Last week, one of my students told me that she was creating a Doodle 4 Google to try to win a computer lab for our school. I had seen the initial call for entries from Google about a month ago, and hadn't really gotten around to revisiting it since. When the student told me that she was creating a Doodle 4 Google, I thought of a much bigger idea. Why not have a school-wide contest???
My school is located in Washington, DC, so when I first went to the Doodle4Google website, one can imagine my discouragement in seeing that DC was not listed. So, I looked through the FAQ and the "Judging and Prizes" sections and, low and behold, there it was: Washington, DC is lumped in with Maryland. This of course means, that not only can my student apply, but the entire student population could apply as well, if they so chose to.
With less than three weeks to go until applications are due (March 22nd), I'm planning to launch a school-wide application for Doodle 4 Google. Since the theme is "My Best Day Ever...", students would likely look at this as a fun way to creatively answer a question and express themselves. As educators, we all know how essential it is to re-awaken creativity in the minds of our students. This could be a great way to start.
Submissions can be drawn on physical paper, OR they can be created with the use of technology. As the Technology Teacher, I've already taught Kindergarten thru Second Grades how to use the Microsoft Paint software, and am so excited to give them this great opportunity to combine the use of this software with their imagination of the "Best Day Ever".
I'm curious to see if anyone else out there has students entering this contest as well. Anyone??