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About Ronnie Burt

Works for Edublogs. Former secondary math teacher and wannabe musician. Follow me on twitter @ronnieburt!

And the 2013 Winners Are…

Many thanks to all that nominated, voted, or otherwise participated in the 10th annual Edublog Awards.

We truly believe this was the most successful year yet!

With over a thousand nominations, hundreds of thousands of views, and nearly 8,000 individuals voting, it was a massive community effort.

The most exciting part was the significant global presence with finalist and winners from all around the globe.

If you were a winner or finalist and would like us to send you a badge to display, let us know.

And without further ado…

Congrats to all the winners!

*You can see all of the nominees by clicking the category title below

Voting is open! Check out the 2013 shortlisted finalists!

Voting is now open in the 2013 Edublog Awards!

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Here are all the categories:

Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 18th.

About the Shortlisted Finalists

Use the links above or the top menu to see all of the finalists - those moved through to the voting round.

Each year there are more and more nominations, and of increasing excellent quality, reflecting the ever growing edublogosphere — nice work guys!

Unfortunately we can’t list every single nomination in each category — that’s too overwhelming for everyone.

Instead, our intrepid team of judges combed through hundreds of nominated sites to whittle them down to a manageable number of shortlisted finalists for each category.

Apologies in advance if your site or nominated sites don’t make it – this was such a tough decision!

There are many factors that determine whether a nomination is shortlisted, and some categories were considerably more competitive than others due to the incredible number of nominations.

For example, sites weren’t shortlisted:

  1. If they obviously didn’t fit the category (such as websites or wikis being nominated in blog categories)
  2. If they were self nominations
  3. If they didn’t follow the nomination submission process

Other factors used for shortlisting included:

  • For blogs and influential posts – indicators of reader engagement (such as # of comments, bookmarking, pingbacks and google page rank)
  • For Tweeters – conversation indicators (such as number of following/followers, lists been added to, types of conversations, whether account was public or private)

Due to the thousands of nominations received, there is most likely a typo or mistake or two. Let us know in the comments so we can fix it up!

Shortlisted Finalist Badges!

Yes! We have badges for everyone who is a shortlisted finalist :)

If you are a shortlisted finalist, grab your badge from the top of your category page and it place in your sidebar linking back to the poll, you will be listed on those pages forevermore so wear ‘em with pride.

Voting Now With List.ly!

We’re shaking things up a bit by having public voting using List.ly.

(Major props to Shelly Terrell who used Listly for her nomination post which gave us the idea!)

This now means you can:

  • see the real-time vote counts
  • vote for more than one of your favorites!
  • embed the actual list and let people vote right on your blog!
  • the Tweeter and Lifetime Achievement categories have a built in twitter list you can follow

You must login with or create a Listly account to vote – this is the only way we can make it fair so you can only vote once per finalist per category.

Let us know in the comments below if you are having any problems with voting or have any questions.

How to Vote

You vote as follows:

1.  Go to Listly 
2.  Create a Listly account or signin to your Listly account. 

Sign into listly
3.  Go to the Awards Category you want to vote on.

Select Category

4.  Click on Vote Up arrow on the blog, website or person you want to vote for.

Vote

How To Let People Vote From Your Blog

On the top right of each list, click the middle “chain link” icon.

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This brings up a box that lets you copy and paste the embed code. Choose the code that is for “All Other Platforms (using Javascript)”

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Paste this code into the text tab in your Edublogs or most WordPress blogs.

Of course you are also encouraged to link to the voting page here on the Edublog Awards site for people to vote as well :)

News on the Live Ceremony

Those that have participated in the awards in the past know that historically we’ve had a live ceremony webinar to announce the winners.

However, since you are able to see the leaders constantly, that kind of takes away all the suspense.

So, we are going to try instead to make the announcements here on the blog instead. We’d love to hear your feedback and ideas on this as well.

Anything Else?

I think that’s it for now.

Voting will close at 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, December 18th.

Now go vote and discover great new blogs, resources, and people to follow!

Nominations Open! The 10th Annual Edublog Awards Are Here!

It is that time of year again!

The 2013 Edublog Awards are a go! Can you believe this is the TENTH year!?

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The Edublog Awards 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.

Working together, we create an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!

How Does It Work?

