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Contest is ON!… for students over 13

Updated September 22, 2009 - Digital Storytelling, Events, News by SA Walsh mm

The “I Am What I Learn” video contest rules state:
Entrants must be active students age 13 or older by October 8, 2009.

OK, so we live in a world with limits, rules, ratings.  And ed.gov will give out rewards for playing by those rules.  That’s a great lesson in itself!

But we’ve heard from a couple of teachers who are k-6 and are dissappointed that they couldn’t have their students enter.  I guess they can take heart that since their students are too young to win the cash prizes, they have a few extra years to save up for college.  Plus, there always next year, maybe ed.gov will still have some “cash for college” and run another contest.

But IMHO, I would have enjoyed seeing some of the videos made by those students too.  If you’re old enough to remember the “Kids say the darndest things” show, you too might be intrigued at the possibility of seeing a modern day/current version of that:  Kids video the darndest things!

I know that the contest is serious and is meant to reflect a student’s take on the value of her or his education, but “personality” will come out in the videos, if it’s done with heart and without too much censorship.  And that will be one of the elements that will help the winners win: heart not censorship…of course storyboarding helps too 🙂 .

With that thought in mind, we’ve offered to review and post some videos of students who aren’t eligible due to the age requirement.  So if you have, or know of, a class that’s anxious to participate and you are, or know a teacher of neophyte filmmakers/digital moguls, contact us, let us know your plans, and we’ll work on getting your videos seen (and we might even be able to scare up some prizes). But play by the rest of the ed.gov rules so we can rate it G!

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