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Show-Me a Movie logoThis year, we received nearly 150 movie entries for our annual digital storytelling contest. Last week, judging took place over two days (first time ever!) and we now can announce the winning movies. Congratulations to the following entries in the 2013 Show-Me a Movie Contest, and thank you to all who submitted student work!

Show-Me a Challenge
Elementary: Helping Hands, Probe Center, Ferguson-Florissant School District
Middle School: Insecurities, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District
Middle School Honorable Mention: One Paper Turns Into Millions, Bryan Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: P.A.N.D.A.S. Strong, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Community
Elementary: Heroes at Home: Our School Community, Eisenhower Elementary School, Fort Leavenworth School District
Middle School: Old Vine Riverfront Bistro, Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District
High School: Reaching Hands in Difficult Times, Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your Creativity
Elementary: Why Play Minecraft?, Meramec Elementary School, Clayton School District
Middle School: Imagination is Powerful, Orchard Farm Middle School, Orchard Farm School District
High School: The Art of Design, Visitation Academy

Show-Me Something New
Elementary: How to Make a Pinch Pot, Buder Elementary, Ritenour School District
Middle School: How to be Confident, LaSalle Springs Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me a Story
Elementary: Super Leader Saves the Day, Stanton Elementary, Rockwood School District
Middle School: Tarra and Bella, Rockwood South Middle School, Rockwood School District
High School: Girl in the Mirror, Ursuline Academy

We’re excited that report that many new schools participated in the contest this year. While we’ve had winners from across the state of Missouri in the past (including the Kansas City area and Joplin), the 2013 contest actually marks the first out-of-state winner, Heroes at Home: Our School Community, from the Fort Leavenworth School District in Kansas.

The winning movies will be showcased on our SchoolTube channel  and we will be honored at a reception at the 31st annual Midwest Education Technology Conference next month.

METC and Show-Me a Movie are programs of EducationPlus.

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Show-Me a Movie Contest The Show-Me a Movie Digital Storytelling Contest is an annual event open for second through twelfth grade students. The contest has grown to include the following states: Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa. Winning movies are then showcased at the Midwest Education Technology Conference each year; students, families and educators are invited to attend. They are also featured on our SchoolTube channel.

The contest is currently open, and accepting submissions until Wednesday, December 12, 2013 at 3 p.m. central time. There are three divisions and five categories, and movies are judged upon:

Quality of Content:  Original work that achieves its stated purpose and appeals to its intended audience with good evidence of subject knowledge.
Creativity:  Well-developed, aesthetically pleasing and adds a different angle to its content.
Videography (Live Action or Animation):  Quality of images and sound, editing, etc.
Reflection:  Students demonstrate how their movies have achieved Common Core State Standards and what they have learned as a result of their project.

Also important to the judging process is that all resources used within the movie are cited, including images, artwork, and music. To learn more about the contest, including it’s categories and how to enter, visit the Show-Me a Movie page on CSD’s website.

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For 30 years, the Midwest Education Technology Conference (METC) has provided a venue for K-12 educators interested in integrating technology into the classroom. Inspiring keynote speakers, as well as top-notch presenters, are hallmarks of the conference.   This year, students are taking an even more active role in METC, bridging what they learn in class to the real world.  Student roles include:

  • Presenters – Six breakout sessions feature students:
    • Student Centered Support for 21st Century Schools
    • Robotics Advancing the Human condition
    • BDPA: Providing Students Hands-on Experience in Web Development
    • Buder Bobcat News: Who Says that Elementary Kids Can’t Produce the News?
    • Shakespearean Stop Animation
    • Live Morning Broadcast, More than Just Announcements
  • Reporters – The METC eNews Bureau will report on happenings at the conference.  All aspects of the eNews Bureau (reporters, editors, photographers, web developers) involve high school students from the St. Louis area, including Brentwood, Ladue, MRH and John Burroughs. To follow the METC 2013 eNews, go to
  • Tech Support – Eighteen students in the Cisco Networking Academy class at North Tech High School will provide technical support for presenters.
  • Graphic Designmetc 2013 programMETC collaborated with Wentzville High School graphic design teachers to find students to design the conference program cover and a special t-shirt.  The teachers selected five designs as finalists and the METC Advisory & Planning Committee selected the winning designs.  This opportunity will be opened to other districts for METC 2014.
  • Show-Me a Movie is a digital storytelling contest that allows students in grades 2 through 12 to demonstrate their creativity and digital moviemaking skills. Based on curriculum and with a content focus, the movies will showcase what students know, care about, and are able to do. Cash prizes go to the school of the winning movies in each category.   All winning movies are showcased at a reception on February 12, 2013 during METC.

