The Adobe Educators’ Choice Awards: Honoring the work of innovative educators.

ADOBE EDUCATION EXCHANGE 2012 Educators' Choice Awards

Official Rules

Contest and Challenge are open to all educators age 18 years or older with the appropriate credentials currently employed at an elementary, junior, or senior institution of education, or accredited institution of higher education. The Contest and the Challenge are open to any legal resident of and residents with a valid Visa for the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and the United States. Participation in the ADOBE EDUCATION EXCHANGE 2012 Educators’ Choice Awards ("Contest") and the Adobe Education Exchange Points Challenge (“Challenge”) constitute Contestant's full and unconditional agreement to and acceptance of these Official Rules. Contest and Challenge are sponsored by Adobe Systems Incorporated, 345 Park Avenue, San Jose, CA, USA, 95110 ("Sponsor").

  1. Timing:
    • Contest.  The Contest begins on August 6, 2011, and ends on November 9, 2012. All entries must be received by Adobe no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific time on October 5, 2012. Judging of all entries will take place from October 6, 2012 to October 26, 2012. Three (3) finalists in each category will be identified on October 29, 2012, with voting by the Adobe Education Exchange community to follow until November 9, 2012. Adobe reserves the right to extend the competition deadline without formal notice, up to seven (7) calendar days, or as late as October 12, 2012, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time. Adobe reserves the right to the judging period by up to seven calendar days, or to as late as November 5, 2012. Winners will be announced on or before November 16, 2012.
    • Challenge. The Bi-Weekly Points Challenge takes place on a rolling basis every 2 weeks beginning August 20, 2012. At the end of each two week period, points will be tallied and the top earner will get a prize. Bi-weekly periods: 8/20-9/2, 9/3-9/16, 9/17-9/30, 10/1-10/14, 10/15-11/2. At the end of the Contest, all points from the August 20 to November 2 will be tallied and the member who has tallied the most points during the contest period will win a prize.
  2. Eligibility:
    Contest and Challenge are open to all educators age 18 years or older with the appropriate credentials currently employed at an elementary, junior, or senior institution of education, or accredited institution of higher education. The contest is open to any legal resident of and residents with a valid Visa for the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and the United States. Employees, independent contractors, officers, and directors of Sponsor; its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion, and fulfillment agencies, and legal advisors; the judging panel; and the immediate family members and persons living in the same household of such persons are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

    Altered, defaced, mutilated, illegible, or incomplete entries are not eligible and will result in disqualification of entry. Entries that contain any content that is pornographic in nature, lewd, or sexually explicit, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, will be disqualified.

  3. Categories and Judging:
    Adobe Education Exchange members can submit as many entries as they like in each category, subject to the eligibility requirements as specified below. Any nonconforming entries will be disqualified. At the end of the submission period on October 5, 2012, a panel of judges in each category will judge all entries on the criteria outlined below. Three (3) entries in each category judged to best meet the criteria, will be identified as finalists. During the voting period (October 29, 2012, through November 9, 2012), the members of the Adobe Education Exchange will judge the finalists and cast their votes for the best submission among the three finalists in each category. The judges’ decisions are final and binding. Sponsor retains the right to reclassify entries from one category to another and/or to identify more or less than three finalists in a category if they deem it appropriate. The entries shall be judged together in each category and winners will be selected based on the entries that receive the most votes from the Adobe Education Exchange community of members.

    Judging criteria:
    1. Quality of the learning experience - To what extent is the submission effective in helping learners learn a particular skill or concept?
    2. Innovation - To what extent does the submission show innovation (in technology use, instructional design, student engagement, and/or assessment) in teaching learners a particular skill or concept?
    3. Creativity - To what extent does the submission encourage learners to unleash their creativity?
    4. Use of Adobe Products - To what extent does the submission utilize the features of Adobe software to teach learners a particular skill or concept?
    5. Presentation - To what extent is the submission presented in an engaging, well thought out, and professional way (including visual presentation, writing, completeness, etc.)?

