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gallery360° iChallenge Awards

The Alabama Department of Education joins with Apple iTunes U to continue the gallery360° iChallenge Awards program. This program is designed to involve Alabama teachers, students, higher education faculty, informal educators (i.e. museums, labs, centers, etc., and other entities in the development of high-quality 21st Century learning resources.) 

The contest will run from November 2, 2015 through May 13, 2016 (See timeline) and is sponsored by ALEX, the Alabama Learning Exchange. 

While entries that follow the theme are encouraged, all submissions will be considered. Applicants across Alabama are invited to submit original video podcasts in a variety of educational areas to compete for the “Best in Class” awards in the following areas:


Best in Class Application Categories:

  1. Alabama K-12 Teachers (K-8 Teacher Produced & 9-12 Teacher Produced)
  2. Alabama K-12 Students (K-8 Student Produced & 9-12 Student Produced; must have Alabama Teacher Sponsor)
  3. Alabama Higher Education Faculty
  4. Alabama Higher Education Students (must have Alabama Faculty Member Sponsor)
  5. Informal Education Organization (Museums, Learning Centers, Cultural Organizations)
  6. Best Use of Theme
  7. At-Large


Possible Podcast Topic Areas:

  • Math
  • Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Languages Other Than English
  • The Arts
  • Technology Education
  • Professional Development
  • Other:


2016 iChallenge Prizes:

Acer Chromebook 11
Amazon Kindle Fire HD6
GoPro Hero 4
iPad Mini

Additional prizes to be determined.


The review panel reserves the right to withhold awards in any category in which entries fail to meet minimum standards using the ALEX Podcast Quality Scoring Guide.   Entries that meet the ALEX Podcast Criteria will be posted to ALEX, and possibly shared with iTunes U at the discretion of the ALEX Podcast Review Panel, although only “Best in Class” Winners will receive awards.

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