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Thursday, January 19, 2017

And the Winners Are...

Digital Citizenship Media Contest Winners

Last month, just before the holiday break, students submitted digital posters, stories, and videos for this year's Digital Citizenship Media Contest. We were very impressed with all of the creativity and innovation that all of the participants displayed. It was not an easy decision, but here are this year's winners:

Our TK-2nd grade winner is Diya from Ms. Nguyen-Ebadi's 2nd grade class. Her class, at Noddin Elementary, used StoryBird and Make Belief Comix to write stories based on what they learned about staying safe online. Read Internet Safety to learn about how Stitch Bunny teaches his friends about password protection, email safety, and kid-appropriate websites. Diya uses StoryBird's stunning artwork to tell her digital citizenship tale in a clever way.

The 3-5 winners from Ms. Landis's 5th grade, Guadalupe Elementary class are Shannon and Lexi. We were truly impressed with their Harry Potter inspired story that was created using Scratch coding. Watch the video to find out how Harry deals with cyberbullies at Hogwarts. It is a great example of how STEAM can be used in language arts.

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The middle school winners are from Ms. Zangwill's 7th and 8th grade technology class at Union Middle School. In the digital graphics category, Summer created a Piktochart infographic that sums up the most important points about digital citizenship in a visually stunning way. Adriana and Angelina won the award for best video with their interesting use of text, visuals and music to convey a powerful digital citizenship message using WeVideo. Finally, in the published story category, Sahith did an amazing job creating a Google Slides Choose Your Own Adventure story where you, the reader, have multiple decisions to make, leading to a different outcomes based on your choices.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's Digital Media Contest! If you missed it this year, but would like to try out some of these digital storytelling tools with your students, check out the Digital Storytelling Hyperdoc to get your students creating!

Hour of Code Winner

Congratulations to this year's Hour of Code winner, Danielle Blomseth, kindergarten teacher at Oster Elementary! This year our STEAM ToSAs did an outstanding job encouraging more teachers and students to participate than ever before. It is so exciting to see how teachers are finding cross-curricular integration of coding into their classrooms. Keep up the great work and if you haven't started coding with your class yet, it's never too late to start!