Education Resource People's Choice Award Winners

Thanks for participating in the Education Resource People's Choice Awards! Voting has closed and we have our winners. How did your favorite resources fare in the competition? Find out!

The Best Education Resources of 2011

You voted, and the results are in! We're happy to announce the winners of'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!

Education Resource People

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:

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.

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