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At the annual International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference in Philadelphia this week, Curriki announced a Video Lesson Plan Challenge. Teachers are encouraged to submit their best lesson plan ideas that involve the use of video, and a panel of experts will evaluate these and choose several finalists. The 187,000 members of the Curriki community then will vote on their favorites. The grand-prize winner will receive $5,000, and there will be prizes for the second through fourth-place winners as well. The organization’s goal is to highlight exemplary uses of video in engaging students. The deadline for submissions is July 31. http://www.curriki.org/