Having the chance to give talented young people a rich learning experience that expands their horizons with technology while deepening their understanding of how America works is a satisfaction perhaps unique to those in the education field. When that learning experience can advance the cause of education at the same time, the opportunity becomes sweeter still. Educators can participate in just such an experience by introducing budding videographers in their schools to the Empowered Education awards, a video program of the eSchool News Network, produced with support from the Pearson Foundation. To qualify, students make a three-to-five minute original video on the theme of "How Technology Helps Me Learn." Winning entries will be those produced by students in the best journalistic style illustrating how their schools or colleges are employing technology to advance learning. Each nomination must be endorsed by an education sponsor representing the institution the students attend. Permission to travel must be obtained from a parent or guardian for student winners under 18 years of age. A panel of nationally recognized experts will select 12 finalists (three from each education level) and four Top Winners. The works of these finalists will be posted at eSchool News Online, where they may be viewed by the site’s 350,000 unique monthly visitors, including 188,000 registered members. The finalists and their video productions also will be covered in the print, PDF, and online editions of eSchool News, which is read and visited by more than 600,000 education leaders, with bonus distribution at major ed-tech conferences.
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