There are 3 parts to the awards:

  1. Nominations – NOW through December 1st – nominations close at 11.59 PM EST USA on Dec 1
  2. Voting – TBA
  3. The Live Awards Ceremony – TBA

How To Nominate

To nominate your favorites:

  1. Write a post with your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website – anywhere public) – here is an example of a nomination post from 2012.
  2.  Send us the link to your nomination post by completing this form here

So go nominate your favorite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2013:

Here are the categories in full – nominations are open from now through Sunday, December 1st

  • Awards_170px_02Best individual blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post of the year
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • 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
  • Best mobile app
  • Lifetime achievement

How To Nominate

  1. Write a post with your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site
  2. Use this form here to send us a link to your nominations

Nomination tips:

  1.  Nominate in as many categories as you want!
  2. You can’t nominate yourself ;)
  3. Nominations must be made somewhere public – your blog, a forum on a ning, a school website, etc.
  4. Even if you see your favorite has already been nominated, it is best to nominate them again
  5. Categories are competitive, and only the most nominated will make it to the voting round
  6. Share your nominations using twitter (#eddies13), facebook, Google+ and email

(Yes, we put that in there twice just so it was uber clear!)

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or use the Contact form :)

Voting is now closed!

Voting is now closed for the 2012 Edublog Awards!

We will spend the next few days counting up the votes and getting organized for the live ceremony.

Join us!

We will (virtually) meet in Blackboard Collaborate to announce the winners and celebrate together.

Winners that are present will have a chance to say a few words as well, so be prepared! :)

When: Wednesday, December 12th at 7pm EST (see in your timezone here)

Where: Click on this link here and you will be taken there. We’ll arrive around 30 minutes early to get  setup.

And stick around for the after-party to meet up with your favorite bloggers and celebrate another exciting year!

We hope to see you there!

Voting is open! Check out the 2012 nominees!

The nominations are up and voting is now open in the 2012 Edublog Awards!

Voting is open until 11:59 PM US Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December the 9th!

The winners will be announced at the Edublog Awards ceremony on the 12th at 7pm EST (more to come soon).

About the Nominations

Use the links in the sidebar to see all of the finalists - those moved through to the voting round.

You can see all of the nominees in this google doc here.

Check the tabs at the bottom of the google doc to see all of the different categories. This will also show you how we ended up ranking all of the nominees.

Each year there are more and more nominations, and of increasing excellent quality, reflecting the ever growing edublogosphere — nice work guys!

Unfortunately we can’t list every single nomination in each category — that’s too overwhelming for everyone.

Instead, our intrepid team of judges combed through hundreds of nominated sites to whittle them down to a manageable number of shortlisted finalists for each category.

Apologies in advance if your site or nominated sites don’t make it – this was such a tough decision!

There are many factors that determine whether a nomination is shortlisted, and some categories were considerably more competitive than others due to the incredible number of nominations.

For example, sites weren’t shortlisted:

  1. If they obviously didn’t fit the category (such as Nings or wikis being nominated in blog categories)
  2. If they were self nominations
  3. If they didn’t follow the nomination submission process

Other factors used for shortlisting included:

  • For blogs and influential posts – indicators of reader engagement (such as # of comments, bookmarking, pingbacks) and google page rank
  • For Tweeters – conversation indicators (such as number of following/followers, lists been added to, types of conversations, whether account was public or private)

Due to the thousands of nominations received, there is most likely a typo or mistake or two. Let us know in the comments so we can fix it up!

Nomination Badges!

Yes! We have badges for everyone who has been nominated :)

If you’ve been nominated, grab your badge from the top of your category page and it place in your sidebar linking back to the poll, nominations will be listed on those pages forevermore so wear ‘em with pride.

How to Vote

Just go to the Vote Here link  in the top navigation, choose the category you want to vote in, and then who you want to vote for!  Easy!  And best of all, once you have voteed, it loads a page where you can share your vote on Twitter or Facebook!

Remember that only one vote per day per category will be counted from the same location!

This means, if your school uses one IP address, you’ll need to ask students and staff to vote from home, or only one vote will count :)

Nominations Open – The 2012 Edublog Awards are here!

It is that time of year again!

The 2012 Edublog Awards are a go!

The Edublog Awards is a community based initiative 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.

