Last updated: November 30, 2014 )
The 8th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge: A 100% Online CompetitionThe University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is proud, again, to host the 8th Louisiana High School Online Technology Challenge. Registered high school teams across Louisiana will participate at no cost in this online competition due to generous sponsorship by CenturyLink. This online technology competition encourages high school students to prepare for Louisiana's future. Every high school in Louisiana is welcome to participate in this educational event by registering a 15-member student team. Since 2006, approximately 4,300 high school students have participated in this annual online event held "virtually" during regular school hours.
Mark Your Calendar!
Mark your calendar for the 8th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge in 2014! A designated high school "Tech Team Coach" can register your high school team NOW before the registration deadline of Wednesday, February 19, 2014. The 8th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge takes place on Wednesday morning, February 26, 2014 as a 100% online competition at your high school; no travel is required.
Participation is LIMITED to the first 75 registered high school teams. Registration is free.
Winning Teams, 7th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge (Held online on February 6, 2013, these are the detailed team rankings.)
Winning Teams, 6th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge (Held online on February 15, 2012, these are the detailed team rankings.)
Winning Teams, 5th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge (Held online on March 2, 2011)
Winning Teams, 4th Louisiana High School Technology Challenge (Held online on May 5, 2010)
Registered Team Entries
Each high school requires a team coach who registers the team. Here are the deadlines. As this state-wide competition becomes more popular, participation is strictly limited to the first 100 registered teams. A team coach can register a team NOW, electronically, at no cost.
Why A Technology Challenge?
This competition recognizes and acknowledges students interested in demonstrating their creative use of technology and teamwork skills. As Louisiana prepares for a brighter future, our schools need to encourage students to apply skills that will help them to productively contribute in a modern and progressive society through teamwork. The main purpose of this competition is to demonstrate how our students can use technology creatively, in a team, for productive life-long learning.
What Is The High School Technology Challenge?
The Technology Challenge is an annual state-wide competition among high school students in Louisiana. Every high school in Louisiana can enter a single team composed of up to 15 students under the guidance of a designated Team Coach. On the morning of the competition, during regular school hours, your team meets at a reserved computer lab at your high school. All you need is Internet-accessible computers to complete the challenging tasks. This event is a virtual field trip, without the associated costs of travel.
A highly-qualified team of dozens of judges at the University of Louisiana at Monroe will examine and evaluate the work of the teams. Results of the competition will be announced on this website on the following day.
Here are the requirements for entering a school team to enter the online competition:
1. The high school Principal designates a Team Coach.
2. The Team Coach selects a team of up to 15 students.
3. No registration costs are involved, thanks to our sponsor.
4. Your school's computers should have software that can read and write Word, Powerpoint, and Excel files. You should be able to do minor image editing, using any type of software. Any type of computer may be used. Judges will be using their own computers to evaluate the team submissions; so, whatever file your team produces should be in a common format.
5. Your team should be ready to complete a number of challenging and creative tasks during a Wednesday morning at your school.
6. Although not required, most high schools have a pizza party for the participating team members immediately after the competition. (This is a very small portion what an actual school trip would cost!)
Mission Of The Technology Challenge
We invite you to encourage student learning with technology by organizing a Technology Challenge team in your high school with a mission to promote enthusiastic support for more active involvement of students in active learning opportunities. We want to enhance learning at high schools in Louisiana by:
We are all volunteers. No person earns any money in the organization and management of this educational event. Most of the judges are busy professors who teach at the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Feel free to contact us.
Is This Online Educational Competition Unique?
We think so. As far as we know, over the years, this is still the only state-wide online high school competition of its kind in the USA.