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Apps4VA Hackathons

On October 19-20, Apps4VA will host a series of hackathons across Virginia that challenges participants to create apps that improve education using this data catalog. There will be 5 locations hosting the hackathons:

If you can’t attend in person,  consider entering the Open Competition or contributing to the Idea Bank! Now, for the most important part: the prizes! The grand prize is $1500! At each location there will be a First Prize: $750 and there will be a Hacker’s Choice Prize: $250. In addition, the local hosts and sponsors will have other prizes including the chance to win some Windows Phones for people who develop a Windows 8 app! Yay!!

Here are some resources to help get you started with developing your submission:


hero_chronozoom-betaChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. Big History is the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of cosmos, Earth, life, and humanity. By using Big History as the story line, ChronoZoom seeks to bridge the gap between the humanities and sciences an enable all this information to be easily understandable and navigable.


Go on an epic voyage through time, infinitely scalable from the Big Bang to today, exploring all of history through this master timeline of the cosmos, Earth, life, and human experience


And gain insight from different historical perspectives, specialized timelines, and media resources, courtesy of the cloud


Unexpected relationships and historical convergences that help explain the sweep of Big History—and the relationship between the humanities and the sciences

Read more…

Mobile in Education

On March 19th, at the Microsoft offices in Chevy Chase, Mobile Monday Washington DC will host “The Impact of Mobile on Education“. Sponsored by Microsoft, leaders from the technology, university, and non-profit industries will discuss how the mobile channel engages lifelong learners, as well as their predictions for how the tools and technologies will evolve.



Mr. Jeffrey R. Young, Senior Editor, Technology Coverage, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and writer of College 2.0 column (@jryoung / chronicle.com)


This event will also feature a Mobile Job Market Consulting Lounge presented by Profiles:

During the networking hour, the Profiles DC team will be available to answer your questions one on one. Whether you are seeking ways to advance your career or have questions around enhancing your Interactive department, expert Recruiters and Business Management Consultants are available to answer your questions.

Go to www.dcmomo.com to learn more our organization! Register for the event today at http://momodcmarch2012.eventbrite.com.

Mobile Monday Washington DC (www.dcmomo.com) is a networking group of 1000+ digital media professionals in the DC area. About 6-8 times per year, we host various panels on mobile related topics from 6-8pm (one hour of networking, one hour of program). These events are free and open to the public. We encourage all of our attendees to donate one cell phone – proceeds from which benefit women in poverty through the Grameen Foundation.

Kinect School Sweepstakes

Kinect School Sweepstakes(Jan 23 – May 14)

Energize your classroom and get students moving! Enter for your chance to win a Kinect™ for Xbox 360© prize package for your school!


If you work for a US educational institution, you and all your co-workers are eligible to enter! You can enter once per prize period. See the sweepstakes site for details and official rules.



Four Grand Prizes!



A Prize Package consisting of the following items:

One (1) Xbox 360 Kinect 250GB Bundle. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $399.00.

Two (2) Kinect Video Games. Approximate Retail Value (ARV) $99.98.

Games will be selected from the following titles: Dance Central, Body & Brain, or Sesame Street.

Sweepstakes entry runs January 23, 2012 through May 14, 2012. The Entry Period will consist of four separate prize periods. One (1) entry per person, per prize period.

Prize Period Entry Period Drawing Date
1 January 23 to February 14 February 15, noon Pacific Time
2 February 15 to March 14 March 15, noon Pacific Time
3 March 15 to April 14 April 15, noon Pacific Time
4 April 15 to May 14 May 15, noon Pacific Time

Download Official Rules (251KB PDF)
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Edublog Awards Nomination

“The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2004 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.
The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.
The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.”

Because Edublog Awards are community based, that means the community gets to nominate people! This is my first year nominating a blogger, but I’m sure it won’t be my last.  : )

Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog

Computer Science Teacher – Thoughts and Information from Alfred Thompson: If you’re a computer science teacher for high school or a beginning programming class, you should definitely subscribe to Alfred’s blog. If you’re a motivated student looking to learn more, it might benefit you to subscribe as well. Alfred does great posts about teaching computer science, challenges that arise and projects and sample code teachers can use in class.

Do you have someone you want to nominate for an Edublog Award? Anyone can nominate their favorite blogs and sites in a wide range of categories.

To nominate you need to:

  1. Post your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to the Edublog Awards site (You can nominate blogs more than once, in fact it’s encourages. So make sure your favorites make it to the finals and feel free to re-use this blog post!)
  2. Use the form at the bottom of the Nominations page to send us a link to your nominations

You can find more detailed information on how to nominate on Nominations page!

America’s Big Test

“It’s the culmination of American K-12 education: students must prove they’re ready for college. The SAT results for 2011 are in, and what do they reveal? The disparity in achievement is growing. Some students’ scores are dropping, some are rising, and the majority are not prepared to succeed at the collegiate level.” (via @ohtinytony)

America's Big Test
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The Digital Promise

“In September of this year, the White House launched the ‘Digital Promise’ initiative, a national center dedicated to improving the implementation of technology in schools all across the US. Though technology has advanced tremendously in the last 20 years, education has not kept pace with these innovations. The Digital Promise seeks to remedy this discrepancy, transforming the way we teach and learn in the process.” (via @ohtinytony)