Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Empowered Education Awards Finalists!

To make the case for educational technology to skeptics in Congress and elsewhere, eSchool News joined with leading experts to create the Empowered Education Awards (EEA). Meris Stansbury reports for eSchool News on this contest which asks those most affected by educational technology -- students -- to make the case for it.

EEA, with funding from the Pearson Foundation, challenged elementary, middle and high school students to create three- to seven-minute videos on "How Technology Helps Me Learn," a theme meant to show how schools are using technology to complement and enhance student learning. The winners from each grade category, plus their teachers, get free trips to Washington, D. C., with guided tours in D. C., recognition at an awards ceremony, prizes for the winners and their schools, and more. The biggest part of the prize is getting a chance to meet with state representatives and senators on the importance of technology in education and its boon to learning.

The entries have been narrowed down to three finalists in each category: elementary, middle and high school. In the middle school category the finalists are:
  • "Satellites and Us" from Yokota Middle School, Tokyo, Japan -- "Student reporters from Japan give a glimpse into the world of satellites at the Miraikan Museum of Innovative Science and Technology."
  • "One Pretty Cool Movie" from Creative Connections Art Academy, CA -- This video"shows how students in California use technology to create classroom magic."
  • "How We Use Technology to Learn" From Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School, VT -- "Reporters for South Burlington Network News (SBNN) travel back in time to 1983 to show the differences technology has made in the classroom."
You can see the middle school finalists, plus the finalists for the elementary and high school categories, at the EEA webpage. You can also rate them and help eSchool News decide on the winners. The winners will be chosen and announced in September.

SOURCE: "Student videos demonstrate ed-tech's value" 06/13/08
photo courtesy of brockvicky, used under this Creative Commons license

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