Judges Announced For $170,000 Global Classroom Makeover Video Contest

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Distinguished Leaders in Education and Technology Comprise the Panel to Select Video Contest Winners

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The caliber of this judging panel reflects our commitment to yet another successful worldwide competition that ultimately awards students and teachers based on their inspiration, creativity and desire for enhanced technology in the classroom.

eInstruction, a leading education technology company, today announced the judging panel for its fifth annual Classroom Makeover Video Contest. The group, which includes recognized leaders in the fields of education and technology, will choose three classrooms to win interactive classroom makeovers worth up to $79,000 each. For consideration, videos must be submitted to the official contest website, http://www.2011classroommakeover.com, no later than 12:00 p.m. on October 25, 2011.

Members of the 2011 Classroom Makeover judging panel are:

•Mario Armstrong - Emmy-award winning radio and television technology talk show host, commentator and digital lifestyle expert, and founder of the education technology site TechTechBoom! Mario is a technology contributor to NBC’s TODAY Show, and he appears regularly on CNN, CNBC, NPR’s Morning Edition and PBS to discuss how technology impacts society and business. Mario is passionate about engaging and educating youth to pursue STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) academics, and hosts presentations in schools across the country to excite students about STEM careers.

•Steven W. Anderson - #EdChat Co-Creator and Instructional Technologist at Clemmons Middle School in North Carolina. Named one of the most influential social networkers in the education industry, Steven has emerged as an education technology leader with the creation of #EdChat, a Twitter-based education discussion that draws more than 1,000 participants each week. In 2009, he was voted the Most Influential Tweeter as part of the Annual Edublog awards and was a co-recipient of the Most Influential Series of Tweets for his part in helping to create #edchat.

•Sarah Wessling - A 12-year veteran of the high school English Language Arts classroom, and has enjoyed working with students throughout a spectrum of courses. Sarah became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in 2005, and has also been especially active with the Iowa and National Council of Teachers of English, where she has served as the ICTE President. In 2010, Sarah was selected as the National Teacher of the Year, and has spent the last year traveling as a national and international spokesperson for education.

•John Wilson - Appointed the Executive Director for the National Education Association (NEA) in 2000. Prior to accepting this position, John had served in more leadership roles at all levels of the Association and has also been a member of NEA’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors, among others.. In addition, he served as chair of Partnerships for 21st Century Skills, a coalition of 33 business and education groups that advocate for every child to graduate from high school with 21st century skills and knowledge. Additionally, John chaired the Learning First Alliance, a partnership of 18 leading education organizations with more than 10 million members, dedicated to improving learning in American public schools. The 3E Institute presented him with the Education 500 President’s Award in 2006 for being a true entrepreneur in education.

•Shelly Terrell - The VP of Educator Outreach for Parentella and Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She is also the co-organizer and co-creator of the award nominated educational projects, #Edchat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference, and the Virtual Round Table conference. The New York Times learning blog has included her on its list of the top 78 educators to follow on Twitter. Shelly also has an education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, for resources for effective technology integration. In the fall of 2011, her book “The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators” is being published by Eye on Education.

•Punya Mishra – A professor of Educational Psychology and Education Technology at Michigan State University, where he also directs the Master of Arts in Educational Technology program. Punya has contributed to several published academic works including “Handbook of research on effective electronic gaming in education” and “Faculty Development by Design: Integrating Technology in Higher Education.”. Punya was recognized by Tech&Learning as one of the “10 Most Influential People in Ed Tech for 2011.”

•Gregg Festa - Named “2007 Educational Technologist of the Year” from the New Jersey Association for Educational Technology. Gregg currently serves as the founding director of the ADP Center for Teacher Preparation and Learning Technologies at Montclair State University where he provides more than 50,000 teachers, students and teacher educators with access to state-of-the-art teaching and learning spaces, professional development workshops and conferences, instructional media labs, and more. Along with Punya Mishra, Gregg was named as one of the “10 Most Influential People in Ed Tech for 2011” by Tech&Learning.

•Kurt Eisele-Dyrli - Products Editor for District Administration magazine for the past three years, and currently Communications Manager for Professional Media group, publisher of District Administration and University Business magazines, publications for education leaders around the country.

Classes in the U.S., Canada (excluding Quebec), South Africa, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and Puerto Rico are invited to submit short, creative music videos demonstrating how they would use technology to enhance their learning experience in the classroom. On November 9, 2011, five finalists in each of three grade categories (Kindergarten through fifth grade; sixth grade through eighth grade; and ninth grade through twelfth grade) will be selected and the public will be welcomed to vote for the best submissions through December 5. One grand prize winner will be announced for each grade category on or around December 12, 2011.

“eInstruction is honored to partner with each of these distinguished members of the education community for our latest Classroom Makeover Video Contest,” said Eileen Shihadeh-Shald, vice-president of global marketing at eInstruction. “The caliber of this judging panel reflects our commitment to yet another successful worldwide competition that ultimately awards students and teachers based on their inspiration, creativity and desire for enhanced technology in the classroom.”

Videos will be judged based on effective use of technology, portrayal of teachers and students working together, and overall creativity and spirit. Winners will receive a suite of products from eInstruction and classroom technology from partner companies 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.

Prizes will vary based on the grade level of the winning classrooms. The complete eInstruction Classroom Makeover is valued at approximately $173,000. In addition to the classroom technology, eInstruction will provide funds for a celebratory party for each of the winning schools.

For complete rules and guidelines for participating in the eInstruction Classroom Makeover Video Contest, visit http://www.2011classroommakeover.com.

You can also follow the 2011 Classroom Makeover contest on Facebook and Twitter at http://www.facebook.com/einstruction and http://twitter.com/einstruction/.

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 and administrators a family of software, student response systems, interactive whiteboards, wireless interactive tablets, and powerful enterprise-based administrator tools.

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 500,000 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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