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Meet the Winners of AT&T’s Digital Storytelling Challenge


We’re delighted to introduce the winners of AT&T’s Digital Storytelling Challenge below! Winners receive a $5,000 DonorsChoose.org gift code to bring additional classroom projects to life. Thank you to all of the teachers who submitted classroom projects, igniting a generation of student storytellers! For details about this Challenge and all of our winners, check out our blog!  

Project Title



The Story: Chocolate Milk with History's Greats

Seminole Elementary School

Miami, FL

Creative Storytelling Brings Math & Global Studies Together

Brody Middle School

Des Moines, IA

Digital Storytelling in 3D!

Coquille Valley Elementary School

Coquille, OR

Telling Our Own Stories of Strong Females

Vintage Math & Science Magnet School

North Hills, CA

STEAM for a Need

Browning Road Elementary School

McFarland, CA

Storytelling and Robots = Bot Tales

Monroe County Middle School

Tompkinsville, KY

Makey Makey My Story Interactive!

Rustic Lane Elementary School

Riverside, CA

A Digital Soapbox To Inform The World Of Our Successes!

Waltersville Elementary school

Bridgeport, CT

21st Century Digital Storytelling

Tierra Del Sol Middle School

Lakeside, CA

Fashion Forward for Tolerance

Montrose Elementary School

S Charleston, WV



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: