Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Contest...

ManACE Developing Technology Contest


To support Manitoba school-based projects that promote educational endeavours with schools in developing areas through the use of technology.


ManACE will award up to six $1,000.00 prizes to Manitoba schools who present the best ideas for using the money to assist a school in a developing area in the use of technology. There will be up to two prizes awarded at each of three levels - K-4, 5-8, 9-12 if there are sufficient acceptable entries.

ManACE seeks to inspire students and teachers to use technology to reach out to others and to find ways to assist students and teachers who do not have good access to technology.

Schools must produce a short (max 5 min) video or online presentation explaining their project.

So basically:

Connect with a school in a developing place. Decide what that school needs. Then negotiate and get to know the people at the school, the other kids. Come up with a compelling argument and put it in a multimedia format Put together the package for selling this concept to the panel.

* ManACE reserves the right to showcase the winning projects.


Schools who wish to enter will either:

- Design a project to partner with another school in a developing area to find best ways to support their development.
- Present a project that the school has already begun which meet the criteria of this contest.


Entries will be judged on the basis of:

Project (70%)
- Impact
- Sustainability
- Budget
- Practicality
- Evidence of support from receiving school and or other organization - can be a written submission
- Process - outline/description of project

Presentation (30%)
- Creativity/Originality
- Copyright free images, clips, sound and music
- Clear idea of the project
- Compelling promotion of the project {demonstrates need, appropriateness, feasibility, etc)

Presentations must use only free or Creative Commons images and music and other materials, pass school and divison policies.

Judging will be done by a panel of educators and non-educators.


Applications must include:
1. A document that states:
- Name of school and division
- Name of lead teacher
- Name and location of partner school(including a main contact)
- School divisional policies met
- A brief description of the project and how the partner school needs were determined
- Budget
- Plan of action
2. A student-created multimedia presentation (max five minutes) that explains and promotes the project
3. Adminstrator's Signature


Entries must be submitted by midnight of Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

Results will be announced by May 13, 2010.

Monday, March 22, 2010

TEDxOntarioEd - The Winnipeg Satellite Event

Looking forward to the upcoming TEDxOntarioEd event?

If you're anywhere near Winnipeg and would like to participate along with many other like-minded individuals, please register to attend this event in person.

Of course, you could take in most of the content while eating popcorn in your pajamas. However, you'll miss out on some of the rich virtual & F2F conversations that will be taking place at the Winnipeg Satellite event and many of the other TEDxOntarioEd Satellite events that are taking place synchronously around the world :-)

There is no cost to participate in this event.
And - we'll have refreshments & prizes!!!