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STLP Kentucky


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What is STLP?


The Kentucky Department of Education’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) uses project-based learning principles to empower student learning and achievement through the utilization (and creation) of technology to solve school and community needs.

STLP provides a framework for highlighting the advanced use of technology for learning in Kentucky’s classrooms.  Daily, students are developing digital products (often collaboratively) to demonstrate what they have learned; utilizing or creating technology to solve a problem, and, often, using their leadership and technology skills to serve their school or community.  STLP provides opportunities for students to share those projects, products and services at local, district, regional, state and national events.

Educators guide students to create products, provide services or carry out projects that help the school and community.  Each school has a designated STLP Coordinator who acts as the point of contact with STLP Headquarters at KDE.  The STLP Coordinator actively promotes STLP to other educators and recognizes the potential for STLP students to act as leaders in their school and community.  Often, the STLP Coordinator facilitates registration and travel for STLP events in addition to other responsibilities.

Schools choose how to implement their STLP to meet local needs.  Because STLP is open to all students in K-12, no student should be turned away from being part of STLP. Restricting membership is counterproductive to goals of STLP — instead, consider expanding your STLP to meet the demand of all interested students.  Likewise, recognizing that STLP can play an active and productive role in classroom learning throughout the day, as well as operate as an out-of-school extra-curricular organization, is important to the success and growth of your STLP.

STLP provides a means for students to design, create, collaborate and learn. 

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The Six Goals of STLP

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STLP is huge. Humongous.  Ginormous (…is that a word?).  We’re here to help you navigate all the opportunities.  Here is a short overview of the STLP Events available to your students.  (NOTE: Hover over underlined text to get more detail about a subject)

All Year
Schools are foundation of STLP
Integrated in learning
Before/After school "club"
Freedom to build custom STLP
Build on STEM/STEAM concepts
Events bring schools together
District Showcase
District STLP Awards
District STLP Tech Camps
Student Help Desk
Great STLP activity
Earn badges as an STLP
More about Level UP
Get on the STLP map
Achieve State Recognition
Nov - Dec. 2015
Up to 4 Presenters
3 Projects per School**
Completed Project Planner
Qualify & Advance to Level 2 (State)
Community Service
Interviews happen at Regionals
Help at State Championship
All Interviews are BYOD
STLP Engineers
Media Arts
Live Reporting
Production Company
Social Media
Scratch Ambassador *NEW*
Jan - Feb, 2016
Student created digital products
Already in classrooms!
Submitted online
Scored online (via rubrics)
Finalists recognized at State
Digital Art
Feature Video
Graphic Design
KATE Product
Manipulated Image
Multimedia Content
Digital Music
Digital Photo
PSA Video
Technical Writing
...and more!
April 22, 2016
3 Ways to Participate
Just Attend
Be Invited/Pre-qualify
Compete in Live Events
Opportunities at State:
Connect with other STLPs
Attend presentations
Compete in Live Events
Visit the STLP Playground
Explore Showcase Projects
Enjoy the Awards Show
Nearly 30 events for all grades
Events are being finalized now
Check back for updates!
Qualified back at Regionals
Developed over months
Vying for Best In State


STLP is…


Schools design projects to accomplish the Mission and 6 Goals.

Projects can be short or long term. Some projects may continue year after year.

At times, projects can morph into a service. The school’s project is so constant and expected that it becomes a service to the school over time.

The project supports the school and community in the use of technology, helps others learn with the use of technology or solves local or global issues.

Projects developed by the STLP members will be stronger when projects are:

  • Related to a need in the building and/or community
  • Carried out by the students over time with adult guidance
  • Engaging and challenging to students
  • Centered around critical thinking and problem solving
  • Student interest or emerging technology topics
  • Reinforced by school and the community and are part of the school culture
  • Centered around the STLP Mission and Goals
  • Demonstrated by students and allow for tech standards to grow
  • Partnered across grades, schools, communities (local, state, national and global)

STLP students regularly create professional products for the classroom, school and community.

Products must be entirely original and created by the student. The best products are ones that are used for STLP projects and services, the classroom for learning, or in the community.

Some products are a result of an authentic task and have strong purpose and audience.

Products may be created after school or at home, with the teacher and parent verifying the original work.

Check the category to determine if the product is an individuals or teams production.

Local teachers and community persons may guide the student in learning about creating products.

KET field consultants can assist schools in understanding video production and script writing, etc.


Many services develop due to student skill sets developing to routinely offer assistance in a particular area. The service may result from needs in the building or district.

Some services develop from a project that mushrooms into a service the school will provide.

