Doodle for Google (and win $25,000)

My friend Lucy Gray sent me information on this great program!

It is Doodle 4 Google and your school has 6 submissions that they may submit to Google. (So it means you need to have a school competition.) It is open to grades K-12 and they have made lesson plans to help you (Grades K – 3, Grades 4 – 6, Grades 7 – 9, Grades 10 – 12).

First, you must register and get your 6 ID numbers from Google. (Only 6 per school!) Then, download the lesson plans and the flyer (to post on your door.) The doodles will be judged in 10 regions to get 400 state winners and eventually will narrow down to one national winner which will go live on the Google homepage for 24 hours.

Here is the information Lucy sent me:

It's called Doodle 4 Google, and it offers students all over the country the chance to design the Google logo, and perhaps have their artwork viewed by people all over the world.

The Doodle 4 Google theme is “What if…?” Here are some examples of what this could mean:

– What if…I could live underwater, or in outer space, or in Colonial America?
– What if…I could see into the future?
– What if…I could build any kind of invention I wanted?

But your students are encouraged to come up with their own ideas about this theme. The competition is open to K-12 students between 5 and 18. An expert panel will pick 40 finalists who'll be invited to a workshop with Google's official doodler, Dennis Hwang, at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California. The U.S. public will vote for their favorites, and the winning design will replace the regular Google homepage on May 22, 2008. This champion doodler will receive a $10,000 college scholarship and his or her school will receive a $25,000 technology grant.

How to participate?

Please visit You'll find all the dates and resources you'll need to get your school involved, including detailed lesson plans to help incorporate the competition into your curricula. School registration closes on March 28th and doodle entries must be received by April 12th, 2008.

So, go doodle a little. (And I mean draw.)

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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1 comment

tasteach February 15, 2008 - 5:52 am

This is a fantastic contest and students from Australia were invited last year to design a doodle for Google to use on Australia Day. We had a lot of keen entrants from our school and the state winning entries were all shown on Google website. An excellent way to use the artistic side of our students.

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