The DISTCO 2016 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 2015-2016 academic year marks the 8th year of the DISTCO project which saw a tremendous increase in popularity and participation since its inception in 2008.
The first contest of the DISTCO series, DISTCO 2008, was initiated in the fall of 2008. This was followed by DISTCO 2009 and DISTCO 2010. The next contest in the series was named as DISTCO 2012 instead of DISTCO 2011. The primary reason for this change is to prevent the confusion among the contestants regarding the naming of the contests given the context of K-12 academic school year. Henceforth, when naming the DISTCO contests, the year in which they end will be taken as a reference instead of the year they start. DISTCO 2012 was followed by DISTCO 2013, DISTCO 2014 and DISTCO 2015.
The DISTCO 2016 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. College students who are majoring in Education (pre-service teachers) are also welcome to submit their stories to DISTCO.
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 the project. This project 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.