Some projects and products are so frequent and popular they become a service the STLP School provides to others.

Often times the service is free of charge.

Sometimes the service can develop into a service and can generate funds for the STLP School.

Students that have skills in newscast communications, speaking and writing often excel in the service category.

Students demonstrate technical knowledge and know how; can problem solve technical issues in classrooms, school or district.

Students working with technical projects, maintaining networks, running help desks/desktop support and offering informal troubleshooting should apply for the Engineer Service.

Start Leveraging STLP in Your School

    • How does my school start STLP?

      STLP is open to all public schools and certified nonpublic schools. There are not membership dues, no specific membership requirements.  Just be willing to connect students with technology to instigate learning.
      STEP 1: Get your STLP State Recognized!  Follow this link to submit the Get Recognized! form for your school. Click Here GET RECOGNIZED!
      STEP 2: Join the KYSTLP Listserv to make sure you get all the STLP Updates and to engage in discussion with other STLP Coordinators around KY and your region
      STEP 3: Explore the STLP Website and Digital Handbook for ideas and details about the Big 3 STLP Events (Regionals, Digital Product Online Judging, and State Championship)

    • How can my school participate?

      There is no cost to register your school to be state-recognized.
      There are no costs to belong to STLP. Costs to travel or spend the night are school/district expenses.
      STLP is open to all students. STLP can meet before, during or after school.
      Restricting membership is not part of an active recruitment and retention process.
      Registration to become state-recognized is open year round.
      Schools decide how and what level to become involved in STLP opportunities
      THERE IS NO WRONG WAY TO PARTICIPATE IN STLP - The only mistake you can make is to NOT get started!  Just jump in and ask for help when you need it!  Email:

    • Can I recruit students for STLP?

      • Active recruitment of the STLP program can help broaden the population of the STLP program.
      • Students move away and move to the net building level having new students helps your program grow.
      • As students join during the year, more skill sets can be discovered.
    • Should we promote STLP?

      Marketing/Promoting the STLP program helps the school gain recognition and support of the community, which strengthens the program and opens partnerships. Active schools market the program in the school and community. Marketing is a criterion for a Gold School.

    • Connect

      STLP as PLC: STLP is supported by hundreds of experienced STLP Coordinators and Volunteers from around Kentucky.  There are many opportunities for you to connect and collaborate with other STLPs. Check the Get Recognized map to see what other STLP groups are in your area.
      Come to an Event: Even if you don't register your students to participate in specific categories at Regional or State, you can attend the event and see what it's all about.  Then, take that excitement and knowledge back to your school to get your STLP involved with those events next year!
      Social Media: Many great ideas and updates about STLP opportunities are shared via social media (in addition to the STLP website).  Follow STLP on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Google+ to connect with other STLP Coordinators and to stay on top of what's happening with STLP!


    Tips for Getting STLP Started


    Getting started with STLP in your school or district is actually pretty easy.  For all the information and tips about getting the STLP ball rolling, please click here.

    Need help getting STLP started? Contact us:

    Important Dates

    Dates & Deadlines for 2015-2016
    Note: Calendar updated on Jan. 25, 2016 (any changes denoted by *). Be sure you have the latest dates!
    August 2015 STLP students decide project, products and services to develop
    August – May District/School Showcases
    October 23, 2015 Deadline to register online to attend a Fall Showcase
    2015 Regional Qualifiers

    November 05

    Murray State University Showcase, Curris Center

    November 10

    University of Louisville Showcase, Student Activities Center 

    November 12*

    University of Kentucky, Lexington Center 

    November 17

    The Center for Rural Development, Somerset 

    November 19

    Northern Kentucky University, Student Activities Center 

    December 02

    Western Kentucky University, Diddle Arena 

    December 09

    Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, Pikeville 

    December 14

    Morehead State University, Adron Doran University Center 
    January 08, 2016 Deadline to submit documentation for: District Titanium/Platinum status
    February 02, 2016 *

    January 29, 2016 
    (Updated on 1/25/16)

    Deadline to submit products (no later than 11:59 pm CST 1:00 pm EST)
    February 29, 2016 Deadline to submit request/documentation for Silver/Gold STLP Status
    March 13, 2016 Deadline to register to attend State Championship in Lexington, KY
    March 9 – 11, 2016 STLP Engineers at KySTE, Galt House, Louisville, KY 
    April 22, 2016 STLP State Championship/State Awards, LCC & Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY 
    June 26 – June 29, 2016 STLP Champions/STLP Engineers to ISTE, Denver, CO
    May, June, July 2016 District Summer STLP Camps & Community Events
    August 2016 STLP Website and Documentation updated for 2016-2017

    STLP Resources

    Access the Handbook and STLP Resources Here!

