Education Blog Awards 2011
31 May 2011
The results of the 2011 Education Blog Awards have been announced!
Over 300 blogs were nominated for awards in four different categories, with over 3600 votes cast before the judges made the final decision.
Class blog of the yearThe judges based their decisions on five criteria. They agreed that the winning blog must:
- be updated by all the learners in the class;
- engage outside visitors and be responsive to their needs;
- demonstrate the power of the medium to move learners on;
- reflect the learning that is going on;
- respect copyright and other licencing conventions.
The winning class blog is The Diary of 6E.
What the judges said: “A great blog documenting the impressive work of Mr Efford and 6E”, the “100 word challenge shows the power of a simple idea shared and developed” and it has a “stylish layout, very good BlogRoll, links to supportive resources. Like the Caption Competition. Commendable involvement in the QuadBlogging.”
Whole School Blogsite of the YearThe judges looked for a blog that featured:
- a community commitment to blogging;
- blogging beyond the classroom;
- clear and consistent messages about e-safety, comment policy and content.
The winning whole-school blogsite is Sir John Lillie Primary School.
What the judges said: “I really think that Sir John Lillie Primary School’s blog ticks about every box. It demonstrates the learning that is happening at the school perfectly, right from Reception to Year 6. It feels truly collaborative which gives it an excellent community feel. I especially loved the brainteasers, the use of online apps such as wallwisher, the links to BBC bitesize and games on other school websites all of which encourage learning at home. It felt like it reached out in just about every direction. Really well done!”
Teacher Blog of the YearThe judges looked for a blog that featured:
- a willingness to share resources and ideas;
- responsiveness to the blog’s audience;
- regular and timely updates;
- posts that provoke comment.
The winning teacher blog is David Rogers.
What the judges said: “David Rogers encapsulates what edublogging should be about – a documentation of your own professional and personal learning through a blend of thinking, ideas, sharing, collaboration and challenge. Loved this blog for many reasons but the main one was because David introduced me to Dream Teachers YouTube. Will definitely be visiting again.”
Most Influential Blog of the YearJudges were looking for three things:
- Innovative ideas communicated effectively;
- Engagement with a wide community of readers and collaborators
- Evidence of impact
The blog judged to be most influential is Box of Tricks.
What the judges said: “A well written and profesional blog from a well respected educator.”
The first Education Blog Awards have been sponsored by Scholastic Education, Primary Blogger and Creative Blogs. Read more about the awards, including runners-up for each category, at the Education Blog Awards website.