In March 2006, eSchool News will award its first Education Blog Awards, sponsored by Discovery Education, at the Florida Educational Technology Conference. These awards are designed to honor the widespread emergence of blogs in the education field and recognize exceptional work of individual bloggers. The contest will be judged by an independent panel of distinguished educators, and awards will be given out in four categories:
* Best Classroom Instruction Blog
* Best K-12 Administration Blog
* Best Higher Education Management Blog
* Best Education Theory Blog
They haven’t released the list of judges yet, but based on a phone call I was a part of today, I can confidently say that you’ll recognize the names. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention that I’m going to get to be one of the judges too? it sounds like a lot of fun and I’m really looking forward to being a part of it.
The deadline is December 30th though, so stop by the site and nominate your favorite Education blogs now! Every blog that gets nominated will be reviewed by the judges, so there’s no point in nominating a blog more than once.
The timing is actually perfect. James Farmer’s Edublog Awards is just wrapping up the voting right now. If you haven’t voted yet, get over there and do it quickly! In a few days we’ll see who the winners are there. It’ll be interesting to see how the ‘people’s choice’ awards match up with the awards given out by the ‘academy’.
Either way, it’s a great opportunity to promote some of the best examples of what the edublogosphere has to offer.
Too often, blogging in education is mired in controversy. A few bad apples spoil the whole darn bunch if you know what I mean. It’s nice that during this holiday season, we have a few opportunities to really focus on the great things that are going on in the blogging community.