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Doodle4Google 2010

February 6, 2010 Leave a comment
Has your school entered Google's "Doodle4Google" contest yet? It is an art contest wherein students from all over the United States compete to have Google use their "doodle" (as in their logo) on Google's homepage for a day. The winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship, a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his/her doodle on it. 

This year's theme is, "If I could do anything I would…"

Details below [from google.com/doodle4google]

Doodle 4 Google

If I could do anything, I would...

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  • …Figure out a cure for cancer
  • …Build a movie theater on the moon
  • …Be an underwater explorer

Welcome to Doodle 4 Google, a competition where we invite K-12 students to work their artistic will upon our homepage logo. At Google we believe in thinking big and dreaming big, so this year we're inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, "If I Could Do Anything, I Would …"

We're looking forward to the kids' answers too. Gather those art supplies and some 8.5" x 11"paper and encourage your students to enrich us all with their creative visions for what they would do in the world, if they could do anything.

This year, a group of "Expert Jurors", well-known illustrators, cartoonists and animators from organizations like The Sesame Street Workshop, Dr. Seuss Enterprises, The Charles Shulz/Peanuts Museum and Pixar Animation Studios, will be helping us select the 40 finalist doodles as well as attending our awards ceremony to personally meet our winners.

Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 17, 2010, and entries are due by March 31, 2010 no later than 11:59:59 P.M. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on our Google.com homepage on May 27, 2010.

Judging and Prizes

Key Dates

School Registration Deadline

March 17, 2010

Early Bird Submissions – 
Win Netbook Computers

March 10, 2010

Doodle Entry Deadline

March 31, 2010

State Finalists and Regional Winners Notified

May 17, 2010

Online Public Vote

May 17-24, 2010

Awards Ceremony and National Winners Announced

May 26, 2010

Winning Doodle on the Google Homepage

May 27, 2010

Grade Groups

The Doodle 4 Google competition is open to all U.S. residents between the ages of 5 and 18 who attend elementary and secondary schools (i.e. grades K-12). In the U.S., doodles will be judged in the following brackets:

  • Grades K – 3
  • Grades 4 – 6
  • Grades 7 – 9
  • Grades 10 – 12

All students attending homeschool are also eligible to participate.

Judging Regions

The competition will run across 10 regions:

Region 1:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Region 2:
New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Region 3:
Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
Region 4:
Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina
Region 5:
Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
Region 6:
Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
Region 7:
Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
Region 8:
Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Region 9:
Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming
Region 10:
Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington

Judging Process

400 State Finalists

Up to 400 doodles from across the country will be chosen by a panel of independent "Expert Jurors" and Google employees based on which doodles they feel best represent the "If I Could Do Anything, I Would…" theme. In each state, 2 doodles will be selected in each grade group, meaning that each grade group and each state will be equally represented. Entries from the District of Columbia will be judged along with entries from Maryland.

40 Regional Finalists

Our "Expert Jurors" will choose 40 top doodles as Regional Finalists. In each of the ten Regions, each grade group will have one winner. These Regional Finalists will be displayed in a gallery on the Google.com website. The U.S. public will then vote for the doodles they believe best capture the theme "If I Could Do Anything, I Would…".

4 National Finalists

An awards ceremony for the 40 Regional Finalists will be held at the Google New York office on May 26, 2010. On that day we will announce the four National Finalists chosen by the U.S. public (1 per grade group).

1 National Winner

Finally, one of the four National Finalists will be awarded "National Winner of Doodle 4 Google" and the national winner's doodle will 'go live' on the Google homepage for 24 hours.

Judging Chalkboard

Prizes

National Winner – College Scholarship

The National Winner will win a $15,000 college scholarship to be used at the school of his/her choice, a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with his/her doodle on it. We'll also award the winner's school a $25,000 technology grant towards the establishment/improvement of a computer lab.

Three National Finalists – Laptop Computers

Each of the other three National Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010, a laptop computer, a Wacom digital design tablet, and a t-shirt printed with their doodle on it.

