Monday, March 20, 2023

Get Inspired by These Videos Made by Students

The C-SPAN StudentCam contest winners were announced last week. The annual competition asks middle school and high school students to produce short videos addressing a current topic in U.S. government and politics. This year the challenge was for students to create a video about what they would make their first priority if elected to Congress. 

This year's grand prize winning video was created by two eighth grade students in Maryland, Parim Shah and Nimay Sharma. Their video is titled Where's My Data? Data Privacy and Its Real World Impact

The "fan favorite" winner was a video titled Losing a Generation. The video is about the opioid addiction crisis in the United States. The video was produced by a middle school student in Ohio named Benjamin Kurian.

All of the videos produced by the division winners and runners-up can be seen here. Congratulations to all!

Applications for Education
If you're looking for some ideas for your next classroom video project, take a look at all of the videos on the C-SPAN StudentCam website. They just might inspire you and your students to create the next great news or PSA video.

Hear Me on the International Teacher Podcast

A few weeks ago Greg Lemoine invited me to be a guest on the International Teacher Podcast. I had a great time chatting with Greg and his co-host Kent about a wide range of topics including who I look to for information and inspiration, some of my favorite tools and tips, and how I got started down the road to creating Free Technology for Teachers and Practical Ed Tech

Somehow they also got me to tell some stories from my days for traveling before I had kids. Those include the time I ran into Sophie Ellis Bextor, a mountain biking trip in Iceland that started by meeting a reader of this blog, and a late-night grilling by an enthusiastic Canada Border Services agent.

Finally, I got to share a bit about the highlight of my life, my kids. 

So if you'd like to hear me in a completely unscripted interview, head over to the International Teacher Podcast today. 

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