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I just can’t say it enough, so I’ll say it again now- EVERYONE learns through stories. That’s why digital storytelling is such a powerful learning/teaching tool! With that in mind, I found out today about an exciting new way that digital storytelling is being used in education.

I received a message this morning from a classroom 2.0 colleague:

I was wondering if you, your educator contacts or students would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT university. We’d really like to get more students involved from NJ! You can view contest details at Thanks!

So I checked out the contest details & it looks like a really fun and DO-ABLE digital storytelling project.  Here are the basic contest rules:

  • Make a video about any SAT/ACT vocabulary word of your choosing from this list. On that list, they show you how many videos have been submitted for each word. You are encouraged to choose one without any videos submissions. :)
  • 1 video for 1 word, but you can make as many videos as you want.
  • Anyone can enter the competition! Just remember that part of the prize money has to go to a U.S. high school or middle school of your choosing.Brainyflixlogo
  • All voting will happen at, so make sure your video includes the following text: “Vote for this video at”. And substitute the “xxxxx” with your vocab word.
  • Important contest dates:
    • Video submission opens: 1/1/2009
    • Video submission ends: 3/16/2009
    • Voting opens: 3/23/2009
    • Voting ends: 4/5/2009
    • Winners announced: 4/13/2009

The Word List is rich and organized alphabetically ( I had a hard time remembering what some of the words mean :))  Here’s an example video that the contest coordinators, a group of MIT alumni, created:


If SAT vocabulary prep is part of your curriculum, I strongly encourage you to give thsi contest a shot eith your students.  Let’s do our part to get NJ well-represented!  Good Luck & remember to share your videos with us :)

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