iHave Wise Eyes in my Classroom: WIN A FREE iPad contest!

WIN AN IPAD!
As I looked this summer at this blog, I felt it was time to bring to you, the readers, some benefits for reading this blog and blessing me with your comments and time. So, it is so exciting to announce this month’s contest brought to you by VSP VisionCare.

What is the prize?
$500 to spend at the Apple Store towards an iPad!


How do you enter?
There are four ways you can enter, and you can enter ALL four ways for a grand total of four opportunities to win the prize:

  1. Leave a comment on this post.
    Visit
    www.seemuchmore.com find one thing you liked or learned from the site and leave it in the comments.  Contest Ends on September 30, 2010. Spread the word.

    Go to the VSP Visioncare website and learn something new about eyecare.  Come back to this blog post and leave a comment about what you learned and what you’re going to do to make sure your children or students are taking good care of their eyes.

  2. Tweet It.Tweet about the contest, linking to this post using the hashtag #visionEd  – Come back here and link to the tweet!

  3. Facebook Comment.Leave a message on VSP’s Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/VSPVisionCare – Friend them. Friend me. Come back here and let me know!

  4. Link to It.Write a blog post about vision or eye care linking back to SeeMuchMore.com in your post. Again – let me know in the comments!

    Up to four entries per person!



Dedication

I dedicate this to my Mom: who helped me see the meaning of Life so clearly.

Background for this Contest
VSP VisionCare is launching a contest with a lot of resources, videos and information to educate you, parents, students, and all of us about eye education and this contest is centered around learning from that resource AND sharing what you do to promote visioncare.
One in four students will go back to school this fall with an undetected vision problem, and we all know the impact this can have on a student’s learning.

Teachers play a critical role in both educating students about eye care as well as identifying children who might be in need of vision correction. To this point, VSP has created a ‘Teachers’ Lounge’ which provides many educational materials, including lesson plans, games, posters, and more. These can all be accessed here: https://vsp.com/cms/edc/teachers-lounge.html. VSP has also recently launched SeeMuchMore.com which includes other fun resources such as ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’ videos and a ‘make your own eyechart’ application. The winner of this contest will receive an iPad for their classroom which can be loaded up with applications and games to help boost students’ visual acuity and health.
Every year I have at least two students that I “catch” having vision problems.
Why this is important to me:
I remember that I was struggling in elementary school (2nd grade) and was feeling so down – probably the hardest time in my own academic career. We were traveling to Atlanta and my parents mentioned a road sign – I COULDN’T READ IT. They realized that I really couldn’t see! And thus, I was one of the first kids in my class to get glasses. Eventually everyone in my family had glasses and now, all but my third grader has glasses. (And I take him once a year to get tested.)
But it wasn’t until Mom came down with a rare eye disease last year that I really began to appreciate eyesight. As teachers we work to remediate and reach every student, but in today’s technologically advanced age, there is really no excuse for having kids who cannot see.
Every year I find at least two students who need glasses and usually it is the same thing from parents:
Every time they would get glasses, the grades would go up and I’ve even see kids do better in sports. (How can they catch a football or kick a soccer ball that they cannot see.


Questions and Answers for VSP
As I was vetting the potential for this contest, I asked VSP several questions that I’d like to share with you.


Why are you promoting vision care?
Taking good care of your eyes is important for everyone – adults, teens and especially school-age kids. Most of what kids learn is obtained visually, and poor eyesight can directly interfere with learning. VSP is promoting the importance of good visual health and yearly eye exams, which can detect distance vision problems among other deficiencies so children can be as prepared as possible for success in the classroom.


What are some of the resources on the website?
In VSP’s , teachers can access lesson plans, educational materials, activity guides, videos and more which teachers can use to boost vision education for themselves and their students.

What can you do with an iPad in the classroom to promote eye health?
There are several iPad applications specifically built to boost visual acuity and health, which can easily be downloaded and used in a classroom. Kids can also access and play games and other fun activities through www.seemuchmore.com on the iPad.

Disclosures: I am receiving no compensation or benefit from VSP. The sole sponsorship is in the form of the $500 iTunes card rewarded to one commenter for the purchase of an iPad in the iTunes store.

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This is my first contest on my blog, so I look forward to your feedback.

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58 thoughts on “iHave Wise Eyes in my Classroom: WIN A FREE iPad contest!

  1. Several things hit home for me with this contest- first of all my uncle is blind (since birth) and is a huge technology user. He loves Apple devices and can’t wait to get his hands on an iPad. We are hoping they continue to increase the accessibility features.

    Second of all in my 4th grade classroom we LOVE Bill Nye during science! He is able to really reach many types and ages of learners with his humor, visualization skills and obviously his knowledge. Educational video producers should look to whoever produces his shows for what works!

