1. MICCA K-12 Desktop Publishing Student Contest
Description: The K-12 Desktop Publishing Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original, written product that has been computer-generated. The entry may be fictional or non-fictional about a topic of the student’s choice. The writing piece should be well-developed, organized, and accurate; contain few errors in grammar, usage, and mechanics; and have an appropriate format for the type of writing selected (poetry, letters, etc.). Most importantly, the presentation style of the writing piece should reflect the best uses of technology when: formatting text, choosing a font and layout, and selecting graphics that enhance the piece of writing. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win using Publisher, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Publisher, or Scholastic Keys.)
DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2009

2. MICCA K-12 Graphic Art Student Contest
Description: The K-12 Graphic Arts Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners each year. Individual students may submit an original art product, color or black and white, that is generated with a computer. Entries must be completely computer generated, with no enhancements made using other artistic tools. The artwork should be mostly completed in freehand with a minimum of clip art or stamps; show originality and demonstrate elements of creative expression; have a center of interest that draws your eye in; be balanced with in the space used; and be unified so that all pieces flow with one another. The originality of the artwork is valued. There are 4 grade level categories for this contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win using Microsoft Paint, Photoshop or Pixie)
DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2009

3. MICCA K-12 Student and Teacher Multimedia Contest

Description: The Multimedia Contest recognizes several K-12 Maryland student winners and one teacher winner each year for their creations using multimedia software such as KidPix, Pixie, PhotoStory, Windows Movie Maker, and PowerPoint. Winners’ creations are featured at the annual conference. There are 4 grade level categories for the student contest: grades K-2, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12. (I have seen entries win with PowerPoint, Web Blender, MovieMaker or Photostory.)
DEADLINE: Feb. 1, 2009

Winners of MICCA grants and contests receive free membership to their annual technology conference in Baltimore to attend an award ceremony.



BE A DIGITAL HOT SHOT: Digital Photography Contest!

Tech & Learning invites K-12 students to participate in Portraits of Learning, the seventh annual digital photography contest. The competition, open to all K-12 students, challenges you to capture - and share - your unique vision of the world. If you have an artistic side, you also have the option to digitally enhance your photos with your favorite imaging software. The best digitally enhanced photo wins a special prize from Adobe. Other prizes include a digital camera, Adobe Photoshop Elements, and more! Students are encouraged to enter multiple photos!

CLICK HERE TO ENTER!
DEADLINE: OCT. 1, 2008




Siemens: We Can Change the World Challenge (Click here)
Deadline: March 15, 2009; Grades 6-8
Today’s young people will inherit a world that’s very different from the one their parents inherited. Climate change; polluted air, water and soil; endangered species; shrinking coastlines; and a rapidly increasing population are among the many issues that threaten our global environment. The Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge gives students the opportunity, tools and inspiration to become those agents of change. Beginning in fall 2008 through March 15, 2009, middle school student teams from across the country will be challenged to create sustainable, reproducible environmental improvements in their local communities. Top prizes will include a chance to appear on Discovery Network's Planet Green, a share in thousands of dollars in cash prizes, a one-in-a-lifetime Discovery Adventure trip and more. Today’s students are ready to change the world. Let’s get them started.


Technology in Motion 2: Community of the Future (click here)
Call for entries forms must be received by: October 15, 2008
Entries must be received by: January 1 – April 1, 2009
Presented by Sony Creative Software with the support of the International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE), the Technology in Motion project is a complete educational program created for teachers to use in multimedia courses as a structured curriculum. The contest is designed to engage students in professional video and audio production.
The theme for the contest is "Community of the Future." We want students to share their vision of how technology will shape their community in the future. For example, what might their community be like in the year 2050? How will people shop, travel, and communicate? Students are encouraged to interact with their local city council, mayor, city employees, community centers, and other groups to create their film.

eInstruction Classroom Makeover Contest (click here)
Deadline: October 24, 2008
Make a music video with your class that shows how amazing it would be to have a technology-fueled classroom. You could win an Interactive Classroom makeover worth over $25,000.