TakingITGlobal is holding its first Take Your Classroom Global! contest from March 2 to April 30 to recognize the best demonstrations of creative, collaborative, and technology-rich global learning from students and educators around the world.
TakingITGlobal notes in announcing the contest that education in the 21st century is at a crossroads as preparation for global citizenship requires a more diverse set of skills and literacies than ever before. New educational practices such as project-based learning and new Web 2.0 technologies are creating opportunities for global education and cross-cultural dialogue, creating a better understanding of worldwide problems and building 21st century skills. With support from Microsoft's Partners in Learning program, TakingITGlobal's contest aims to capture the best of these practices and share them with the world, celebrating innovative educators and students, and inspiring their colleagues and peers to get involved in creating relevant and engaging learning opportunities.
To participate in the contest, students and educators can submit in the media of their choice to the TakingITGlobal.org online community, and then complete an online submission form available at http://www.tiged.org/contest. Contest organizers anticipate entries ranging from blogs, podcasts, project pages, and lesson plans, to TIGed maps, articles in Panorama online magazine, images in the Global Gallery, or even TakingITGlobal profiles. "Our hope for this contest is to celebrate and showcase classroom based initiatives that are opening student eyes to the world in exciting and creative ways!" said Jennifer Corriero, Executive Director of TakingITGlobal.
All entries will be reviewed by a panel of judges within the TakingITGlobal community; prizes and recognition will be awarded for innovation, critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, global awareness, and demonstration of media and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) literacies.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with TakingITGlobal in this new contest," said Leslie Conery, deputy CEO of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), TakingITGlobal's partner on the contest. "These are real-world examples of technology transforming education. Supporting this work is a natural fit for us and our members, who come from dozens of countries around the globe."
Recognized submissions will have the chance to be featured in a TakingITGlobal online showcase and print publication, as well as to win prizes including digital cameras, Webcams, and voice recorders for podcasting. Prize winners will be announced at ISTE's National Educational Computing Conference in Atlanta in June 2007.
For additional information on the Take Your Classroom Global! contest, visit http://www.tiged.org/contest.
Source: TakingITGlobal, http://www.takingitglobal.org/