    Lastly, each year in our classroom a local eye doctor volunteers his time and effort to come in and dissect a cow eye for our students as we study light and the human eye. Having a document camera since last year has totally transformed this experience!

    My students would LOVE an iPad in our room and I appreciate this opportunity.

  2. Wow, this is cool!

    Going through the videos, a couple of things hit home for me. Probably the biggest was the continuous references to the various diseases that can be uncovered during a simple, routine eye exam. Those mentioned were things like diabetes, high blood pressure, etc. One they didn’t mention that I have recently learned of due to my own diagnosis is cerebral pseudotumor. It just goes to show how important annual eye exams are, even for people who have “perfect’ eyesight!

    I teach fifth grade, and my kids are full of questions. Last year, after I had a brain CT scan (just the beginning of a long journey that has brought me to the diagnosis I just mentioned), I was able to bring the cds in and actually show my students the brain anatomy. It was pretty cool, and it spurred an amazing amount of critical thinking for these young children.

    In my classroom, we take all aspects of health and wellness very seriously. I strive to maintain an awareness of my students’ well-being, and this includes their visual well-being. Their eyes are so important; not only does eyesight affect how children access information, but it also affects how they perceive the world. At my school, we are very lucky to have a full-time nurse on staff, and she is always willing to help determine if a student is having a difficulty in seeing that has yet to be diagnosed.

  3. First of all, I’m so glad I was exposed to the the seemuchmore web site and VSP Vision Care Facebook page. I’ve idolized Bill Nye since I was an elementary student myself, so it’s exciting for me to continue learning from him about something I need more background knowledge in. (Plus, I’m seriously contemplating writing to him on the VSP Vision Care Facebook page.)

    What I learned about eye care:
    Being the huge Bill Nye fan I am, of course, I went straight to the videos on the seemuchmore website. I was very surprised to learn that wearing glasses with old prescriptions isn’t “bad for” your eyes. I haven’t been to a doctor for an eye exam in 7 years. I only wear my glasses for distance (when driving, when I was in college in large lecture halls, etc.), but I thought I was doing my vision a huge disservice by stalling my next check-up. I’m relieved to know I’m not doing myself HARM. However, perusing the site inspired me to find a new doctor and get some new frames.

    I also really enjoy the printable eye chart on the website. I’m thinking of incorporating it into an English-metric system conversion activity next semester. (They’ll be figuring out their vision AND learning about the metric system! How can I go wrong with that?)

    Hyperlink:
    http://medinascience.wordpress.com

    How I promote good eye care in my classroom:
    I definitely plan to use the eye chart activity I explained above when I am teaching the metric system next semester. Also, as soon as I finish writing this comment, I am posting information about the seemuchmore website on my class blog. My students will really appreciate (and learn from) those Bill Nye videos!

    School:
    Matawan Aberdeen Middle School
    Cliffwood, NJ

    Grade Level:
    6th grade science

  4. Wow. I am very impressed that you managed to set this up. As someone with poor eyesight and trifocals

    Working on the computer full time as I am at the moment, one of the things I am going to emphasize with both students and teachers is looking away every 20 minutes, at least, for a short period time to prevent eye fatigue and eye strain. We have to take care of ourselves and the children.
    I tweeted about the contest here: http://twitter.com/jasontbedell/status/25746682314

  5. –I love your post and video about presentations and using the brain concept. This was very helpful-thanks!
    Thank you also for the information and sites concerning vision in the classroom-I found a few ideas I will try with the students.
    I would love to SEE the iPod in my classroom!
    –I tweeted your message on 9/27 @teacher6th
    –I liked both your page and VSP leaving comments on both
    Thanks for this opportunity!
    Karla
    @teacher6th

  6. I am an IT teacher in an IB school in Amman-Jordan and I would love to win this Ipad….I am currently a Windows user and I want to switch to Mac, but the Mac computers are hell expensive here in the middle east…so it would be amazing if I win this prize and get the chance to enjoy Mac operating system 🙂

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  8. Just looked at the http://www.seemuchmore.com website – great site to promote health and eyes. I have a student with vision impairment in my class this year and I don’t take eye health for granted anymore. I now purposefully arrange my room, my smartboard presentations, writing, etc. so all students can benefit. I was interested in learning that the eyes can tell symptoms of illness (flu for example) before other symptoms occur – watery, red, itchy – I will certainly keep washing hands and promoting that in my classes as well. Thanks for the reminder about how important vision is in learning. It is amazing what my student has adjusted to in order to succeed in school.

  9. I learned that egg yolks help your eyes! More and more reasons to eat eggs come out all the time — never could believe they were that bad for you!

  10. I am glad you are promoting this eye care plan. My mother suffers from histoplasmosis and has had vision problems since my childhood (I am now 40). I had no idea that eye exams could detect other illnesses. Thanks for the info.