    Click/Tap the Title to Expand/Collapse the Topic


    The STLP Online Handbook contains a wealth of information about the program. The handbook guides schools in planning. Content of the handbook includes:

    • Foundation
    • Information for Judges
    • Fall Showcase Information
    • Digital Product Online Judging (formerly Winter Virtual)
    • State Championship and Awards
    • Program Recognition
    • Rubrics

    The STLP logo should be displayed proudly and prominently.  For Showcase Projects in particular, teams may choose from the any of the logo versions.

    Links to STLP Posters:

    2014 – 2015 Design. Make. Connect. LEARN. Poster
    2013 – 2014 STLP20 Poster


    STLP Logo Original Photoshop File

    This file can be utilized with digital editing software. It contains the official color profiles, etc. Often, professional print services will require a .PSD file to create the version necessary to create t-shirts or other promotional materials. Also attached is a download link to the “Open Sans Condensed” Google font used for most STLP designs.

    Both files are condensed into .ZIP files.

    STLP Logo Photoshop original
    Open-Sans Condensed font


    Links to new STLP Logo:

     STLP Logo 2933×1010
     STLP Logo 1200×413
     STLP Logo 800×275
     STLP Logo 400×138
     STLP Logo 150×52


    STLP Logo in Outline Format:

    STLP Logo Red Outline
    STLP Logo Blue Outline
    STLP Logo Orange Outline
    STLP Logo Green Outline
    STLP Logo Black Outline
    STLP Logo White Outline
    (Remember, when you click the White version it will open in a new window on a white background — so it will look like a blank page loaded)

    STLP Logo Outline Original Photoshop File


    Links to traditional STLP Logo:
    (Thanks to Leanna Prater, and FCPS, for creating and hosting this high res version)

     Traditional STLP Logo

    Often, information will be disseminated via the KYSTLP Listerve. Click the link below for instructions on how to join KYSTLP:

    STLP projects, services and products tie directly to:
    You may also be interested in these valuable resources from our ISTE partners:

    A STLP student should be the model for all other students in the building.

    When designing materials, STLP students should be the content creators of original work.

    As a good digital citizen, STLP students need to properly cite and credit anyone else’s work when designing projects and services.

    If others see projects or services in other classes, the district, region or state, proper citations are required.

    All products submitted to STLP for judging should be original. Products submitted for Winter Virtual Judging should be an original idea, words, image, photo or media.  Judges should not recognize an image, photo or text from another source or person.

    Some partners with STLP will not post materials if there are any issues with copyright.

    A few resources to better understand copyright and intellectual properties are listed below.

    Copyright Infographic

    Helpful Infographic to Learn About Copyright (from Meryl Seidenberg and Sylvia Rosenthal)

    Copyright Infographic

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    “Can I use that picture?” Decision Tree

    Creative Commons and the Remix Generation

    Helpful tips from @ShellTerrell about the do’s and don’ts of remixing using media covered under different Creative Commons licenses

    Copyright info from NKU

    Creative Thinking at Northern Kentucky University


    Resources on Copyright of Jocelyn Sams, Laurel County


    Creative Commons

    Citations and Copyright

    Library Media

    Digital Citizenship

    Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship


    Digital Driver’s License (DDL)

    Learning how to be a good digital citizen, go for the license. Go to the link and read About the DDL.


    KET Multimedia Education Resources
    The KET Ed Cons will help you create media.

    Look at KET School Video Project – Content and Technical Requirements

    These persons can help your school’s STLP. They may offer ideas for projects; advise, teach or assist the STLP school.

    • District Technology Coordinator (DTC/CIO)
    • District Technical Staff
    • Central Office Staff
    • District or School Technology Integration Specialist (TIS)
    • Library Media Specialist (LMS)
    • Fellow Teachers
    • Parents
    • Community Persons
    • Friends of STLP
    • STLP State Advisory Council

    Colleges across Kentucky are great partners to STLP. Many of the universities provide post secondary opportunity at showcase and the state event.

    Present supporting universities:

    • Eastern Kentucky,
    • Georgetown,
    • Kentucky State,
    • Morehead State,
    • Murray State,
    • Northern Kentucky,
    • University of Kentucky,
    • University of Louisville,
    • Western Kentucky.

    Shools may use this shell to personalize the permission slip for students to attend STLP events. Permission slips are kept by the teacher as they attend events.


    Schools may use this shell to alert media in their community about STLP events.


