Here is a competition which is aimed at secondary school students. I quite like the idea of this: both the topic and the nature of what has to be submitted by entrants: a video of not more than 90 seconds answering the question:
In the future, how will technology help an ageing population?
There’s more about the competition on Bosch’s Facebook link, which is given below. It’s really confusing once you get there though: you can easily end up clicking on their photos instead of seeing the instructions – or maybe it’s just me. Anyway, the direct link is here: instructions.
The key thing to bear in mind right now is that the deadline for entry is 26th June 2013.
The full text of the press release is given below. Have fun with this!
Bosch has opened its annual Technology Horizons Award with this year’s challenge for secondary school children to develop a video explaining how technology will help an ageing population – with prizes for the winners totalling over £2,000.
In previous years, the award has received entries in the form of essays on engineering topics. This year, Bosch has decided not only to run the competition online using short video entries, but also to target the secondary school age group, with the Technology Horizons Award open for individuals and groups between 13 and 16 years old.
Peter Fouquet, President of Bosch in the UK said: “Bosch is committed to developing technologies that improve the quality of people’s lives and an ageing population is not only a big issue for the UK, but many countries around the world.
“Our challenge to entrants of this year’s Bosch Technology Horizons Award is to think about how engineering and technologies, such as those pioneered by Bosch, will help to address such a major societal issue. We believe that inspiring young people to consider careers in engineering is vital to a sustainable future and for targeting the UK’s skills gap.”
Entrants are invited to respond to the question: ‘In the future, how will technology help an ageing population?’ and can upload their videos to YouTube and then onto the Bosch Technology Horizons Award app on the Bosch UK Facebook page.
There will be a prize for the most popular video by votes received on Facebook and the top 20 most popular entries will be submitted to Bosch’s judging panel, which will award prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.
The winner of the individual category will win £300-worth of Amazon gift vouchers and the winners of the group category will each win £100-worth of Amazon gift vouchers. The teachers of the winners will each receive a Bosch IXO cordless screwdriver.
The closing date for entries is 26th June 2013 and the winners will be announced on the Bosch UK facebook wall on 15th July 2013.
For more information on the Bosch Technology Horizons Award, including a video guide on how to enter, visit https://www.facebook.com/BoschUK.
Whatever you think of the current debate over news that the US Government may have been monitoring the online activity of not only its own citizens but those of other countries too, you have to admit one thing. It provides a great opportunity for ICT teachers everywhere to bring some real-world issues into their lessons, in a very newsy (ie current) way.
Think about how the results of this research might be presented:
Think about how the issue(s) could be made easy for young pupils to understand. Why not have some older pupils create a video or simple animation (or even an interactive game) to explain the issues to younger pupils?
There is scope also for how the research findings are used, and some of this could bring in colleagues from other subjects. For example:
Finally, there are the legal and ethical issues.
That last point raises another interesting issue: do your students know what happens when they send and email or do a Google search? There's another good lesson there too.
Any advances on these ideas?
When I last visited Cambridge, England, I thought the street signs were pretty good. Rather than display how far away things are, they tell you how long it will take to walk to them: far more useful.
But a new idea, called Points, goes way beyond that. It can display all sorts of useful information, as you can see in the short video below, and read in the article about it (also below).
It strikes me that this would be a great topic to explore in class, with questions such as:
Lots to think about here I think.
Anyway, here’s the video.
And here’s the article: Points
Cloud Education ICT Design (CEID), which is run by the South-west Grid for Learning Trust, has published a very useful White Paper on Cloud Computing. At only four pages long it explains what cloud computing is, and what the benefits and risks are from an education establishment’s point of view. CEID intends to expand on the list of risks and benefits once it has analysed the survey results.
The purposes of the survey are:
“1. Building a large and accurate picture of the status of cloud ICT for education
2. Informing and influencing the cloud ICT market – this will include what we learn from the survey – and raising awareness of cloud ICT for education”
There are only 30 questions in the survey, and they are the sort of questions that either you will have considered already, or which you would certainly benefit from considering.
You can download the White Paper, which is in PDF format, and take the survey, from the CEID website.