Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Competitions for Kids

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy Today, as I was perusing the Edmodo Teacher Forums, I came across a post about the Digital Storytelling Contest.  Students are asked to create a narrated photostory on just about any topic and submit it to the contest.  Elementary students can win $25 or an iPad mini.  High School students can be elligible for scholarships.  Now I am not huge on competition, but this seems like a great way to inspire and motivate students. 

 Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy

After looking into the project, I started wondering if there are any other competitions out there.  So, I turned to everyone’s best friend – Google Search, and of course, there are plenty of contests available for K-5 students.  Here are five more that look worth looking into:

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy 1.)  International Cyber Fair:  In this contest, students research their different components of their local community and use the information to create a website or photo story of what they learned. 

 

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy 2.)  Ranger Rick Photography Contest:  This is an ongoing photography contest.  Students under the age of 13 can enter nature photographs they have taken into this monthly contest.  Winning photographs will be featured on the Ranger Rick website.

 

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy 3.)  Kid’s Philosophy Slam:  Students in this contest respond to a philosophical question in an age appropriate manner.  This year’s question is: Truth or Beauty, which has a greater impact on society?  K-2 students use paintings, drawings or a combination of pictures and words.  3-5 students create art, paintings or write an essay.

 

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy 4.)  Kids are Authors Book Contest:  Students work in groups of 3 or more to write and illustrate a storybook in this contest.  Entries must be submitted by mid-March, and winners can receive up to $5,000 worth of Scholastic’s materials.

 

Using online contests to motivate students - digital storytelling, photography, writing, art and philosophy5.)   Doodle for Google:  This art contest is hosted each year by Google.  Students must design a piece of art that incorporates the Google name and logo.  Each year the contest focuses on a different theme, this year’s theme will be announced on February 4th.  Winners receive scholarships and other prizes.

 

Which of these contests would you consider using with your children?

Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources