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Great Computer Challenge 2009

Congratulations to all of the Great Computer Challenge teams for 2009!!

To the left are all of our 1st place winners. You can find all of these photos within the many photos of the 2 events.

Picts from the Senior Competition.

Picts from the Junior Competition.

Never heard of the Great Computer Challenge? Here's a couple of videos to give you an idea of what happens at this student competition which teaches the students how to work together as they work on real world computer problems.

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GCC 2009 Updates

Senior Great Computer Challenge-Grades 6-12
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

6-12 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 121 teams with up to 5 students on each team, with each team bringing their own computer, met at Old Dominion University to compete against other schools in Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Desktop Presentations, Web Design, Music Composition, Integrated Applications, Visual Basic, Scientific/Non-Business Programming, CAD, JAVA, and Video Editing (NEW this year). These teams had spent months preparing for a problem that they had never seen before. With the support of their teacher sponsor, they were ready to take on the challenge. These teams gathered from all over the Hampton Roads area including Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Sussex, Virginia Beach, and York, as well as several of the local independent schools including Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S., Broadwater Academy, Chesapeake Bay Academy, Faith Academy School of Excellence, Peninsula Catholic H.S, St. Gregory the Great, St. Pius X School, Star of the Sea, and Trinity Lutheran. Winners for the Senior Division can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

During the competition, some of the other activities that occurred included:

Showing in the cafeteria was Net Files. Now in its eleventh season, Net Files continues to keep teachers on top of Internet integration. See the tools, sights, and equipment needed to be Net Wise andNetFiles visit Net Classrooms where teachers seamlessly integrate the Internet into their lesson plans and student activities. Net Safety segments provide online Internet Safety resources and inform teachers of potential problems before they encounter them in the classroom.
www.netfiles.org

The Mock Competition, where coaches and parents were able to work on problems they chose, using computers that they brought with them.

Janene Gorham of Virginia Beach wowed the group with a session called Web 2.0 And You. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks...feeling behind and are not sure you can catch up? Join us to explore the rapidly growing world of free Web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google Apps, and more. An overview of Web 2.0 tools will be shared that can be used both personally and professionally. Visit Janene's wiki for some great resources.
http://web20-gcc.wikispaces.com

Janene Gorham of Virginia Beach spent some time with teachers and parents learning about Surfing the Internet Safely for Family-Friendly Fun! The Internet is a fantastic resource filled with amazing opportunities for learning and fun. Learning how to behave appropriately and safely online is a life skill which you can help your children develop. This session increased their awareness of tools for teaching their children safe and responsible Internet use. They learned specific strategies for discussing internet use with your children and ways you can encourage your children to be good CyberCitizens while online. They learned fun and educational activities that they can do with their children to model positive and productive online behavior and use the power of online social networking tools to strengthen relationships and keep their family close.

Robb Ponton of Williamsburg asked a familiar question, Can We Talk? Joan Rivers 1986. Many of us are visual learners. Teachers are now incorporating more images in their presentations and encouraging students to use them appropriately in their technology projects as well. What's the next step? Getting the images to talk! This workshop showed how to use several free online programs that will get your students talking about their talking images. A look at some advanced talking programs was shown as well.


Camcor, Inc

Camcor had a booth and presented Interactive Classroom. The session presented by Win Anderson. “Interactive” is the word for the decade right? Well what will make my classroom interactive? Whiteboards, pads, clickers, visual presenters and many more gadgets are available to us but how do they make the class interactive? In this session we will answer those questions. Explore some equipment that you may already have or assuredly will have one day. So let’s get ready! This is an upbeat and quick moving session in which attendees will be engaged and encouraged to participate. Attendees will have a chance to win a prize.

Questions about Camcor, Inc.
http://www.camcor.com
Win Anderson
wanderson@camcor.com




Virginia's PBS TeacherLine


Michelle Adams
was at the Great Computer Challenge representing TeacherLine. Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine provides high-quality online professional development for Virginia educators through nearly 145 research-based courses at every grade level from PreK-12 in mathematics, reading, technology integration, teaching strategies, science, interdisciplinary, and curriculum mapping. All of Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine courses meet NCLB requirements, are aligned to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s), and qualify for graduate credit and recertification points. Educators from C.I.I. Member and C.I.I. Services Participant schools are eligible to take any PBS TeacherLine or Virginia's PBS TeacherLine course for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions about TeacherLine
Michelle Adams n michelle.adams@whro.org
John Whitley n john.whitley@whro.org
www.virginiateacherline.org


Junior Great Computer - Grades K-5
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

K-5 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 101 teams with up to 3 students on each team, with each team bringing their own computer, meeting at Old Dominion University to compete against other schools in Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Desktop Presentations, and the Internet Scavenger Hunt. Teams have spent months preparing for a problem that they have never seen before. With the support of their teacher sponsor, they are ready to take on the challenge. These teams gathered on May 16, 2009 from all over the Hampton Roads area, including Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, as well as several of the local independent schools including Broadwater Academy, Faith Academy, Hampton Roads Academy, and St. Pius X. Winners for the Junior Division can be found here. Photos from the event can be found here.

