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Recap of the inaugural 2010 School-e Awards contest for the best school district website.

Recap of the inaugural 2010 School-e Awards contest for the best school district website.

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  • 1. 2010
    SchoolE Awards
    School Awards
  • 2. A Note from the Coordinator…
    A big “THANKS!” to all those involved in this inaugural year for the SCHOOLeAwards! All of your comments, Tweets, e-mails, feedback and suggestions have been pivotal in this year’s success, and I am so thankful for all of your input. All I can say is, “Get ready for next year!,” because it is sure to knock the socks off this year’s contest! But first, let’s look back on this year’s…
    Katie Brosious
    @allofek12
    AllofE Solutions
  • 3. Nominations
  • 4. Nominations
    Beginning in January, we started taking nominations from
    administrators,
    staff members,
    teachers,
    students,
    and community members
    to identify districts with Web sites that the community cares deeply about. 
  • 5. More than 1,600 nominations were made
    from districts across the United States.
  • 6. And the
    30 school district Web sites that received the most nominations moved on as Semi-Finalists.
  • 7. 30 Semi-Finalists
  • 8. The 2010 Semi-Finalists are:
    1.Beaufort County School District
    2.Blue Springs School District
    3.Brownsville Independent School District
    4.Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District
    5. Center School District
    6.Clear Creek Independent School District
    7.Easton Area School District
    8.Fayetteville-Manlius Schools
    9.Fergus Falls Public Schools
    10.Frenship Independent School District
    11.Friendswood Independent School District
    12.Godfrey-Lee Public Schools
    13.Hurst-Euless Bedford Independent School District
    14.Keller Independent School District
    15.Leavenworth Unified School District
    16. New Castle County Vocational Technical School District
    17.New Milford Schools
    18.Orange Schools
    19.Paris Independent School District
    20.Penncrest School District
    21.Pine Tree Independent School District
    22.Pleasanton Independent School District
    23.Polk County School District
    24.Southwest Independent School District
    25.Spearfish School District
    26. University Academy Charter School
    27.Van Meter Community Schools
    28.Wakulla County School District
    29.West Fargo Public Schools
    30.Zachary Community School District
  • 9. Selection
  • 10. Our Selection Panel
    After handing over the 30 semifinalists to our industry expert panel,
    Tom Whitby
    @tomwhitby
    Ken Royal
    @kenroyal
    Steven Anderson
    @web20classroom
    Shelly Terrell
    @ShellTerrell
    they assessed the sites based on
    content,
    design,
    and overall quality
    from a broad set of criteria.
    And identified the 15 sites that exhibit best practices for district Web sites. 
  • 11. The panel evaluated the 30 finalists on 30 different Criteria
    They used a rubric
    to help tabulate scores…
    Design
    Content
    + Comprehensiveness
    + Quality
    + Social Media
    + Web 2.0
    + Look and Feel
    + Navigation
    + Attractiveness
    + Wow-factor
  • 12. And the 15 highest-scoring district websites moved on as finalists.
  • 13. 15 Finalists
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  • 29. Voting
  • 30. And the Voting Began…
    26,000 + votes
    were cast over a two-week period.
    20 + lead changes for 1st place
    And there were
    during those two weeks.
  • 31. District Pride and Passion Escalated
    “It’s been a great ride! Thanks to Schoole and all who supported Friendswood ISD. Our website is a source for information 24/7!Thanks for Recognizing us!”
    -just1vote
    “We here at West Fargo School District are very grateful and very much appreciated to be nominated and listed in the Top 4! We are a relatively small school district and want to thank everyone who voted for us. Thanks again for supporting West Fargo Public Schools.”
    -Tom Challey and Rob Kaspari
    “…The students, teachers and community SHOULD be able to vote the first round to make it to the Top 30…andthen, again, maybe to the Top 5. However thefinal decision should go to the professionals IF the judging is to be about design, content, etc…”
    -Puzzled
  • 32. District Pride and Passion
    District Pride and Passion Escalated
    “Godfrey-Lee has 1,700 students in a 1-square-mile district so it certainly will be tough to come out on top strictly through voting. We’re proud to be in the finals, though.”
    -David Britten
    “Glad I teach in Polk County, FL. We communicate effectively to support staff, students, and the community at large via technology to reach all the families we connect and empower.”
    -Nathan Guteras
    “I have been with CCISD since Aug. 2008. My first project was to redesign the website. With the help of my team members, we launched an entirely new site in 7 months.As Hurricane Ike rolled through our area, we all worked diligently to reach our website goals. I myself had 4 ft. of water in my house. In the midst of juggling house repairs, insurance demands and my family, I stayed focused and was able to launch this AWESOME new site last February. GO CCISD!!”
    -CCISD Webmaster
  • 33. Validating the Votes
  • 34. But in the end,
    only one district could prevail.
    In this phase, where district pride was the most important factor, school passion played a huge role in deciding the winner.
  • 35. Our Second Runner-Up is…
    Friendswood ISD
    In a close Second Place,
    the 1st Runner up…
    Clear Creek ISD
  • 36. And the Winner is…
    HEB ISD
  • 37. Congratulations to all districts!
  • 38. A big thanks from The SCHOOLeAwards Team
    Zach
    Aimee
    David
    Chelsey
    Stacy
    Tracy
    Abbey
    Katie
    for making the first Annual SCHOOLeAwards a huge success!
    for passing on the word.
  • 39. 2011 SchoolE Awards
  • 40. Stay tuned during the coming weeks as we release more information regarding scoring and feedback about the district websites.
    And stay tuned for next year’s SCHOOLeAwards that will be bigger and better than ever!
  • 41. The 2010 SCHOOLeAwards are hosted by: