What Are The Edublogs Awards And Why Should We Get Involved!

What Are The Edublogs Awards And Why Should We Get Involved!

nominationsWith my proliferation of web sites it is easy to understand why most forget that I am relatively a newbie in terms of the educational use of Web 2.0 technologies. Putting it in context last year was the first time I had heard about the Edublog Awards, and that was after the event. This year I now know what the Edublog Awards 2007 and can be part of the nomination process.

I know that many of my readers are in similar position to myself, being new to the educational use of these technologies, so I decided to provide an overview of the Edublog Awards so we can all be part of the process.

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive that has been running for 4 years on a voluntary basis and is jointly convened this year by Josie Fraser and James Farmer. The awards were originally set up 4 years ago in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learners and teachers blog sites for educational purposes. mmmm sad to realise that 4 years later blocking access is still an issue.

The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social softwares. Nominations are open to anyone, in a range of categories, until the 21st of November, after which finalists will be chosen then voting, open to everyone, will commence. The Award ceremony will be held in Second Life on Saturday December 8.

The best aspects of the Edublog awards is it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social software is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners; which means we are introduced to new sites that we might not have found if not for the awards process.

The Edublog Awards are accepting nominations in the following educational blog and educational software categories:

  1. Best individual blog – best educational blog maintained by an individual
  2. Best group blog – best educational blog maintained by more than one person
  3. Best new blog – best new educational blog (group or individual) of 2007
  4. Best resource sharing blog – best educational blog of whose primary purpose is to share information, links and resources.
  5. Best designed blog – most beautiful educational blog
  6. Most influential blog post – The educational blog post that has had the biggest impact (for better or worse!)
  7. Best blogged research paper or project – The best research paper or project in any field that has been committed to an eeducational blog
  8. Best teacher blog – best blog kept by a teacher for or about teaching
  9. Best higher-education student blog – best blog kept by a student in higher education (16+)
  10. Best librarian / library blog – best educational blog kept by, for or about a library or librarian.
  11. Best educational tech support blog – best educational blog for providing hints, tips and support for your tech needs.
  12. Best elearning / corporate education blog – best educational blog kept by or written about education and training in a business context.
  13. Best educational use of audio – best use of the audio medium in any form.
  14. Best educational use of video / visual – best use of the visual medium in any form.
  15. Best educational wiki – best educational use of a wiki.
  16. Best educational use of a social networking service – best educational use of any social networking service.
  17. Best educational use of a virtual world – best educational use of any virtual world space.
  18. Best educational use of open source – best educational use of an open source platform.
  19. Digizen’s 13-19 competition – For young people creating and sharing online resources around the theme of cyberbullying
  20. Conveners award – A special award given to an educational blog that particularly deserves to be of note.

Check out the 2006 Winners, 2005 Winners and 2004 Winners to learn more about the Edublog Awards.

So it is now time for us to all start nominating — we only have until 21 November. The only problem I have is there are way more categories this year (I think?) and we all know that I have problems making decisions. Would love to hear your suggestions for sites we should nominate for some of categories — I love checking out new resources.

10 thoughts on “What Are The Edublogs Awards And Why Should We Get Involved!

  1. Huge thanks for this really useful post, which is a really good intro to this years awards! We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved so far and the contribution that everyone makes to getting out the message about the usefulness of blogging and social software for education, and the huge variety of ways and contexts educators are mobilizing techs to support their learning and teaching practices. You’re quite right about the blocking and filtering issue – it’s still a huge barrier for many of us, and that’s a shame. But the awards do make a positive and powerful contribution to the argument for media literacy rather than censorship. Thanks in advance to everyone who nominates and takes part!

  2. I am a teacher from Auckland, New Zealand.

    I run a classroom blog, which I use as a means for an online discussion community. It is an extension of classroom learning and allows for parents, family, and the wider community to have a clearer insight into the children’s abilities and thinking developments.

    I am very new to this, but have seen many classroom blogs flounder due to the space having only one voice, which of course is most likely to be the teachers. Kid’s surely don’t want to read just what the teacher says?

    Have a look at our one – I haven’t seen too many used in exactly the same way.

    http://www.room29space.edublogs.org

    Thanks – Keep up the interesting work!

  3. Hi Diane – I am glad my explanation helped. When I write posts I try to remember what it is like starting out and try to present the information so that all can understand. I make extra effort if it is something I myself don’t know much about — because it must means lots of others ponder the same questions I have.

    Hi Josie – thanks for dropping past my blog. Yes I think it is a shame that the same issues that were a problem 4 years ago are still an issue — perhaps even more so. And what a great way for us to find out about new resources that we have not discovered yet.

    Hi Room29space – sorry checked your blog and tried to work out teacher’s name 🙁 . I have looked at your blog and would love to know more about it. Do you (the teacher) write all the posts? Or do some of the students write the posts? Would love to hear more about how you use your blog. Keep up the good work.

  4. Just a quick reply to Sue,

    At this stage the site ‘posts’ are created through ideas, learning and experiences that occur in the classroom. I am the author of the posts, yet as you may have noticed it is the children that become the main conversation facilitators. The site is user friendly, not over burdened with content or menus, it is for children to communicate.

    The blogging has allowed for deeper thinking, more time for thinking and learning, and has helped the childre bond out of school hours. The use is to support and enhance learning – it has become part of our classroom culture.

    If your readers want to visit, be sure to leave a comment. The kids love it when somebody new from somewhere in the world acknowledges their ideas and work.

    Thanks

    Andrew
    Balmoral School
    Auckland
    New Zealand

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