The Edublog Awards 2010 are GO!

Here’s what you’ve all been waiting for!

The Edublogs Awards 2010 is now underway.

We’re following the same approach as last two years, namely asking you to:

  1. Post your nominations for the different categories on your own blog (or a website)
  2. Send us the link to your nomination post via the contact form at the bottom of the Awards homepage

You can find more information on how to nominate on Awards homepage.

And we’ve added few new categories this year based on your feedback such as ….. Best School Administrator blog and Best use of a PLN

Here they are in full, nominations are open from now until Friday 3 December, voting will then be up until Tuesday 14 December and the ceremony will be rocking on Wednesday 15 December!

So go nominate your favourite blogs, twitterers, community sites, videos, podcasts and more… for 2010:

Best individual blog
Best individual tweeter
Best group blog
Best new blog
Best class blog
Best student blog
Best resource sharing blog
Most influential blog post
Most influential tweet / series of tweets / tweet based discussion
Best teacher blog
Best librarian / library blog
Best School Administrator blog
Best educational tech support blog
Best elearning / corporate education blog
Best educational use of audio
Best educational use of video / visual
Best educational wiki
Best educational podcast
Best educational webinar series
Best educational use of a social networking
Best educational use of a virtual world
Best use of a PLN
Lifetime achievement

To nominate:

  1. Post your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site
  2. Use the form at the bottom of the Awards homepage to send us a link to your nominations

(yes, I put that in there twice just so it was uber clear!)

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments πŸ™‚


47 responses to “The Edublog Awards 2010 are GO!”

  1. Dear Sir or Madam,

    I would like to participate in the “Best Individual Tweeter” category.
    What I should do since I do not have a blog?

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas M.B.A. M.Ed.

    • Thanks Nadia for your interest in the Edublog Awards. However, you must follow the guidelines exactly as per the instructions on the Awards Homepage –

      Only nominations that follow that process can be accepted.

  2. I participated in a a collaborative blog last year with my kids( and colleagues) and other European colleagues’teams from different European countries.
    We met thanks to the European eTwwining portal for schools:

    We ended up building “a dream team” and I was wondering if we could participate in The Edublog Awards 2010 as the best group blog whose link is:

    As I have no idea I am just writing this comment to get some info.

    Sincerely yours.

    Marie-France πŸ™‚

    • Hi Marie-France, thanks for your interest in the Edublog Awards. Any one’s site(s) can be nominated in the Awards but they need someone (besides themselves) to write a nomination post and follow the steps as outline on the awards homepage here –

      • Hi Sue,
        I do hope I have gone through the right procedure:
        1- Our collaborative blog has been nominated as best group blog 2010
        2-Wrote a post on our collaborative blog about Edublogs Awards 2010 in which we nominated a blog for best individual blog.
        3- Filled in the Edublog Awards application form and sent it.
        Anything else?
        Sincerely yours.


  3. Hi Sue,

    thank you for the info!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas M.B.A. M.Ed.

  4. Dear organizers,

    I hope the Final evaluation (voting) formula is not just poll daddy or some polling tool.

    Although fun, active voters might vote more than once, and it all becomes a big joke exercise like previous years. But then again I sure you all have thought about that πŸ™‚

    If you ask me, I would have voting as 30%, people writing a blog post about their recommendations (including the why’s) as 40%, and the remaining 30% by a panel of experts in the educational blogging world.

    Personally, I find all these pure voting exercises a pure joke, unless you can ensure that one vote represent one person’s opinion.

    Finally, all this awards are fun, but it would be fun to have some proper reviews and reflections besides simple ticks πŸ™‚

    Just 32.5 cent of thoughts, and good luck on all the who-ha πŸ™‚

    Have fun πŸ™‚

    Warm regards,


    • Hi Zaid, thanks for your feedback. I appreciate that not being part of the process that some do see the voting process like you do. Regardless of what method was used there would be people saying they disagree with the process.

      There is always the very small percentage each year that try to rig the nomination process, and voting pocess. It is more of an issue during the nominations rather than the voting; and we deal with it.

      Limit of one vote by IP address has been used for several years now and the vote count isn’t viewable until the voting is closed. These restrictions make it hard to influence the voting and as I said most people really do the right thing.

      And if anything I’m sure most would say that 1) being introduced to new resources through the finalist lists and 2) being able to acknowledge the work of others are in many ways the most valuable part of the whole process.

  5. Dear Sue Waters,

    Thanks for the constructive feedback.

    Yes, I totally agree with your 1) and 2) points, and I have even blogged about those 2 points a couple of years back (if I am not mistaken) πŸ™‚

    However, I just feel this whole process is more a ‘whatever’ idol contest kind of format, and could with a bit of creativity could have evolved a bit with some substance instead of ticks…

    For example, Jane Hart’s format for top 10 and 100 tools is a great example of making it exciting and credible..:)

    Just sharing my honest opinion, now hard feelings πŸ™‚

    Have a great weekend!


