DISTCO 2014 winners were recognized at the DISTCO 2014 Award Ceremony hosted by North American University (NAU) on May 17, 2014. In DISTCO 2014, the 6th in the series of DISTCO projects, there were approximately 5600 students and 240 teachers registered through our website. 775 projects were submitted and 577 of these projects were eligible for judging. We had 53 student winners, 16 teacher winners and 15 international winners. In addition, 14 senior level students were qualified for Scholarships at NAU. In DISTCO PBL 2014, 420 submissions were received and 331 of them were eligible for judging.
In DISTCO 2014, there were two types of judging: Official Judging and Popular Voting. The popular voting took place between April 9, 2014-May 4, 2014 over our YouTube Channel at http://www.youtube.com/thedistco . The official judging took place among the same time period by a group of professors at NAU. In DISTCO 2014, there were 4 grade level categories: Elementary, Junior, Senior, and Teacher. The awards included category awards based on various subjects, grand prizes, and scholarship awards. In DISTCO PBL 2014, included Middle School Science, High School Math, and High School Science categories.
Please see a list of winners at http://www.distco.org/results. We would like to thank our sponsors and congratulate all the winners!
See pictures from AWARD CEREMONY below:
The DISTCO 2014 is part of a series of “Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO)” hosted by North American University (NAU) and sponsored by University of Houston, and University of Texas at San Antonio (Academy of Teacher Excellence). The 2013-2014 academic year marks the 6th year of the DISTCO project which saw a tremendous increase in popularity and participation since its inception in 2008.
The DISTCO 2014 asks students and teachers to submit their digital stories in a certain time frame and manner for the contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students and teachers at both national and international level.
The competition is held solely online through this website. The project has certain benefits for both students and teachers. It is a way of exposing and challenging the students in a competition where they can showcase their skills in multimedia, technology, researching, writing and creativity.
There is also a research aspect of this project. The DISTCO contributes to investigation of educational uses of digital storytelling in K-12. The results of the research are published and shared in SITE conferences. Results are also available through our RESEARCH page.