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Great School Fundraiser: Promethean & PTA Team

ActivBoard500 As a teacher, and then as an Instructional technology specialist, I discovered early on that parent/teacher groups offered support for ideas, as well as funding for those ideas. There were times when the district had no cash to float a great idea, but the PTA, or PTO would jump in to help. For me, and other staff, it just took writing an understandable proposal, and then presenting it to the parents' group. So, when I came across news of Promethean’s Great School Fundraiser, I immediately thought back to my own parent group support. This community effort awarded a Promethean ActivBoard System as top prize.

JimM “Today’s economic times are challenging us all to become more resourceful and this showed in the contest submissions. When it comes to supporting schools, no one does more than parents and community members. We applaud everyone who participated in our contest this year,” said Jim Marshall, President of Promethean North America.

More about Promethean’s partnership with the National PTA can be found online at www.prometheanworld.com/PTA. Learn more about the Great School Fundraiser there, the 2011 winners and their community projects, as well as how to register for the next contest.

About Promethean www.PrometheanWorld.com
Promethean products and resources can be found in classrooms around the world, and PrometheanPlanet.com, provides its almost one million members access to free teaching resources.

About National PTA  http://www.pta.org/
National PTA is devoted to the educational success of children, and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.

Samsung SUPERHERO: Pushing the Doc Cam Envelope

The Samsung’s Imaging Division
, which includes document cameras, regularly does these SUPERHERO video competitions, where students get to win a nice $500 cash prize, as well as a SAMCAM 860 document camera for their classroom. For the contest, students portray a historical character and are judged on presentation, performance, character and content accuracy, as well as quality.

Austin, a fifth grader from Blissfield, Michigan won the winter contest. He played the part of Leonardo da Vinci. The spring winner will be named on June 17, 2011. Entry information for these and future competitions can be found at www.samsungk-12.com.

Checking out contests and grants for classroom tech is fun, and you never know—you might win.

I like the idea of pushing the envelop with document cameras, whether it’s by teachers or students. Just using doc cams to display documents, today, is call for a faculty brainstorming session. It’s an easy to use, interactive classroom tool that deserves a place in any creative classroom.

Even the simplest document camera models, those without video options, have great still-image capabilities. For example, a simple changing of the slideshow display time to its quickest intervals, using still images in sequence, can create the appearance of animation with objects or clay. Sort of a new-age flip book.

Editor's Note:

I always recommend checking building and district rules to make sure you’re within the guidelines. Samsung’s SUPERHERO contest is safe as well as fun. Having students dress up in what amounts to a disguise should pass any AUP (Acceptable Use Policy). It’s a good idea for everyday classrooms, too. Kids love to dress up to play the part of a scientist or even a mathematician.

Most Wonderful Time

EI If you’d like to have the most wonderful time, check out the eInstruction entries to their Win an Interactive Classroom contest. There are a few there that will have your feet tapping and body rockin’. I’d like to give outstanding recommendations, but because I was asked to do a bit of judging, that’s probably inappropriate, so you’ll have to look for them yourself. I liked that eInstruction has separated video entries into K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 categories.

So, I spent some great Sunday time viewing and listening to kids singing, rapping, and creatively seeking more technology for their classrooms. It was the most wonderful time. Hope you enjoy them, too.

Ed Tech Contests: Someone Has to Win

 ContestsAs a teacher, I loved contests and give-aways—always thought that someone had to win, and it could be me, or my class. Here's a few contests and give-aways mined on Twitter today. Thought there would be more, but when that movie deal comes in, my twitter following should increase, and so will the contests shared.


For this contest you have to answer a few questions about mobile technology, and tell Acer how new  mobile PCs will help your students. Judges with choose 10 finalists—and then a public vote will choose two winners. Submission deadline is January 14, 2011, and public voting on the 10 finalists is February 1, 2011.


Qwizdom's giving away more than $12,000+ of tech during their How Do You Q contest. Closing date for that is December 3rd. There are three categories: Blog, Photo, Video. They're picking winners in each so you can enter all three if you want.

Renaissance Learning

This one is for educators who are using Neo 2s. Teachers and kids produce videos that show how to use them. There's pdf information, registration (the mail in type), and release forms at the site. 3 Winners get an eBeam Edge interactive whiteboard solution. Deadline is December 17th and winners announced January 21, 2011.

