It is here again — the Bammy awards —
and the deluge of blog posts, DM & eMail solicitation for votes…..has begun.
Rather than be the curmudgeon on awards that I can easily slide into — I decided to write a blog post on 2 suggestions for the Bammy Awards.
1. Let people vote without having to provide any personal information.
Your website says “Select the category in which you would like to cast a vote from the list below. You will be able to vote with your name and a valid email address. However, to submit a new nominee you will first need to register and log in.”
For me……well, honestly I have a wee bit of a problem with this –
you see, and perhaps I am wrong, and feel free to correct me — but why do you need my personal information to cast a vote — or to log on, other than the fact that could this be a marketing strategy for you? I know that it is important to make sure that it is a real person rather than a bot who is submitting information
– but hmmmm, personally, I just have problems with an awards program that “makes” me log on.
Call me old-fashioned…..but I do. So, I will not vote — but I will call attention to your site and write letters of thanks to the nominees thanking them for what they do.
(And thank you for letting us view nominee info without having to log on. THANK YOU!)
However, honestly, if you could get away from the entire “voting” process and just use your site for showcasing great people doing great stuff with students, wow, I would be very happy.
2. Cancel the big event and donate the money that would be spent at the event to scholarships for educators!
I figure that the cost of the Washington DC event has to be pretty big — and though I am sure you get donations for this event to cover the costs — could that money be used in a more lasting way than a “red-carpet” event?
Let’s pretend that the cost to host the red carpet event in September in Washington, D.C costs $25,000.
Now, lets look at one of the most “popular” educational conferences — the ISTE conference in June. The cost is $339.
You could pay the registration fee for 73 people. OR you could scholarship airfare/travel/registration for 25 people.
And I know that $25000 has to be a low figure……
So, let’s see— one night of red carpet fun — educational (perhaps), meet ups with great minds (of course), but in the long run…………………..
Hmmmm … which would be money better spent?
Or, lets not even think conferences — what if we talk teacher supplies, school playgrounds, etc?
So, there are my 2 suggestions —
And honestly, it is not that I do not like the Bammy Awards.
I am grateful to ANY organization that takes the time to salute educators…….
but I hope my 2 suggestions are taken seriously and thought about before Bammys 2015.
PS: There are some wonderful names on the Bammy Nomination List — and even if you don’t wish to vote — take a look at them – http://www.bammyawards.org/ — and check out what they are doing to make schools a much better place for students.
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