10 Tri-State Classrooms Receive Multimedia Awards
3/19/2007—Ten teams of K-12 students and teachers from across New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut won awards for innovating multimedia projects to enhance their curriculum. The teams will receive $1,000 cash prizes as part of JPMorgan Chase's second annual Multimedia in the Classroom competition.
The teams will also receive trophies and full access to the two-day Celebration of Teaching and Learning conference for educators being held in New York City March 23 and 24.
Award winners included:
- Elisabeth Morrow School, Englewood, NJ's "EMS World Music Humanity in Harmony," podcasts produced by seventh-grade students that explored Middle Eastern, Asian, and African music and cultures.
- P.S. 108Q, South Ozone Park, NY's "Killer Puffs" Website created by fifth-graders to educate teens about the dangers of smoking, which includes a student interview with a New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene official.
- Branch Brook Elementary School, Smithtown, NY's "Cell-e-bration of Science," a television show produced by fourth graders exploring science curriculum. The show featured students playing Einstein, Newton and in period costume.
The Celebration of Teaching and Learning includes seminars with experts, hands-on workshops, an exhibition of education products and services, and presentations by Al Gore, Margaret Spellings, Mel Levine, Mae Jemison, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and other guest speakers, as well as a Town Hall Meeting on "Preparing Our Students for the 21st Century" moderated by Tim Russert of NBC News.
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