Short on technology in your school: enter the Hope for Education contest and win a grant for your school. You or your students need only write a 100-word essay on technology’s impact on learning. Check the Hope for Education site to learn of contest rules, deadlines, and prizes. You and your students have nothing to lose and much to gain. The contest is sponsored by technology giants Samsung, Microsoft, and others. In 2008, a top winner received $200,000 worth of technology. The site reports that in the four years since the contest's inception, there have been 250 winners, and $700,000 in grants have been awarded.
This year’s essay prompt links technology and the environment. Rules read:
"How has technology educated you on helping the environment and how or why has it changed your behavior to be more environmentally friendly?"
"Essays should focus on:
- How current or emerging technologies increase your awareness and understanding of environmental issues, and cause you to make environmentally friendly changes in your life.
- How technology products can be made, used and disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.
- Why technology will play an increasingly important role in educating people and helping them to change their lives in an environmentally responsible way."