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Oracle Education Foundation invites students, teachers to compete

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The ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009, sponsored by the Oracle Education
Foundation (OEF), is now open to teams of students, ages 9-19, from anywhere
in the world.  Each team must be coached by a teacher or school employee.

Teams are challenged to develop an educational website on topics of their
choosing. Website entries may utilize a variety of technologies and take a
variety of creative forms.
Participating students develop important 21st century skills such as
teamwork, critical thinking, self-direction, and technology skills.
Entries are due on 2 April 2009, giving teams up to eight months to create
their web sites. Professional educators from around the world will judge all
entries.
Qualifying entries will be published in the ThinkQuest Library, the world's
largest online repository of student-developed learning projects, visited by
millions of web learners each month.
Prizes may include laptop computers, digital cameras, school grants, and a
trip to the awards event in San Francisco, depending on placement.
In addition to launching the ThinkQuest Website Competition 2009, OEF is
expanding and enriching ThinkQuest to help increase the adoption of 21st
century skills by students worldwide.
Highlights of new enhancements include:
* The integration of OEF's Think.com online learning community under the
ThinkQuest brand to make it easier for students and teachers to publish and
create learning projects;
* An expanded library of student-created educational resources; and
* A comprehensive professional development program for educators, including
a newly developed Project Learning Institute that offers training on how to
design engaging learning projects.
Full details of the new ThinkQuest offerings and benefits are available at
www.thinkquest.org.