The Ides of February

…have come and gone. And though my warnings are not as grave as the one I sent to Caesar a few years ago, it’s still a good idea to keep an eye on your senators. In any event, beware the looming deadlines of several video contests and festivals! Again, even if you don’t enter into a competition, take a look at the challenge and then go back later to look at the winners for some great ideas to use with your own classes. My past blog posts on these can be found in the Contests/Festivals archive.

shortie.jpg The first one I have is actually new and I’ll have more on it in a future post (HT: Tricia Fuglestad). The Shortie Awards are hosted by the Documentary Center at The George Washington University. There are three age groups for 2nd through 12th grade students and one more just for K-12 teacher created videos. Deadline is March 21st.

If you live around the northwest suburbs of Chicago, the Schaumburg Screen Test Festival has extended their deadline until February 22nd. There is a wide variety of genres and categories: Comedy, Drama, Non-Fiction, Experimental, Animation, and Performance. Videos can be up to 15 minutes long.

21st Century Connections would like to see a PSA from your students on why digital learning tools are important in their learning. Due February 29th.

Great Minds Foundation. The due date is March 25th. Keep your videos on the benefits of healthy living under 2 minutes and do not use any name brands in your commercials. (HS and college)

Be the Change! Share the Story! Asks students to document their efforts to make a difference by March 31st.

And on a historical note, the Romans marked the Ides of February with some wild celebrations that would put anybody’s Mardi Gras or Carnival to shame. That’s how St. Valentine’s chaste celebration of love ended up where it did on the calendar.

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