We had some questions come in about the Digital Learning Day Competition. As [we hope] you know, we're running a competition to raise awareness of the importance of digital learning. February 5 was Digital Learning Day, or DLDay, 2014. We're celebrating by talking about it (a lot!) and giving you the chance to earn some cash.
Most of the questions we've been asked are about videos. What kind of video does it have to be? Does it have to have music or special effects? Does it have to go on YouTube or can I email it to you. Let's dig in!
The video is an easy way to bring ideas and voices together in one place. Take a look at this video on “A Google A Day” from “Mr. Mogard's Classroom.” It is a student made video and features students talking about how this one project has helped them in different ways.
And here's one from an elementary class showing pictures with text explanations of technology in use:
Videos like this can tell your story and get the kids engaged.
To answer the next question: no, you don't have to put the video up on YouTube. That's just an easy way to share it. However you should get permission to show the video to the public before you submit it to us.
To submit a competition entry, you can email the details to email@example.com. Include your name, school name and address (including city, state, and website), and the submission URL to your entry. For videos and other large files, you can create a free account on Copy (www.copy.com) and upload the submission there. Then send us an email with all of the information and include the share link to your Copy file.
Next we have questions about the topic. This is just a matter of getting creative and telling your story about how you use technology in learning. So for example:
- How did you use technology in a class project?
- How has school technology changed since you started school?
- Do you like electronic textbooks and video lectures better than paper and in-person? Why?
- Do you Skype or otherwise use video to communicate with people around the world? Tell us about that.
Faculty & Staff:
- How is curriculum different now than it was before you added your [1:1 program, robotics lab, graphics lab, Moodle classrooms, etc.]
- What effect has 1:1 had on your school? Are you seeing personal learning environments and organic learning communities?
- How are the communities responding to technology initiatives? Are the parents more involved now?
I'm sure you can come up with much better ideas; these are just here to show you that every story is welcome in this competition.
And finally, we had a few questions on the logistics. To clarify, anyone can enter the competition. The only restriction is that you have to be 13 or older, so if you're younger than that you'll have to get someone to submit your entry on your behalf. Once your submission is ready, just send the details to firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll be golden. Submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges and winners will be announced on March 10. Details on all of the rules are here in this post.
The Barracuda Digital Learning Day Competition is a great way to share your stories and win some prizes. The top three winners will receive $300, $150 and $50 cash prizes. To enter, just share your story about how digital learning has affected you. Details are in this post. The competition is open until February 28.