    Use this certificate format for recognizing your STLP Students




    STLP: LevelUP – Collect your badges!


    STLP groups can earn badges for a variety of activities throughout the school year.  Level Up badges are fun ways to engage your STLP learners — often they can highlight activities that your STLP may already be participating in.

    STLP Level Up badges provide a framework for a number of STLP related activities that your STLP can build upon throughout the year.

    Click the Level Up logo to check out all of the new badges ready for your STLP to claim today!

    About the STLP Logo

    STLP is celebrating 20+ years of empowering learning in Kentucky. The STLP logo is presented via Creative Commons, so local STLP groups are free and encouraged to incorporate a customized version of the logo into their school’s STLP.  The original STLP logo is still permissible for use at STLP events, and can be downloaded in high-resolution here.

    Creative Commons License
    STLP Kentucky Logo by STLP KEntucky is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
    Based on a work at;


    STLP Program Manager

    sebulsky_1 STLP is happy to welcome Jeff Sebulsky to the role of STLP Program Manager for Kentucky.  Jeff has been involved with STLP for over a decade, serving as a school coordinator, a district level TRT, and as a district CIO/DTC.  He is looking forward to continuing the strong traditions of STLP while integrating new technologies and learning strategies into the program.  He’s looking for your input and ideas on how to make STLP stronger than ever!

    Jeff currently lives in Winchester with his wife Courtney and two children, Harper and Saul.

    Contact Jeff with any questions at:  You can also follow Jeff on Twitter: @jeffsebulsky

    Get Recognized!

    Badge-Get-Recognized-newEvery STLP is encouraged to include their information via the Google form below.  Being a “Recognized” STLP is not required for participating in STLP events, but it is necessary in order for an STLP to request Gold, Platinum or Titanium status ( jump to the SLTP Handbook to learn more about the benefits of applying for Gold, Platinum or Titanium state for your STLP). Gaining State Recognition of your STLP can also be an important first step for starting a new STLP…and vital to the development of an STLP community of coordinators. Use the Get Recoginzed map as a resource to find other STLP coordinators and groups around the state or in your own back yard. Click on the map markers below to open up details about that STLP.

    Is your STLP on the map?

    Using address data provided by the Get Recognized! form, STLP schools are geolocated and placed on the map below.  The map is updated daily, so check back and be sure to reload your browser window to see your STLP marker! The STLP Map can be a valuable resource that lets you see what other neighboring schools are active with STLP.  Connect with other STLP groups to share ideas, accomplishments and questions.  Together, we’re stronger! Scroll & Zoom to control your view.

    REGISTRATION IS CLOSED… See you at Regionals!


    STLP Event: Regional Qualifiers (formerly Fall Showcase)


    An Introduction to Regionals

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    Since the beginning of STLP, the concept of project based learning has been at the core of the program.  Showcase Projects offer an opportunity for STLP students to observe a need in their school or community and utilize technology to develop and implement a solution.  This journey is based on the vision of the students and, with the guidance of the STLP Coordinator/Teacher, active, authentic, cooperative and inquiry-based learning will occur throughout the process.

    Many times, a Showcase Project presented by students is based upon a service or program already in place around the school – perhaps even something your STLP has being doing for a while.  Many times, still, the STLP Showcase Project is something entirely new, created from scratch, out of the imagination and creativity of the STLP students.  In other cases, STLP groups choose to transform a curriculum-based learning project into their STLP Showcase Project.  In short, there is not one specific route to take in selecting a project to develop; yet, all projects can arrive at the same destination: Fall Showcase and, hopefully, the STLP State Championship.  Use this information to inform and prepare for presenting at your school, district, regional and/or state Showcase events.


    Where to start with Regionals and Showcase Projects?

    The school level is the foundation and most important area of involvement for STLP.  From the school level, there are often numerous STLP worthy projects already occurring that would make great Showcase Projects to present at the regional level.  If not, then any group can develop, registrar, and present a project of their own design. Fall_Showcase_2013_2

    Schools decide what projects, products and services the STLP will offer the school and community.  These day-to-day, week-to-week activities/projects allow students to gain technology and leadership skills.

    The schools can expand the participation from school level to a regional level. Eight sites around Kentucky host a STLP Regional Qualifying event.  Many Regional sites are on a college campus. Having these showcases on a college campus site impacts the future post secondary plans of the STLP students, provides college role models, and allows for university interactions with school districts.

    The opportunity to celebrate and come together motivates and extends the local STLP school. The opportunity to display student work, to demonstrate technology-integrated skills for other students, teachers, administrators, university and the public is a major objective. When one school sees how another school uses technology for student achievement and classroom integration, this has a direct impact of what the school, teachers and students will do in the future.

