When The Social Media Awards was launched, I immediately told my second grade students about the big event. My 7 year old munchkins follow my blog and write to me all the time, so they are aware of my blog. They love browsing and showing their parents what they have done in class. My students even told their parents about the Social Media Awards and a few of them came to me and asked me if I made it to the final 7. On Wednesday, March 27th was the day where they announced the final 7 in each category. I had forgotten to tell my students that I made it because well you know we teachers are so busy teaching, correcting, etc…:) but my students didn’t forget. Taleen, one of students, came to me and asked: “Miss Farah you never told us if you made it in the final 7!” I told her the good news and my students started jumping up and down expressing their happiness. I felt that they were proud of me in a way They are all excited to start voting for me now. It is amazing how students these days and at such a young age know so much about technology and social media. I will never stop blogging even if I ever consider changing my career. They inspire me daily to become a better teacher and a teacher who can make a difference!
Voting starts tomorrow: Monday April 1st 2013
Here are some rules that you should take into consideration:
1. Voting will start on April 1, 2013 and end on April 25, 2013.
2. Your votes will represent 50% of the final results, while the judges re-voting will represent the other 50%.
3. You can log-in only through Facebook and Twitter to submit votes.
4. You can only vote once for each category.
5. You cannot change your votes once you submit them so be careful when you are voting.
6. To navigate to other categories, use the progress bar (white dots) at the bottom of the page.
7. If you vote for all 32 categories, you will have a chance to win 2 tickets to the final award ceremony at Phoenicia Hotel on April 29. Once you vote for all categories, you will be prompted to enter your email address for the draw.
8. You can only vote from a personal account. Votes from accounts that do not represent a person (on Facebook or Twitter) will not be counted.
9. Votes from duplicate accounts (Facebook and Twitter of the same person) will not be counted.
10. Votes from fake accounts and accounts newer than March 30, 2013 will not be counted.
11. The Social Media Awards is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and accounts and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sect, location, age, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, disability, employment, or any other form of segregation.
12. The Social Media Awards reserves the right to disqualify nominees or users in the case of cheating, dishonest behavior, copyright infringement, trademark violations, promotion of illegal activities, abusive behavior, or promoting explicit content (such as pornography, drugs, or violence).
13. If any of the finalists is found to be cheating or spamming, that finalist will be disqualified from the competition without warning and all detect cheating voters will not be counted.