Enter the 14th Annual Shorty Awards

The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media and digital. See categories below. The regular entry deadline is on February 10th, 2022.

From the 8th Annual Shorty Awards Best in Education

This category is for honoring those using social media to help move progress and education forward. Whether they’re creating amazing educational videos or advocating for learners across the world, they deserve to be recognized.

Brand entries using of social media in this space can be found in the Best In Education for Brands & Organizations category.

Finalists

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Adam Grant
At 34, Adam Grant is the youngest tenured professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (and one of the highest rated). Being the father of two daughters, he’ll be the first to tell you that “men are blind" to the inequality of gender at work. In 2015, he and Sheryl Sandberg published a four-part New York Times exposé on women …
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Crash Course
Brothers Hank and John Green (VidCon founder and The Fault In Our Stars author, respectively) funneled their vlogging expertise and passion for education into the YouTube channel Crash Course in 2011 as one of the first channels in YouTube’s $100 million push into user-created content, aimed at making longer-than-average educational videos for cla…
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Epic Rap Battles of History
Epic Rap Battles of History, created by Peter Shukoff and Lloyd Ahlquist, stands as one of the most well-researched comedy YouTube channels around, pitting philosophers, scientists, politicians, and characters of literature against each other in breathless, data-dense, and surprisingly informative lyrical jousting matches (most available for downl…
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Reshma Saujani
Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code, a nonprofit charged with “closing the gender gap in the technology and engineering sectors," aiming to have a million girls in tech by 2020—and well on their way. Her book Women Who Don’t Wait In Line: Break The Mold, Lead The Way came out in 2013, and she was a #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us advisory member. D…
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Smarter Every Day
Alabamian rocket engineer Destin Sadlin’s first video, “How To Light a Bonfire With Rockets," went viral, so he used his charismatic nerd skills to fund his kids’ college education, creating Smarter Every Day, a YouTube channel that boasts 250 million views and 3.5 million subscribers. Often just Destin and a camera, the videos tackle everyday sci…

Nominees

Annie Murphy Paul
In her book, Brilliant: The New Science of Smart, Annie Murphy Paul set a new standard for the study of learning. As a science reporter and author, a blogger for Time and CNN, and a contributor for The New York Times Magazine, Annie’s called upon for her knowledge of personality and child development. When she’s not giving TED Talks on the science of learni…
It's Okay To Be Smart
PBS Digital Studios’ It’s Okay To Be Smart provides diverse science question-and-answer videos on YouTube. Released regularly throughout the month, the show is hosted by Joe Hanson, with topics like, “Why Do We Have To Sleep?" or “Why Are Cicadas So Good At Math?" and the controversial “Could We Clone Ourselves?" Hanson approaches what could be an overwhelm…
Lisa Guernsey
Lisa Guernsey is at the forefront of researching and reporting the impact of perhaps the most tectonic shift in early learning in centuries: the prevalence of screens. Formerly a tech and education writer for The New York Times, Newsweek, and Time, Guernsey published a book in 2015 called Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, geared at il…
Numberphile
Numberphile describes itself as: “Videos about numbers. It’s that simple." They cover mundane explanations on how math shapes our DNA, for instance, but also dive into esoteric 4th dimensional shapes and how numbers affect whether or not humans have free will. Prolific YouTube creator Brady Haran has been churning out Numberphile videos for three years, tur…
The Brain Scoop
A trained artist, Emily Graslie realized she was a biologist in disguise at the end of her college career and, with the help of the VlogBrothers and Crash Course, helmed her own YouTube channel The Brain Scoop, which remains one of the most popular STEM channels hosted by a woman. In 2014, Emily spoke out about sexism in her field and the internet comments …
Vi Hart
Victoria Hart, aka Vi Hart, makes math fun, tackling everything from Pi and Anti-Pi to fractals to the relationship between music and math. Their videos are often just Vi, drawing and talking, but they’re packed with information—Vi often makes math videos for the Khan Academy as their self-professed “resident mathemusician." But Vi’s also a risk-taker with …