mcteJust received word that the Michigan Council of Teachers of English (MCTE) new site won the 2009 NCTE Affiliate Web Site Award. I worked hard on the site, so this is gratifying to me. More importantly, though, the award speaks to the way educators can use social networking sites to maintain their online presence. I think teachers can benefit in particular from setting up class social networking sites, and you know by now that I think Ning is the best way to do this.

Here are a few nice words of praise from the official announcement:

As chair of the 2009 NCTE Affiliate Web Site Awards, it is my pleasure to inform you that the Michigan Council of Teachers of English has been selected as the winner of this year’s award. Congratulations to you and your affiliate!

As you know, each site was judged on the basis of its ease of navigation, content, speed, privacy, size, networking features, and links. Our panel of judges called your site beautiful, innovative, and
“almost perfect.” Here is a summary of their positive comments:

This site is set up with a NING; an innovative use for the site, using it as a front page into the content.

This is a beautiful site, very visually appealing and easy to navigate.

The site was almost perfect, as far as I was concerned.

Aw shucks. I think the part I like the most is the “beautiful” comment. Rounding those corners took some effort, but it appears to have paid off.