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Monday, April 19, 2010

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, Clear Creek ISD and Friendswood ISD Win School-e Award Contest for Best School District website

The top honors for the School-e Awards contest for the best school district website were announced today, based on the amount of nominations and votes received and quality of their district website. The School-e Awards showcase the best K-12 district website design and strategy.

Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD, the winner, Clear Creek ISD, the first runner-up, and Friendswood ISD, the second runner-up, will receive recognition and exposure through social media and news outlets, online plaques to display on their website, and feedback about the quality of their site. The top two district websites will also receive cash donations.

Nominations began in January, identifying districts whose stakeholders care enormously about the district and its website. Thirty semi-finalists were chosen based on the amount of nominations received and were then evaluated by experts in education and the web, Ken Royal, Tom Whitby, Shelly Terrell, and Steven Anderson on a broad set of criteria to identify the sites that follow best practices.

Fifteen finalists were chosen by the panel of experts in educational technology, which were voted on to elicit the feedback of the general web audience. The winners were chosen by the amount of votes the district received to recognize school district pride and passion. Anyone with a valid e-mail address could nominate or vote for a district’s website.

A school district website is an extremely important aspect of a school district brand, and as a communications tool between the district and its constituents, said K-12 Product Manager Tracy Kemp.

“The district website is really the most important vehicle for overall communication and branding,” Kemp said. “We really wanted to recognize school pride and passion, which is the reason vote counts decided the winners.”

District employees, students, and community members should go to to find out more information about the winners and the contest.


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