January 11, 2011
With looming budget shortfalls and an increase need for technology in the classroom, we must share opportunities to continue to put technology in the hands of our students. Below are two opportunities that I received today via email. Good luck!
The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes
Who: Public and private school teachers, administrators, school technology specialists and district employees
What: Ninth-annual sweepstakes awards three grand prizes of 21st-century classrooms from CDW-G and Discovery Education. Some of the prizes include a $5,000 digital media grant from Discovery Education, 20 notebook or tablet computers, and three wireless access points.
When: January 3 through May 6.
How: Applicants can enter the contest once a day online at http://www.discoveryeducation.com/cdwg or from the entry page, where they can post about the contest on Twitter. The Twitter method doubles their entry each day.
Why: “Educators today are challenged to create digital learning environments that mirror how students interact with the world outside the classroom,” said Mary Rollins, vice president of education partnerships at Discovery Education. “The Win a Wireless Lab sweepstakes gives schools the chance to win the hardware, content and training that empower educators to meet today’s 21st-century students in the digital world in which they live and learn.”
The Follett Challenge
Who: Private and public school librarians who actively champion an information literacy-based school program for students
What: A contest that awards prizes to school libraries that do the best job of applying technology, content and creativity in ways that engage students and foster literacy and critical thinking.
Five prizes, including a $35,000 first place prize and a sixth $10,000 prize will be awarded. Prizes will be good toward Follett products and services.
When: February 1 through June 1. Video voting begins June 23
How: Complete an application and submit a 3 to 5 minute video describing the program
Why: “A library’s ability to improve student performance depends in large part on the resources made available to them,” said Chuck Follett, President and CEO of Follett Corporation. “Through this challenge, we’re committed to drawing attention to the undeniable connection between well-run libraries and student performance to ensure that one of our most important educational resources receives the attention and funding it deserves.”