COLLABORATION BETWEEN DISTCO AND MERIDIAN STORIES
The DISTCO (Digital Storytelling Contests) project is proud to announce a new collaboration with Meridian Stories. Both organizations support and promote the educational uses of digital storytelling and promote the use digital storytelling in K-12 education.
The collaboration involves DISTCO and Meridian Stories to cross-promoting each other’s work, DISTCO accepting Meridian Stories participants’ digital story entries to its contest, and supporting research in the areas of digital storytelling.
DISTCO ACCEPTS MERIDIAN STORIES PARTICIPANTS’ ENTRIES
Meridian Stories participants may submit their best entries to DISTCO 2014 by March 25th , 2014 deadline. DISTCO accepts stories in certain curricular subject categories (Language Arts, History, Science and Math). Please see RULES for more complete timeline and subject categories information to participate in DISTCO.
ABOUT MERIDIAN STORIES
Meridian Stories’ mission is to prepare students for the 21st century workplace by providing opportunities to collaborate, create, problem solve and lead in the development and production of meaningful digital narratives that address curricular goals.
Meridian Stories is a series of bi-monthly digital storytelling competitions that challenges teams of Middle and High School students to create short-form stories using images, words, video and music in the service of core curricular objectives. The purpose of Meridian Stories is to provide students and teachers with digital media arts opportunities that support the curriculum, enrich learning, and catalyze new interests and creativity.
Meridian Stories takes the basic educational module – the classroom curricular unit – and amplifies its worth through the layering of six value-added centers:
- - Collaboration and Competition
- - Transmediation
- - Digital Communication
- - Immersive Learning
- - Authentic Learning
- - Narrative Learning
Please read more about Meridian Stories here.
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.
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, researcH, writing and creativity.
This project contributes to investigation of educational uses of digital storytelling in K-12. Results of the DISTCO research are published and shared in SITE conferences. Results are also available through the RESEARCH page.