  11. I visited the website, and I especially liked the savings! We have been using another company for years, and only heard of VSP last year. When we found out how much we could save by dropping the PEEHIP company and going with VSP, it was a no-brainer! Two out of three in our household wears glasses, so the savings will be doubled for us!

  12. Eye exams can detect signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol.
    They also have a new test that looks behind the eye for health.

    An idea for well sighted people. Cover one eye for a while. Try to catch a ball, you have lost all of your depth perception

  13. Posted a blog http://bit.ly/b3kIM2g about an inspiring vision impaired student who has helped me and other students “see” what collaboraton is in my classroom. As I use computers every day, I will also make sure students look around and rest their eyes after staring at the screen. For their age, they should only use the computer 1 hour which doesn’t happen – it’s much more. Thanks for the reminder about the importance of vision education. I also am friends on fb with you and vsp. 🙂

  14. I teach special education at Sierra Middle School in Bakersfield, CA. I provide services for children with vision impairments. I see enormous advantages to using an iPad in the classroom, especially since it comes with the Universal Access features.

    I had never visited seemuchmore.com, but it was surprisingly useful. I especially liked the Bill Nye videos. I liked that they were relatively short, so I can incorporate them in a lesson without sacrificing too much instructional time.

    I also learned something from the site: I had no idea that diabetes and vision problems were related. Apparently, a doctor can detect signs of diabetes and other health concerns solely from an eye exam. Pretty interesting.

  15. I just went to VSP and added them to my “likes”. Then I did the same for your page! Vision is so important! I have a student right now who cannot see well at all. We are working on getting him some glasses. His parents can’t afford them so we have sent an application to the Lions Club to get him some. I can’t wait to see the difference they make!

  16. I feel like I’m in the majority of people who take their vision for granted, so I’m pretty interested in your focus on eye health this month. I’ve worn glasses for years, but kept the same pair for years – not realizing how much my needs could change. Wow! when I finally went for this year’s exam, I had a real eye-opener.

  17. Good website. I loved the graphics. The tips portion was very informative. I didn’t know eggs were good for eyesight and the computer use ideas were helpful. Thanks for all you are doing, becky moore

  18. Hello! Thank you for doing this! I had no idea that babies needed vision checks. And I’ll be sure to take my daughter to her 3-year vision check. If she gets her eyes from me, she’ll have glasses early on.

    I tweeted the contest (@RogueToddler) and posted it on my blog: http://expectthisnewmoms.blogspot.com/2010/09/psa-learn-about-vision-care-and-win.html. I also wrote on the VSP Facebook wall and sent a “wink” to some friends to donate money for service dogs for the blind. I love that!

    Thanks again!

    Heather

  19. This issue hits home bc my husband was sent to special Ed when it was really just a caisson problem. I learned that early reading and art can aid development of vision.

  20. I had no idea that VSP had so many great resources for educators. Thanks to them and thanks to you for sharing. There were many times when I taught in a first grade classroom that I had to approach parents about possible vision problems. Teachers play an important role in helping to identify children who need additional resources.

  21. I liked the way the links were setup on this website, part of the big picture. The picture on the frig, the microwave screen, etc, all leading you to more information.

  22. I have been covered by VSP for years and had no idea about the resources on the website. I think that the acitivity guides are a great resource on this site.

  23. I “friended” VSP (and entered one of their contests to win a flip camera) and sent a friend request to you on Facebook! (Jennifer Willems) I WANT AN IPAD!!! Thanks for putting on this contest!

  24. from seemuchmore.com – I didn’t know that you could “see signs of diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol by looking at the blood vessels in your eyes. That’s why annual eye exams should be part of your overall health routine.”

  25. Eye care is very I important. Our cd classroom is using an iPad with some of the students so they can communicate with others.

  26. Even though I’ve been going to ophthalmologists/optometrists since getting glasses in 4th grade, I had no idea that they check for so many diseases like diabetes. I wonder if the vision checks done in schools check for this. School based check ups are so important as that is how both I and my son were first diagnosed.

    When student teaching in middle school so many of my students wouldn’t wear their glasses due to low self image despite the fact that without them they were squinting terribly and had to go up the board constantly. I tried to emphasize how cool I think glasses are but a) lower income students don’t usually get the option of attractive glasses, and b) do they really care what I think is cool? I would love to find a way to reach these students in the future (not in the classroom now – subbing and looking). Thanks for getting us to think about the whole child.

  27. I have always known it was important to keep up to date with eye exams because of the glaucoma that runs in my family, but I didn’t realize that eye exams could also detect signs of diabetes, another disease that runs in my family. I work in a school library that uses displays and bulletin boards as information centers and plan to create a display that encourages students to be more proactive in their own healthcare.

  28. I had no idea eye exams could detect high cholesterol. Very interesting! I have VSP. 🙂 Thanks for the opportunity to learn and to win!

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