Promethean, The Proctor & Gamble Company, and National Geographic

This contest has been launched by The Proctor & Gamble Company, National Geographic, and Promethean. Entry for Find Your Footprint is here: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/findyourfootprint/enter/ and entries must be in by December 3, 2010. For this one you pick a theme, Save Water, Reduce Waste, or Save Energy, and then students illustrate a proposal for doing it. Teachers will find an entry link and more at the site. Prizes include 5 Activboards (whiteboards) and 32 ActivExpressions (student response systems).


TH(i)NQ ed tweeted a limited giveaway (for now) to the first 15 teachers contacting them at pat.leonard@thinqed.com. The first 15 will get a classroom license for Journ(i)e from TH(i)NQ ED. Journ(i)e from TH(i)NQ ED allows teachers to use social networking in a safe, secure environment. That means blogs, wikis, etc. BTW: TH(i)NQ ED (pronounced Think Ed) was formerly SchoolCenter.

Don't Forget!

Just a note, there's always something good cooking at the Scholastic Teacher Site, so share it around as well.

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Make the Cut: Mickelson ExxonMobil Academy

Mickelson2010 Golfer Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy began the Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy to help educators get science and math professional development—and to take back lessons learned to their classrooms. The Michelsons are a class act, and people, who know nothing about golf, respect them. So, their genuine interest in helping educators teach better, and learn ways to get kids more excited about math and science, is easy to share.

In many instances, at the early grade levels, math and science may not be as comfortable for educators to teach as reading and writing—but it is where kids on those subjects. Here’s the topper—the Academy is all-expenses paid for teachers who make the cut.

To send a teacher to the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, go to www.SendMyTeacher.com. There, you’ll find more information about the academy, as well as “clicks” to nominate your 3rd-5th-grade teacher choice. You don’t have to be an administrator, or an educator to enter either. Parents and students can nominate a teacher to the Academy.

The nominated teacher will receive an e-card saying "Thanks!" as well as a link to the Academy application. Last year, more than 1,200 teachers applied for this opportunity, and 200 were chosen.

The deadline for teachers to be nominated is October 31, 2010. So, tee it up, keep it in the academic fairway, and help an educator make the 2011 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy cut. All you have to do is log-on to www.SendMyTeacher.com.

If you're interested in learning more, check the video-journal experiences of a group of 2010 Academy teachers at http://www.youtube.com/SendMyTeacher.

More here at ExxonMobil: http://www.exxonmobil.com/Corporate/community_math_academy.aspx

Partners in Learning Network

PILNTeacher I'm always sharing new technology, resources, products and interviews, but always looking for something that makes a difference. Well I didn't have to travel further than our Scholastic site to find this one. It's the Partners in Learning Network. Partners in Learning is a global network of education collaboration and innovation. At PLN educators can communicate, have discussions and share resource.

Register and Microsoft Donates!

Now until June 30, 2010, a free registration at the Partners in Learning Network gets $1 (one dollar) donated by Microsoft to the Boy's and Girl's Clubs of America. For me, that would be good enough, I remember being introduced to bumper pool at a Boy's Club ages ago, as well as to a few life-long friends. Helped me stay out of trouble for sure. So, those Microsoft dollars add up to a good cause.

Hey, I'm Not Done! Win a Laptop Lab!

But here's the kicker, when you register, you also have a chance to win a complete Dell laptop lab! Someone has to win, so register!


Parent Wins Tech Hope

Hope 2a Capistrano Valley High School Principal Beni Christensen of Mission Viejo, California credits a parent for the schools Grand Prize win in Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope.

In an interview, Christensen praised Wendy Harder, a parent who read about the contest for crafting a 100-word essay that read like a play. That entry put Capistrano  into  the top twenty-one contestants. At that point, online voting was opened and the high school became one of three finalists. All top three finishers were invited to New York City, where Eli Manning presented the top prize to Capistrano High School and its 2,850 students.

According to Christensen, in a district looking at $34 million in district budget cuts, winning technology, which includes camcorders, notebooks, software, monitors, and even a classroom assistant dog for special needs students. The total award is valued at $210,000, and was an unexpected blessing. That new technology will replace 6 to 7-year old equipment between now and the end of this school year and the beginning of the next. Samsung is also offering training to go along with all that new technology.

When asked if she had shared the news with her school, Christensen said, "I texted all the assistant principals, so I'm sure the news has spread throughout the district already." 

Partnering with Samsung, which organizes the Four Seasons of Hope, are Best Buy, Direct TV, and Microsoft. Since the beginning of The Four Seasons of Hope awards about $28-million in technology has found its way into needy schools.




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