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Friday, January 28, 2011

SchoolE Awards Update for Week 1/22 - 1/28

SchoolE has some very exciting news to announce this week - A new prize for the District Winners!

Nick Denardis, one of the SchoolE Awards Judges, has graciously decided to donate his time to do a video review of the winners in each category - so he will be reviewing the top district in each category. As host of his EDU Checkup video blog he reviews higher education websites through the eyes of a first time visitor, while critiquing the design, information architecture and code of the sites. He's never reviewed a K-12 site on his blog so the video review for the winners will be the first of their kind.

Nick is only one of the eight judges on the panel, so you can go to the SchoolE Meet the Panel page to learn more about who they are, what they do, and why they were chosen to judge the SchoolE awards. On that page you can also find the grading criteria they will be using to judge the best 15 districts from each category of nominees.

Although there were many active schools this week, two really stood out. Upper Darby from Drexel Hill, PA has been the most active school this week having 47% of the nominations for Thursday alone. Groton School District has been voting non-stop all week to account for 25% of the votes and moved themselves to 2nd place in the Medium School districts.

New to the race is Oxnard Union High from Oxnard, CA. Although they're a bit behind the other schools, they're starting out strong. They've been the most active so far today, with over 50% of the nominations!

Go cheer your district on or leave questions, comments or suggestions on the SchoolE Interact page. You can see what other people are saying, asking, and suggesting or even leave a comment about what you think makes you're district's site is the best! And don't forget to use the #SchoolE hashtag on Twitter!

The races are close and every nomination counts. Keep your eye on the prize and get to nominating!


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