Eligibility: Student contests are open to Midwestern PK–12 students and pre-service teachers. All PK-12 student entries must include principal’s consent and contact information. 

To be eligible for judging, each student contest entry must:

  • Connect to Nebraska Curriculum Standards (includes NCE standards)

  • Follow educational fair use copyright guidelines

  • Demonstrate creativity and original thought

  • Be completely produced by entering student

NOTE:  Each school may submit a maximum of 3 student entries per contest category, eg. 3 student entries to the video contest for the 6-8 grade division. If more than 3 entries are received from an individual school, all entries may be disqualified.
A maximum of 5 minutes will be allocated to judge each entry.

Contest Categories

  • Still Images:  This category allows students to showcase their work in the area of still images. Students will submit completed products such as digital images, photographs, logos and graphic design
  • Infographics:  Infographics are visual images used to represent data or information, typically including charts and graphs.
  • Video: This category allows students to showcase their work in the area of video. Students may submit completed non-interactive video projects. Examples of projects that could fall into this category include but are not limited to: newscasts, movies, video podcasts, and animations. 
  • Audio: This category allows students to showcase their work in the area of audio. Students will submit completed audio products such as podcasts, radio shows and original music/poetry. 
  • Interactive Media:  This category allows students to showcase their work in the area of interactive media. As defined by wikipedia, interactive media normally refers to products and services on digital computer-based systems which respond to the user's actions by presenting content such as text, graphics, animation, video, audio, games, etc. Examples of interactive media that may be submitted to this category include interactive ebooks, websites created by the student, apps developed by the student, coding projects and more. 

Judging and Awards

Contest entries will be judged on criteria that include connection to curriculum, originality, creativity, quality of product and innovative use of technology. Up to three awards per category per age division will be given. The winning students are strongly encouraged to attend the NETA spring conference along with their teacher to present a poster session about their project and to be recognized for their achievement. 

  • The winning teacher will receive a non-transferable, complimentary conference registration and the teacher’s school district will be reimbursed the actual cost for the substitutes for both days.

  • All entrants should refer to the NETA website (http://netasite.org) on or after March 1, 2018 for contest results. We request that teacher entrants do not register for the conference until winners are announced. Application materials will not be returned to entrants.

  • All submitted projects may be distributed freely by NETA under Creative Commons license. Educators submitting entries need to follow all of their district's policies regarding the distribution of student work. The online submission form must be completed in full.

  • Awards will be mailed out to school address provided on the entry form by May 1, 2018.

  • All entries must be submitted online. Any accompanying documents must be submitted digitally as well.

Excellence in Teaching With Technology Award

The purpose of the Nebraska Excellence in Teaching with Technology Award is to recognize and honor an individual teacher who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve PK-12 teaching and learning. This contest is open to Nebraska public and private school educators whose primary job role is classroom teaching directly with students.The winner will be awarded $600 for professional activities (which could include conference reimbursement, tuition, or subscriptions—to be spent by April 30, 2019). The winner will also be invited to be a special guest at a Wednesday 4/18 /18 evening dinner with the NETA Board of Directors where they will be asked to give short remarks about their work with leading technology initiatives. Winners will be determined by a panel of Directors from the NETA Board based on the following guidelines, determining the extent to which the nominee:

  • positively impacts technology use in teaching and learning; locally, regionally, or statewide.

  • involves the local community in their work or has facilitated partnerships with business and/or other organizations to advance the use of technology in teaching and learning.

  • integrates deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology.

  • works tirelessly to improve the quality of education and/or work experience in their own school.

  • contributes to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars and/or workshops or publishing articles in print or through electronic media.

  • reflects the mission and purpose of NETA.

Eligibility: NETA Educator contests are open to public and private educators (both K-12 and college/university) in the Midwest, with preference given to Nebraska educators. In addition to any prizes specific to a particular contest, winning educators will receive a non-transferable, complimentary 2018 spring NETA conference registration and if a substitute is required, the winner’s school district will be reimbursed the actual cost for the substitute for both days of conference attendance after submitting documentation of sub costs to Julie Moore, NETA executive director. 2017 NETA grant winners are not eligible for this contest.  Maximum grant amount:  $1500.



Ends on February 1, 2018
Eligibility: NETA Educator contests are open to public and private educators (both K-12 and college/university) in the Midwest, with preference given to Nebraska educators. In addition to any prizes specific to a particular contest, winning educators will receive a non-transferable, complimentary 2018 spring NETA conference registration and if a substitute is required, the winner’s school district will be reimbursed the actual cost for the substitute for both days of conference attendance after submitting documentation of sub costs to Julie Moore, NETA executive director. 2017 ISTE Trek winners are not eligible for this contest.
  • Up to 6 awards to the 2018 ISTE Conference in Chicago, June 24-27, 2018, will be awarded with a maximum of $2000 each to pay for conference registration, coach class airfare, hotel, local transportation and meals. 
  • Entrants should use creative technology skills to submit a contest entry explaining how you use technology to enhance student learning and how attending ISTE 2018 would strengthen what you already do or allow you to do something new. What are you hoping to learn or gain by attending sessions at ISTE 2018? 
  • A maximum of 2 minutes will be allocated to judging each entry. 
  • The winners will write a follow-up NETA newsletter article by July 15, 2018, explaining what projects or plans will be implemented in their classroom based upon what was learned through ISTE 2018 attendance. 
  • Entries should follow Educational Fair Use copyright guidelines



Eligibility: NETA Educator contests are open to public and private educators (both K-12 and college/university) in the Midwest, with preference given to Nebraska educators. Winning educators will receive a non-transferable, complimentary 2018 spring NETA conference registration and if a substitute is required, the winner’s school district will be reimbursed the actual cost for the substitute for both days of conference attendance after submitting documentation of sub costs to Julie Moore, NETA executive director. 
  • Up to 10 awards to attend the 2018 the NETA Spring Conference in Omaha, NE, April 19-20, 2018.
  • Entrants should use creative technology skills to describe how attending the Spring NETA conference would change the story in your classroom.
  • A maximum of 2 minutes will be allocated to judging each entry. 
  • The winning entries may be shared by NETA, and winners may be interviewed both prior to and after the conference to share your story with area educators.
  • Entries should follow Educational Fair Use copyright guidelines



The purpose of the Nebraska Excellence in Leading with Technology Award is to recognize and honor an individual who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in implementing technology to improve teaching, learning or administration. This contest is open to Nebraska K–12 public and private school administrators and technology directors and other positions whose primary job role does not include teaching students. All entries must include the superintendent’s consent for contest entry and superintendent’s contact information. If a superintendent is submitting his/her own application, the President of the local Board of Education may be used. The winner will be awarded $600 for professional activities (which could include conference reimbursement, tuition, or subscriptions—to be spent by April 30, 2019). The winner will also be invited to be a special guest at a Wednesday evening dinner with the NETA Board of Directors where they will be asked to give short remarks about their work with instructional technology. Winners will be determined by a panel of Directors from the NETA Board based on the following guidelines, determining the extent to which the nominee:

  • positively impacts technology use in teaching, learning and administration; locally, regionally, or statewide.

  • involves the local community in their work or has facilitated partnerships with business and/or other organizations to advance the use of technology in teaching and learning.

  • integrates deliberate planning in an effort to improve education through the use of technology.

  • works tirelessly to improve the quality of education and/or work experience in their own school.

  • contributes to the profession by presenting at professional conferences, seminars and/or workshops or publishing articles in print or through electronic media.

  • reflects the mission and purpose of NETA.