DISTCO 2015 winners were recognized at the DISTCO 2015 Award Ceremony hosted by North American University (NAU) on May 9, 2015. In DISTCO 2015, the 7th in the series of DISTCO projects, there were approximately 7900 students and 300 teachers registered through our website. 784 projects were submitted and 580 of these projects were eligible for judging. We had 53 student winners, 17 teacher winners and 31 international winners. In addition, 21 senior level students were qualified for Scholarships at NAU.
In DISTCO 2015, there were two types of judging: Official Judging and Popular Voting. The popular voting took place between April 9, 2015-April 29, 2015 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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015 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 7th year of the DISTCO project which saw a tremendous increase in popularity and participation since its inception in 2008.
The DISTCO 2015 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.