    Attending and interviewing at this event is a big deal in the life of some of our STLP students, as noted in stories from students, teachers and parents. This event gives a real audience to their authentic learning experience, a real purpose in creating resumes and sharpening College and Career Readiness Skills. These students’ skills will impact Kentucky’s future economy. The students will be able to compete globally. Leadership skills will bloom.

    When the students meet and compete the whole day is called Regional Qualifier (formerly called Fall Showcase). The events are designed to support and extend authentic learning via project based learning concepts.



    Fall Showcase serves as a starting point for many STLP activities throughout the year.

    Want to see what a Regional Qualifying event looks like?  Visit our STLP Flickr site to see hundreds of photos from last year’s event  (including examples of what some presentation boards have looked like at past events). Or, check out the videos on our YouTube channel or download from our iTunesU portal .



    Students demonstrate skills at the event, such as:

    1. Implement, market and design the project or presentation for various purposes, audiences and situations
    2. Build leadership skills
    3. Utilize research, critical thinking skills to inquiry/problem-solve and make informed decisions for learning
    4. Create ideas, products, and presentations that are innovative and creative
    5. Communicate and collaborate with school and community persons
    6. Communicate and interview with adults, outside the school building, in a professional manner
    7. Practice and engage in legal, safe and ethical use of technology
    8. Plan for post secondary education


    Common elements of good projects:

    • Products and new ideas are sometimes generated from the project.
    • Students have to create and carry out the project over time.
    • Students must be able to discuss the project in depth. (Age appropriate)
    • The project is tied to many human and technology resources.
    • The project makes an impact to other persons, the school or community


    The three types of showcase projects are:

    1. Service: projects that extend outside the classroom to help the school and community
    2. Instructional: projects that impact classroom instruction and help in student or adult learning
    3. Technical: projects that are specific to the use of hardware and software; or STEM topics


    How can Regionals benefit the STLP Coordinator?

    STLP Coordinators that attend a Regional event connect with other coordinators to discuss project, product or service ideas. First time coordinators find the fall showcase a time to discover what a project really looks like and how the event leads to state.

    …schools that invite their own technology director, principal, administrators, superintendents or local legislators often find increased support for their STLP…

    Often judges that attend fall showcase for the first time can return to the school and help the school with other STLP events.  Likewise, schools that invite their own technology director, principal, administrators, superintendents or local legislators often find increased support for their STLP.  Hearing about the great things STLP can do is one thing, but given an opportunity to see STLP in action can be a tremendously impactful experience for your district and community leadership.


    Regional Qualifiers FAQ

    Click a topic to expand/collapse the topic view below:

