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Friday, December 05, 2008

eInstruction Announces Grand Prize Winners of $75,000 in classroom technology!

Three winners will receive an Interactive Classroom Makeover; public votes and judges make final decision.

eInstruction, a premier global provider of interactive learning solutions, announces the three winners of the company’s second annual video contest that recognizes teachers and students for their collaboration and use of technology in the classroom. Participants of the contest were asked to create a short music video parodying the song of their choice. The winners’ videos did a superior job of demonstrating teamwork, technology in the classroom and creativity.

The winners from each grade segment (K-5, 6-8 and 9-12) are as follows:

Grades K-5 winner:
Mrs. Brett Lanier at Chinquapin Elementary in Chinquapin, North Carolina, United States

Grades 6-8 winner:

Mr. Michael Grothem at
Corona Ranch Elementary in Corona, California, United States

Grades 9-12 winner:

Mrs. Vicki Gough at the
Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School in London, Ontario, Canada

The winners were selected from more than 290 submissions from across the United States, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. The public votes constituted 30 percent of the final score and the panel of judges determined 70 percent of the entrant’s final score.

As a token of appreciation for all of the hard work put into creating their videos, all contest participants will receive a free copy of Interwrite Workspace® LE.
And in a recent addition to the prizes, each runner-up will receive a classpack of CPS IR clickers and an Interwrite Mobi™.

The contest winners will be awarded with the following prize package:
  • The soon-to-be-released Interwrite® DualBoard and Interwrite Mobi – Both products are the next generation in classroom teaching tools.
  • Interwrite Workspace – Includes over 4,000 teaching resources and more than 50 tools for creating, organizing, capturing and sharing teaching materials. And as the only classroom instruction software that integrates the ExamView® Assessment Suite, this powerful software is a must have in every classroom.
  • CPS RF 32 Unit Student Response System – All heads are up with this engaging assessment tool that instantly informs educators if every student is understanding a lesson and identifies which students are having trouble – no one is left behind.
  • ExamView Assessment Suite – A complete toolset of three seamless applications that provides the means to build comprehensive tests with Test Generator, administer tests with Test Player and analyze results with Test Manager.
  • ExamView® Learning Series – A collection of over 243,000 unique, high-quality questions specifically aligned to core curriculum. Learning Series content is delivered through the ExamView Assessment Suite.
  • Dell™ Latitude™ E5400 Laptop - Designed to help simplify information technology by reducing cost, deployment time and maintenance, the newest Dell Latitude E5400 laptop delivers mobile computing with better flexibility and performance.
  • Planet Earth Series DVD Set by Discovery Education - This award-winning Planet Earth series is an 11-part series that features in-depth looks at animal behaviors and startling views of various regions- ranging from the deep ocean to mountains - from across the globe.
  • Study Island Subscription - Online standards-based learning programs designed specifically to help students master the skills and knowledge in each state’s unique set of standards.
  • Inspiration® and InspireData™ Licenses*- Provided by Inspiration Software®, the program helps students in grades 6-12 develop essential learning strategies as they create graphic organizers to visually represent concepts and relationships. Also included is InspireData which lets students examine data and explore relationships that help to develop analytical skills and strengthen critical thinking skills. *Kidspiration will be provided to the K-5 winner.
  • Server - Provided by Safari Montage® - The server will be pre-loaded with programs, fully segmented, from the finest educational video publishers in the world.
    Both the K-8 and 9-12 Core Content Packages include 1,000 pre-selected and pre-loaded titles, which are fully segmented and searchable.
  • netTrekker d.i. License - Provided by Thinkronize, netTrekker d.i. is the leading educational search tool in K-12 schools. It connects educators and students to more than 300,000 educator-selected resources – organized by grade and readability level and aligned with each state’s academic standards. Thinkronize is also including an hour-long Professional Development Webinar.
  • Control System from Calypso Controls – The CB-1000 is a wall-mount button panel that offers eight programmable tactile buttons, useful for controlling projectors, DVD players and other audiovisual equipment.
  • AVerVision CP300 Document Camera by AVerMedia® - The CP300 an interactive 3.2 mega pixel document camera with 16x total zoom and pan capability. It also features instant auto focus that delivers the utmost clarity of image in a second with one touch.
  • One Day of Professional Development from Brewer Technology and Learning – One day of professional development will be provided to help teachers learn to effectively use the equipment as tools that enhance and accelerate the learning process.
    Free Installation from BMC – BMC certified installation experts will come to the school and install all of the components of the classroom makeover.
    Other prizes will include an LCD projector, sound system and $1,000 (USD) for other classroom technology. Plus, a party for the entire school.

To view all of the submitted videos, including the winners, visit For more information on eInstruction’s interactive learning solutions, please visit

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