Working together, we create an invaluable resource of the best-of-the-best on the web!

How Does It Work?

There are 3 parts to the awards:

  1. Nominations – NOW through November 26th
  2. Voting – TBA
  3. The Live Awards Ceremony – TBA

How To Nominate

To nominate your favorites, we’re following the same approach as the last four years, namely asking you to:

  • Write a post with your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website – anywhere public)
  •  Send us the link to your nomination post via the form at the bottom of the Nominations Page

Here are the categories in full – nominations are open from now until Monday, November 26th!

So go nominate your favorite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2012:

  • Best individual blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best new blog
  • Best class blog
  • Best student blog
  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best library / librarian blog
  • Best administrator blog
  • Most influential blog post
  • Best individual tweeter
  • Best twitter hashtag
  • 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
  • Best mobile app
  • Lifetime achievement

How To Nominate

  • Write a post with 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

(Yes, we put that in there twice just so it was uber clear!)

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below or use the Contact form :)

Prizes, vote totals, and gearing up for the award ceremony

With just six hours of voting left to go, we’ve had well over 30,000 votes so far!

Please don’t forget to join us tomorrow, December 14th at 7pm EST (see it in your timezone) for the live awards ceremony.

Use this link to login to Blackboard Collaborate – come a little early to start the conversation if you’d like!

What do winners get?

Most importantly, winners will receive the recognition of their peers and the education community. We’ll provide badges to the top 5 finalists and the winners of each category after the ceremony as well to display proudly on their blogs if they choose.

We will also provide the opportunity for each winner to set-up a free Edublogs Campus site for their school or organization to use for a year! This private blog network makes it easy to create and mange blogs for students and teachers – all at your own domain.

The top five finalists in each category will be given a free year’s subscription to Edublogs Propretty sweet, huh?!

Last chance to vote and join us for the live awards ceremony!

Just over 30 hours to go for voting in this year’s Edublog Awards!

With thousands of votes rolling in each day, who comes out on top is definitely still up for grabs!

Please make sure to join us on Wednesday/Thursday (see the time in your timezone here) for the live awards ceremony.

We will put a link to the Blackboard Collaborate room here on this site, on our Twitter feed, and Facebook fan page.

Winners will get a chance to give a short acceptance speech if they wish and we’ll hangout and celebrate once it is all over. This will be a great chance for you to interact with bloggers, educators, and community members – so don’t miss out! The group chat alone makes this a fun and worthwhile event!

Get your last minute votes in and hope to see you at the ceremony!

QUICK! Nominate Your Favorite Mobile App for Education

Nominations for all categories are now closed.

BUT, in a new twist for the Eddies, we’ve decided to do a quick round of nominations for your favorite mobile app while we wait for voting to begin!

These can be for student use, learning, teacher productivity, or any app that makes your life as an educator better.

All you need to do is complete the quick form below and we’ll announce the nominees when voting opens for all of the other categories.

That should happen sometime on Sunday. Just as quickly as we can get it organized and ready to go :)

We decided to do this after having such positive feedback on the new “Free Web Tool” category this year. We most likely won’t have it organized in time for voting in a normal category – but this should make for a great resource list for others once compiled.

What do you think, shall we vote on this category too? Let us know in the comments below!

Sorry – Nominations for this are now closed!

Last Call! Nominations Will Close Friday – 11:59pm EST

Just a quick note to say that nominations won’t be accepted after 11:59pm EST tomorrow (Friday the 2nd)!

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Make sure to get any final nominations in before the countdown makes it to zero!

Just for a sneak peek, this is by far the most nominations submitted ever.

Sometime over the weekend we will announce the shotlisted nominees and open voting at that time.

One thing we’ve been noticing, which we are extremely excited about, is the natural progression of nominees rolling in that have a specific specialty or are from a particular area. For example, ESL educators nominating fellow ESL colleagues, or speech pathologists doing the same for those in their field. It hasn’t been as obvious in years past, which really goes to show that as a community of educators, we are really starting to build our PLNs around those that match closely to what we do. This is only possible because the sheer numbers of those blogging and interacting on twitter, for example, are growing exponentially.

How wonderful that we can now collaborate with and learn from others around the globe just as easy as we can with the teacher next door!

Get those nominations in and check back over the weekend to get your vote on!