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.
It introduces us all to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.
The Edublog Awards consists of three stages:
- Award Ceremony
The nomination process
Nominations normally starts in November.
Anyone can nominate their favorite blogs and sites in a wide range of categories.
To nominatue you need to:
- Post your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site
- Use the form at the bottom of the Nominations page to send us a link to your nominations
You can find more detailed information on how to nominate on Nominations page!
The Voting Process
Once nominations close we comb through the lists to confirm all nominations fit their category and finalize the shortlisting process.
Blogs and sites won’t be shortlisted:
- If they obviously didn’t fit the category (such as Nings or wikis being nominated in blog categories)
- If they were self nominations
- If they didn’t follow the nomination submission process
Voting commences in December and any one can vote for their favorite blogs (or sites) by visiting the voting page for each category.
Here’s some important voting tips:
- One vote per IP per category — sorry, it’s the only way to avoid rigging, to a degree, your colleagues and students are just gonna have to go vote from home… or from their iphones
- You can vote for multiple categories at the same time, so vote once, but vote broadly!
- Results will not be displayed at all — we’re keeping them *completely* secret until the awards ceremony
The Award Ceremony
A live online Award ceremony in mid December where the winners and runner ups of each category are announced.
This year’s nomination categories are:
- 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
- Best educational wiki
- Best educational podcast
- Best open PD / unconference / webinar series
- Best educational use of a social network
- Lifetime achievement