees (hat-tip to Sean Sweeney for compiling these):

Best Individual BlogiLearn Technology

Best Group Blog TherapyApp411

Best New BlogAll4mychild and Speech Room News

Best EdTech/Resource Sharing BlogCindy L Meester’s Blog and SpeechTechie

Best Twitter Hashtag#slpeeps

Best Free WebtoolGlogsterEDU

Best Educational Media/PodcastThe Compendium Blog of The A.T.TIPSCAST

Best Educational Use of a WikiUDLTechToolkit

Best Open PDEdcamps

Lifetime Achievement– Special Education Teacher and Mac Genius Meg Wilson

Voting for the 2011 Edublog awards is open until 11:59 pm EST on Tuesday, December 13–that’s TOMORROW– and the winners will be announced during a live online awards ceremony on Wednesday, December 14 at 7 pm EST. You can vote once per day per category through tomorrow at 11:59 pm.

To vote, visit the Vote Here page, then select the category from the pull-down menu. Once you select the category, the list of nominees in that category will appear in another pull-down menu. Christopher Bugaj has a short video tutorial of the voting process on his blog if you’d like more direction.

 

Listen to Your Buds Gears up for ASHA Convention

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ASHA’s Listen To Your Buds safe listening campaign is taking off at warp speed and landing in San Diego next week.  Mayor Jerry Sanders has declared “Buds In The Schools Week,” November 14 – 19, throughout the city during which ASHA will engage young students in campaign activities.  Six lucky elementary schools will participate in concerts presented by Listen To Your Buds Musicians’ Coalition members Oran Etkin and Moona Luna

ASHA has also partnered with USO San Diego to put on a holiday concert for military families on Saturday, November 19.  The concert will feature the U.S. Marine Band as well as Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band. Winner of a 2011 Parents’ Choice Foundation Gold Award, family entertainer Lucky and his band will share the Buds’ safe listening message with attendees.

To keep up with all the Buds’ activities, you can follow Listen To Your Buds on Facebook.

A New Way to Connect with Fellow Members: ASHA Community

Earlier this week, ASHA launched a new online community platform for members, ASHA Community. ASHA Community combines the functionality of traditional listservs, discussion forums and the member directory with new features like the ability to build your own network of professional contacts and link to your profiles on public sites like Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter. ASHA Community features granular privacy controls that let you control what information you share, subscription management that allows you to customize the way you prefer to receive updates, and resource libraries where you can share documents, audio and video files with other ASHA members. If you haven’t already checked it out, we encourage you to log in and check it out.

Here are five quick steps to get started:

  1. Complete your profile. If you have a Linkedin profile, you can easily import some or all information from that profile–including your photo.
  2. Customize your privacy settings, including your contact preferences.
  3. Subscribe to ASHA Discussion Groups, customize how you’d like to receive updates, and start posting comments.
  4. Browse or post content to the community library including documents, videos, and audio files.
  5. Find an ASHA Community Member to connect with using our online member directory.

If you have any questions, suggestions or need help, you can post a message to ASHA Community Feedback group.

We look forward to featuring discussions and resources from ASHA Community here on ASHAsphere.

Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology–Good Idea or Not?

The August 2, 2011 issue of the ASHA Leader featured an article titled “Clinical Doctorate in Speech-Language Pathology: Philosophy, Implementation, and Success at the University of Pittsburgh.” The authors explore whether a new doctor of clinical science program at the University of Pittsburgh the answer to the increasing depth and breadth of SLP practice.

Apparently this is an issue that stirs up a lot of feelings among SLPs; when we posted a link to the article on ASHA’s Facebook page, more than 35 people weighed in on the issue. The article has also inspired several blog posts.

You can read the article on the ASHA website and add your own thoughts to the discussion.

SLPs Make A Great Showing for 2010 Edublog Awards

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Thanks to Sean Sweeney for tipping me off to the fact that quite a few SLPs have been nominated for the 2010 Edublog Awards. According to The Edublog Awards website, the awards are “a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes. The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.”

This year’s nominations include SLPs in several categories:

You can click through these links (the category links take you to the voting pages for those categories) and cast your votes through 12 pm Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, December 14th. ASHAsphere will report on the winners once they’re announced.

* Clarification: these two nominees are actually not SLPs but still provide good resources for SLPs