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Contests, Fairs, and Publishing: Sharing On The Web

Where can I find places where my students can publish projects on the web?

What kinds of contests are available for children?

What's ThinkQuest and why is it so popular?

winning duckHundreds of online publishing opportunities, contests, fairs, promotions, and tournaments occur every year. Students enjoy sharing their work with a real audience. Whether sharing their writing or artistic skills, there are many places where students can publish their work online. Students love participating in special events and activities.

You may have participated in a science fair. How about a History Fair!

Many collaborative projects contain a content element. For example both Cyberfair and ThinkQuest involve students in developing meaningful web-based projects. These websites are then shared this other participates and judged by a panel.

eye for essentialRead Educators as Guiding Partners: The ThinkQuest Approach from Apple Learning Interchange to learn more about this approach to project-based learning. (QuickTime video is embedded at this website).

Use the following links to explore the online sharing and contest areas of this page.

Online Sharing for Kids and Young Adults

From art and music to science and history projects, there are many places on the web where students can share their work with others. Many schools maintain their own classroom project web pages. However many teachers have difficulty finding the time or technology to maintain their own materials. As an alternative look for websites that will publish student projects. Many of these websites also provide project ideas or sponsor collaborative projects.

Concord Review
http://www.tcr.org/
Publishes high school student work.

Crunch from NCES star means quality
http://nces.ed.gov/NCESKids/CRUNCH/
Submit features, arts reviews, tech reviews, and ideas!

Global Wave
http://www.cs.bilkent.edu.tr/~david/derya/gw/
Online Teen Journal publishes student work.

KidProj star means quality
http://www.kidlink.org/KIDPROJ/projects.html
Both current and ongoing projects. Great place for simple projects.

KidPub
http://www.kidpub.org/kidpub/
Lots of stories published. - now subscription to post

KidsCom star means quality
http://www.kidscom.com/create/write/write.html
Write poems and stories. Include a opportunity to read and vote as well as take the writing challenge.

Kidscribe
http://web2.airmail.net/def/
This is a bilingual site for children writing in different languages including jokes, stories, and other kinds of writing. Articles can be submitted in English, Spanish, or other languages.

Kids Space star means quality
http://www.kids-space.org/index.html
A great center for sharing and collaborative projects.
Within Kids-Space
BeanStalk Artwork - http://www.kids-space.org/bean/bean.html
Classroom Showcase - http://www.kids-space.org/gallery/gallery.html
Musical Compositions - http://www.kids-space.org/air/air.html
StoryBook - http://www.kids-space.org/story/story.html

KidzPage
http://www.veeceet.com/
The site includes poems and story poems.

Global Children's Art Gallery
http://www.naturalchild.com/gallery/
This project includes galleries of children's artwork. Many different countries are represented. Artwork can be submitted by using a scanner, a digital camera photo, or sent through the traditional mail. Students indicate the title, medium, artist, age, location, and website (if available).

PaPa iNk - The International Gallery of Children's Art
http://www.papaink.org/gallery/home/index.html
Works of art by children.

Poetry Post
http://mecca.mecca.org/~graham/day/poetrypost/
Features poems by students everywhere

My Hero
http://www.myhero.com/home.asp
Write about your hero and submit the article.

Scholastic star means quality
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/index-learn.htm#index
Explore dozens of writing opportunities including Dinosaurs, Historical Journals, Mystery Writing, Nominate a Trailblazer, and Honor Roll of Notable Women to name just a few.

Science Class Challenge from CAPCO
http://www.nocfcs.org/scc/scchome.htm

Storybook Online
http://www.storybookonline.net/Default.aspx
Readers read, listen, and write books online.

Storyteller
http://www.edbydesign.com/storyteller/index.html
Publish your stories, jokes, and poems.

Tess Pet-Sitters Club
http://www.abbyandtess.com/story.html
Kids write stories

Writer's Window
http://english.unitecnology.ac.nz/writers/home.html
Read submissions, enter your own writing, and participate in ongoing writing and chat activities.

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Contests for Kids and Young Adults

Achievement Awards in Writing from NCTE
http://www.ncte.org/about/awards/student/aa/107460.htm
Awards for student writing

Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest
http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/

CyberFair star means quality
http://www.globalschoolhouse.org/cf/
A project that encourages young people to conduct research and publish their findings.

Kids are Authors
http://teacher.scholastic.com/fairs/kaa/
An annual competition open to K-8 students to encourage reading, writing, and artistic skills in book creation.

PhotoZone
http://www.nwf.org/nationalwildlife/photoZone.cfm
Enter a photo contest or caption contest.

Scholastic Contests star means quality
http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/contests/index.htm
Join reading, writing, drawing, and talent contests.

Scholastic: Write a Caption
http://teacher.scholastic.com/scholasticnews/games_quizzes/writecaption/index.asp
Write a caption for a photo.

KidReach Contests
http://www.westga.edu/~kidreach/contests.html
Lists contests for kids.

Reading is Fundamental Competitions
http://www.rif.org.uk/rifm8s/competitions/competitionsindex.htm
Creative writing, quizzes, poetry, and more.

ScienceEduNet
http://www.sciedunet.org/sciedunet/
Links to many competitions.

ThinkQuest star means quality
http://www.thinkquest.org/
Create a web-based project and submit for prizes.

Toshiba Exploravision Awards
http://www.exploravision.org/2004/index.htm
Science competition for students.

Young Writers & Illustrators Contest from Reading Rainbow
http://pbskids.org/readingrainbow/contest/
Annual writing and drawing contest.

Zoetrope
http://www.all-story.com/contests.cgi
Story-writing for all ages

Links to Resources

Internet Public Library
http://www.ipl.org/div/kidspace/browse/rzn8000/
Links to places to submit creative writing.

Teacher Resource Center: Fairs, Contests, & Tournaments
http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/trc/cluster.asp?mode=browse&intPathID=3367

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Join A Project

Explore the options for online sharing and contests. Write and submit a story or poem.


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