By Anne Collier
This month the White House will hold its first-ever film festival for students – how cool is that?! The contest asks students in grades K-12 to submit short videos (under 3 min.) about education technology. “Your film should address at least one of the following themes,” says the White House’s page about the festival: “How you currently use technology in your classroom or school or the role technology will play in education in the future.” That seems pretty wide-open. Bill Nye the Science Guy is the spokesperson in the video about the festival, so there seems to be a bit of a STEM focus to this, but “technology in the classroom” certainly isn’t limited to technology in the science or math classroom.
There isn’t much time – videos must be submitted (on that page) by January 29 – and filmmakers under 18 need to submit with a parent or guardian. The contest rules, which are on that same page, don’t say how many finalists will be chosen, but their videos will be screened at the White House and posted in its site, and the finalists will get to go to Washington and participate in the film festival.
- Other film events involving youth: the San Francisco Film Society’s Young Filmmakers Camp; the Sarasota Film Festival for students; the Austin Film Festival’s Young Filmmakers Program next October; and the Virginia Film Festival’s Young Filmmaker’s Academy held this past November
- Chicago has renamed its digital-media-embracing Summer of Learning program (with more than 100 participating organizations) to City of Learning – where learning happens anytime, anywhere (including digital spaces) and is recognized with digital badges
- “Involving our kids in their own digital media learning”
- About “Digital wisdom from young filmmakers”