Going Interactive is honored to have been able to design and produce the 2010 Great American Teacher Awards websites.
The Ron Clark Academy and Great American Financial Resources teamed up again this year to present the 2nd annual “Great American Teacher Awards“. Their goal is to spread educational excellence; there are dynamic, skilled master teachers across the country who are making a difference each and every day. They wan to shine a spotlight on the dedicated professionals who are changing the face of education.
The first year of the Awards (2009) the process was all handled manually with paper teacher applications and hand processing of every step from judging to applicant contact. It turned out to be quite a cumbersome endeavor. This year however, Going Interactive was brought on to first produce an online application system where teachers could digitally enter information about themselves, their school, their students and upload videos and folders. In addition the system made it possible for teachers to send out digital reference requests. Once a peer received a reference request they could post a unique testimonial on the teacher’s application.
The application system also allowed for a team of judges to each login, review and rate each application. With the new system in place the staff from the Ron Clark Academy and GAFRI could much more efficiently handle the whole process.
When the application period winded down Going Interactive then produced an interactive Flash website to promote the actual Awards Show itself. This site, greatamericanteacherawards.com features digital video, animation, sponsorship information, social media tie in and more.
Overall the project has been a great success for all involved and proof that modernizing a traditionally cumbersome application process with an online system offers great benefits in efficiency, cost and impact.
We encourage everyone out there to support the Ron Clark Academy (they also have a non-profit online donation area where you can help out) and teachers everywhere with positivity and thanks for the jobs they do.