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OPEN TO ALL GRADES K-12!

The White House recently announced the first ever Student Film Festival and we think you should enter! Why? Because the festival specifically challenges students to create “videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.” Videos must be three minutes or less in length. You can do that!

Guess what? You’re using technology right now, by reading this blog. And, if you’re in your Discovery Education student account, even better!

  • Do you use Discovery Education for science, math, language arts, or something else?
  • Do you create movies with Movie Maker or iMovie?
  • Does your teacher create stations with Discovery Education interactive labs?
  • Do you use laptops, tablets, or mobile devices in class to help you learn?
  • Do you create your own Boards in Board Builder?
  • Do you keep in touch with your progress online or email questions to your teacher?
  • (_______ Fill in your own technology experience here.)

We’re certain you are doing enough with technology to create a fantastic video for the White House challenge.

Visit the White House Website for the Student Film Festival to get all the details. The challenge is open for students K-12 and your parents/guardians need to submit your video entry directly on the White House website’s Film Festival page.

Put some ideas or questions or comments in the Comments section, if you want to start a Discovery Education Student Network brainstorming thread.



  1. Alex (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Cool!

  2. Ryan (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Interesting!

  3. Andy (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Where is everybody

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi Andy. Our comments are moderated, so you won’t see them appearing right away. They have to go through a real person to be approved. Check out the second tab at the top of the blog called “‘Where Is My Comment?’ Guidelines for Commenting.’”

  4. A (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    I may enter, but this movie is a sci-fi flick about an elementary school getting a new upgrade that they can’t downgrade out of it. I’ll call it ‘Zappy.0′.

  5. Amber (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Wow! I love filmmaking!!

  6. SM (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    sweet

  7. alexx (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    That looks really cool

  8. Mark (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Nice!!!

  9. alexandra (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Jazmyn (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Omg I’m so excited!!

    • Laura (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      So am I !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Claire (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    exciting!!!!!!! i’ll check it out

  12. Liz (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    I would so want to do that. Where do you send your film?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi Liz. Your parents/guardians need to submit your entry directly on the White House website. You’ll see the entry information at the bottom of the White House page that’s linked in the post, above. Good luck!

  13. TYLAN (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    I would like to make a film about technology because I like to do things dealing with technical objects and I think it will be a fun experience

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Go for it, Tylan! That’s exactly what they’re looking for. Good luck.

  14. Eve (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    I also like to deal with techniqual objects, so I might do a video, too

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Do it, Eve! Would be so cool if one of us won!

  15. stEPHEN (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Man this is a cool challenge cant wait to get started!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Keep us posted on your progress, Stephen… and everyone!

  16. Annika (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Fun!

  17. Laura (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    I would love to do this! I wonder if I can do my video on Cyberbullying and bullying in general. I created or am creating one at my school. Any student body class can participate!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi Laura. Talk about a hot topic! I think cyber/bullying would be a great focus… just make sure you meet the how-you-use-technology-in-education topic requirement, too. Excited to see your results — hope you’ll share it with us. I just heard something on the radio yesterday about a company using gaming to help players develop empathy and the next thing they’re tackling is bullying! Good luck.

  18. brandon (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    that is awesome!

  19. Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Okay…I’m kind of confused. So do you like take a video with a video camera or do you make a video on the computer…or like how do you make it. I really want to do it but I’m confused. Any help is greatly appreciated. Also can I team up with two of my other friends and we do it as a group or is an individual project?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      For specific information about the rules of this contest, please check out the White House Film Festival website. The submission instructions do say you can submit as an individual or as a group, though.

  20. Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    hello??????

  21. caitlyn (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    wow that sounds so cool good luck to the people who enter

  22. Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    How do you make a video????? like is it with a camera or something you do on the computer????

    someone…anyone…please answer!!!!!!!!!!

    • Daniel (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      I know right no one is answering your question.

      • Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

        :) Thanks for understanding!

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi All. You can decide how you create the videos — you could do just video camera/one take, or you could produce it on your computer in iMovie, Movie Maker, or some other video creation software.

      According to the White House Film Festival website (linked in the original post, above), videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo and submitted directly through the White House form online. Please visit the White House Film Festival website to read all the rules and regulations, so you can be sure your video is eligible!

  23. Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Can it highlight the negative effects of technology in school or does it have to only be positive?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      While your video can be whatever you want, I would consider your audience when you’re choosing content and perspective.

  24. Daniel (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    That is cool but very confusing.

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi Daniel — check out the White House website. My post might seem confusing, but the White House website is pretty helpful and they have a link where you can ask them questions. I hope you decide to participate!

    • Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Agreed! But I went on the white house website and it helped out a lot. If you haven’t I recommend doing so.

  25. RAM (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    How does this work?

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      RAM — This challenge is all run by the White House. On their site, there is a place for your parent/guardian to submit the 3-minute or less video that you create. So: think, make a video, upload it to YouTube or Vimeo, have your parent/guardian fill out the entry form online and submit the video link. Hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, the White House site has a link for you to use to ask them for help. Good luck!

  26. Carolyne (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Thanks, Jeanette. The website helps a lot. Guess I should have looked there to start with than your time. Aren’t I smart! :)

  27. Charlotte (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Awesome, I will try it! By the way who are you people? I am guessing a part of another class. It is a national website, after all.

  28. kayshaun (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    can u come to new york

  29. Jodie (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Good job!

  30. Renee (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Hey Jeanette. i’m reading your blogs and I think they are pretty cool. Could you post something about science? I don’t find your blogs related to discovery ed. I don’t mean to be mean but your blogs should be about science.

    • Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

      Hi Renee. Thanks for your note and all your great comments. I’m glad you brought this up — about science! Discovery Ed is actually about a lot more than science, but it does depend on what your school has. Sounds like you might only have Science Techbook. Anyway, please keep reading the blog and commenting… many of our posts will be about science!

  31. Renee (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Thanks. Oh, and I do have science tech book.

  32. Abbye (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    That looks fun! :)

  33. brennna (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    that looks cool i wanted to do it

  34. Jeanette (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    Hi again, Laura. I think you’ll find a lot of support for making a video about bullying. You could help a lot of people.

    MOST IMPORTANT MESSAGE ABOUT BULLYING: If you or someone you know is being bullied, TALK TO A CLOSE TRUSTED ADULT. I know, I know: it’s the oldest advice in the book, but it is NECESSARY and can be very helpful. If the first adult you talk to doesn’t help, tell someone else… until you get the support you need.

  35. brennna (Reply) on Wednesday 4, 2013

    that’s just so sad to see someone being bullied:(