Unless you have never seen a computer in your entire life or have never heard of the Internet, you know all about Google and what a wonderful tool it is. Heck, I bet you’ve even used the word “Google” as a verb in the the past twelve hours. If you’ve used the search engine on any given special day, chances are likely that you’ve seen those cool sketches that surround the logo, giving you the reminder of what holiday it is (hmm… brb, gtg get flowers) while giving you a smile at the same time.
Now its your school’s turn to show the world what you’ve got. Doodle for Google invites K – 12 Schools and their students to an compete for a chance to have their very own doodles featured on the front page of the #1 search engine in the world. This year’s theme is “What if…” – which might be the broadest topic imaginable – but it encourages students to use their imaginations in a very big way. All the details and materials are available via Google – all you need to do is register your school before March 28th, and get those entries in by April 12th. Google has even gone an extra step to create lesson plans and templates for you to integrate the project right in with your lesson plan, no matter what the grade level.
For further inspiration, check out this video featuring Dennis Hwang, Google’s resident doodler. You can also read an interview with the 29-year-old artist here, in which he offers some great tips to get you started. – JEREMY S. GRIFFIN