Online registration is available at
METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.

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We’re excited not only to post the winning movies in the 2012 Show-Me a Movie Contest, but also to share a video about the contest, produced by Ladue High School.

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Hear program manager Rebecca Morrison talk about the contest, and the importance of instructional technology and media literacy in the classroom. The contest is in it’s eighth year. Thanks again to Ladue View for taking on this project!

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Show_Me_MovieThe judges gathered last week at Cooperating School Districts to evaluate the 2012 Show-Me a Movie entries. Using a rubric, they measured the videography, reflections, creativity, quality of content of each movie. This year’s new rule that movies must cite all sources within the film eliminated some otherwise great movie-making efforts. Choosing the winners in each category was a difficult task for the judges, and the difference between winning and non-winning entries, in many cases, was only a few points.

Thank you to all who submitted movies this year for Show-Me a Movie. We hope to get more movies at Cooperating School Districts from you and your students next year. Look for the winning movies posted to our SchoolTube channel!

The Show-Me a Movie winning submissions are…


Show-Me a ChallengeSaint Baldrick’s Heroes, submitted by Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District

Show-Me a StoryGirls on the Run @ Warren, submitted by Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District

Show-Me Something NewHeading Towards Health, submitted by Renner Elementary School, Park Hill School District

Show-Me Your CommunityThe Dream of Legacy Park, submitted by Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District


Show-Me a ChallengeBetter Than a Bystander, submitted by Wildwood Middle School, Rockwood School District

Show-Me Something NewCan Crushing, submitted by Ida Cannon Middle School, Elsberry R2 School District

Show-Me Your Community - Heroes Among Us, submitted by Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District

Show-Me Your CreativityAcid Rain Dissolving the Future, submitted by Rockwood Valley Middle School, Rockwood School District


Show-Me a StoryBlessed Beyond Measure, submitted by Ursuline Academy

Show-Me Your CreativityJust a Piece of Paper, submitted by Francis Howell Central High School, Francis Howell School District

These movies will be screened February 12, 2013 at the Midwest Education Technology Conference. Participating students, their families and teacher are invited to the showcase, as is any other interested educator. Questions? Contact Show-Me a Movie Program Manager Rebecca Morrison.

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2012 Show-Me a Movie judging takes place today at Cooperating School Districts. Volunteers from CSD, Mehlville School District, Gateway Media Literacy Partners, and BJC School Outreach evaluated (in two groups) the submitted films using rubrics that measured videography, reflections, creativity, quality of content. Winning submissions will be posted to our SchoolTube channel and showcased at the annual Midwest Education Technology Conference on the evening of February 12, 2013.

Thank you to all the schools that submitted movies, and thanks our judges who set aside today to review the movies. Winners will be announced next week.

Show-Me a Movie 2012

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There is just over one month to submit to the Show-Me a Movie Contest sponsored by Cooperating School Districts. Second through twelfth graders in Illinois and Missouri are invited to share their two-minute movies via SchoolTube (double check those movie links to ensure they are open to the public for our judges to view!). The deadline to submit a movie is Friday, December 14. Movies will be judged the second week of January and all participants will be notified whether they were named winners within a couple weeks of judging. Winning movies will be announced and showcased at the 30th annual Midwest Education Technology Conference.

Please visit for full contest rules; for questions regarding the contest, contact program manager Rebecca Morrison.

