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2X Match on the Digital Storytelling Innovation Challenge, thanks to AT&T

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Update 5/14/18: Voting is now closed for the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge! From nearly 900 projects, our judges, along with the public, have narrowed it down to 10 lucky winners of a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card! We’ll release details soon, naming our winners. Thank you to all who submitted!

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Update 4/3/18: Voting is underway for the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge! From nearly 900 projects, our judges have narrowed it down to 30 finalists. Now you get to decide the 10 lucky winners of a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card!

How to vote:

You can cast your vote in two ways:

  1. Vote on the AT&T voting website.
    • Enter your email address and select the school name of the classroom project you would like to win the $5,000 gift card.
  2. Text to vote! (Texted votes will count beginning at 5pm ET on April 3)
    • Identify the project (below) that you would like to vote for. Each project has a special code.
    • Text the special school code to 50555.

Check back after May 11 for our announcement of the top 10 projects!

Remember:

  • Each person can vote once through the voting website and once by “text-to-vote.” Duplicate entries (i.e., voting twice on the website) will not be counted.
  • Voting closes on May 11 at 11:59pm ET.
  • Thank you to all of our teachers for creating such innovative classroom projects, igniting a generation of student storytellers. Good luck!

The Semi-Finalist Classroom Projects for the AT&T Digital Storytelling Challenge are…

Title

Teacher

School Name

"Text to Vote" Code (text to to 50555)

Connecting and Co-authoring: Pen-pals Sharing Stories Across the Country

Atwill

Academy of Hospitality & Tourism

academyht

A Students' Digital Garden Storybook!

Bouchard

Astatula Elementary School

astatula

Tell A Story: Make a Difference

Holzweiss

Bay Shore Middle School

bayshorems

Creative Storytelling Brings Math & Global Studies Together

Kirkman

Brody Middle School

brody

Through the Eyes of Our Children (Part 2)

Ynzunza

Brookvale Elementary School

brookvale

STEAM for a Need

Perez

Browning Road Elementary School

bres

Book Buddy Storytelling!

Hones

Civic Center School

ccschool

Digital Storytelling in 3D!

Hall

Coquille Valley Elementary School

cves

Technology for Chowhounds

Borrelli-Luke

Dr Charles E Brimm Med Arts High School

dcbmahs

Aspiring Cinematographers Telling Their Stories

Mccormack

East Bronx Academy for Future

eastbronx

Recording Native American Stories

Proctor

Fort Hall Elementary School

forthalles

Let's Makey Makey Our Stories Come To Life

Khattar

IS 303 Leadership & Community Service Academy

Lcsa

Kindness Counts...Making the World a Better Place!

Clappin

Jackson Avenue Elementary School

jackson

Sign Language Stories by Special Needs Students

Paterson

Jerry L White Center

jlwc

My Story Through My Mosaic

Byrd

Klondike Lane Elementary School

klondike

Changing the World....One Story at a Time

Girosky

Lake Forest Hills Elementary School

lfhes

Digital Story Telling in 360- Student Stories in Virtual Reality

Hoffman Kanof

Madison High School

madison

Storytelling and Robots = Bot Tales

Holder

Monroe County Middle School

mcms

Fashion Forward for Tolerance

Pace

Montrose Elementary School

montrose

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully Part 1

Koenig

Noralto Elementary School

noralto

Digital Storytelling: Connecting Science, History, and Advocacy at HPSBG

Czarka

PS 48 Joseph R Drake

jrdrake

Makey Makey My Story Interactive!

Quinto

Rustic Lane Elementary School

rusticlane

7th Grade Newscasters!

Hilal

San Fernando Middle School

sfms

The Story: Chocolate Milk with History's Greats

Fernandez

Seminole Elementary School

seminole

Becoming 21st Century Storytellers!

Hennessey

Simonds Elementary School

simonds

21st Century Digital Storytelling

Rinck

Tierra Del Sol Middle School

tdsms

New Voices: Storytelling Technology for Adolescent Choreographers

Zwierzynski

Trenton Central High School VPA

trenton

Telling Our Own Stories of Strong Females

Moorman

Vintage Math & Science Magnet School

vmsms

A Digital Soapbox To Inform The World Of Our Successes!

Cunningham

Waltersville Elementary School

waltersville

Telling the Story of Water With Stop Motion

Mundt

Whittier International School

whittieris

 

About the Digital Storytelling Challenge:

Funding for this match offer has been fully applied to eligible projects and donations will no longer be matched. 

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Teachers already know that their students are technologically adept; they’re easily able to use technology in a multitude of creative ways with little instruction.  AT&T is helping bring more tech to your students’ hands with their Digital Storytelling Innovation Challenge, where they’re excited to see you and your students’ most creative ideas for connecting audiences to great stories through technology and digital communication.  Whether it’s a podcast about your school or an animation of your students’ favorite fairy tales or something else, this Innovation Challenge is your class’ opportunity to get creative with storytelling in the digital age!

All projects that qualify for this Innovation Challenge will receive matched donations from AT&T.  Your qualifying project will also be considered a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift card prize, which will be awarded later this spring to the ten teachers who create the ten most innovative projects.

Here’s how to qualify:

  • Enter the campaign code ATTSTORYTELLER when you start your project.
  • Create a standard or student-led project that helps your students learn to become better digital storytellers.  Refer to the rubric below for the best chance at winning the Innovation Challenge.
  • Keep your total project goal under $3000,  taxes, shipping, fees, and the suggested donation to support DonorsChoose.org.  Keep in mind that projects with a lower total project goal will have a better chance at being fully funded!
  • In your essay, describe how the resources or experiences you’re requesting will give your students the opportunity to become digital storytellers.  If you’re requesting professional development, talk about how you’ll implement what you learn in your classroom. 

If your project meets the criteria above, you should see the match offer applied to your project as soon as it’s approved and live on the site (however, it won’t appear during Friends and Family Pre-funding).  New donations will be matched one-to-one as long as funding remains.

Rubric:

CRITERIA SCORE OF 1 SCORE OF 2 SCORE OF 3 SCORE OF 4
Be innovative or unconventional.  Idea is widely used in US schools Idea is not commonly used in US schools  Idea is creative and not commonly used in US schools  Idea is creative, unconventional, and exciting 
Propose an idea that ignites a student generation of storytellers - addressing academic achievement or a community/social justice issue  Idea affects the classroom environment but is not directly tied to an identified student need, students’ voices or community/social justice  Idea is meeting a teacher-identified student need but isn’t directly connected to amplifying students’ voices, reaching learning goals or community/social justice Idea is inspired by teacher-identified student needs, amplifies students’ voices, and will help them reach learning goals or community social justice initiatives in an active environment   Idea is developed in collaboration with students to address their needs and will help students to stay motivated, believe in themselves, and reach learning or community/social justice goals in an active learning environment
Connect the art of storytelling with use of multimedia  Idea is connected to one of these areas generally Idea is connected to storytelling and use of multimedia  Idea connects multimedia to a specific plan for storytelling   Idea compellingly connects multimedia to a specific plan for storytelling 
Be easily replicated in classrooms across the country  Idea could be replicated only in very specific school settings (e.g. “middle schools with a river nearby”) Idea could be replicated by other teachers in one specific content area and grade level (e.g. 9th grade Algebra)  Idea could be replicated by other teachers in same grade range or broad content area (e.g. 6-8th grade, math)   While also innovative, idea could be replicated by any teacher nationwide and be easily adapted for multiple grade levels 

 

Need inspiration?  Here are some of our favorite digital storytelling projects: