Due to multiple requests, we have decided to extend the photo and video challenge through Wednesday, December 16th. We understand that many of you plan on participating in Speak Up this week and we wanted to give everyone an equal opportunity to win. Therefore, all photo and video entries submitted through Wednesday, December 16th by 12PM ET will be entered into a separate contest with a total of THREE opportunities to win $225 in classroom or school grants! With more opportunities to win, receiving $225 in classroom or school grants has never been easier – so get your cameras ready and submit your photos and videos today!
About the Speak Up America Challenge
Never has your chance of earning a $225 grant for your classroom been easier, enter your #speakupsnapshot into the photo challenge today! Just follow these 4 easy steps:
Or post photos to one of the following social media sites:
Or by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please include an estimated number of Speak Up participants and the hashtag #speakupsnapshot in your comments!
We are very sensitive to student and participants’ privacy and with that no faces are required to be in the photo. We just ask that you incorporate our special Speak Up for America badge into a photo of your classroom or school, the more creative the better!
A total of 5 winners will be selected from all uploaded photos with the hashtag #speakupsnapshot and uploaded videos with the hashtag #VoicesofSpeakUp. Winners will be selected from the group of submitted entries by the Project Tomorrow team. The contest ends on Wednesday, December 16th at 5pm PT/8pm ET with the winners announced on Friday, December 18th.So get your cameras out and shoot a photo showing your students Speaking Up! This contest is not about “Liking” the best photo but about recognizing student and educator voice in education.
After winning last year's social media grant, my students and I discussed options for the use of the money and decided it should be put towards technology in the classroom as our picture featured the students with their laptops spelling out the phrase "Picture Us In College." We were able to purchase two programs, one for maintaining an online notebook, and one for creating student blog spaces. Both programs became an integral part of our digitized learning environment as students were afforded the ability to continue collaboration with their peers and myself beyond the walls of the physical classroom. We also purchased a color printer/scanner/copy machine for the classroom that also has the capability of turning hard documents into PDF files that students can upload to their 1:1 laptops, furthering our effort to go paperless!
—Erin Jurisich Holland, Hunters Creek Middle School, Onslow County, NC
Project Tomorrow’s Speak Up grant has helped the students of Antoni Gaudi School make a leap forward. The new learning opportunities with the new reading books have refreshed the student’s curiosity. The integration of the new technology in the classroom has given them new perspectives on how learning is a global and life-long endeavour. I have opened a window to the world for them and they have begun to appreciate the importance and excitement far beyond their neighbourhood, their city and even their country. As they learn about other people and cultures they are developing a richer and more diverse environment to inform their perspective on the world and their place in the global community.
—Silvia Cabré, Escola Antoni Gaudi, Spain
The grant from Speak Up was used to purchase two iPad Minis to be used in our first grade classroom. We are very thankful to be able to have this technology at our finger tips, every single day. It is hard to remember life without our iPads. Thank you Speak Up!
—Ashton Burk, Red Lion Area School School District, PA