With the ease and low cost of digital video editing software upon both the MAC and the PC, students are story boarding, filming, editing, and publishing great video work that demonstrates 21st century learning skills, fabulous creativity, and remarkable usage of sophisticated tools. Some students elect to create video projects instead of papers, and they excel demonstrating these skills while relating to your academic content in creative ways. If you have students with this talent, you should consider forwarding their projects for recognition and perhaps scholarships.
In the state of California there is a California Student Media Festival which celebrates student work annually, invites winners to a state educational technology conference, and awards nice prizes for students to continue pursuing their hobby or scholarships to college. Adobe also sponsors the Adobe Youth Voices Awards for 13 – 19 year olds in order to recognize outstanding digital projects that promote social change. C-SPAN hosts Student Cam, and is currently asking students “What is the most important issue that Congress should consider in 2013?”, and the Office of the President of the United States currently hosts a Student Film Festival.
Your students may not even take a course in video, but they have the passion for developing quality stories through this media. Their projects deserve our attention, and these organizations are respectfully reviewing them with many awards, recognitions, and even monetary prizes. If you have students creating intriguing informational content, exhibiting fabulous acting, capturing incredible photography, or producing unique points of view then you should make your students aware of these opportunities.