2009 SIGtel Online Learning Award Competition

Deadline April 4, 2009

Have you and your students been involved in an original, online learning activity? If so, we encourage you to enter the 2009 SIGtel Online Learning Award competition. Since 1991, ISTE’s Telelearning Special Interest Group (SIGtel), has recognized creative teachers for their pioneering use of online networks to provide innovative learning opportunities for school-age students K-16. Educators worldwide are eligible.

  • 1st place winner receives $500 cash award, free NECC conference registration, invitation to present their project at NECC and a one year ISTE membership
  • 2nd place winner receives free NECC conference registration, invitation to present their project at NECC and a one year ISTE membership
  • 3rd place winner receives invitation to present their project at NECC and a one year ISTE membership

*All awardees will receive an invitation to present their project during a web poster session at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC.

Submit entry at http://www.iste.org/sigtel

ENTRY INFORMATION:

Entries need to describe INNOVATIVE online learning activities that will have been completed between 1 February 2008 and 1 June 2009.

  • Submission process officially opens January 26, 2009. An online entry form will be posted here on the open date. Deadline to submit is April 4, 2009.
  • Applicants must provide the names and contact information for two references who are willing to support the application and are willing to be contacted during the submission and review process.

AWARD:

1. Awardees will be announced in April 2009.

2. All awardees will receive an invitation to present their project during a web poster session at the National Educational Computing Conference (NECC) in Washington, DC, June/July 2009. Awardees will need to provide project information and photos for online and/or conference publications; deadlines to be provided when awardees are announced. Project contributors or partners are welcome to participate in the NECC poster session but only the author will receive an award. All expenses relating to registration and travel to NECC are the responsibility of the honoree, contributors, or partners planning to attend.

3. Awardees will be given a one-year standard membership in ISTE and concurrent membership in ISTE’s Telelearning Special Interest Group.

4. SIGtel will publish the winning entries, and the respective authors’ reflections in its online publication, SIGtel Bulletin, and archive the work as exemplary projects on the SIGtel Web area. All awardees will be required to supply a reflection about their project when contacted by the SIGtel Bulletin editors.

5. SIGtel will provide press release information and photo opportunities at NECC 2008 for winners to publicize their award via their local media.

CRITERIA FOR ASSESSMENT:

Entries will be evaluated using a rubric based on the following attributes (weightings are shown as a percentage of final score):

  • Detailed description of the online learning activity from initial planning to the final evaluation (40%)
  • Description of how the online aspect of the learning activity enhanced the regular classroom program (15%)
  • Description of how the online learning activity was evaluated and the extent to which original aims and objectives were met (20%)
  • Consideration of what the entrant learned from the online learning activity in their classroom with comments and recommendations for development and involvement in future similar activities (25%)

Descriptions should be sufficiently detailed to allow another educator to follow the same process, modifying it to meet the requirements of their own classrooms.

Submit entry at http://www.iste.org/sigtel

Dr. Yvonne Marie Andrés
SIGtel Online Learning Awards Chair
President & Co-Founder, GlobalSchoolNet.org

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