Flat Classroom Project 2010-1 Awards

The following awards will be delivered at the -

Flat Classroom Project 2010-1 Awards Ceremony

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Awards Slideshow

Multimedia Meta-Awards

These go to the best multimedia works overall from the 11 topic winners in each group.

About our Meta-judge:
Steve Madsen is located in Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia. He has been involved in various Flat Classroom Projects and has carried out specific tasks in past projects such as his involvement with the Sounding Boards, judging multi-media artifacts and the participation of his own students. Steve is currently the President of the Computing Studies Teachers Association of New South Wales and is on the Board of the Australian Council for Computers in Education.

Final comments from Steve:
The range and quality of the ideas presented in the multimedia artifacts were on the whole diverse, varied and approached in different ways as encouraged by The Story, Innovation, Invention and Prediction, Social Entrepreneurship, First Person Narrative, Group Stories(Symphony) and How we Live (Play). Each video was viewed more than once.

It is an accomplishment in its own right to successfully complete a video with the myriad of difficulties that can be encountered, upload to the Ning and embed in the respective wiki. Well done to everyone who succeeded in uploading their multimedia artifact.

Design and Technical Quality:
The overall quality of the multimedia artifacts seemed to be completed to a higher standard as compared to the past. Having said that, the use of tripods with a video camera is encouraged as well as the use of screen capture software rather than taking vision of a monitor because it usually results in unnecessary movement of the camera. Also, one should consider making use of different camera shots and angles of a scene.

It is really important to give credit to your sources, particularly the sources of your images at the end of your multimedia artifact. Most of the videos had many, many still images but did not give credit where credit was due.

When using text in your multimedia artifact, it is important to choose the correct font style and color. There were times when a dark font color was used on top of a dark static image and the audience had difficulty reading the actual text. The number of spelling errors seemed to be less as compared in the past. Needless to say, it is important that spelling errors do not exist particularly if English is one’s primary language.

Synthesis and Construction of Ideas:
The multimedia artifacts generally showed evidence of the understanding of their specific concept . The average video had a title section, covered 2 or 3 well known web applications such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Skype. Generally an audio event was missing such as narration or music and usually credits and citations were lacking as well.

The above average artifact had a Title section, discussed more than 3 well know web applications and tended to mention some lesser known web applications with longer explanations. Both music and narration were present. Credits and citations were present at the end of the artifact. A firm understanding of their theme was very apparent.

The very good to excellent multimedia artifact tended to adopt a different approach . They tended to use original graphics and animations or they used quite sophisticated visual effects in their vision. They tended to touch upon several sub-topics within their concept. Their multimedia artifact demonstrated a very good to excellent understanding of their concept and conveyed it in such a way that the audience had little trouble understanding the concept.

First Place

Student and multimedia information
9.C.1 The Journey ,by Salvador A., WHS, USA
Title of video: The Journey

It was appreciated that a different approach was used with 'The Journey' and that efforts to obtain an outsource video was evident. The audio was clear; good simple, effective images were used which focused on current events. The music chosen was effective and the use of a collage of images had positive impact. The author was assigned a difficult concept and the audience should gain a good understanding of the concept after watching this multimedia artifact.

Second Place

Student and multimedia information:
10.D.2 Virtual Communication by Yaroslav Loginov, Sotogrande International School, Spain
Title of video: Virtual Communication

'Virtual Communication' also used a different approach to explain their concept using original images in animations. However, there was no evidence that an outsourced multimedia artifact had been requested nor used within this end product. Many animation and screen shot techniques were used as well as purposeful audio effects. Several sub-topics were explained well and the audience should gain a good understanding of the concept after watching this multimedia artifact. It was also appreciated that some prediction was used which is always fun to see if the predictions become reality or close to it.

Third Place (Tie)

Student and multimedia information
11.F.2 Mu Ji H's Wireless Connectivity by Mu Ji Hwang, QA, Qatar
Title of video: Wireless Connectivity

'Mu Ji H's Wireless Connectivity' used many interesting techniques in the production of this multimedia artifact and seemed to make use of the limited resources at hand. Good camera angles and shots were used as well as some 'special effects'. The use of different intonations of the voice and exaggerated acting were appreciated. However, there seemed to be little or no evidence of credits nor outsourcing.

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Student and multimedia information
4.A.1 The Internet is a Shelf by Kellie E, MCAHS, USA
Title of video: The Internet is a Shelf

'CSI: The Internet is a Shelf' made good use of music, transitions and the audio quality was good. The use of a bookshelf to explain technology concepts was very much appreciated as was the comparison of a hard copy application and an online application. Proper credits and citations were used in this end product.

