Classroom Makeover Video Contest Announces Finalists

The 15 finalists have been named in eInstruction's third-annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. Each year, the education technology provider solicits student-produced music videos about technology use and offers $90,000 in education technology products to three winning entrants.

The contest is divided into three categories: K through 5th grades, 6th through 8th grades, and 9th through 12th grades. The winning entry in each category receives $30,000 in educational technology products from such providers as Dell, 3M, Texas Instruments, and eInstruction itself. In addition, winners will receive a cash prize of $1,000 each, as well as victory parties for each of their schools. The company launched the contest in 2007 as a way of arousing interest in advancing technology in a new and engaging way that draws on students' creativity and interest in popular culture and media.

The diverse panel judging the contest includes: Don Knezek, CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); Christine Weiser, managing editor of Technology & Learning Magazine; Jenna Johnson, student life and culture reporter for the Washington Post; Jackie Nespral, anchor of NBC News in Miami; Pat Harvey, anchor of Prime 9 News in Los Angeles; and members of the Flobots, an alternative rock and hip-hop group.

Video entries must be produced by students and submitted by their teachers. Anyone interested in participating in the 2010 contest can find the entry requirements and contest rules at the contest Web site.

The winners in each category will be announced Dec. 17. A complete list of the finalists, as well as their videos and a chance to vote for your favorites online, can be found here.

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