Smithsonian Exhibit and Trip to New York

Each of the other 40 Regional Finalists will win a trip to the Google New York office for an event on May 26, 2010 and a t-shirt printed with their doodles on it. All 40 Regional Finalists will also have their doodle displayed in a public exhibit at the Smithsonian's, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum for 6 weeks after the announcement event.

State Finalists – Doodles Published on the Web site

Each of the other 400 State Finalists will receive a "Doodle 4 Google" official winner's certificate and will be featured on the Doodle 4 Google contest web site.

Extra Credit – Technology Booster Awards

This year, we are giving out eight (8) Technology Booster awards for schools who submit their doodles by March 10, 2010. The awards consist of 20 netbook computers for public or private schools or 2 netbook computers for homeschools who submit the maximum amount of doodles for their school by March 10, 2010 (doodles must be received by this date). 

Schools who are eligible to win this award are those who submit either six (6) doodles if they are a public or private school or two (2) doodles if they are a homeschool. These schools must also have a student selected as one of the 400 State Finalists. We will also be looking at the highest cumulative quality scores of the State Finalists doodles as part of the awards criteria. Awards will be announced on May 17, 2010 when we post the 400 State Winners.

The Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020 and Educator Preparation and Development

January 25, 2010 Leave a comment
One of the Key Areas of the Texas Long-Range Plan for Technology 2006-2020 is Educator Preparation and Development. This key area addresses the professional development needs of teachers and all members of the education community. It is further broken down into the following Focus Areas: Professional Development Experiences, Models of Professional Development, Capabilities of Educators, Access to Professional Development, Levels of Understanding and Patterns of Use, and Professional Development for Online Learning. 

To achieve the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan, continuous professional development for educators in using and integrating technology in teaching and learning must be top priority. Statewide progress in this endeavor has been slow, and gains have been modest. Based on the Campus Statewide Summary by Key Area in Academic Year 2006-2007, 0.7% or 55 of 7752 campuses were classified Target Tech, 17% (1321) Advanced, 74% (5739) Developing, and 8.2% (637) Early Tech. The following year (AY 2007-2008), 0.6% or 44 of 7641 campuses were classified Target Tech, 19.9% (1520) Advanced, 74.2% (5668) Developing, and 5.4% (409) Early Tech. In the most recent summary from last year (AY 2008-2009),  0.6% or 48 of 7848 campuses were classified Target Tech, 23.8% (1864) Advanced, 71.1% (5580) Developing, and 4.5% (356) Early Tech. Noticeable trends include: the number of campuses achieving Advanced Tech classification have increased steadily, while those classified Target Tech have fluctuated, and those classified Early Tech dwindled.

My campus (Oppe Elementary School) reflects this plodding and fluctuating progress in this Key Area. In 2006-2007, we scored a total of 13 and classified as Developing Tech. The following year, our scored dropped to 11 when our Access to Professional Development was rated 1 or Early Tech. Last year though, we moved up to 14, scoring 3 or Advanced Tech in the focus areas of Models of Professional Development and Levels of Understanding and Patterns of Use. Additionally, we have yet to achieve a rating of 4 or Target Tech classification on any individual focus area of Educator Preparation and Development, while the only 4 we attained was in the key area of Infrastructure for Technology, focus area Internet Access Connectivity and Speed.

Needless to say, this dismal progress leaves much to be desired. This issue is critical as we cannot expect teachers to fully implement the Technology Applications TEKS, not to mention attain the goals of the Texas Long-Range Plan, if they do not become technology proficient themselves and receive the requisite professional development. Again, this would easily be addressed if each campus has a designated person for technology professional development as well as instructional support. Interestingly, this position was eliminated two years ago, and we now only receive infrequent inservice (brief at that) from one specialist for all elementary schools in my district. My campus and the district as a whole may have adequate (and improving) physical infrastructure, but the human infrastructure still has a lot of room to grow.