Description: The K-12 Desktop Publishing Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original, written product that has been computer-generated. The entry may be fictional or non-fictional about a topic of the student’s choice. The writing piece should be well-developed, organized, and accurate; contain few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics; and have an appropriate format for the type of writing selected (poetry, letters, etc.). Most importantly, the presentation style of the writing piece should reflect the best uses of technology when: formatting text, choosing a font and layout, and selecting graphics that enhance the piece of writing. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win using Publisher, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, or Scholastic Keys.) DEADLINE: Feb. 1
Description: The K-12 Graphic Arts Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original art product, color or black and white, that is generated with a computer. Entries must be completely computer generated, with no enhancements made using other artistic tools. The artwork should be mostly completed in freehand with a minimum of clip art or stamps; show originality and demonstrate elements of creative expression; have a center of interest that draws your eye in; be balanced with in the space used; and be unified so that all pieces flow with one another. The originality of the artwork is valued. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (Entries have won using Microsoft Paint, Photoshop or Pixie) DEADLINE: Feb. 1
MSET K-12 Student and Teacher Multimedia Contest
Description: The Multimedia Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners and one teacher winner each year for their creations using multimedia software such as KidPix, Pixie, PhotoStory, Windows Movie Maker, and PowerPoint. Winners’ creations are featured at the annual conference. There are 4 grade level categories for the student contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win with PowerPoint, Web Blender, MovieMaker or Photostory.) Winners of MSET grants and contests receive free membership to their annual technology conference in Baltimore to attend an award ceremony. DEADLINE: Feb. 1
Members of the four first-place teams will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond and an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC to be recognized for their achievements. Four second-place teams will also receive $5,000 savings bonds. Big thinking and big stakes those are great reasons for your students to start imagining the future.
The Gale/Library Media Connection TEAMS Award recognizes and encourages the critical collaboration between the teacher and media specialist to promote learning, increase student achievement and develop 21st century skills. All K–12 public and private schools in the United States and Canada are eligible for the award. Three winners will receive a $2,500 (U.S.) cash award; Gale products (approximate value $500 U.S.); a one-year subscription to Library Media Connection and choice of professional publications from Linworth Books (approximate value $800 U.S.).
Deadline: June 15