Live and eLearn – WebChallenge 2010!

January 28, 2010

 
Attention Georgia math, science and technology educators:
It’s time to assemble your teams for the 2010 WebChallenge. The Technology Association of Georgia Education Collaborative (TAG EC) is once again challenging high-school students to work in a team environment to develop a web-based application that makes a difference in their community.
 
Last year’s winning students earned $21,000 in college scholarships—and their schools received extensive recognition statewide.
ALL students participating learned teamwork skills, and gained valuable technical knowledge. This competitive forum is a great way to get your students involved in a real-life development experience—and to help meet our state’s STEM education goals.
 
Here’s what you need to know about the 2010 WebChallenge:
 
Theme:
This year’s theme is Live and eLearn! Students will develop an application that helps other students learn about science, math and technology.
 
Resources:
Your 2010 WebChallenge team will have free access to business eLearning technologies (appropriate to the age group of participants).
Free instructional design support will be available to facilitate the application of these technologies.
Consultation will also be available on a no-cost basis—more than 30 technology companies and corporate eLearning departments have volunteered their time.
 
Criteria:
Teams must employ original content in the areas of math, science and an open topic, using technology referenced above, as well as other commonly available technologies (i.e. PowerPoint, social media, cell phones and other mobile devices).
Teams will be judged based on learning outcomes. The effectiveness of their eLearning solution must be measurably demonstrated.
Judges from the technology and eLearning community in Georgia will select winners.

For more information goto: http://www.tagforstem.org/web-challenge-2010

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TAG WebChallenge 2009

November 18, 2008

This is just a summary of the 2009 Contest – for more information please go to the WebChallenge 2009 Web site at: http://www.webchallenge2009.org/

 

There are so many free web-based tools available, used by students every day.  But some of these tools like email, texting, and more, can be put to greater use.

 

 

The 2009 Webchallenge, “FREE YOUR COMMUNITY!” is about using free and/or open source technologies to benefit your local community.  Some examples are:

·        build a website for a student group or local non-profit

·        create an online newspaper for a support group

·        use text-messaging to broadcast to adults about job opportunities

There are 3 categories of competition, for all levels of technology developers:

 

Free Tech:  Gmail, Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, Google Maps, Blogger and more.  You can find plenty of examples where people have used one of these tools to create something that their community benefitted from.

 

Open Source:  Websitebaker, Moodle, Joomla, WordPress, etc.  These are softwares that are free to download and install.  Technically more challenging, but they can be put to use without knowing how to program anything.  An example of this could be a school newspaper, such as the local www.northgwinnett.com/blackandred.

 

Custom Code:  Using the listed technologies or creating programs from scratch, participants in this category would create customized applications to serve their community.  While all 3 categories will have a priority on the effectiveness for the community, this category will also recognize the technical sophistication of the product.