It's back! & it's embiggened!
This years Eddies are up and running. We have a new home, new feed, new logo - and a ton of new categories! I'm also delighted to welcome back James Farmer to the conviner bench. For those of you who don't know - James pulled the whole thing together back in 2004 & then went off to concentrate on his mighty edublogging empire - I guess having a community of 100,000 at your back leaves you with a ton of time :)
He'll be joining the rest of the core team - Dave Cormier, Jeff Lebow and me, in pulling together this years edublog extravaganza - the most glamorous event of the edublogging calender. This year you'll actually get to see our frocks - thanks to the support of the lovely Jo Kay we'll be hosting the ceremony in Second Life. If you haven't yet had a look around, why not take advantage of the CSI:NY peoples generosity and check out their easy entry package. If you're allergic to MUVEs or just don't have the time, hard drive or inclination to join us there, we'll be providing off world audio & back channel facilities.
The ceremony is currently scheduled for Saturday 8 December your time, so please put it in your diaries now.
What hasn't changed is the awards ethos and aim. We are still an independently run, community-based awards programme which recognizes and promotes excellence in the educational use of social software. We're committed to celebrating the achievements of the international community, and to rounding off another hard working year with a great excuse for us to all get together and build a fantastic resource to inspire and support educators everywhere.
So what are you waiting for? Start reviewing your blogroll, sending in your nominations and spreading the word so that we can make this years awards our most successful ever.
Those categories are:
1. Best individual blog
2. Best group blog
3. Best new blog
4. Best resource sharing blog
5. Best designed blog
6. Most influential blog post
7. Best blogged research paper or project
8. Best teacher blog
9. Best higher-education student blog
10. Best librarian / library blog
11 Best educational tech focused blog
12. Best elearning / corporate education blog
13. Best educational use of audio
14. Best educational use of video / visual
15. Best educational wiki
16. Best educational use of a social networking service
17. Best educational use of a virtual world
18. Best educational use of open source
19. Digizen’s 14-19 competition - note, this award is not run by the Edublog Awards, we are delighted however to be promoting it and supporting young peoples participation.
20. Conveners award
Please get in touch if you or your organisation would be interested in sponsoring any of our categories!