San Jose State University and the Krause Center for Innovation Partner in “Tell Your Story” Challenge for Bay Area Schools

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In a first-time collaboration, SJSWP and the Krause Center for Innovation promote a joint multimedia storytelling challenge for elementary, middle and high schools; free software and training provided; cash prize to winner

The Bay Area’s first all-digital “Tell Your Story” Challenge will be introduced this Saturday, May 6, from 9:30-11:30 AM at the San Jose State “Super Saturday” Workshop held in the MLK Computer Lab 433, open to all K-12 educators. This Challenge will be officially launched in Fall 2006 for the 2006-2007 school year. Saturday’s workshop will provide all participants with a “sneak preview”, free Memories Builder™ software provided by StoryRock Electronic Publishing, and hands-on training.

The “Tell Your Story” Challenge is both a journalism and technology experience for students of all ages. Using digital tools, students learn how to effectively tell a story by integrating photos, video, text, narration, music, graphics, hyperlinks, files, and scanned documents.

While the “Tell Your Story” Challenge is new to the area, the software is not. “The skills we’re learning in the computer lab have given my students confidence, leadership skills, and the ability to go beyond the typical technology standards in a fun, creative way while creating something meaningful for the entire school,” explains Samantha Thai, Almond Elementary School teacher, Los Altos. Memories Builder™ is the flagship product of StoryRock, Inc., the worldwide leader in multimedia yearbooks.

Official launch workshops will be held Fall 2006 with LINK classes at the Krause Center for Innovation (KCI) and a Super Saturday at SJAWP.

Deadline for the completed project entry is March 1, 2007 and the winning announcement is scheduled for March 31, 2007. The $1,000 cash prize money for the winner in each category is being sponsored by Urban Computers, a local company that has been purchasing old Macintosh computers from schools since 1988.

About SJAWP and KCI

SJAWP (San Jose Area Writing Project) dedicated to improving the teaching and uses of writing at all grade levels (K-16) and in all disciplines.

KCI (Krauss Center for Innovation) programs ensuring technology is used effectively to create new opportunities for learning and to promote student achievement.


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