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We Have A Winner

Judging the videos submitted by the Computer Explorers franchisees was not an easy job.  We knew at the Computer Explorers corporate team that we needed outside experts to help us. Once again, we thank Adam Enbar (HubSpot), Robin Raskin (Living in Digital Times) and Nick Powills (No Limit Media Consulting) for their help.

Some of the comments from the judges regarding the videos were:

  • I had to watch each video 3 times because it was so hard to choose (I even  consulted my wife on the final 2)!
  • The videos captured both sophisticated programming and the enthusiasm of the kids.
  •  The teacher’s narration was helpful.
  • The 2 minute clips gave  me a completely different perception of what Computer Explorers actually  does (it’s fantastic!!!).
We announced the winner on our BlogTalkRadio show Inside Computer Explorers after visiting with the franchisees and learning more about their video, the students and the location where the video was filmed.

I hope you can spare 40 minutes to listen to each of the franchisees share their excitement about their programs!

Inside Computer Explorers


Nick Powills shared this about the winners: Lori Longo and Cathy Mead:

While all participates did a great job with their videos, especially given that each video highlighted something special they created, I believe Lori and Cathy stood out above the rest. In Social Media – in order for a video to be considered Social, it must tell a story. Lori and Cathy did just that, in that they highlighted a beginning, middle and end of a project and used student testimonials and actions to support it. Additionally, it clearly highlighted an end result of working with Computer Explorers. Videos such as this one can be marketed for more business at the local level – whether in NY or in outside markets. The video also included creativity in animation – something that can be considered technologically advanced.”

Congratulations Lori and Cathy! Your iPads are in route to New York and we are anxious to see future videos and pictures of your programs.

Technology Makes Dreams Real

I am many things to many people. I am a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, mother-in-law and grandmother. I am also a military mom. The holiday season has arrived and it will be a joyous year celebrating my grandson’s first Christmas. It will also be the first time one of my children will not be here to celebrate with us. My son, Dan is a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force and was deployed in October.

This time of year I find myself humming and singing all the holiday classics. I enjoy Frosty the Snowman (but so thankful I live in Texas and not shoveling snow like they are in Chicago), Rudolph The Rednose Reindeer (we have lots of deer but I have yet to find one with a rednose) and “I’ll Be Home For Christmas.” Here are the lyrics:

I’m dreamin’ tonight of a place I love
Even more then I usually do
And although I know it’s a long road back
I promise you

I’ll be home for Christmas
You can count on me
Please have snow and mistletoe
And presents under the tree
Christmas Eve will find me
Where the love light beams
I’ll be home for Christmas
If only in my dreams

Dan Skypes with his sister

As much as I love the song, “if only in my dreams” just doesn’t cut it for me. I want all my loved ones home for Christmas. Since this is out of my control technology makes those dreams as real as possible by using video Skype to keep in touch. A cyber hug is 2nd best to a real hug!

I’m thankful that I can keep in touch with my military loved one. Unfortunately, there are many incredible men and women who do not have the ability to connect with their families and deserve to know they are thought of. Take a minute to use technology to wish them the very best this holiday season. Use this link to send them a message: http://action.uso.org/action/sem-thank-you?sc=OM-gadw-p_Support-search_ThankYouEmail