    1. There is NOT an expectation that projects brought to Regionals are completed — only that they are in progress.  Regional Qualifier (Level 1) judging is an opportunity for teams to convince judges that their project idea and development plan is strong enough to get invited back to Semifinal (Level 2) judging at the State Championship.  Be ready to discuss how your project will grow if judges give you the additional 4 months to work on it before State.
    2. Spend time reviewing and becoming familiar with the Showcase Project rubrics. Each level builds up on the STLP/ISTE Technology Standards, but each level judges will be looking for specific items.  A score of 85 out of 100 is required for a project to be invited from Fall Showcase to compete at State.  Remember: the rubric is not just for the judges — it’s your team’s ticket to knowing exactly how to prepare for your presentation at Regionals.
    3. Spend time reviewing and preparing the Project Planner. Project Planner requires self reflection and asks for specific information.  Take the time to complete the Planner and be prepared to answer questions about your Planner with the judges. Be certain to display one copy of your Planner at your presentation area.  Be certain to hand additional copies of your completed Project Planner to judges, as well. (Easy points you don’t want to miss out on!)
    4. Each project is being scored against the rubric.  They are NOT being scored against other projects from other schools or other grade levels.  Judges could possibly move from scoring a 9-12 level technical project directly to a K-5 service project — it doesn’t matter because each project has an equal chance to reach the 85 (or more) score to qualify for State
    5. Plan a solid presentation experience for judges. The Presentation Experience is not the single most important piece of your Showcase Project.  Having a great looking, well organized and informative presentation space (often referred to as “the board”) is an important part, but it’s still only part of what judges are looking for.  Show that you care and put thought into your presentation space and the overall experience for judges. You can see what some presentation spaces looked like at previous Regional events (previously called Fall Showcases) HERE.
    6. Power is provided near tables — but bring your own extensions and power strips.  Power in each location is limited, so please refrain from unnecessarily using power to charge personal devices not associated with your project.  Note: Tables at Regionals are not a standard size, but generally are 5′ to 6′ in length.  In some circumstances, table space may be shared with another project team.
    7. Prepare to present without internet connectivity.  Wireless connectivity is available at each location – but occasionally, those networks can become overwhelmed and cause the network to drop or give intermittent connections.  Many times, this is caused by people cluttering the network with their personal devices not associated with projects.  Bottom line: be prepared to present without an internet connection.  We will continue to work with Regional hosts to strengthen connectivity, but be ready with a back up plan!
    8. Practice with real adults before coming to Regionals.  The secret formula to success at Regionals is to hold a school wide or district wide pre/practice event.  Statistics support the notion that teams which have had an opportunity to present their projects locally tend to qualify for State Semifinal (Level 2) judging more often.  In fact, most of our Best in State project over the past 3 years come from schools or districts that give teams a pre-Regional presentation opportunity.
    9. Each school is responsible for supplying at least one judge for Regional.  A lot of effort goes into making Regionals a great experience for everyone — and the judges play a super-important role in make the day a success. Judges comments alone, can help a team better prepare for the next level of competition — or help a team better understand why they don’t qualify for State. Judges will receive on-site training the morning of the event regarding how to score project, what to look for in a good presentation, and how to gauge a team’s preparedness to thoughtfully discuss their project plans and intended impact.  Judges are the last to leave because they will be busy recording final scores and comments.  If a school does not provide a judge, the entire school is ineligible for advancing to the Semifinals at State Championship.
    10. Be ready to have fun.  Remember, your team consists of the (only up to) 4 most experienced experts regarding your project plan.  So, relax.  You got this.  Just know that the judges are not looking to “get you” on a technicality, or to make you uncomfortable.  They are there to help you give the best presentation ever — to help you have a confident, informed, conversation about your project.  Whether you are in the development or deployment stage of your project, keep in mind that judges want to help you succeed.

    • Media Arts Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed to join the team that will record and produce media that highlight the events occurring at the State Championship.  Their content will be shown during the Awards Ceremony and posted to the STLP website (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 Only)
    • Engineer Service: one student presents a resume, references, and is interviewed for technical positions.  Engineers are considered the pinnacle of STLP and will have responsibilities that include representing STLP at state and national levels (Division Level 9-12 Only)
    • Live Reporting Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position with the Live Reporting Team at the State Championship.  Live reports from around the State event are broadcast throughout the day
    • Production Company Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position on the production team that operates (among other things) as the camera crew during the State Championship and to live broadcast the Award Ceremony (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 Only)
    • Showcase Project: One to four students create and present the project for Level One Judges.  Selected Projects will be invited to State Semifinals (Level Two) judging at the State Championship, with the goal of making it to Level Three judging and possibly being named “Best Showcase in Kentucky”.
    • Social Media Service: one student presents a resume and is interviewed for a position to Tweet at State (Division Levels 6-8, 9-12 only)

    Schools must register online by Oct. 23, 2015. There is no cost to register or attend.

    Watch here for the registration link to go “Live” by September 1st.

    Groups that do not register online can not participate in judging at Regionals (Level 1) and are ineligible for being invited to Semifinals (Level 2) at the State Championship.  There is no on-site registration option (due to the intricate planning needed to accommodate the hundreds of projects presented at each Regional Qualifier location).

    October 23, 2015 *
    Deadline to register online to attend a Fall Showcase
    Regional Event Dates
    November 05 Murray State University Showcase, Curris Center
    November 10 University of Louisville Showcase, Student Activities Center
    November 12 University of Kentucky, Lexington Center
    November 17 The Center for Rural Development, Somerset
    November 19 Northern Kentucky University, Student Activities Center
    December 02 Western Kentucky University, Diddle Arena
    December 09
    Eastern Kentucky Exposition Center, Pikeville
    December 14 Morehead State University, Adron Doran University Center

    Please join the STLP listserv to receive updated information about STLP events. ( Also, connect with STLP via various social media outlets, including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

    Possible schedule at most sites: (Showcase times below are local time of the regional site).