    Categories:
    Higher Education - Any project, project example, lesson plan, curriculum, or technical tutorial submitted by a Higher Education faculty or staff member. Each entry must include a title, at least one Adobe product(s) used, description, keywords/search terms, an uploaded file, video, image, Flash movie or other asset pertaining to the entry, and grade level tags to be eligible.
    Eligible Contestants: Higher Education faculty and staff members employed by an institution in Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Primary/Secondary - Any project, project example, lesson plan, curriculum, or technical tutorial submitted by a Primary/Secondary educator or staff member. Each entry must include a title, at least one Adobe product(s) used, description, keywords/search terms, an uploaded file, video, image, Flash movie or other asset pertaining to the entry, and grade level tags to be eligible.
    Eligible Contestants: Primary and Secondary educators and staff members employed by a school/district in Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and the United States.

    Adobe Creative Suite 6 - Any project, project example, lesson plan, curriculum, or technical tutorial submitted by a Higher Education faculty or staff member or Primary/Secondary educator or staff member. The submission must utilize one or more products from the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection. Each entry must include a title, at least one Adobe product(s) used, description, keywords/search terms, an uploaded file, video, image, Flash movie or other asset pertaining to the entry, and grade level tags to be eligible.
    Eligible Contestants: Primary and Secondary educators and staff members employed by a school/district in Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding the Province of Quebec), the United Kingdom, and the United States.

  4. How to Enter:
    • Contest. To enter the Contest, Adobe Education Exchange members must submit an entry in one of the three categories described in Section 3 above. Members may submit as many entries as they like in each category, subject to the eligibility requirements as specified in Section 2. To submit an entry, members must navigate to a category page:
      Higher Education - http://edexchange.adobe.com/resources/6de383a745/summary;
      Primary and Secondary - http://edexchange.adobe.com/resources/536a506e3b/summary; and
      Creative Suite 6 - http://edexchange.adobe.com/resources/6571ee7078/summary and follow the directions to share a resource. Resources must be a project, project example, lesson plan, curriculum, or technical tutorial resource type to be eligible. Each entry must include a title, at least one Adobe product(s) used, description, keywords/search terms, an uploaded file, video, image, Flash movie or other asset pertaining to the entry, and grade level tags to be eligible. To vote on the finalists, Adobe Education Exchange member must sign-in and visit http://www.adobe.com/go/AdobeEDUAwards on or after October 29, 2012, to cast their vote in each category. Members may only vote for each category once.
    • Challenge. To earn points in the Challenge the participant complete any of the following activities on the Adobe Education Exchange:

      Activity Points awarded
      Create a post 30 points
      Start a discussion topic 30 points
      Create a comment 10 points
      Rate someone’s post 3 points
      Rate someone’s comment 2 points
      Invite a member to join the network 15 points
      Get a comment on your post 5 points
      Get a rating on your post 2 points
      Get a rating on your comment 1 point

      For more information about earning points, please visit the Points & Status page
  5. Copyright Ownership:
    By submitting an entry to a category, Contestant warrants that Contestant is the sole designer, creator, and owner of the artwork, including all visual and auditory components, or has permission to use copyrighted components, and further warrants that the artwork does not contain information considered by Contestant's place of business or any other third party to be confidential.

