July 2013

The Edcamp Foundation to Judge Inaugural Bammy Edtech Awards

this press release is cross-posted from: http://www.bammyawards.com/index.php/component/content/article/1055

Academy of Education Arts and Sciences Expands Bammy Awards to Include Education Technology

Los Angeles, CA. July 11, 2013 – Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced that the 2013 Bammy Awards have been expanded to include developers of education technology. The inaugural Bammy “EdTech” Awards will indentify and recognize the best-in-class education apps, teaching tools and education-related web sites currently available to educators. The Edcamp Foundation has agreed to form the technology board of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences and serve as the jury, selecting the honorees for the 2013 Bammy Edtech Awards. Developers of the best-in-class education technology will be presented with the coveted Bammy Award statuette at the same black-tie, red-carpet event in Washington, D.C, September 21st, where prominent and influential educators from across the nation will convene to celebrate the entire education community.

The edtech submission process began on May 1st of this year at http://industry.bammyawards.com and will extend through the end of August. Early submissions have already been received from Scholastic, Edmodo and the National Science Foundation. During the first week of September, the Edcamp board members will be asked to cast their votes to identify the top 50 edtech resources for 2013. The digital resources receiving the most votes in the three edtech categories will each receive the Bammy Award for education technology in its category.

“The Edcamp Foundation and a team of Edcampers are honored to judge the EdTech Awards this year. The voice of teachers should be loud and clear when it comes to learning technologies, and this is a great way to advocate for kids and learning,” said Kristen Swanson, board member of the Edcamp Foundation.

“The Science360 for iPad app was developed for teachers and students–and their parents–to encourage everyone to get engaged in science and engineering. We’re always looking for opportunities to reach new audiences. We appreciate this opportunity,” said Dana Topousis, Director or Public Affairs, National Science Foundation.

Adding edtech categories to the Bammy Awards acknowledges that technology is becoming increasingly important in education, transforming teaching, learning, professional development and administration. “This is a natural extension for the Bammy Awards that fills two compelling needs. Educators need to identify the best resources from a rising sea of options and developers of the best education technology need to distinguish their offerings in a meaningful and compelling way. We are very excited about this program and honored to collaborate with the Edcamp Foundation of tech-savvy educators. They are uniquely positioned to identify the best education technology,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards.

The Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America’s public schools. The negative perception of public education has led to a decrease in public confidence, calls for reductions in financial support and intense scrutiny of educators, while all that is right in American education is largely ignored.

Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys and Emmys, the Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy’s Council of Peers and Board of Governors. The Academy accepts nominations in dozens of disparate categories, selects honorees, and brings together constituents from the entire education community to recognize the honorees. Intended to be a cross-discipline event, honorees include teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, education advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, education school professors, school board members, education bloggers, school custodians, parents and other members from across the education village. New to the list for 2013 are school librarians, school technologists, students, and now education technology developers.

“We are very pleased to see the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences recognizing education technology,” said David Wygant, Vice President, Product, Dictionary.com. “It’s particularly exciting to participate and support this important community by submitting Dictionary.com and Thesaurus Rex for consideration of a Bammy award. Doing so confirms for educators, students, and the public that our learning apps and resources are making a positive difference and enriching the educational experience.”

About the Edcamp Foundation

The Edcamp Foundation is a Delaware non-profit, which was started to promote organic, participant-driven professional development for K-12 educators worldwide. The foundation’s mission is to support free edcamp unconferences for educators to exchange ideas and learn together. Edcamps offer educators the opportunity to share their experiences and their professional expertise in a collaborative, interactive learning environment.

Edcamps are organized and attended by passionate, tech-savvy educators who are eager to explore, discover and share new teaching strategies, tools and education technologies. From eight Edcamps in year one, Edcamps now number over 200 a year, in cities all around the nation and the world. One of the staple features of an Edcamp is the “Web2.0 Smackdown,” a lightning round of resource sharing among attendees.

About the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences

The Academy is comprised of over 212 prominent education leaders. Charter members of the Academy include a profoundly eclectic cadre of persons involved in education, including Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University; Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Timothy Shriver, CEO of the Special Olympics; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dr. Mark Ginsberg, former head of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and currently dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University; Jay Mathews, veteran education columnist at the Washington Post; Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators, Gail Connnely, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals, JoAnne Bartoleti, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; Donna Mazyck, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses; Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D., vice-president of research and education for Sesame Workshop; and Betsy Landers, president of the national PTA.

This year’s event is made possible by support from Gojo/Purell, School Health, Responsive Classroom, PBS Learning Media, TCPN, Excelligence Learning Corporation, Gryphon House, Kaplan Early Learning, GameDesk, Redleaf Press, Choose2Matter, WriteSteps, Learning ZoneXpress, ChildCare Education Institute, New Tech Network, ECE PolicyWorks, Teachers College Press and Gesell Institute of Child Development.

To learn more about the Bammy Edtech Awards, go to http://industry.bammyawards.com Send emails to info@bammyawards.org, or call 818-539-5971.