    • 8:30 – 9:00      Judges arrive and check in
    • 9:00-10:00      Judges receive final training, join judge team, and
    • 9:00-9:50        Schools check in and set up presentation spaces
    • 9:30-9:50        Service Category students sign up for interview time slot
    • 10:00-12:00    Judging of all categories (Projects and Service Interviews) by judges
    • 10:00-12:00    Showcase is open to the public for visitors, so schools need students at the table Students eat lunch and depart back to the school
    • About 12:00    STLP groups pack up their presentation spaces (please wait until instructed)
    • 12:00-1:00      Judging team continues to work and complete required paper work

    • Make sure all competing students read and understand the rubrics and are prepared for any interviews. (See “Where do i find the rubrics” FAW topic tab above)
    • Make sure teams complete, become familiar, and ready to address questions about the Project Planner.  Have copies ready to hand to judges and to post on presentation space.
    • Read the “Top 10 Facts About Regionals” FAQ topic above.
    • Provide opportunities for teams to practice their presentation by organizing local pre-Reginoal mini-showcases. Invite parents, teachers, district admin, etc. to come and “score” project presentations using the Level 1 rubric to provide meaningful feedback prior to the actual event.
    • Follow STLP on social media to see real time photos and media from other participants at other Regional Qualifier locations.  If you can, visit a Regional event at another location prior to your event.

    Even if your STLP group chooses not to present a Showcase Project, they would certainly benefit by attending and seeing other student leaders demonstrating technology. New STLP schools, new coordinators and beginning STLP students are welcome to attend for the learning experience.

    STLP groups that wish to attend, but not compete, should still submit a completed Regional Qualifier online registration, indicating “Attend Only” in the appropriate field.

    STLP groups that “Attend Only” are NOT responsible for providing a judge for the event.

    Food for purchase is at most sites. Schools may also bring in a sack lunch at every site. Coolers for food and drinks are allowed. Many of the college campuses have student centers in which your students may eat. We consider this an educational experience since students will be interacting with others on campus. Some schools like to eat at a food establishment while on the way back to school.

    Deadline to register to attend a showcase is Oct. 23, 2015.

    To gain a presentation space and to a judging time slot, every school must supply at least one judge. Judge information must be entered into the online registration form.

    Groups that do not register online can not participate in judging at Regionals (Level 1) and are ineligible for being invited to Semifinals (Level 2) at the State Championship.  There is no on-site registration option (due to the intricate planning needed to accommodate the hundreds of projects presented at each Regional location).

    Due to large numbers that register, a late school could be turned away from their first choice showcase site.

    Regional Qualifier registration deadline was October 23rd. Registration is now closed.

    Registration deadline was October 23rd. Registration is now closed.


    Don’t forget to claim your Regional Qualifier LEVEL UP Badge!


    STLP Regionals: Quick Info Matrix


    Showcase Project
    STLP Engineers
    Live Reporter
    Media Arts
    Production Co.
    Scratch Amb.
    Social Media

    Team Presentation

    Showcase Project

    Individual Presentation

    STLP Engineers
    Live Reporter
    Media Arts
    Production Co.
    Scratch Amb.
    Social Media :

    What Grade Divisions?

    Showcase Project
    : K - 12
    STLP Engineers
    : 9 - 12
    Live Reporter
    : K - 12
    Media Arts
    : 6 - 12
    Production Co.
    : 6 - 12
    Scratch Amb.
    : K - 12
    Social Media : 6 - 12

    Entries Per School

    Showcase Project
    : 3
    STLP Engineers
    : 2
    Live Reporter
    : 2
    Media Arts
    : 2
    Production Co.
    : 2
    Scratch Amb.
    : 2
    Social Media : 2

    Is Category BYOD?

    Showcase Project
    STLP Engineers
    Live Reporter
    Media Arts
    Production Co.
    Scratch Amb.
    Social Media :


    STLP Event: Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ)

    Digital Product Online Judging Info (formerly called Winter Virtual Judging)

    The STLP core principles of “Design. Make. Connect. Learn.” are perhaps most evident in the only event that takes place 100% in the digital realm:  Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ).

    Digital product creation is part of learning in many classrooms across Kentucky.  The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share the products students are creating — whether it’s part of daily curriculum or a stand-alone activity with an STLP.  Students are making digital content every day.  The STLP DPOJ event lets you submit that work for statewide recognition as part of the STLP process.

    Schools may submit their two best products (some categories allow only 1 submission) from each of the categories listed below.  Each product will need to be accessible online (it’s up to each school to determine their best plan for how to host the products online) via a unique web address.  During the registration process, each school will submit the web address needed to view the various digital products created by students.  A pool of judges across the state will then receive judging assignments and, using rubrics specific to each category, remotely score the digital products, and submit their scores electronically.  After all scores have been collected, the qualifying digital products will become finalists for the STLP State Championship event in the spring.

    Quality is defined by the rubric score. Rubrics can be accessed below or inside the STLP Digital Handbook.

