Do your students doodle? Well, it’s time to harness those doodling powers! Encourage your students to exercise their creativity and enter the Doodle 4 Google contest.
Doodle 4 Google is a nationwide competition open to all K-12 students. The contest challenges students to design an original doodle around a given theme. The winning doodle appears, for one day, on the Google homepage. The winning student also brings home a $50,000 technology grant for their school and a $30,000 college scholarship.
The theme of this year’s contest is My Best Day Ever…. To enter the contest, students submit a doodle and a supporting statement (50 words or less). Google supplies educators with an abundance of classroom resources to publicize the competition and lesson plans to integrate the activity into lessons.
My students have entered the contest in the past and look forward to it each year. Often I have students who are not confident in their artistic abilities and are shy to enter. I let them know that it’s about more than artistic ability – it’s about imaging what they can create and to how they can express themselves through what they create.
Some tips for a running a smooth Doodle 4 Google contest:
- Get your students excited and post the contest posters around campus
- Show your students previous Doodle 4 Google winning doodles
- Create a digital home base for your students, ex. a page on your website. Post the contest deadline and where to find contest materials. Also post your school’s mailing address – parents will need this information to complete the entry form.
- Have paper copies of the Google templates ready – students will need more than one!
- Decide if you will submit your doodles online or via US Mail (you must choose one).
Get your students doodling! All contest entries need to be submitted by March 22, 2013.