Columbia, Md. — September 11, 2007 — Interwrite Learning, in partnership with TeacherTube, announces the company?s first video contest to recognize teachers and students for their creativity and use of technology in the classroom. Participants of the contest are asked to create a short music video parodying the song of their choice. The video should demonstrate how different kinds of technology are being used in the classroom.
The contest is not limited to users of Interwrite Learning?s products or members of TeacherTube. It is open to all teachers and students in the U.S., New Zealand and Australia (still up for discussion) who can creatively show how they are using technology in the classroom or how they would like to use technology in their classroom.
All participants will submit their videos on the Interwrite Learning Web site at www.interwritelearning.com/contest. Submissions will open at 12:00 Midnight EDT on September 11, 2007 and close at 11:59 EDT on October 21, 2007. Winners of the Interwrite Makeover will be announced on Tuesday, November 27, 2007.
Winners will be awarded with a complete Interwrite Makeover consisting of:
Interwrite Board, an engaging, durable, easy-to-use interactive whiteboard that features the Interwrite Workspace software. The Software and Board inspire students by turning classroom lessons into interactive experiences.
Interwrite Pad, the number one leading wireless pad worldwide, gives teachers the ability to teach interactive lessons from anywhere in the classroom.
Interwrite Cricket, the newest member of the Interwrite assessment family. Cricket is a powerful yet simple to use clicker for students of all ages. Cricket ?clickers? combine robust radio-frequency technology with a friendly look and feel to make real-time student assessment practical for any classroom setting.
Mitsubishi XD206 DLP projector integrates seamlessly with the Interwrite Boards and Pads with an RS?232c port for 3rd party control. The XGA projector (1024 x 768 resolution) has a bright 2000 ANSI lumens picture and high 2000:1 contrast ratio. Digital vertical keystone correction allows for presentation from a variety of locations.
FrontRow Pro Digital, a sound system shown to improve attention, test scores, and teacher vocal health. FrontRow Pro Digital clarifies and evenly distributes the teacher?s voice throughout the classroom, helping students more easily understand teachers regardless of where they?re seated. Supports streaming media and podcasting, too.
SP Controls, Inc.?s Pixie wall mounted modular control system is an elegant and complete control system that fits in a standard single-gang back box. Pixie offers intuitive control of virtually any display system with a remote control, be it a video projector, plasma screen, or LCD monitor.
Brewer Technology and Learning will provide one full day (up to six hours) of professional development to each of the winning schools in order to help teachers learn to use the Interwrite Makeover equipment as tools to enhance and accelerate the learning process.
The complete interactive makeover is valued at approximately $15,000. In addition, winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize and a celebration party for the entire school. The contest will name one winner from the following three grade level segments: Kindergarten through fifth; sixth through eighth; and ninth through 12th.
The video will be judged on the following criteria: demonstration of effective use of technology, portrayal of teachers and students working together and the overall creativity and spirit. The video must be submitted by a teacher and the grade segment that the video will be judged in is determined by the grade level of that teacher. Interwrite must be mentioned once within the lyrics of the song. The conclusion must direct viewers to www.interwritelearning.com/contest to vote. The video should be no longer than three minutes in length.
A panel of judges will select five finalists in each category and those will be posted to the contest Web site where the public can vote for their favorite to win the Grand Prize. The five finalists will be featured on the TeacherTube home page for a week following the announcement of the winners.
For more information on Interwrite Learning?s interactive learning solutions and rules and guidelines for participating in the video contest, visit http://www.interwritelearning.com/contest.
About Interwrite Learning
Interwrite Learning is a premier global provider of interactive learning solutions for primary, secondary and higher education markets. Interactive solutions, including the Interwrite Board, Pad and Panel all come with Interwrite Workspace, a next generation educational software application for creating, teaching and assessing student performance using digital content. Interwrite assessment solutions include Interwrite Cricket and PRS clickers, members of a powerful student response system that combines interaction and assessment to enhance classroom productivity and improve student results. Interwrite Learning has a rich 32-year history of delivering interactive solutions that are changing how the world learns. To learn more about Interwrite Learning?s Interactive Classroom solutions, please visit http://www.interwritelearning.com.
TeacherTube is an online community for sharing instructional videos. TeacherTube seeks to fill a need for a more educationally focused, safe venue for teachers, schools, and home learners. It is a site to provide anytime, anywhere professional development with teachers teaching teachers. As well, it is a site where teachers can post videos designed for students to view in order to learn a concept or skill. Most importantly, TeacherTube community members are a major part of the evolution of the site. Members are encouraged to not only upload educationally relevant videos, but also to make constructive comments and use the rating system to show appreciation for videos of value to one as an educator or learner. To learn more about TeacherTube?s online community, please visit http://www.teachertube.com.