Teachers Challenged To Show Off Classroom Technology


eInstruction kicked off its second-annual Classroom Makeover Contest Sept. 15. The K-12 competition calls on educators to create short music videos demonstrating how they use (or would use) classroom technologies to enhance instruction. Winners will each receive $25,000 in hardware, software, and support.

The second-annual contest is open to all K-12 institutions in the United States, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, whether or not they use eInstruction or Interwrite technologies. One winner will be selected in each of three grade categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Five finalists will also be named in each category. All entrants will receive a free copy of Workspace-ExamView Edition LE. Finalists will receive eInstruction's ExamView Assessment Suite, PuzzleView, and Quiz Show.

For the winners, this year's competition's prize pool is far more extensive than last year's. Prizes will include:

The total package is valued at approximately $25,000.

FInalists and winners will be determined by a panel of judges, and videos will be posted on the competition's site. According to eInstruction, "The video will be judged on the following criteria: demonstration of effective use of technology, collaboration between teachers and students and the overall creativity and spirit. The video must be submitted by a teacher. 'eInstruction' must be mentioned once within the lyrics of the song and the video must direct viewers to www.eimakeover.com to vote. The video should be no longer than two and a half minutes in length."

The entry period begins Sept. 15 and ends Oct. 24. Finalists will be named Oct. 31, and winners will be announced Dec. 3. Complete contest details can be found here.

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About the author:David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

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