During the competition, some of the other activities that occurred included:

Showing in the cafeteria was Net Files. Now in its eleventh season, Net Files continues to keep teachers on top of Internet integration. See the tools, sights, and equipment needed to be Net Wise andNetFiles visit Net Classrooms where teachers seamlessly integrate the Internet into their lesson plans and student activities. Net Safety segments provide online Internet Safety resources and inform teachers of potential problems before they encounter them in the classroom.
www.netfiles.org

The Mock Competition, where coaches and parents were able to work on problems they chose, using computers that they brought with them.

Janene Gorham of Virginia Beach wowed the group with a session called Web 2.0 And You. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks...feeling behind and are not sure you can catch up? Join us to explore the rapidly growing world of free Web 2.0 tools such as VoiceThread, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, Google Apps, and more. An overview of Web 2.0 tools will be shared that can be used both personally and professionally. Visit Janene's wiki for some great resources.
http://web20-gcc.wikispaces.com

Charlie Morse of Williamsburg brought with him Two Constructivist Tools from the Web: Scratch and Fantastic Contraption.

Scratch and Fantastic Contraption are two constructivist programs that are free to anyone with an internet connection.
http://scratch.mit.edu/
http://www.fantasticcontraption.net/

Scratch is a new (downloadable) programming language that makes it easy for students to create interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art. Scratch is designed to help young people (ages 8 and up) develop 21st century learning skills. As they create and share Scratch projects, young people learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

Fantastic Contraption is described as a “fun online physics puzzle game.” The authors might also say that it is an activity that can be used to teach simple machines, basics physics, planning, estimating, and conceptualizing solutions. Students can create and save designs to their own user accounts.

Martha Razor of WHRO had many participants join her inWHRO Kids the WHRO Kids Room. Activities included Between the Lions Bingo, Arthur word searches, Zoom science experiments, Create a Share A Story Book, and other WHRO Kids arts & crafts.

eInstructioneInstruction had a booth and presented Make Your Classroom Interactive, Not Just Your Board. The session presented by Chris Williams. Come see how you can save money and get increased classroom engagement and interactivity with eInstruction's 21st Century Classroom, featuring CPS and the Interwrite Mobi, eI's handheld interactive whiteboard, complete with multi-user interactive lesson software.

Questions about eInstruction
http://www.einstruction.com
Chris Williams
chris.williams@einstruction.com

eInstruction winner

Chris Williams of eInstruction awards the CPS unit they donated to the winner of the drawing,
Jennifer Rinehart from Greenbrier Intermediate.



Virginia's PBS TeacherLine


John Whitley was at the Great Computer Challenge representing TeacherLine. Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine provides high-quality online professional development for Virginia educators through nearly 145 research-based courses at every grade level from PreK-12 in mathematics, reading, technology integration, teaching strategies, science, interdisciplinary, and curriculum mapping. All of Virginia’s PBS TeacherLine courses meet NCLB requirements, are aligned to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL’s), and qualify for graduate credit and recertification points. Educators from C.I.I. Member and C.I.I. Services Participant schools are eligible to take any PBS TeacherLine or Virginia's PBS TeacherLine course for free on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Questions about TeacherLine
Michelle Adams n michelle.adams@whro.org
John Whitley n john.whitley@whro.org
www.virginiateacherline.org


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Congratulations to Gloucester High School First Place Graphic Arts team, and congratulations to all of the other teams that competed in 2009.

Graphic Arts
Level 4
1st Place Winner

Gloucester High School, Gloucester
Teacher Sponsor
Tricia Williams Shepherd

Students
Rachel Drinnon
Jordan Tomlinson

Click here for a larger view of the winning solutions

Click here to view the full problem the Level 4 Graphic Arts teams were challenged with.


NEW for 2009 -
Film Editing Category for
Level 3 & 4.

Click here for Level 3 -
2nd Place

Video Editing Winner

Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S., Independent
Teacher Sponsor

Maureen Aylward
Students
Xavier Santana
Chandler Edgington
Thomas Mills

Click here for Level 3 -
3rd Place

Video Editing Winner

Maury H.S., Norfolk
Teacher Sponsor
Mark Rowe
Students
Grace Nottingham
Katherin Hutton
Cameron Glass

CHANGES for 2010 -
Film Editing Category for
Level 2 added.


What would you have created?

Level 1 Desktop Publishing Teams were given a problem related to promoting Summer Camp. Here’s a portion of the problem and one team’s solution. Click here for the full problem.

Your school or community is planning a Summer Camp. To get kids interested, your team will create a one-page flyer about your camp.

The flyer should tell kids and parents why your camp will be fun (theme) and what they will learn and do.

The flyer must include:

1. The NAME of your summer camp
2. Activities you will DO at your camp
3. What kids will LEARN at your camp
4. Things kids should BRING to camp
5. What FOOD will be served

Try to decorate your flyer with pictures and shapes.


The solution below was submitted by Machen E.S., Hampton.

Desktop Publishing - Level 1- Superior
Machen E.S., Hampton
Sponsors:
Katrina Vann
Kathy Odom
Terrie Cecil
Michelle Rice
Students:
Alec Leang
Lauryn Gray
Xiomara Burgos

Desktop Publishing

click on the image for a larger view


Picts from the Senior Competition.

Click here to see them ALL.


Picts from the Junior Competition.

Click here to see them ALL.