  6. Dear Sue Waters,

    I meant to write ‘No hard feelings’, and hopefully the same applies to you.

    Thanks again for taking time from your Saturday to reply my input…


    • Hi Zaid, I’m not sure I really see the distinction that much between Jane Hart’s format for top 10 and 100 tools and the Awards process. Jane’s is based on the total number of people who nominate a particular tool. Number of nominations a blog receives in a category is generally reflected when people vote.

  7. Dear Sue Waters,

    Thanks again for the quick reply.

    But to me the big difference is not the nominations and ticks (votes), but that in Jane’s lists, you will have reflections for why they have selected these tools (blogs if here), and add tremendous value and substance compared to just votes. In other words, more educational and exciting (to me).

    Anyway, it is just my opinion… So, in conclusion…

    So, what! πŸ™‚

    Just saw Man Utd equalize (2-2) against Aston Villa, and having this interesting discussion with you πŸ™‚

    What more can I ask for πŸ™‚


    • Hehe Zaid, I’ve been using every excuse to put off some work that I need to do πŸ™‚ And more importantly it is good to reflect.

      We are considering including snippets of why people have nominated specific people. There are challenges with it. Off course on challenge is it would make the finalist information for each category long.

      Also not every one says why they nominated specific blogs or individuals. Which is totally understandable because it can be a very time consuming process especially if they nominate in all 23 categories.

      Certainly I enjoy reading why bloggers explain why they have nominated who they nominated. Which is why I feed through the nomination posts to the Awards blog.

      However, if it was made a requirement that they had to state why they nominated blogs or individuals you would have issues: a) less people would nominate due to the time involved b) you would have people miss that step in the process.

      Always happy to hear opinions and thoughts πŸ™‚

  8. Dear Sue Waters,

    It should be optional, but the option to provide reflective feedback is there (in the future)… Also, such feedback might encourage others to explore, promote, nominate and vote…

    Anyway, something to consider for next year. I believe Jane Hart does it very manually still, so kudos to her for all her work πŸ™‚

    I am sure some programming geek out there has already developed such a system, if not then that is an opportunity πŸ™‚

    Again, Have a great weekend & thanks for the chat πŸ™‚

    Going to sleep (Malaysia)… got a bad flu, too!

    Good night πŸ™‚

    Life is great! Cheers!

    • Hi Zaid, hope you feeling better this morning? I’m not convinced that we couldn’t include some snippets this year but will need to think more about the how. It’s on my list to consider this week.

      However, one thing I hadn’t discussed about the process was the change in how you nominate. Writing a blog post to nominate wasn’t always a requirement. That made a big improvement to the quality of what is being nominated and has really helped deal with the small percentage that sadly try to rig. It has made people more accountable.

  9. Dear Sue Waters,

    Thanks, feeling a bit better after taking ubat (medicine). As for reflective snippets of wisdom, yes that would be cool to pull of this year. The blog post nomination is a good requirement, though should not be a must. Also, all nominations should necessarilly be included, and having a cap (say maximum 8 for each category) for each category is not a bad idea.

    Besides voting, I still recommend having an expert panel (40%) playing a role in deciding the outcome… It would be exciting also having knock-out rounds πŸ™‚

    Or perhaps 2-3 rounds, narrowing down to 3 in the final round for each category…

    In short, we have many possibilities, but we also need consider the implementation practicality of all this πŸ™

    Alright, need to rest or recover from my flu….


  10. Oops, did it again (on my IPhone). I meant to write,” All nominations should NOT necessarilly be included, and having a cap (say, maximum of 8) for each category is not a bad idea.


    • Hi Zaid, glad you are feeling a bit better. Definitely a public nomination in a blog post or on a website like a Ning community will remain a requirement. Sorry but not all nominations can be included. For example, all self nominations are automatically disqualified.

      Hope you feel a lot better soon.

  11. Dear Sue Waters,

    For sure self nominations should be excluded πŸ™‚

    I was thinking about making Edublogs Awards more educational than just awards and the who-ha.

    For starters does the site provide any explanations, or descriptions for what is meant by each category. I am pretty sure most are clueless of what is meant by for example: PLN.

    Next, we should provide some aids (e.g. pop-up) or rubrics or criteria to explore when evaluating the different sites. I know it can evolve into a boring academic exercise, but with a bit of flavor and creativity it could be pretty fun, too.

    To encourage reflective voting, in contrast to emotional voting, more descriptions and evaluation rubrics (could be cartoonish) could help. Now that would be cool and innovative πŸ™‚

    Just sharing some thoughts πŸ™‚

    Back to rest πŸ™‚ Better thanks, but still need rest to recover πŸ™‚


    • Hi Zaid, the challenge with providing information on the categories is there is already a lot to read and it can become overwhelming. Also most people do tend to have a good understanding of the categories.

      Hope you felt better today!

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