Teacher appreciation week is about to end, but I have a final offer. While at the great NETA conference in Nebraska, I discovered a great class of students who, with their teachers, have set up a real-world business. They bid and won the contract for the street signs in their town. But the most fun part of their company is their labeling of laptop lids. I saw someone speaking at the NETA podium and it was as if they were on CNN–their name floated underneath their face (see example of me below from the Seattle Airport Convention Center). In the TV production booth, the director’s command to the TD (technical director) is “Font them!” when it’s time to show that label underneath the image on the screen. The clever kids at Arnold Public Schools figured out a way to do this live–just label the top of the laptop. See the picture at right to see how that looks. In a big room where they use cameras on the screen, it’s a great idea. In a classroom, it could an effective on a teacher desk to remind kids of a motto (“Never Give Up”, “Always Strive”, “Bears Rule”, etc.). So here’s the deal as a weekend extension of Teacher Appreciation Week. If you have a name, slogan, writing prompt or ID you’d like on your laptop lid, leave a comment with the text and the size of the label you’d like, and The Media Matters Blogsite team will get it to you free as an appreciation of your great work (mailing address, too). Famous Teryl Magee got the first offer, but there are plenty left. You must be a member of the DEN, naturally. If you’re not, or you miss the deadline, their website is here. And, yes, they take purchase orders. They’ll bid on your street signs, too. There’s a vodcast on the site on how to apply the label. Note: My own email address on the Macbook Pro in the picture was 3/4″ high and 11″ wide. My name, which the kids did as a present (full disclosure here) was 1 1/4″ high and 10.5 inches wide. I though it was a little too big for my eyes, but you might disagree if you really want kids to get the message. Try it out first. Images of the kids at work are on the blog. DEADLINE Extension: On Media Matters, Teacher Appreciation runs until midnight Sunday, Linden time (PST). Personally, I will continue to appreciate my colleagues in the classroom every day of the year.
Special thanks to Clay and Julie Mohr, team teachers at the Arnold Public School’s School House Graphic Products class.
To extend teacher appreciation week, simply slow time, as in this video. There’s always room for jell-o cubes: Bonus Video. http://vimeo.com/3830864