The Education Blog Awards 2011 are handpicked by teachers' peers and a panel of experts
There are no big cash or technology prizes, no celeb photo opportunities, but there is no mistaking the prestige of the UK's Education Blog Awards 2011 which have just been announced. The judges – Ollie Bray, John Davitt, Paula Hubbard, Tim Rylands and Margaret Vass – had to work through a shortlist of 40 blogs whittled down from more than 300 nominations that had attracted 3,600 online votes.
"All of the blogs were of astonishing quality," says Chris Ratcliffe from sponsor Scholastic Education (the other sponsors are PrimaryBlogger and Creative Blogs). "It was a pleasure to be a part of it, and to promote school blogging.
"For too long, UK blogging has been seen as peripheral, but the work that schools are doing with blogging is incredible, motivating children up and down the country. I know the judges had a very hard time judging these blogs, they put a lot of time and effort in, and I am very grateful for it."
There were four categories: Class Blog of the Year – The Diary of 6E at Werrington Primary School, Peterborough; Whole School Blogsite of the Year – Sir John Lillie Primary School; Teacher Blog of the Year – David Rogers, head of geography at Priory School Specialist Sports College in Portsmouth (see also 'Google lauds teachers but laments YouTube access'; Most Influential Blog of the Year – José Picardo's Box of Tricks.
A full list of the winners along with details and links to the 'honourable mentions' can be found on the Education Blog Awards 2011 website.