[Thank you to 2012 contest sponsors
BrainPOP, CSD, SchoolTube, and Tech4Learning]

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Personalize Your PD: Connect & Collaborate Anytime/Anywhere
Stephanie Madlinger & VLC Certified Instructors
Wednesday, April 25, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $95 CSD Members; $120 Non-Members

Would you like to find other people to connect to besides those you see daily? Having a PLN (Personal Learning Network) allows you to learn and share with others around the world, 24/7. A PLN is a reciprocal network that you create based on your interests and needs. By developing your own PLN, you generate multiple opportunities to learn from, connect with, gather information and resources, then create and share with people like you. In this full day workshop for beginners, we will explain how to use an online community to develop your PLN and then share various tools that can help you do so. We will explore online learning communities such as Nings, Wikis, Moodle & LinkedIn; and social networks such as Google+, Facebook and Twitter. Become a digital learner through podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube & SchoolTube. Set up an RSS feed to read your favorite blogs, news and other information in one place online. The tools shared can also be used in your classroom or professional development activities. Fasten your seat belts for this full day of learning about these free, timesaving, professional development resources.

–> Participants should bring a laptop with wireless Internet access and power cords. Lunch will be provided.

Reference #: 24031-29. Register here. (To register online you must have one of the following payment methods: Purchase Order, Credit Card, CSD Network Credits). Registration Deadline: April 11. This PD takes place at the RCEW, Partnership Conference Center at 8225 Florissant Rd. inSt. Louis, MO 63121.Questions? Email Tiffiny Creech:

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To learn more about a great videoconference content provider, The Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta, Georgia, and to see clips of puppetry shows, click on the image above! They’ve posted several videos to their own SchoolTube channel. All their videoconferences national curriculum standards and have downloadable study guides available. In addition, the Center will be offering webinars. Their programs are favorites of St. Louis area teachers (elementary through high school!). To learn even more, visit their website.

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The winning movies from the Show-Me a Movie Contest will be posted very soon to our SchoolTube channel: In the meantime, here’s a list of the movie titles, the teachers, and schools where the students attend (we have 64 winning students this year!). Congratulations!
Show Me a Challenge
Elementary: Green Town from Cordill-Mason Elementary, Blue Springs School District; Gail Bush, teacher
Middle School: Dangers of Texting from Francis Howell Middle School, Francis Howell School District; Molly LaVictoire, teacher
High School: Above the Influence from Joplin High School, Joplin School District; Bruce VanderHaar, teacher

Show Me a Story
Elementary: Warren’s 10-Year Anniversary, Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District; Janet Nordemann, teacher
Middle School: Tale of Zombie Road, LaSalle Springs Middle School; Rebecca Schweizer, teacher
High School: Life Without Limbs, Bishop DeBourg High School, Archdiocese; Matt Bolger, teacher

Show Me Your Community
ElementaryHoops & Jump Rope for Heart, Warren Elementary, Francis Howell School District; Janet Nordemann, teacher
Middle School: Spooner’s: Eureka’s Gateway to the Best, LaSalle Springs Middle School; Rebecca Schweizer, teacher
High School: Show Me: The Corn Cob Pipe Factory, Washington High School, School District of Washington; Michelle Turner, teacher

Show Me Something New
Elementary: Fantastic Figurative Five, Willow Brook Elementary, Pattonville School District; Dawn Lynn, teacher
Middle School: How to Make Gooey Butter Cookies, Sperreng Middle School, Lindbergh School District; Laurice Badino, teacher
High School: How to Tell if a Guy Likes You, Bishop DeBourg High School, Archdiocese; Matt Bolger, teacher

Again, congrats to all the winners in the 2010 Show-Me a Movie digital storytelling contest! We had nearly 100 submissions total from schools in the St. Louis metro area and across the state! Thank you to all who participated in the contest this year. The judges had difficult decisions when judging the movies. Winning submissions will be screened at a special reception at the St. Charles Convention Center as part of the 2011 Midwest Education Technology Conference.

Also, a special thank you to the following companies and organizations for sponsoring the contest and/or contributing to the gift bags the students’ will receive: Tech4Learning, CIGNA, Cooperating School Districts, Holt Electrical Supplies, and KMOV Channel 4.  We appreciate your support of Missouri students’ film-making efforts!

To learn more about the Show-Me a Movie digital storytelling contest, visit Cooperating School Districts’ website or click on the image above.

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