Edublog Awards 2006 – nominations open

I’m delighted to announce the third international Edublog Awards – the independently run, community-based awards programme which recognizes and promotes excellence in the educational use of social software.

As the reality and potential of distributed learning and distributed learner identities and communities are increasingly acknowledged, articulated and understood, education moves further towards facilitating truly learner-centered and learned driven environments.

A lot has changed in the world of educational technology since this time last year. The continuing rise and mainstreaming of easy to use network-as-platform applications, and increasing access to affordable online speed and space, have seen the continued expansion of users of all ages creating and communicating online.

Learners and educators still however face difficult issues around network restrictions, around data protection and ownership, and around commercial protectionism. This year has also seen a marked increase in hostility towards social networking sites in the US, demonstrating a widespread lack of appreciation of the informal and formal educational value of user-centered applications.

The Edublog awards are more relevant than ever in this climate – a space for us to refocus the debate surrounding young peoples use of technology as irresponsible, dangerous or illegal, and look at the positive, powerful and transformative work which continues to be demonstrated.

This year there are ten categories:

  • Best audio and/or visual blog
  • Best group blog
  • Best individual blog
  • Most influential post, resource or presentation
  • Best library/librarian blog
  • Best newcomer
  • Best research paper on social software within learning and teaching
  • Best teacher blog
  • Best undergraduate blog
  • Best wiki use


Again, nominations are made confidentially. Please email in your nominations to the awards address:

Only current edubloggers are invited to nominate contenders. If you post publicly, and produce some content related to education, you are recognized as an edublogger for the purposes of this competition and are eligible to nominate. Please include your blog url with your nominations.

Each participant is able to make a maximum of two nominations per category. Self-nomination is perfectly acceptable, but you are encouraged to nominate the blogs, projects and papers that you genuinely believe to be outstanding examples of practice. Please list your nominations in order of preference. You may enter the same person or site for more than one award.

Nominations are open from 8 November to 30 November. When you have decided on your nominations for all of the categories you want to propose, you can cut and paste the template provided into the body of an email, complete it and send to the awards email address:

The most popular, eligible nominations in each category will be available to vote on from 2 December to 14 December. Winners will be announced live at a special broadcast awards ceremony currently scheduled for 15 December 1500 GMT.

Good luck to everyone! Let’s build an irresistible argument!

Josie Fraser

17 responses to “Edublog Awards 2006 – nominations open”

  1. […] Josie Fraser has just announced that nominations are open for the 2006 EduBlog Awards.  This is the third year for the EduBloggies and in the past the nomination process (and the winners) have unearthed a number of impressive websites and writers I was unaware of.  I hope this year will do the same. […]

  2. Hi Josie!

    I learned about a lot of great blogs from last year’s Eddies, glad to see they’re back!

    Looking through the cetegories I couldn’t help noticing the absence of anything related to the pedagogical use of blogs. Probably too late for this year but maybe it’s something to think about for next year?


  3. […] Nominations are open to all currently blogging Edubloggers (sorry those of you out there not blogging yet). With ten different categories, and the possibility to nominate 2 blogs in each category, there’s plenty of room for lots of great Edublogs to be nominated. The nominations are only open until the 30th of November, so if you haven’t already, take a little bit of time to cut and paste the nominations template into an e-mail and send it to: You don’t have to make nominations for each category, and make sure to include the address of YOUR blog so the organizers know you’re an Edublogger. Voting will be held in early December, with the awards being broadcast on the 15th of December. Since voting is done by the Edublogging community it’s really a “people’s choice” awards for all of the hard work and inciteful comments that hundreds of educators write every day. […]

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  5. Hi Clevergirl – we can certainly think about adding one next year. Grad students are of course eligable – and have been nominated in the past for most of the categories – so please do nominate their great blogs & activities!

  6. I am a teacher from Singapore, just ‘discovered’ this award. Can Singaporeans take part in the competition?

  7. Hi Bee! Thanks for your patience! This year over 130 people submitted nominations – I’m having to work my way through them all, but voting should be open tomorrow!

    Huge thanks to everyone who took the time to nominate this year – the range and quality of entries is pretty amazing.

  8. Hi Chong – the awards programme is open to all! As you’ll see from this years shortlist, I’m really pleased that we have two non-english bloggers making an apperance for the first time, as well as entries from around the world – map of nomenees to follow shortly!