Tuesday, November 29, 2011

2011 Edublog Awards - Nominations Due by Friday!

I have the pleasure again this year of co-hosting the annual Edublog Awards, designed to promote the educational value of social media. I encourage you to consider nominating someone or a site for an award in one of the eighteen categories, and to do so this week!

Here are the Web 2.0 Labs projects I hope you'll consider nominating:

After the nominations close on Friday, public voting will take place until December 13th, and the award ceremony will be live in Blackboard Collaborate at 7pm US-Eastern Time Wednesday, December 14th.

Here's the announcement from the official Edublog Awards site:
The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2004 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.  The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners while creating an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!
How To Nominate
To nominate your favorites, we’re following the same approach as the last three years, namely asking you to:
  • Write a post with your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website – anywhere public) 
And we’ve made some changes to categories this year such as:
  • Some categories have been combined together (Best ed tech / resource sharing blog and Best educational use of audio / video / visual /podcast)
  • We’ve created two new categories (Best open PD / unconference / webinar series and Best free web tool) 
  • Virtual worlds are encouraged to be part of the expanded “social network” category
Here are the categories in full – nominations are open from now until Friday 2 December, and voting will then be up until Tuesday 13 December and the ceremony will be rocking on Wednesday 14 December!
So go nominate your favourite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2011:
  • Best individual blog
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best librarian / library blog
  • Best School Administrator blog
  • Best free web tool
  • Best educational use of audio / video / visual / podcast
  • Best educational wiki
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
  • Best educational use of a social network
  • Lifetime achievement
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