The DISTCO 2012 is part of a series of “Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO)” hosted by North American College (NAC) and sponsored by University of Houston, and University of Texas at San Antonio (Academy of Teacher Excellence).
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 will be 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.
The contest is open to all K-12 students and teachers at both national and international level. The DISTCO 2012 asks students and teachers to submit their digital stories in a certain time frame and manner for the contest. Please check RULES page for more information.
The next contest in the series will be named as DISTCO 2012 instead of DISTCO 2011. When naming the DISTCO contests, the year in which they end is now taken as a reference rather than the year they start.
The competition will be held solely online through this website. The project has certain benefits for both students and teacher. It is a way of exposing and challenging the students in a competition where they can show their certain skills in multimedia, technology, researching, writing and creativity.
There is also a research aspect of the project. This project will contribute to investigation of educational uses of digital storytelling in K-12. The results of the research will be published and shared in SITE 2012 conference. Results also will be available through this RESEARCH page located in this website