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Onward TRIO Quest…2012!
Your Comments are Shaping a New Look & Process

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Posted on:
November 7, 2011

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TRIO Quest 2011 is officially over. The entries have been judged, the results have been posted and certificates, medals, and prizes will arrive soon. It was another heartwarming and wonderful culmination that showcased the solid work and creativity of TRIO students across the nation.

And, now we move forward to TRIO Quest 2012. As always, we look back to see what we can do to improve and what we can do to support TRIO programs and their students. The usual questions are asked: What does TRIO Quest offer to the community? What would TRIO programs like to see in future competitions? These questions were, in fact, asked of participating 2011 TRIO programs and those comments are shaping a new look and process in 2012!

Here is what you said when asked : What does TRIO Quest offer to the community?
Your comments resulted in three clear topics: opportunity, skills development, and intrinsic rewards.

TRIO staff liked the opportunity to work with students through project-based learning, authentic investigation, real world technology, and higher order thinking; they also like building a relationship with students to work together to build a measurable product. In addition, they liked that TRIO students had the opportunity to showcase their skills, learn by doing, work toward a purpose/goal, receive national recognition, learn current tools and cutting edge technologies, and make a difference in their community.

TRIO staff liked that students developed skills in technology enrichment, including Cloud technologies. It was also important that students developed skills in academic research, writing, real world problem investigation/problem solving and higher order thinking.

Finally, TRIO staff liked the intrinsic rewards that TRIO Quest brings: empowerment, motivation, enjoyment in learning, incentives toward reaching for excellence, feeling of accomplishment/self-worth, not feeling disenfranchised, and the realization they could possibly impact their peers/community.

And, here is what you said when asked : What would you like to see in 2012?
From this question we learned what you wanted and what we can do to improve.

We learned overwhelming, you wanted more of the same – the same opportunities, resources, and support that you have received in the past. But, we also learned that there are three areas where you desired change: simplification of process, more resources/opportunities, and specific information about student awards.

We want you to know that hear you! At this time, without changing the elements of the 2011 competition, we are redesigning our TRIO Quest 2012 site to offer a straightforward approach/process, updated resources, and more opportunities for TRIO staff and students. We are trying hard to meet your requests and will begin with what was requested most : a straightforward process.

Please take a moment and check-out a draft example of a new home page, 2012 TQ Overview, which strives to eliminate redundant pages and focus on three simple steps: Register, Create, Submit. Our goal is to start from a Home page where you’ll find links to straightforward steps as well as easy access to resources. Let us know what you think.

And watch for the complete unveiling of TRIO Quest 2012 soon!!

Welcome to the TRIO Quest Blog

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Posted on:
October 31, 2011

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Welcome to the TRIO Quest Blog. Stay updated with all the happenings in TRIO Quest, and get important tips and resources to help you create and submit winning entries to the competition.

Note: The TRIO Quest blog is monitored. The TQ Support staff will review comments and polls daily and will post all responses that are appropriate. Any response with inappropriate content or language will not be posted.

TQ Entry Submissions: 5 Important Things to Do before Final Submission!

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July 7, 2011

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So you’re almost ready to submit your TRIO Quest entry into the competition. Nice Job! But, before deciding you’re finished, here are 5 things you must do to a) make sure your entry can be judged, b) make sure you are following the rules, and c) make sure the judges will love what you’ve done.

  1. Your site/entry cannot be judged if you haven’t made TQ11 an owner of your Site and your Storyboard. (Note: a Storyboard is only required for DigiMedia and DigiSites.) Therefore, follow the instructions on your activities Google Site Guide and add TQ11 as an owner for your Site(s), and your Storyboard(s).
  2. Complete your Critical Thinking questions. Take care with this; it can add a lot of points!
  3. Make sure to cite your sources. If you are submitting a DigiText, make sure to cite who took your images, even if you took them yourself! And, if you are submitting a DigiMedia, be sure to credit everyone who worked on or with your video (even yourself). And, if you are submitting a DigiSites, cite resources on web pages where used and then reference them on the required Reference page. Without citation, you cannot get into the finals for any TRIO Quest activity!
  4. If you are under 18, remove all last names or personal information. Judges always note when they see last names or other information that could be detrimental to minors. Since the rules say a minor shouldn’t provide personal information, doing so could affect your scores.
  5. Spell check! Judges really do not like misspellings.  And checking is so easy to do! Be sure to perform a spell check before you submit. The judges will be really happy!

These 5 steps will make the judges happy because they know you’ve paid attention to the rules and they will ensure that your site will be judged. Nothing is sadder than seeing someone’s hard work kept from judging because they have not completed a required step.

OHHHH! It doesn’t hurt to check the “Wanna Win? Checklists” (found on our site under Handouts) one last time! You have been using these checklists, right? I hope so because they will help you to meet the rubrics at the highest levels! …Just say’n.

YouTube Allows Creative Commons License when Uploading!

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June 29, 2011

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For those of you who are participating in DigiMedia you know you need to upload your video to YouTube as part of the rules of the DigiMedia competition. Now, when you upload, you can choose to license your video in two ways: as a Standard YouTube License (which has standard copyright laws attached and requires another person to ask for permission to reuse the video), OR as a Creative Commons Attribution license (which allows someone to reuse your video as long as they give credit to the creator – YOU!). And, for those of you participating in DigiSites, why not upload any videos you are creating to YouTube and license them with Creative Commons as well!

This is an excellent and exciting addition to YouTube, as it not only allows you to share your works with others, but it creates an ever-growing library of videos that you can reuse, re-purpose, remix for your own use!

Below is the YouTube and Creative Commons announcement with important details on how to find Creative Commons licensed videos for you to use, AND how you can upload your own videos using the Creative Commons license.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

YouTube and Creative Commons: raising the bar on user creativity

Have you ever been in the process of creating a video and just needed that one perfect clip to make it pop? Maybe you were creating your own music video and needed an aerial video of Los Angeles at night to spice it up. Unless you had a helicopter, a pretty powerful camera and some fierce editing skills, this would have been a big challenge. Now, look no further than the Creative Commons library accessible through YouTube Video Editorto make this happen. Creative Commons provides a simple way to license and use creative works.You can now access an ever-expanding library of Creative Commons videos to edit and incorporate into your own projects. To find a video, just search in the YouTube search bar or from within the YouTube Video Editor. We’re working with organizations like C-SPAN, Public.Resource.org, Voice of America, Al Jazeeraand others, so that over 10,000 Creative Commons videos are available for your creative use.To get started, visit youtube.com/editor and select the CC tab:

Any video you create using Creative Commons content will automatically show the source videos’ titles underneath the video player:
As part of the launch of Creative Commons licensing on YouTube, you’ll also be able to mark any or all of your videos with the Creative Commons CC-BY license that lets others share and remix your work, so long as they give you credit. To mark your video with the Creative Commons license, select ‘Creative Commons Attribution license’ on the upload page or on the Video Description page:

You can learn more about Creative Commons on YouTube at our help center, and remember that all content must still follow the rules in our Copyright Center.We’re excited to see what you come up with!Stace Peterson, Software Engineer, recently watched Conan – Acting Out The Oscar Noms: The Social Network

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