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International Student Media Festival Selects 307 Winners

Marks 30 years recognizing student-produced media productions (August 30, 2004)

The International Student Media Festival (ISMF), an annual program that recognizes students of all ages for excellence in media production, has announced 307 winners who will be honored at the upcoming annual festival in Chicago, October 20-24, 2004 at the Chicago Hilton. A complete list of the winners is available at

ISMF, celebrating its 30th anniversary, is an annual program that provides teachers with a unique opportunity to motivate, educate and inspire their students to excellence in their academic pursuits through the creative use of media technology. At a four-day educational event held each fall, student winners participate with their teachers in workshops and seminars to learn about the latest multi-media tools and techniques and are honored at an awards ceremony that culminates the event.

?Educators who teach their students to utilize media production in the learning process see powerful results, said Phillip Harris, executive director of AECT (Association for Educational Communication Technology), the professional association that sponsors the annual student festival. ?Based on years of experience, we find that students of all ages simply learn better when the process is enhanced by providing students with the opportunities to create and communicate using various types of media.

Harris said the approach not only makes good students better, but also often reaches struggling or at-risk students in a way that traditional educational programming cannot. ?The discipline involved in successful media production strengthens a students planning and interpersonal skills and reinforces the importance of seeing a task through to completion. Ultimately, the experience increases the students self-confidence, said Harris.

Each year, ISMF attracts entries from all over the U.S. as well as some international submissions. This year, ISMF received nearly 600 entries representing more than 3,000 students from 17 states and 3 foreign countries.

Harris explained that students of all levels (K-12, college) work individually or in groups to create a project that incorporates one or more medium, ranging from still photography to the use of multi-media, to provide effective instruction for the productions intended audience. Students enter projects into one of the following categories:

Animation 2D
Sequential Stills: Interactive
Animation 3D
Still Photography
Live Action
Web site: Individual
Mixed Media
Web site: Team
Sequential Stills: Programmed

Entries are reviewed by a panel of 30 judges consisting of top media teachers, media professionals and other qualified individuals. The entries are evaluated according to the students educational level: K-4, 5-8, 9-12 or college. Entries are judged for content, impact and production quality.

One of the most rewarding aspects of the ISMF, says Harris, is that the lessons learned from participation in the program often stay with students for the rest of their lives. In some cases, their experience leads to a student choosing schooling and a profession related to the field. ?At the very least, said Harris, ?students have the opportunity to study and better understand media which is among the most powerful forces influencing todays society.

This years festival will officially kick-off with a keynote address by Don Henderson, director of creative and pro services for Apple Computers Education Division. Mr. Henderson will speak on ?Integrating the Different Aspects of Multi-media into One Student Media Project.

In addition to the awards program, festival attendees will participate in workshops covering topics such as animation, Image Blender, Publisher, PowerPoint, Macromedia Flash Professional and Photoshop.

About ISMF
The International Student Media Festival is produced by AECT (Association for Educational Communications Technology), an 81-year-old professional association of educators and professionals whose activities are directed towards improving instruction through technology.

ISMF was founded 1974 to provide teachers with a unique opportunity to motivate and recognize students who create media productions that enrich both the classroom and individual learning experience.

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