It’s not too late to urge your students to submit their videos to the nationwide contest that the MIT Alumni Association is sponsoring. Students compete to produce fun, creative videos teaching SAT vocabulary. They’re looking for short videos no longer than 2 min.
Once the videos have been submitted, they’ll allow viewers to vote on the videos, and they’ll award $600 in prize money to the video that receives the most number of votes. $200 of the prize will go directly to the winner(s) and $400 to the class or school club chosen by that person(s). To further encourage participation, they’ll give away 1 free iTunes song for every 5 videos a contestant submits or refers (up to the first 1,000 video submissions).
MIT began accepting video submissions January 1, but there is still plenty of time to submit your video(s)
“New studies are reinforcing the simple wisdom that beyond a certain very basic level of material wealth, the only thing that increases individual happiness over time is helping other people.”
Project 10100 is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Google asks that if you have an idea that you believe would help somebody, to submit it to them. They are committing $10 million to fund up to five of the final ideas.
Ideas must be submitted by individuals, not organizations.
Submit your idea focused on one of the following 8 categories (Pay attention to #8):
1.Community: How can we help connect people, build communities and protect unique cultures?
2.Opportunity: How can we help people better provide for themselves and their families?
3.Energy: How can we help move the world toward safe, clean, inexpensive energy?
4.Environment: How can we help promote a cleaner and more sustainable global ecosystem?
5.Health: How can we help individuals lead longer, healthier lives?
6.Education: How can we help more people get more access to better education?
7.Shelter: How can we help ensure that everyone has a safe place to live?
8.Everything else: Sometimes the best ideas don’t fit into any category at all.
On January 27, 2009, the public (THAT’S YOU) will select twenty semi-finalists from 100 of the project submissions. An advisory board will then choose up to five final ideas for funding and implementation.
What will the Advisory Board look for in your idea?
Reach: How many people would this idea affect? Depth: How deeply are people impacted? How urgent is the need? Attainability: Can this idea be implemented within a year or two? Efficiency: How simple and cost-effective is your idea? Longevity: How long will the idea’s impact last?
What will your idea be? How can you use this with your students to make the connection between their lives and their community, their country, or even the planet?