The New Statesman, Britain’s leading political magazine, in association with Atos Origin, one of the leading IT services companies, announces the nomination of e-learning pioneer Jonathan Bishop in their New Media Awards in the category of Education.
The award will go to the body or project that has made the most significant contribution to education through the use of new media technology.
In supporting the nomination of Mr Bishop for the Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Project, director of Glamorgan Blended Learning, Mark Beech, said, “This project deserves to win the award because it has made a significant contribution to education through the use of new media technology through producing original ideas that have been utilised in industry and academia.” Continuing he said, “Jonathan Bishop has shown leadership in the design, development and evaluation of new media technologies for the purpose of delivering educational experiences. The inventor of the Circle of Friends, now used by MySpace, he has long been an advocate of using online community technologies to improve educational outcomes.”
The key themes of this year’s awards are “accessibility, usability and interactivity”. The awards celebrate those who use new media for the benefit of others, whether in their community or in society at large. Since 1998, these awards have promoted projects that embrace new technology, fresh thinking and creative management in the UK.
The editor of the New Statesman, John Kampfner said, “As the hits on our own website have shot up by almost 150% since our recent relaunch, we have seen first hand the power and potential inherent in the medium. We are delighted to be able to champion those who are using technology to make a real difference to society.”