eInstruction Announces Winners of $170,000 International Classroom Makeover Video Contest

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Contest Awards Classrooms in Texas, Florida and Alabama with Interactive Technology Packages

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“Each year we’re blown away by the remarkable enthusiasm shown by all students in this contest" -- Eileen Shihadeh, Vice President of Global Marketing at eInstruction

eInstruction, a premier global provider of learning technology, announced today three grand prize winners of its fifth annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. The winners, representing the top video submissions from more than 250 entries from around the world, were selected by a guest judging panel and nearly 50,000 votes submitted by the general public on the contest website, http://www.2011classroommakeover.com.

The three classroom makeover prize packages are valued between $29,467 and $79,812 each, and include educational technology from eInstruction, American Education Corporation, Dell, Evan-Moor, FableVision, Hewlett-Packard, Ignite! Learning, Incredible Kid, Math Forum @ Drexel, Monarch Teaching Technologies, Nectar Foundation, netTrekker Search, School Specialty, StarrMatica and Study Island. In addition to the classroom technology, winners will receive a $500 cash prize for hosting a celebratory party for the entire school.

Grades K-5 Winner: Lynn Martinez’s Fourth Grade Class from Olmito Elementary in Brownsville, TX. Their video, “eInstruction, Rescue Me!” can be viewed here.

“It was exciting to find out that our video was selected among many applicants as finalist. But to win is just unbelievable,” said Lynn Martinez. “We could not have done it without everyone's support. We had the entire Los Fresnos CISD family behind us throughout the making of the video, and I can't thank them enough!”

Grades 6–8 Winner: Joseph Groppe’s Class from Crews Lake Middle School in Spring Hill, FL. Their video, “Extreme Classroom Makeover,” can be viewed here.

“On behalf of my talented, diligent students, I would like to thank eInstruction and all other affiliated companies for creating such a wonderful program,” said Joseph Groppe, technology specialist that led the students in this project. “In order to create this video, these students collectively agreed upon the concepts, the content and the digital effects, resulting in a video submission we’re very proud of, which helped us win amazing educational products.”

Grades 9-12 Winner: Gina McCarley’s Class from Lawrence County High School in Moulton, AL. Their video, “Teach Me How to Study,” can be viewed here.

“‘Teach Me How to Study’ was a collaborative effort among the drama class, the Computer class and the Lawrence County High School faculty,” said Gina McCarley, the teacher who oversaw the video creation. “Everyone involved had so much fun creating the contest video. We are so thankful for the opportunity to participate and look forward to using the eInstruction tools.”

As a token of appreciation for the time and hard work invested by all entrants, eInstruction is presenting each participating class with ExamView® Assessment Suite and ExamView® Learning Series, the most popular assessment-and-content software in the country. All finalists that were not chosen as grand prize winners will be presented with a free eInstruction mobile interactive whiteboard, Mobi View™, and Workspace™, the award-winning software used to create and assemble the interactive lesson content controlled with the Mobi View™.

“Each year we’re blown away by the remarkable enthusiasm shown by all students in this contest,” said Eileen Shihadeh, Vice President of Global Marketing at eInstruction. “The three winning classrooms, in particular, showed exceptional energy, and it is with great pleasure that we are able to equip these students and teachers with technology they may not have had access to otherwise.”

Each winner will receive a complete classroom makeover with advanced interactive technology, including:

  •     Mobi View™– A mobile version of the popular interactive whiteboard, Mobi View is the industry’s first mobile interactive whiteboard system with touch screen control. Mobi View’s interactive touch screen gives educators one-touch access to annotation tools, favorite files, applications, websites and a keyboard, while helping them run smooth and efficient lessons from anywhere in the classroom.
  •     Mobi Student-Centered Learning Pack ™ – Comprised of three Mobi Learners, designed for student use, the Student-Centered Learning Pack creates collaborative classrooms by enabling multiple students or groups to contribute content to the lesson display simultaneously.
  •     CPS Pulse™ – the most advanced version of the market-leading student response system used by millions of students and teachers around the world.
  •     ExamView® Assessment Suite – Featuring Test Generator, Test Manager and Test Player, making it easy for teachers to create, administer and manage both formative and summative assessments.
  •     ExamView® Learning Series – A collection of more than 12,000 unique, high-quality, grade-appropriate questions specifically aligned to state standards and core curriculum topics in language arts, math, reading, science and social studies. The Learning Series works together with the Assessment Suite to help teachers review, reinforce and supplement standards-based instruction.

Additional prizes from co-sponsors include:

  •     America Education Corporation - A+ Classroom Site License
  •     Dell - Interactive Projector
  •      Evan-Moor - 10 Free Interactive Applications
  •      FableVision - Words and Their Stories Site, Animation-ish, Stationery Studio Deluxe and Big Screen Books Licenses
  •     Hewlett-Packard - Desktop and Touchsmart PCs
  •      Ignite! Learning - Middle School ION Site License and Ignite Torches
  •      Incredible Kid - Write On Classroom Edition
  •     Math Forum @ Drexel - Problems of the Week Annual License
  •     Monarch Teaching Technologies - VizZle Teacher License
  •     Nectar Foundation - Math and Language Treks Site License
  •     netTrekker Search - One year netTrekker Annual License
  •     School Specialty - 120 Student Planners
  •     StarrMatica - StarrMatica District Membership
  •     Study Island – Math and Reading Licenses

A guest judging panel, which helped determine the winners, was comprised of top leaders in education and technology. A complete list of participating judges can be found here.

“All participants deserve accolades for the incredibly inspiring ways they integrate technology,” said guest judge Shelly Terrell, VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. “I wish I would have been a student in these schools where learning is a blast! Thank you to all the participants who made my job as a judge especially difficult.”

Fellow judge Sarah Wessling, 12-year veteran language arts teacher, and 2010 National Teacher of the Year said, "When we talk about 21st Century skills like collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking, this is what we hope to see: teachers and students working side by side to raise their collective voices about the importance of learning."

About the eInstruction™ Classroom Makeover Video Contest
The fifth annual competition was open to primary and secondary students and teachers in U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico. Between August 29 and October 25, participants were invited to submit short, creative music videos demonstrating how they would use advanced technology to enhance their learning experience in the classroom. Videos had to be submitted by teachers and placed in the appropriate grade categories. For complete rules and guidelines on the eInstruction Classroom Makeover Video Contest, visit http://www.2011classroommakeover.com.

About eInstruction®
eInstruction is a leading education technology company dedicated to providing interactive teaching and learning technology and services that help educators drive academic progress every day, and give administrators the ability to monitor, aggregate, and analyze student performance data. The company offers educators a family of software, student response systems, fixed interactive whiteboards, mobile interactive whiteboards, professional development, and content.

eInstruction’s research‐based solutions have been shown to increase student
engagement and achievement while providing real‐time feedback and performance data to educators and administrators. Millions of students, teachers, and professors use

eInstruction® technology in 600,000 K‐12 classrooms and more than 1,000 higher education institutions around the world. Available in more than 40 languages, eInstruction® technology is enhancing education in over 90 countries worldwide. eInstruction has offices in Denton, TX; Scottsdale, AZ; Cincinnati, OH; and
Paris, France.

To learn more about eInstruction, please visit http://www.einstruction.com. For media inquiries, please contact Julie McKinney at Stanton Communications at (410) 727‐6855 or jmckinney(at)stantoncomm(dot)com.

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