The Brackets are Up!

The DEN March Madness brackets are up and the games begin tomorrow evening.  This year, we’ve changed things up a little.  There are 4 “regions” with 4 tools in each.  The regions are named after some of the DEN Team members – Rougeux, Dembo, Shareski, and The Girlz.  Although you won’t be able to see the region names on the voting site, you can see which tools are in each region below.  This year, we’ve taken out some of the sites from last year’s bracket, including previous winner Glogster, Wikispaces, and VoiceThread.  It’s time to bring in a few newer sites into the mix.  We’ll call them the mid-majors.  Will one of these sites pull off an upset and possibly reach the Final Four?  It’s up to you.  Starting tomorrow and following the schedule below, vote for your favorites and we’ll see who comes out on top this year.

The 4 Regions and the sites in each:

Rougeux (Tools for Digital Storytelling): Animoto, WeVideo, StoryJumper, ToonDo
Dembo (Newbies – maybe not to Steve, but to many of us): Capzels, Popplet, Middlespot, iPadio
Shareski (Curation/Presentation tools): Prezi, LiveBinders, Scoop.it, Present.Me
The Girlz (Fun with Images): Blabberize, Zooburst, PhotoPeach, ThingLink

When voting begins tomorrow, you’ll be able to see each of the matchups as well as information about each.  In most cases, there’s a video explaining the tool if you want to learn more about it.  In addition, we’ll be posting information about the tools on the DE blogs as well as our Facebook page.  We’d love to have people leave comments on how these tools are being used or could be used with Discovery Education media.  Share an idea and you could win a Discovery Education prize!

Voting schedule:

  • 1st Round: Starts on Tuesday, March 13 6:00 EST – same day as the real big dance.  Voting Ends at Midnight, EST on Sunday, March 18th
  • 2nd Round Starts Monday, March 19th.  Voting ends at Midnight EST, on Friday, the 23rd.
  • Final 4 – Starts Saturday, March 24th.  Voting ends at Midnight EST on Friday, the 30th
  • Championship – Starts Saturday, March 31st, ends at Midnight EST on April 2nd.
Have fun!

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