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Lenzr Photo Safari For Kids – 3 new photo contests for iPads

Challenge your kids with cool photography assignments!

A great activity that will engage their creative side, develop new skills and give them something fun to focus on this fall.

girl with camera on a photo safariVisit Lenzr.com and choose a photography assignment. Lenzr challenges people of all ages and skill levels to upload specific images for a safe and friendly web competition in exchange for real prizes. At Lenzr, the membership picks the winners—Its super fun and easy, just shoot, upload, share with friends and family, get the most people to vote for your photo and you will win an iPad.

Parents looking to engage their children with fun and creative play activities can map out a Lenzr photo safari. It is a great way to learn, have fun and make memories by shooting photos of cool stuff where ever you live. You or your kids could win a nice new iPad for getting the most votes in the photo contest.

This month’s photo safari starts with a trip to the rooftop deck – or any safe vantage point upon which a young person with a camera might capture a view of a distant rural horizon or urban cityscape.

Industrial, flat roof, repair company, Toronto, View From The Roof contest plate on Lenzr, The View From The Roof photo contest on Lenzr hopes to collect and archive many different landscapes from all across Canada. Most will be from a vantage point about thirty feet or so above ground. Some folks who live in apartment buildings in big cities will have a much higher view from the roof.

The Apple iPad prize was provided by a flat roof repair service that puts new white ToughRoof systems to work in the greater Toronto Area.  Dan Sheridan is a white roof  specialist and an expert at remodeling roofs into the perfect (all white = reflective) terrain for increased solar panel production.

Lenzr photo contest plate for portable solar power company, Morning Sunshine, Win an iPadWhich brings us to the second assignment in the weekend family photo safari. The Morning Sunshine photo contest is a little tricky only because it requires getting up really early and taking pictures in the special light that first burns off the morning mist. Its a magic hour thing.

Special thanks to Michael Reichmann, the Ontario photographer who donated this Sunrise_Barn photo from his Ontario photography gallery .  The contest sponsor is a portable solar power generator (PSG’s) design and manufacturing firm in southern Ontario. The Solarline Power, Mobile Solar Work Units are quiet, reliable and deliver clean renewable energy, more info about these solar trailers on the Lenzr blog.

People Building Things photo contest is third and although it has the least pictures right now, its our belief this challenge is the easiest to enter and win. Although it seems like a very specific topic, anything constructive will probably be accepted in the match.

This third iPad prize to be dispensed was purchased by a solar powered deck building company. The sponsors of this challenge use green building programs and clean energy to (quietly) cut lumber and make your backyard paradise. Submit pics of People Building Things and tell us the story behind each picture.

In all three contests, the registered member that uploads the highest ranked image will WIN AN iPad! Voting begins September 20th 2010 – the highest ranked photograph for each contest automatically wins this awesome prize when the Contest Closes on Oct 1st, 2010. Contest is open to all Canadians (must be 13yrs old or older), not valid in Quebec.

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Technology makes Private Schools better than Public Schools

New technology like iPads, smart blackboards and sophisticated social networking applications have made Ontario private schools into awesome educational facilities.  I recently attended a theatre performance at a private school north of Toronto that was preceded by a walking tour of the facilities.  As many of you know from reading my posts here, I’m a science fiction fan, and I couldn’t help thinking about how much things have changed from back when I went to public school in rural Ontario. These high tech classrooms reminded me of the ‘school deck’ on board the Starship Enterprise – indeed private schools seem to be the Star Fleet Academy of our age!

Students in lecture hall with smart blackboard and instructor taking questions on laptops at St. Andrew's College in Aurora Ontario

A recent article on Lilith Galleries Technology eZine,  Five Reasons Why Private Schools Will Produce Tomorrow’s Tech Leaders nicely summarizes how Ontario private schools have adopted high tech gadgets as educational tools.  But more than just the equipment – which is almost always  less than two years old, it’s a well funded faculty’s willingness to experiment with innovation. And this same spirit of adoption is communicated to the students.

Globalization and Technology Are Changing Canadian Classrooms

Many of the printed textbooks in Canadian public schools, even if only a few years old, are already obsolete for the careers of tomorrow.  Most private schools require that their students use laptops the entire school day.  There are no textbooks to carry home, and no papers to mark as many reports are submitted via email – the instructor is just one instant message away, and so there is more accountability and a dynamic adaptation to today’s business technology.  This gives students a much different technological base than those who write and record notes using pen and paper.

International Students make Canadian Schools Special

Private schools are able to tap into a much more diverse array of academic and extracurricular programs than public schools. And the mix of international students is also something that adds to the charm of these institutions. Most Ontario private school offer a variety of exchange programs, courses with a global outlook, and more foreign language classes.

Private School Social Networking Scholars

St. Andrew's College has excellent computer science facilities for boysPrivate schools have always been unique in creating a sense of community, but now social networks encourage even closer-knit relationships between students.  Teacher / student relationships also improve as new communication systems promote mutual respect. The Journal of Educational Psychology noted that students are more likely to perform better on tests when they believe their instructors genuinely care about them.

Technology is changing classrooms all over Canada, but the public education system is less well funded.  They don’t have the budget to be bold.  Consequently they attract safe thinkers that are secure in what’s been tried, tested and true. That kind of thinking doesn’t produce innovation.