The winners of the 2008 EduBlog Awards were announced on Saturday night in Second Life. I like the idea of the awards I think they are light hearted, not particularly serious and most importantly encourage sharing. I know that some people were delighted to be nominated and others can’t stand the idea.
I tend to sit on the fence with this one. I was nominated for the Best Teacher Award – I was pleased to be nominated (thanks James) but purposely chose not to draw any attention to the fact. Viki Davis won the best teacher category on Saturday night and I wasn’t particularly surprised about this as she writes comprehensive blog about here classroom experiences. She is also a fantastically committed teacher and writes passionately about the children in her care.
The one thing that I was really interested in was how the award ceremony was held. I ventured into Second Life to have a look at the venue earlier in the day. I was really impressed with the set up of the awards and what the venue looked like and I could start to see why this sort of environment is so appealing for so many people.
I popped back into the venue during the awards ceremony for a few minutes and it was packed with educators from around the world listening to the awards. I don’t quite know how it works but the organisers were transmitting a Skype Conference call through Second Life.
Finding out and working within virtual worlds will be one of my 2009 learning objectives.