Honourable Mentions

Student and multimedia information
7.D.1 Are You Addicted to Google? by Heather C, MCAHS, USA
Title of video: Are You Addicted to Google

'Are You Addicted to Google' approached the task in a different fashion and the overall strategy was a good one. A huge number of sound effects were used which added to the quality of the end product. Many, many images were used, however, some of the images were too pixilated and took away from the quality of the video. The sub-titling phrasing was commendable but often tended to scroll too fast across the screen. More detailed credits and citations were also needed. Overall, a fun end product to watch.

Multimedia Awards

These awards go to the best multimedia works. Student work will be assessed against two criteria related to the objectives of the Flat Classroom Project. A winner, runner up, third place and honorable mention (if appropriate) has been awarded in each of the 13 major topics.
See Rubrics (hyperlink to Rubrics wiki for current project) for details about Criterion A: Design and Technical Quality and Criterion B: Synthesis and Construction of Ideas

These awards were given by our expert panel of judges (hyperlink to Judges wiki for current project)
(for each award add multimedia #, Student hyperlinked ot Ning profile, and video title)

#1 Connecting the World Online (CWO)

First: 1.D.3 Connecting the World Online Larissa P., SPA, USA
Second: 1.B.2 Journey Of The MePhone By Cole J, TS, USA
Third: 1.B.1 Education 2.0: The Future of the Classroom by Sean M, MCAHS
HM: 1.D.1 On The Line by Jordan P, MCAHS, USA

#2 World Wide Web (WWW)

First: 2.D.2 Facebook, Twitter and a Flat World by Carlie M, MCAHS, USA
Second (tie): 2.C.1 WWW Social Entrepreneurship by Tala Hashem, QA, Qatar and 2.C.2 How the WWW has changed the World by Mecca M. WHS, USA

#3 Workflow Software (WFS)

First: 3.F.1 Workflow Software by Lindsey Paulsen, TS, USA
Second: 3.D.1 Workflow Software by Chiara Navarre, WHS
Third: 3.B.1 Workflow Software by Cody Weisz, TS, U.S.A

#4 Uploading: The Changing Shape of Information (CSI)

First: 4.A.1 The Internet is a Shelf by Kellie E, MCAHS, USA
Second: 4.B.1 The New World by Chuck F, MCAHS, USA
Third: 4.F.1 CSI: How We Live & Play by Marisa F, MCAHS, USA

#5 Web 2.0 (W20)

First: 5.F.2 Twitter: Not Just for Fun by Autumn K, MCAHS, USA
Second: 5.E.1 - Symphony of Web 2.0 by Ben W., GHS, USA
Third: 5.D.1 Web 2.0 Wins Presidency by Maria M., MCAHS, USA

#6 Globalisation and Outsourcing (G&O)

First: 6.D.1 Long Live Funny Cat-Outsourcing by Jacourtney W. WHS, USA
Second: 6.B.1 What Makes the World Go 'Round? by Robby M, MCAHS, USA
Third: 6.E.1 Outsourcing & Its Effects by Justin S, MCAHS, USA

#7 Google (GGL)

First: 7.D.1 Are You Addicted to Google? by Heather C, MCAHS, USA
Second: 7.E.2 Sketching Up the World by Ed F, MCAHS, USA
Third: 7.B.1 Innovation, Invention and Prediction: Google by Kuter I, GHS, USA

#8 PLEs and Social Networking (PLE&SN)

First: 8.B.1 Facebook 2.0: Social Networking to the Next Level by Jessica S, MCAHS, USA
Second: 8.E.1 Facebook Advertisement by Amber D, GHS, USA
Third: 8.A.1 Social Networking Today by Stefanie B, MCAHS, USA

#9 Mobile and Ubiquitous (M&U)

First: 9.C.1 The Journey ,by Salvador A., WHS, USA
Second (tie): 9.B.1 The Future of Our Future, Ryan I, GHS, USA and 9.A.2 Mobile and Ubiquitous Technology by Chelsea B. , SPA, USA
Third: 9.B.2 Our Ubiquitous Reality: The Future of Mobile Phones by Brittany S, MCAHS, USA

#10 Virtual Communication (VCom)

First: 10.D.2 Virtual Communication by Yaroslav Loginov, Sotogrande International School, Spain
Second: 10.B.1 Virtual communication by Mona H. WHS, USA
Third: 10.D.1 Virtual Communication by Amna Nassralla, QA, Qatar

#11 Wireless Connectivity (WCon)

First: 11.F.2 Mu Ji H's Wireless Connectivity by Mu Ji Hwang, QA, Qatar
Second: 11.A.1 Have You Heard of It? by Ismael G, GHS, USA
Third: 11.A.2 Wirelessology by Josh C, MCAHS, USA