Edutopia.org Wins Prestigious Webby Award

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2009 People's Voice Award for Best Education Site

San Rafael, California (May 5, 2009) -- Edutopia.org is honored to be the recipient of a Webby Award for Web site excellence: the 2009 People's Voice Award for Best Education Web Site. The People's Voice voter turnout was the highest in Webby history, and Edutopia.org is thrilled to be acknowledged not only by leading experts in the field but also by the people who use Edutopia.org every day and rely on our resources to work toward improving education.

"We are honored by this recognition, which is the result of so many individuals who have joined Edutopia's movement to support positive change in education. Our gratitude goes out to our in-house team and to our contributors, advisers, and partners -- and, especially, the committed, growing online community of users who strengthen Edutopia.org every day." -- Cal Joy, general manager, Edutopia.org

Hailed as the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, a Webby Award is the leading international award recognizing excellence on the Internet; there are categories for Web sites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile Web sites. The 13th Annual Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, received over 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide.

Edutopia.org was previously nominated in the Webby's Best Practices category in 2003. In 2009, Edutopia.org was nominated for Best Education Site among other exemplary sites focused on improving education and learning -- the Exploratorium's online exhibition Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know?, Smarthistory, ID Media/Times Media's Spelling Bee, and QA International's Visual Dictionary Online. We congratulate Smarthistory for winning the 2009 Webby Award in this category. Its innovative site provides college-level students and art fans with fabulous content and videos that go beyond traditional art history books.

About Edutopia:

Edutopia is published by The George Lucas Educational Foundation, founded in 1991 by filmmaker George Lucas as a nonprofit operating foundation that documents, disseminates and advocates for innovation and the redesign of K-12 learning environments, including how technology can transform teaching and learning. Through Edutopia.org, Edutopia magazine, Edutopia video, the Edutopia News e-newsletter, and a growing online community, the Foundation is building a movement to stimulate education reform with a special focus on core concepts of comprehensive assessment, integrated studies, project learning, social and emotional learning, teacher development, and technology integration. More information about Edutopia is available at Edutopia.org, one of the leading education sites on the Internet.