The Edublog Awards have been running since 2004 and since then they have scaled and grown to become the ultimate stamp of approval within the online education community. Recognizing the individuals, groups and institutions that contribute to educational social media, the awards provide an important platform for celebrating the leaders in the space.
What Are The Edublog Awards?
Run every year, the Edublog Awards started as a way to address concerns relating to schools, districts and educational institutions blocking access to learner and teacher blog sites. The purpose of the Edublog Awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media, as well as recognize those that lead the pack.
The awards take in the many facets of education and popular media with eighteen nomination categories. Categories range from ‘Best new blog’ to ‘Lifetime achievement’, as well as including all types of media with ‘Best educational use of audio / video / visual’ and ‘Best educational use of a social network’.
Nominations generally start in November and are open to anyone. The final date for this years nominations is Friday December 2nd. Voting begins in December once the nominees have been shortlisted. Once again, voting is open to anyone, but each person can only vote once per category. The final awards are given out once votes are tallied in mid December. The awards ceremony is a live online event where winners and runners-up are presented with their awards.
Why Should You Nominate?
The Edublog Awards are an important community based incentive. By definition, without the support of the online education community the awards could not exist. As part of this world changing network it is your job to foster and grow the community of like minded teachers, educators, students and parents. Voting and nominating in the Edublog Awards is a great way to help this thriving community grow.
As well as growing the online network, the awards are a great opportunity to show your support for the blogs, media, leaders and tools that you appreciate. More often than not the writers, pod-casters, trainers and developers are doing their work for the love of the cause. A little appreciation goes a long way, and it could be just enough to spur them onto the next big thing.
As well as giving a something back, the awards are also a fantastic way to discover and unearth new sources. The number of great resources that float to the top as part of the process is phenomenal. Regardless of who wins or is runner-up, the nomination lists themselves can be a great starting point to find new and cutting edge resources to add to your collection.
How To Nominate In This Years Edublog Awards
The process for nominations is very simple, but remember the final date for this years nominations is Friday December 2nd.
- Write a post that includes your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to the Edublog Awards site
- Use the form at the bottom of nominations page to send the link to your nominations
Visit the Edublog Awards nominations page for more information on getting your nominations in on time.
The Fractus Learning Edublog Awards Nominations
- Best individual blog – Learning with ‘e’s
- Best individual tweeter – @ShellTerrell
- Best class blog – From Little Things Big Things Grow
- Best twitter hashtag – #edchat
- Best teacher blog – Engaging Educators
- Best librarian / library blog – Library Matters
- Best free web tool - Jux
- Best educational use of audio / video / visual - Symbols of Thanksgiving in Math Class
- Best educational podcast – The Ed Tech Crew Podcast
- Best educational use of a social network - Can You Solve This?
Best of luck to all nominated!
Make sure to get your nominations in by Friday and also, let us know in the comments who is getting your vote this year.
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