Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Seeing the 'Green' Light: A New Essay Competition Asks Secondary Students to Describe How Schools Can Best Use Technology to Preserve the Environment

Academic journal article T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education)

Seeing the 'Green' Light: A New Essay Competition Asks Secondary Students to Describe How Schools Can Best Use Technology to Preserve the Environment

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WITH TECHNOLOGY and the environment increasingly at the forefront of global discussion, PC Mall Gov (www.pcmallgov.com) is giving middle and high school students an opportunity to examine how one can be used to make a positive impact on the other.

Partnering with T.H.E. Journal, Hewlett-Packard (www.hp.com), and InFocus (www. infocus.com), PC Mall Gov is accepting student entries for its Green Light Contest. Students in grades 5 to 12 must submit an application along with an essay of 1,000 words or less that describes a potential program to help students and teachers use technology to protect the environment. The essays must also reflect on the overall impact the technology program could have on the school and surrounding community.

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The programs presented in the essays will be scored by a panel of judges from the education technology field based on their potential environmental impact, originality, implementation capabilities, and potential for replication.

The four highest-scoring essays will be published on www.thejournal.com. From those four essays, the judges will choose two first-prize winners--one from grades 5 through 8 and another from grades 9 through 12--to each receive an environmentally friendly HP laptop. One of the two first-prize winners will be named the grand-prize winner and receive a 30-seat "green" computer lab for his or her school. The lab will include HP thin clients with a server, software, and networking equipment, as well as laptops, a printer, and an InFocus projector. …

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