NetGenEd Project 2012 Awards

The following awards will be delivered at the -

NetGenEd Project 2012 Awards Ceremony

Date: May 29, 2012
Time: 10:30AM EDT
Elluminate Guest Link: NetGenEd Elluminate Presentation Room

Awards Slideshow

Master Meta-Awards

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

About our Master Meta-judge:
Each topic has a meta judge as listed below to determine the top award winning video in each category. The top videos in each category will be then judged by the Master Meta-Judge to determine the winner for the project. The Master Meta-Judge for this project is Alan Levine.Alan-Monterey.jpg

Alan is widely recognized for expertise in the application of new technologies to education and was a pioneer on the web. An early proponent of blogs and RSS, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. More recently he has explored new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story and the StoryBox), and tools for connecting and open sharing online.

Currently he is an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges. When possible, he enjoys the peace of a little cabin in Strawberry, Arizona. His interests include digital storytelling, digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the inifinte river of the internet.

Master Meta-judge comments:
This was no easy task! I am impressed by the quality of the videos produced collaboratively, the research done to include relevant examples, and inventiveness in presentation. What struck me the most was the way these students have connected the technologies to what is relevant to them, both in and out of school. The winning entries I selected below struck a balance between addressing the issues brought by the technology and video production. I am pleased to see on all groups the use of and crediting their external media sources as well as ones that attempted to bring in a story line to their message.

Design and Technical Quality:
I was drawn to the videos that showed originality in their production, such as graphic illustrated style to the use of a talk show metaphor and the use of tools like xtranormal. I'd caution against going overboard with too many video effects- as often a simpler and cleaner approach is better. A number of the teams achieved excellent balance of audio when mixing with music, and I'd suggest for most that when these sources are mixed to lower music even more than you think is needed, or to question if background music is really necessary (often music can be between used as a bridge between sections). Probably the most challenging task with audio is normalizing the levels between sections recorded separately and/or with different devices, and reducing background noise and/or microphone buzz goes a long way to reduce distraction. Nearly all the videos were well edited in terms of cuts and not lingering too long on a point or an object.

Synthesis and Construction of Ideas:
A number of these topics are difficult for adults to synthesize, so kudos to the teams took on the more challenging topics. I looked for videos that dug into the topics and used examples to support their messages, but also highlighted the implications of these technologies for not only education, but society in general.. Even for the few videos that in my opinion could have gone a bit deeper on treatment, I saw attempts to explore issues or aspects that were not necessarily covered in detail in the original Horizon Report.

First Place

Video #: 1.F.2 "The Internet of Things"
Author: NiallC_KS
Title of video: The Internet of Things
Judges comment: I was impressed by the comprehensive overview of this topic and its illustration of how it might come to be via concrete examples. This video was able to demonstrate clearly how this technology might come to be in clever ways through metaphors and real objects, and added a bit of clever humor that did not detract from the message

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Second Place

Video #: 8.B.1Tablet Computing
Author: RachelP_SVHS
Title of video: Table Computing
Judges comment: I enjoyed the clean video style in this project, use of music and the depiction of examples that both showed the technology and supported the message. The one caveta that is difficult to avoid is the dominance of iPads, and at least there should be mention that there are other key table devices out there.

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Third Place

Video #: 8.C.2 "Game-Based Learning"
Author: Samuel M/KS
Title of video: Game-based Learning
Judges comment: The graphic style for this video was compelling and matched well with the topic, and was complemented by compelling narration. The synthesis brought together key points as well as addressing the positive and negative aspects of game-based learning.

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Honourable Mention

Video #: 5.E.2 Computing Made Easy
Author: SadeB_AAHS
Title of video: Computing Made Easy
Judges comment: I was impressed by the juxtaposition of the hand drawn visual style and the use of gesture-based device (seen in reflection) for recording of the video. Ease of use is certainly the leading compelling aspect of Gesture-Based Computing and this video made a strong case for it- I might have liked to seen the drawing of the message on the iPad sped up just a tad.

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Multimedia Awards

These awards go to the best multimedia works. Student work will be assessed against two criteria related to the objectives of the NetGenEd Project. A winner, runner up, third place and honorable mention (if appropriate) has been awarded in each of the 6 major topics.
See Rubrics 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** led by our hard working Meta-Judge, Alan Levine.
(for each award add multimedia #, Student hyperlinked ot Ning profile, and video title)

#1 Mobile Apps

First: 4.A.1The Evolution of Studyingby Kendall B (school?) and A.APM.1 Mobile Apps in the Real World by KristenS_AAHS
Second: 4.A.2 Picture This! by RandyL_aahsand 5.A.4 NathanR_HPC Apps for collaboration
Third: 6.A.3"Educational Apps" tj-whsb
HM: 8.A.1 Innovation of Mobile Apps: Small Tools to Make a Big Difference MishaB_SVHS

#2 Tablet Computing

First: 8.B.1Tablet ComputingRachelP_SVHS
Second: 5.B.1 Tablet Computing Collaboration Morgan_ISA and 6.B.1 BarryW_PHSA Tablet Computing
Third: 7.B.2 "Transcending Tablets" by Josephg_aahs and B.PM.1 Trees T. - Ning video link
HM: 8.B.2 Tablet Computing_Innovation DanielleM_PHSand 4.B.1 Ebooks by BeccaB-whsband 3.B.1 Tablet Computing: Scrutiny by ElenaAPPHS

#3 Game-Based Learning

First: 8.C.2 "Game-Based Learning" by Samuel M/KSand 2.C.2 Ben H Game Based Learning Video
Second: 5.C.2 Game Based Learning Justin C
Third: 3.C.3 Game Based Learning Scrutiny by Matt_PHS
HM: 4.C.1 "Teacher's Issue with Boring Class Room" by TrevorS_PPHS

#4 Learning Analytics

First: 5.D.1 Allie M's talk show! Topic: Learning Analytics and Collaboration! AllieM_PPHS and 2.D.2 "Learning Analytics and Customization" by Tess T.-pphs
Second: 2.D.3 "Customizing How We Learn" by GrantF_AAHSand 8.D.3 Using Learning Analytics Flora Wang
Third: 1.D.1 "Smart Homework" HayesG_WHSB
HM: 5.D.2 Joshua's Collaboration and Learning Analytics Video JoshuaA_AAHSand 8.D.1 Learning Dana-lytics and Innovation Dana_ISA

#5 Gesture-Based Computing

First: 5.E.2 SadeB_AAHS Computing Made Easy
Second: 1.E.1NateB_SVHS Gesture based Computing leads to freedom
Third: 5.E.1 Rachelh-WHSB Why would you want to take a personal assistant to school?

#6 Internet of Things

First: 8.F.2 EmmaS_AAHS Emma's Internet of Thing's Video
Second: 1.F.2 "The Internet of Things" by NiallC_KS
Third: 8.F.3 DavidM_PHS Internet of things-Innovation
HM: 7.F.3 The Speedy Highway of the Internet of Things NicoleG_SVHS

Participating Classrooms

School Tag
School Name
Teacher Name
Jaime Guthier
Allied Health & Science
Brian McLaughlin
International School of the Americas
Cassie Allen
Pleasant Plains
John Langley
Anglo American School of Sofia
Betsy MacDonald
Westwood Schools
Vicki Davis
Saucon Valley
Jessica Friday
Westdale Secondary
Wendy Melnick
Hawksdale P12 College
Anne Mirtschin
The Global Learning Collaborative
Honor Moorman