Voting now open in the 2008 awards!

The nominations are up and voting is now open in the 2008 Edublog Awards.

Voting is open until 9AM Australian Eastern Standard Time on Sunday December 21st… and the awards ceremony will be held in Second life at 10AM (more on that to come soon).

Some important changes to the way we’re doing things this year are:

– 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 blogs / sites 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)

– Also, you’ll notice there are more nominations this time… that reflects the ever growing edublogosphere and also the quality of the nominations, nice work guys!

If you’ve been nominated, grab a badge from beneath your poll and whack it in your sidebar linking back to the poll, nominations will be listed on those pages forevermore so wear ’em with pride.

And I’m absolutely sure there are a few typos, stuffed up links, etc. etc. 🙂 So, let me know about them in the comments below and I’ll fix ’em up in a jiffy.

So, what are you waiting for… go check out all those outstanding blogs, and vote for them!


10 responses to “Voting now open in the 2008 awards!”

  1. These awards are great, but I will ask the same question I asked last year: How come there is not a category for Best Administrator/Principal Blog?

  2. Just because 🙂

    We had that category a while back I think and it never garnered the popularity we thought it might.

  3. That is a shame because there are a lot of principals now blogging successfully. For me, blogging has changed the way I work and my own professional development. Maybe in the future you could look at adding this category again??

  4. Students in my classes were trying to vote for best individual blog but there is no voting form visible only the links to the URLs. How can they vote for this please?

  5. It looks like the voting forms are dropping out every now and then, it’s a polldaddy issue, there are still a good 2 weeks left to vote though 🙂

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