Thursday, December 4, 2014

Speak Up America Photo and Video Challenge

Educators, win a $250 or $500 grant for your classroom or school just by having your students participate in Speak Up!  

Planning to have your class or school participate in Speak Up this week? Already had your class or school participate? Need a little incentive to get your class or school to participate? Join in on the fun and take part in our Speak Up for America Photo and Video Challenge.

Hashtag: #SpeakUpSnapshot
To celebrate digital learning and all our wonderful Speak Up participants, we will be offering a $250 grant to one lucky Speak Up participating classroom or school during the week of December 8th. All you need to do is take a picture with the Speak Up for America 2014 Badge highlighting your Speak Up experience and upload to one of our social media sites or the photo challenge page. The contest is open now, so get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing you and your students Speaking Up!
For contest rules please visit our photo challenge page here.

Examples from last year's contest:
Hear from last year's winners

 “The Speak Up America grant pushed my Video class into a more professional production as we have purchased a Green Screen Background, lighting, and video memory sticks.  My class produces a weekly Morning Announcement newscast every Wednesday at the beginning of 1st period and the entire student body and staff watch and rave with approval!  The Speak Up America grant has my students broadcasting loud and clear now!”
–Mark Rivadeneryra, Capistrano Unified School District, CA 

 “I have been participating in the Speak Up survey ever since it started.  Technology has grown in my classroom by leaps and bounds since then, but as with any technology, there is always something new to add to the classroom. After winning the grant last year, I purchased an XYZ 3D printer to integrate STEM into my classroom. My students since then have created iPhone cases, key chains, tie clips and more.  Even though the survey data is an invaluable tool at our school, getting the opportunity to purchase the latest in technology was icing on the cake!”
- Dr. Karl Ochsner, Pope John XXIII Catholic School, AZ

“The grant from Speak Up was used to purchase two iPad Minis to be used in our first grade classroom. We are very thankful to be able to have this technology at our finger tips, every single day.  It is hard to remember life without our iPads.  Thank you Speak Up!”

- Ashton Burk, Red Lion Area School School District, PA
  

Hashtag: #VoicesofSpeakUp
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your future?
Last year, we heard you loud and clear with over 85,000 participants during Speak Up America week and multiple #speakupsnapshots submitted to the 1st annual Speak Up America photo challenge. Now in our second year of Speak Up America, we want to see you and your class “Speaking Up” in action! In this new social media video challenge, Project Tomorrow wants to know:
“Why is using digital tools for learning important for your (students’) future?”

All you need to do is create a short 15-30 second video answering the question above. Use this opportunity to get your class involved by making this into a class project. Submissions can come in the form of videos, animations (Powtoon), slideshows, voice snippets and more!  The more creative the better!

In this challenge, there will be THREE grant opportunities with a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prize.
1st: $500 classroom or school grant
2nd: $350 classroom or school grant
3rd: $150 classroom or school grant

Never has your chance of earning a $500 grant for your classroom been easier. Enter your #VoicesofSpeakUp video into the Speak Up America video challenge today!

Learn more about the video challenge contest rules here.

We are very sensitive to student and participants’ privacy and with that no faces are required to be in the photos and videos. We just ask that you incorporate the Speak Up America badge and student voice (thoughts, ideas, and opinions) into the challenge -  the more creative the better!