Web Design Class and Competition and Software

Bliink Web Design Contest Announcement
Free software, free tutorials, exciting learning opportunities, great prizes for students!
Registration deadline: Tuesday March 17, 2009 - Students Must Register to Participate
Free Expression® Studio Web Design Software
Expression is an easy-to-use professional tool that allows students to create interactive Web sites
Install Expression Studio Web design software on every instructional computer in your school
Students can install this software on their personal computers also

Microsoft® bliink® Web Design Contest
Exclusively for LAUSD high school students
Prizes include cash and Zunes
Every student who submits a web site will receive a t-shirt and a certificate of participation
Registration deadline: March 17, 2009 (registering does not obligate students to submit a web site)
Submission deadline: March 31, 2009 (web sites must be submitted by this date)

Microsoft® bliink                   A Web Design Contest for Los Angeles High School Students

Urgent:  Registration deadline:  Tuesday March 17

Students who want to participate must register by:  11:59 pm PT on March 17, 2009. Students who register are not obligated to submit a Web site; however, students who don’t register by 3-17-09 cannot submit a Web site.

Free Software!  Free curriculum units!  Exciting learning opportunities for students!

What is the Microsoft bliink Web Design Contest?

Bliink is a Web design contest for Los Angeles high school students to encourage them to dream big and to express their ideas while building their technology skills. Student participants will design and develop a Web site using Microsoft’s Expression Studio software tools. The theme of this year’s competition is “I Imagine My Future.”

What are the Goals of this Contest?

Microsoft is committed to connecting with high school students and engaging their interest in technology to enhance their educational and career opportunities.  This contest is designed to:

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.       <!--[endif]-->Provide incentive for students to build their technical skills.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.       <!--[endif]-->Engage students in expressing themselves with technology.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->3.       <!--[endif]-->Encourage students to create with technology -- rather than only consume it.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->4.       <!--[endif]-->Include students in a technology competition who do not usually take computer science classes.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->5.       <!--[endif]-->Empower young people to change the world through the creative use of technology.

How will my Students Create Web Sites?

Expression Studio software will be provided at no charge to participants’ high schools via a subscription to MSDN AA (Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance) that Microsoft will donate.  This is the same software that professional Web designers use.  Students will be allowed to install this software on their home computers at no charge. To request Expression Studio for your high school, please email:  ew4hs@microsoft.com. 

In addition, Microsoft has created tutorials and learning materials that will help any beginner create a potentially winning site.  These free materials are available at:  http://expression.microsoft.com/education  

How does this Contest fit into the Courses I Teach?

Microsoft designed this contest to support academic technology and communication learning goals.  All of the web design tutorials and learning materials are pedagogically sound and were created and tested by classroom teachers. Some teachers may choose to integrate the competition into their class lessons. Others may elect to offer it as an out-of-class activity.

What are the Participant Eligibility Requirements?

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Currently registered / enrolled student in a Los Angeles high school.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Between the ages of 13 and 19 years of age.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Compete as part of a team of 2-4 students.  Entries from individuals are not eligible.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Each participant must identify a teacher at their school to validate their student status and entry.

How are Entries Judged?

Microsoft will convene a panel of judges that will include an educator, a professional Web designer, employees, and an artist to evaluate student Web sites.

Web sites will be evaluated on the following criteria: Creativity/Original Ideas (25%), Communication (20%), Organization/ Navigation (20%), and Visual Presentation/Design (35%).  Points will be deducted for non-functioning aspects of Web sites and copyright violations.

Opportunities for Students

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Chance to win cool prizes.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Opportunity to be recognized by having their work featured on the Microsoft Web site*.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Participate in an activity that can be listed on college applications and resumes.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Develop real-world job skills.

Opportunities for Teachers

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Free software for schools through an MSDN AA subscription donated by Microsoft.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Teaching resources aligned with standards in NETS, 21st Century Skills and CSTA/ACM Model Curriculum.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Innovative and exciting lesson plans, tutorials, and teaching materials.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Recognition for innovative, student-centered learning with a certificate of participation and letter to the principal recognizing teacher’s participation (which can be added to professional files).

What are the Prizes?

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Grand Prize: Each team member receives an 80G Zune personal media player and $300 cash.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Second Place: Each team member receives an 80G Zune and $200 cash.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Third Place:  Each team member receives an 8G Zune and $100 cash.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Sweepstakes: One participant who submits a Web site will be randomly selected to receive an 8G Zune.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->All participants who submit a Web site will receive a bliink T-shirt and a certificate of participation.

What are the Dates of the Competition?

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Registration begins February 7, 2009 at www.bliinkcontest.com.  Referral code: LosAngeles

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Participants must register by 11:59 pm PT on March 17, 2009. Students who register are not obligated to submit a Web site; however, students who do not register by March 17, 2009 cannot submit a Web site.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Final submissions must be received by 11:59 pm PT on March 31, 2009.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->·         <!--[endif]-->Winners will be notified by May 2, 2009.

What is the Theme?

The theme is “I Imagine My Future.”  Students envision the world they would like to live in. Here are some ideas:

Imagine your career: Tell us about your dream career and how it will be similar to or different from careers today.  What will you do?  What preparation will you need?  How will your achievements change the world?

Imagine how you will solve a local or global challenge: Dream big!  Would you like to end world hunger, teach everyone to read, negotiate world peace, clean polluted oceans, provide drinking water for everyone, or cure a deadly disease? How will you do it? How will you improve your community?  The planet?

Imagine how you will have fun in the future: Today you play with an Xbox 360, play soccer outdoors, or throw pottery on the wheel. Tomorrow will you be playing catch with our friends half way around the world in virtual reality? What is the entertainment of the future?  

Imagine how you will travel in the future: How will you move from place to place? Will each person fly with their own jet pack?  Imagine the places you will go… Will light-speed space shuttles replace Boeing 747s?

How do I get started?

<!--[if !supportLists]-->1.       <!--[endif]-->Visit www.bliinkcontest.com to learn more about the contest and read the official rules. Referral code: LosAngeles.  Have your students register by March 17.

<!--[if !supportLists]-->2.       <!--[endif]-->Send an e-mail to ew4hs@microsoft.com if you have questions or want to let us know that you will be sponsoring a student team(s). Please include your name, school, email address, courses you teach, and grade levels you teach.

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