I love Google. Besides it being the top search engine, I love everything that it stands for. Just watching today’s Google Doodle gave me a sense of love and warmth, as I’m sure many of you experienced as well. Google is also always cutting edge—from their Google Calendar to Google Documents to their Apps for Education—they’re simply magnificent.
Now, teachers, schools, and educators out there—I want to spread the word about one of their amazing opportunities: Doodle 4 Google. Even if your school doesn’t win the grand prize, any number of your students might still become finalists—in which, it’ll be great publicity for the school and the arts community.
This year, they are choosing 250 state finalists, whose Doodles will be displayed on an online gallery. Then, one finalist from each state would be chosen, which will be displayed on the Doodle 4 Google website. Following that would be 5 national finalists, who will participate in an awards ceremony in NYC. And, the grand prize for one national winner is to have his/her Doodle be featured on the Google homepage, $30,000 college scholarship, trip to NY, Google Chromebook computer, Wacom digital design tablet, a t-shirt with his/her Doodle on it, AND $50,000 TO THE WINNER’S FULL-TIME SCHOOL FOR A TECHNOLOGY GRANT!
I encourage YOU to make your school aware of this opportunity. There are so many levels of winners that it’s not like you’re shooting into the blue with this. It’ll also be a fun project for your students in any class. The theme this year is, “If I could travel in time, I’d visit…” You can tell your students to draw based on a point in American history that you’ve gone over in class. Or, if you’re an English teacher, it could be a doodle of a time in any of the non-fiction books that you’ve read in class..or during a specific literary movement. In science class, it could be during any scientific feat—the invention of the light bulb for instance. Within several minutes, I came up with all of these projects. With a little bit of creativity, you can create a unique and fun project for your students too! And remember, it doesn’t hurt to try entering. It’s only when you don’t even try that you lose your chance at winning. =]