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Great Computer Challenge 2009

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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Mark Your Calendars for the 24th Annual
Great Computer Challenge 2009
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SENIOR
GRADES 6-12

March 14, 2009

JUNIOR
GRADES K-5

May 16, 2009


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GCC 2008 Updates

Senior Great Computer Challenge-Grades 6-12
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

6-12 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 125 teams with up to 5 students on each team, with each team bringing their own computer, met at Old Dominion University on March 15, 2008 to compete against other schools in Desktop Publishing, Graphic Arts, Desktop Presentations, Web Design, Music Composition, Integrated Applications, Visual Basic, Scientific/Non-Business Programming (was C++), CAD, and JAVA. These 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 from all over the Hampton Roads area including Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Middlesex, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Virginia Beach, and York, as well as several of the local independent schools including Bishop Sullivan Catholic H.S., 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:

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 - The User Rules. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks...not sure what they are and not sure you want to know? Teachers and parents met to explore the rapidly growing world of Web 2.0 tools which allow you, the user, to be an active participant and contributor. Many, many Web 2.0 tools that can enrich, amuse, and assist you personally or professionally were shared.

James Loeffler of Portsmouth explored the exciting worldJames Loeffler teaching ArcGIS of ArcGIS. You see it every day in weather reports on TV series like 24 and any movie involving technology. ArcGIS ties all kinds of information to a geographic point and that information is used by city planners, all kinds of scientists, voting parties, government agencies etc. The software is tied up with almost every aspect of modern life.


K-12 Solutions K-12 Solutions had a booth and presented Overall Effects of Technology on Student Outcomes. The session presented by Lior Cohen covered:

  • Improving your school Educational Outcomes by increasing the access to technology.
    • Maximizing schools budget potential by using recertified technology, whether the goal is to increase your student to computer ratio or to make the most out of a dwindling budget.
    • Case studies about overall effects of technology on student outcomes.

If you attended the K-12 Solutions presentation, you had the opportunity to win an MP3 player. K-12 Solutions also awarded an MP3 player, and a book to a participant who visited their booth. As a grand prize, they AWARDED A LAPTOP to one of the winning teams. The team who walked away with the laptop was Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School. Not only did they win the traveling trophy for winning first place in Desktop Presentations, but a laptop for their school to use. What at great day!! Click here to view Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School's winning solution.


K-12 Solutions Laptop Drawing
Lior Cohen of K-12 Solutions awards the laptop they donated to the winner of the drawing,
Bishop Sullivan Catholic High School

Questions about K-12 Solution
http://www.k12-solutions.com
Lior Cohen, Business Development Manager
lcohen@k12-solutions.com
1.888.512.7658 n 1.888.865.3052 (fax)

affinity


 

Affinity also had a booth and presented Digital Classroom Technologies where they discussed Samsung Digital Document Cameras and related instructional technologies for today’s digital classroom. Related technologies include NCast streaming, Nexus Digital Signage, Plus Corp. Digital Copyboards & DLP Projectors, Audio Enhancement for the classroom.

Questions about Affinity
http://www.myapsr.com
Mike Treacy, Manufacturer's Rep
mtreacy@myapsr.com
610.999.4202 n 610.771.4499 (fax)



Virginia's PBS TeacherLine


Michelle Adams
and John Whitley were 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, April 19, 2008
Old Dominion University, Webb Center
Norfolk, Virginia

K-5 Students Take On The Challenge!

Imagine this, 147 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 April 19, 2008 from all over the Hampton Roads area, including Chesapeake, Gloucester, Hampton, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg, as well as several of the local independent schools including Broadwater Academy, Faith Academy, Hampton Roads Country Day School, Norfolk Collegiate, St. Andrews Episcopal, St. Gregory The Great, St. Patrick's, St. Pius X, and Trinity Lutheran. 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 TeachingNOW!, the seriTeaching Now!es which investigates the relationships between education and technology. TeachingNOW! explores the issues, ideas, and strategies of technology integration by showcasing case studies from across the nation of our K-12 schools, colleges and universities.http://www.teachingnow.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 joined us again to present Web 2.0 - The User Rules. Blogs, wikis, podcasts, social networks...not sure what they are and not sure you want to know? Teachers and parents met to explore the rapidly growing world of Web 2.0 tools which allow you, the user, to be an active participant and contributor. Many, many Web 2.0 tools that can enrich, amuse, and assist you personally or professionally were shared.

Geocaching Sara D'Amato of Virginia Beach worked with a group outside on this beautiful afternoon to conduct Geocaching: Discover Your Inner Pirate. Can a GPS really change the way you teach and learn? Using GPS technology, tap into your inner pirate; discover hidden riches in your curriculum during this outside adventure. Geocaching is a popular adventure game that uses GPS technology to allow participants to solve challenges and explore the world. During this workshop, participants learned to apply the tools and materials of Geocaching, GPS receivers and hidden caches (outdoors).


¦ 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.

affinity


 

Affinity was back again with a booth and presented Digital Classroom Technologies where they discussed Samsung Digital Document Cameras and related instructional technologies for today’s digital classroom. Related technologies include NCast streaming, Nexus Digital Signage, Plus Corp. Digital Copyboards & DLP Projectors, Audio Enhancement for the classroom.

Questions about Affinity
http://www.myapsr.com
Mike Treacy, Manufacturer's Rep
mtreacy@myapsr.com
610.999.4202 n 610.771.4499 (fax)



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 Peasley Middle School First Place Graphic Arts team, and congratulations to all of the other teams that competed in 2008.

Graphic Arts
Level 3
1st Place Winner

Peasley M.S.
Marcy Goldstone - Teacher Sponsor
Amanda DiSpirito & Ivy Rivera

Graphic Arts 1st Place Winner
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for a larger view

Click here to view the full problem the Level 3 Graphic Arts teams were challenged with.


What would you have created?

Level 2 Graphics Arts Teams were given this problem called “Food of the Future. ” Here’s a portion of the problem and one team’s solution.

You have been blasted into the future. It is the year 2099, and the things you eat and how you prepare them are different than they were in 2008.

Picture 2: Fast Food of the Future
Your team will own a fast food restaurant of the future. In the year 2099 what will getting fast food for dinner be like? Select one thing about a fast food restaurant that you think will be different and draw a picture of it.

The solution below was submitted by Western Branch Interm., Chesapeake .

Graphic Arts
Western Branch Interm.
Sponsors:
Jon Mumma
Beth Johnson
Alisha Miller
Students:
Daidrina Brumfield
Deric Pearson
Kyle Parrish

Western Branch Graphic Arts Winner

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Picts from the Senior Competition.

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Picts from the Junior Competition.

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