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Oak Ridge Associated Universities will award the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover to a school teacher whose classroom is within a 50-mile radius of Oak Ridge.
Now in its fourth year, the award provides $25,000 worth of the latest educational technologies, training and/or support.
Teachers interested in competing must file their intent to apply no later than Nov. 18.
The contest is open to public school math and science teachers who teach at the elementary or middle-school level (grades 5-8). Entrants must have the written consent of their principals and, if chosen, be willing to have their 2012-13 classroom experience highlighted on the Internet and in various media outlets.
Teachers, students and even parents whose children are benefiting from this initiative will be invited to blog about this year-long experience on the Extreme Classroom website.
After submitting an intent-to-apply form, entrants will be required to submit a full application and a 3- to 4-minute video that illustrates potential uses of technology and the need for technology in their classrooms.
Information regarding the full video application will be available at www.orau.org/center-for-science-education/classroom-makeover/ after Nov. 18. The full application and video entry deadline is Jan. 23, 2012, and the winner will be announced at the end of March or first of April 2012.
Information on the ORAU Extreme Classroom Makeover contest is available on the website, which also shows how last year’s winner, Herman Sutton from Green Magnet Math and Science Academy in Knoxville, has adapted to his new high-tech classroom.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies, and private industry.
ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.