The Best Education Resources of 2011
You voted, and the results are in! We're happy to announce the winners of Study.com's Education Resource People's Choice Awards. For the past two months, we've been collecting votes for the best in education news, guides, ratings, textbooks - anything to help students make the most of their school experience. We're always looking out for new ways to make education more accessible to those who need it, and all of our finalists truly embody this goal. Congratulations to them all!
Here are the winners you chose!
Best Education Advocate: Diane Ravitch
Best Student Tips: Lifehacker
Best Open Education Resource: OpenCulture
Best Education News Section: New York Times
Best Education News Site: Education Week
Best Education Journalist: Jenna Johnson
Best Education Sponsor: The Hewlett Foundation
Best Study Guides: OpenStudy
Best Collaboration Tools: Dropbox
Best Online Learning Platform: Moodle
Best College Ranking: US News and World Report
Best Test Prep: Kaplan
Best Professor Ratings: Rate My Professor
Best Discount Textbook Provider: Flat World Knowledge
Best Education Blog: Mind/Shift
Best Affordable Credit Option: CollegeBoard's CLEP
Best Military Student Resource: Military.com
Voters Speak Out
We'll be publishing blog posts over the next few weeks highlighting each of our winners, with more details about what they do to help students access and enhance their education. But for now, we'd like to feature just a few of the great quotes we got from voters passionately supporting their favorite finalists!
Diane Ravitch is spot-on about current ed reform. She is a true advocate for children and teachers. She fights against corporate ed reform that puts bubble tests before human beings. She advocates for a sound education for all children, not a narrowed curriculum that focuses on test scores.
Although it is a very tough choice between the Hewlett Foundation and the Gates Foundation, I think the Hewlett Foundation is willing to listen to the solutions offered by grantees and give them the freedom to try and either fail or succeed. They are a magnificent sponsor of open textbooks and open educational resources, as is the Gates Foundation.
Flat World Knowledge offers many options by which students can access their course materials, including free online access. The materials can be customized by the instructor to match the course objectives and sequence, and students in a given class can annotate and share their notes.