Any parent of a teenager probably knows the names of Aly & AJ. If not they are some of the hottest names in teen pop music. Aly and AJ are sisters who sing, act, and write songs. They recently joined up with Samsung’s Hope for Education Program to become their spokespeople. This program uses technology to improve education. Here is some more information about how the program works and how you can enter to win technology for your school:
How it Works
Students, parents, teachers, or administrators can enter to win some of the more than $2 million in technology and software provided by Samsung and their contributors. Each school can submit a 100-word essay about their school. Each essay must include an answer to the following question, “What is the single most significant benefit that technology can provide the classroom?” Each school chosen will get approximately $200,000 worth of equipment.
It is important to remember that your essay needs to stay on topic. Your essay must focus on 1. A single benefit or improvement to the educational process 2. The specific types of technologies that will create this benefit, and 3. The features of these technologies that create value in the education process. Essays can be written in English or in Spanish. The contest is open to all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Participants are only allowed to nominate a public or state-accredited private school. Home schools, colleges, universities and vocational/trade schools are not eligible for this contest.
What are some of the prizes?
Some of the prizes you could expect to receive include the following: Plasma, LCD and DLP high-definition televisions; Ultra-Mobile PC’s; multifunctional products; Smart Phones, digital camcorders; DVD players, LCD computer monitors and color printers; and software like Microsoft Student, Encarta, and Office.
Aly & AJ will be assisting the Hope for Education Advisory Council when it comes time to judge the essays received. There are 3 tiers involved in the judging process. The first tier focuses on grammar, quality of content, and whether the essay stuck to the theme. The 300 essays with the highest scores will then move on to tier 2. The second tier judges originality and creativity as well as writing style and grammar. The 150 essays with the highest score will then move on the final tier of judging. Tier 3 judges the same things as tier 2, just a little bit harder.
If you need any further information or want to nominate your school through an essay, please visit hopeforeducation.com.