  6. Prizes:
    • Contest: Each category will have one (1) grand prize winner and two (2) runner-up winners, each to receive as follows:
      • Grand Prize (3) - Apple MacBook Pro 15” 2.3 GHz or Dell XPS 15z Intel Core i7-2640M processor 2.8 GHz; 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription; and a classroom set (30 licenses) of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Master Collection (ARV: US$26,1289)
      • Runners-up (6) - Canon EOS Rebel T2i EF-S or Apple iPad 32GB Wi-Fi and 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription (ARV: $1,060/prize)
    • Challenge: For the Bi-Weekly Challenge each winner (5) will receive: 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription (ARV: $359.88/prize). For the grand Challenge winner will receive (1): Apple MacBook Pro 15” 2.3 GHz or Dell XPS 15z Intel Core i7-2640M processor 2.8 GHz and 1-year Adobe Creative Cloud Student and Teacher Edition subscription (ARV: $2,158.88). If any of the winners of the Contest are also winners of the Challenge, only the prize for the Contest will be awarded.
  7. Winner Notification:
    Entries will be voted on by the Adobe Education Exchange community from October 29 through November 9, 2012, online at http://www.adobe.com/go/AdobeEDUAwards. Winners will be notified by email, or telephone on or before November 16, 2012, and will have five (5) days from receipt of notification to acknowledge receipt, by email. Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, lost, misdirected, or unsuccessful efforts to notify winners. If a selected Finalist cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to acknowledge status, or fails to comply with any term or condition of these Official Rules, a prize may be forfeited and an alternate Finalist may be selected. Finalists will be required to sign and return a liability release, declaration of eligibility, license agreement, and, where lawful, a publicity consent agreement, all within seven (7) days of receipt by winner as a condition of receiving a prize.

  8. General Terms and Conditions:
    Sponsor is not responsible for and shall not be liable for: (i) lost, late, delayed, damaged, incomplete, illegible, unintelligible, or misdirected entries; (ii) telephone, electronic, hardware or software program, network, Internet, or computer malfunctions, failures, or difficulties of any kind; (iii) failed, incomplete, partial, garbled, or delayed computer transmissions; (iv) any condition caused by events beyond the control of Sponsor that may cause the Contest to be disrupted or corrupted; (v) any injuries, losses, or damages of any kind arising in connection with or as a result of a prize, or acceptance, possession, or use of a prize, or from participation in the Contest; (vi) any printing or typographical errors in any materials associated with the Contest; (vii) or any regional, state, autonomous, or local laws or regulations violated during the creation of the entries by the Contestant(s). Sponsor reserves the right to suspend, cancel, or modify the Contest for any reason including for fraud or technical failure corrupts the administration, security, or proper play of the Contest, as determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Each Contestant agrees to release and hold Sponsor harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims, and actions of any kind in connection with the Contest or resulting from acceptance, possession, or use of any prize, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, property damage, and claims based upon intellectual property infringement, publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy. Each Contestant agrees that Sponsor's only obligation is to submit entries from eligible Contestants to the judges according to the procedures and criteria set forth in these Official Rules and to award the prizes set forth herein to winners, subject to the terms and conditions herein. Contestant agrees that Sponsor's obligation is fair and adequate consideration for any entry submitted, and that Contestant is not entitled to and shall not seek any further compensation.

    Each Contestant agrees that if his or her entry is selected as a Finalist entry, as a condition of receiving a prize, Contestant shall sign a license agreement granting to Sponsor a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, modify for purposes of publicly performing and publicly displaying, and prepare derivative works based upon winner's entry, for the purposes of advertising and promoting Adobe products, and for inclusion in and distribution with Adobe products. To the extent that such a perpetual license is ineffective or unenforceable, Contestant shall sign a license agreement providing to Sponsor a royalty-free, non-exclusive, two-year (2), worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, publicly perform, publicly display, modify for purposes of publicly performing and publicly displaying, and prepare derivative works based upon winner’s entry, for the purposes of advertising and promoting Adobe products, and for inclusion in and distribution with Adobe products.

    Each Contestant further agrees to execute any and all documents necessary to effectuate such license. Each Contestant agrees that by submitting an entry, he or she allows the use of his or her personal data, name, likeness, and/or voice in publicity or advertising relating to the Contest without compensation. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation, and enforceability of these Official Rules, or the rights and obligations of Contestant and Sponsor in connection with the Contest, shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions (whether of the State of California or any other jurisdiction) that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of California. Where permitted by law, Contestant agrees that any and all disputes, claims, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, or any prizes awarded, other than the administration of the Contest or the determination of winners, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the United States District Court for the Northern District of California (San Jose Division) or the appropriate California State Court located in Santa Clara County, California.

  9. Winners List
    A Winners list will be posted on the Adobe Education Exchange program website, http://www.adobe.com/go/AdobeEDUAwards by November 16, 2012.