Judging Process & Timeline
Choosing the best games or projects to highlight at your Local Globeys shouldn't be the job of one person. Having more people at the table will make for a more varied set of students and game projects to celebrate. Your Local Globeys event could have the best result if you develop a Judging Panel – a group of people important to your community and with whom you can collaborate to select your Finalists and Winners.
CHOOSE YOUR JUDGING PANEL
Your Judging Panel might be your administrative staff at your school or district, PTA, or even notable alumni or members of the local media.
Consider inviting professionals from your local area, from STEM, Computer Science and Game Design industries. One of the most effective ways to reach out to them is through social networks and finding association chapters (like this list from the International Game Developers Association).
You can also reach out to your local Globaloria Program Director and Classroom Support Specialist to be a part of your Judging Panel or for recommendations.
INVITE YOUR JUDGES
Craft a great invitation, as a formal letter or email, outlining the reasons why you're inviting them to judge at your Local Globeys event.
When a judge says no...
If a judge says they are not available or are not interested in judging at your event, don't fret. Be graceful and thank them for considering the opportunity. If it feels appropriate, you could also ask them if they have any recommendations for other judges.
Hooray! Your judge has accepted!
Once your judge accepts your invitation, you will want to send a follow up email to remind them of the following:
• The date when you will be sending them the games
• The number of games they can expect to judge
• The deadline to submit their scores.
You can now also add this new judge to your official roster of Local Globeys judges!
In order to ensure a consistent judging among your judges, it is important to prepare an evaluation criteria. You can find each course's evaluation rubric on your School Learning Platform. Use it for this purpose.
Prepare judging forms
Before your judge are ready to judge, prepare judging forms for your judges to fill out and submit their scores. You can create judging forms through a variety of free online services, such as Google Forms, JotForm and SurveyMonkey.
Once you have collected all the scores, it is an easy process to export your data into a spreadsheet, and sort and sum up your data to see which games earn the top scores.
THANK YOU & INVITE TO AWARDS CEREMONY
Send a message to your judges thanking them for their participation, and invite them to attend the Awards Ceremony, and present the awards to winning students.
SUGGESTED PROCESS & MILESTONES
Set a timeline with specific milestones. Here's a sample, which could take a month or two from beginning to end:
• Decide on a date and location for your Awards Ceremony
• Send invitations to potential judges
• Nominate your student projects to divide among judges
• Send student projects to judges with instructions, rubrics and a deadline to respond back
• Collect score submissions from judges
• Send thank you emails and invitations to attend Awards Ceremony
• Celebrate! Invite students, faculty, parents, judges, VIPs and members of the community