    Registering for DPOJ Competitions

    • Registration for DPOJ is currently CLOSED
    • The DPOJ Registration deadline was Tuesday, February 2nd by 1:00 pm EST
    • Scores will be sent to STLP Coordinators via email by mid February
    • Judges will receive assignments with instructions after registration closes
    • Be sure to review each rubric (linked below) carefully before registering products



    DPOJ Overview

    Badge-DPOJThe STLP core principles of “Design. Make. Connect. Learn.” are perhaps most evident in the only event that takes place 100% in the digital realm:  Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ).

    Digital product creation is part of learning in many classrooms across Kentucky.  The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share the products students are creating — whether it’s part of daily curriculum or a stand-alone activity with an STLP.  Students are making digital content every day.  The STLP DPOJ event lets you submit that work for statewide recognition as part of the STLP process.

    Schools may submit their two best products from each of the categories listed below.  Each product will need to be accessible online (it’s up to each school to determine their best plan for how to host the products online) via a unique web address.  During the registration process, each school will submit the web address needed to view the various digital products created by students.  A pool of judges across the state will then receive judging assignments and, using rubrics specific to each category, remotely score the digital products, and submit their scores electronically.  After all scores have been collected, the qualifying digital products will become finalists for judging at the STLP State Championship event in the spring.

    DPOJ Rubrics and Product Samples

    Click the title of the category to download it’s RUBRIC. Click the example to see previously submitted products.

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    Digital Art Productindividual student creates original digital art (View Example from Eminence Independent)

    Documentary Product team creates an original documentary video using new footage (View Example: from Warren County Schools)

    ePublishing Product: team creates a published product used by a class/school/community (View Example from Marion County)

    Feature Video Product: team creates a video using new footage (View Example from Franklin County)

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    Graphic Design Productindividual student creates a graphic design (View Example from Owen County)

    NEW for 2016!  KATE Product: “School Safety Super Hero” (KATE rubric here):   team follows guidelines to create product RUBRIC  / INSTRUCTIONS 

    KSU GIS/MAPS/Cartography Product: team creates a digital map or model (View Example from Marion County)

    Manipulated Image Product: individual student takes an original photo, manipulates it into a totally new image (View Example from Scott County)

    Multimedia Content Product: individual student uses three types of original digital media to teach a concept (View Example from Pike County)

    Digital Music Productindividual student creates an original digital music piece (Hear Example from Shelby County)

    Digital Photo Productindividual student takes an original image (View Example from Paintsville Independent)

    PSA Product: team creates a PSA video (15, 30 or 60 sec.) (View Example from Warren County Schools)

    Storytelling Product: individual student writes an original story (View Example from Bath County)

    Technical Writing Productindividual student creates a technical piece (View Example from Warren County)


    ThisManipulated Image combines elements of multiple photos into one new, original, image. (My Brother…My Brothers by Ethan G., SMS, Breathitt Co)



     Blogger Corps: (formerly Cyber Gazette  and STLP Reporters) one student posts a story/podcast about Regionals for a position at State (View example from Marion County)

    Presenter Service: 1-2 students submit a 2-minute presentation video, slides & resume (View Example from Monroe County)


    Frequently Asked DPOJ Questions

    What is the Process URL?  Read each product rubric carefully.  Many call for you to submit a separate document where the student describes the process and tools he/she used to create their product. This document should have it’s own web address.  That is the Process URL.

    What constitutes a “Team?”  Products are generally classified as either “Individual” or “Team” events.  Teams can consist of more than one student, but only one student could constitute a team, also.  Team sizes are not limited.  An entire STLP group can make up a team; however, if the product is selected to be presented at State, teams will need to nominate their top four presenters to represent the product during judging.

    Can students submit more than one product? Yes, as long as they are in different product categories.

    Can products mash-up videos, music, or other digital items from other authors?  STLP Digital Products should be 100% original.  If you utilize any portion of someone else’s work, be certain that it is properly attributed, used in accordance with the artists wishes and with express permission, and properly cited.

    For more information about copyright and appropriate use of copyrighted work, please visit the “Digital Citizenship” tab on the Resources section of the STLP Website

    Will someone contact me if our links don’t work?  The key element of DPOJ is that your student’s projects are available online.  Your students are depending on you to make sure the links you register work.  If judges can not easily click to your products, they are not obligated to contact you and are allowed to disqualify those products.  Many judges choose to reach out to you and offer a 24 hour window to correct broken links (so entering an accurate email address with your registration is vital). Working links are crucial.  Don’t count on judges to give you a second chance.


    TIPS for Posting Products Online
    • Judges prefer web links that jump directly to the specific product/process being reviewed.  Jumping to a directory of all DPOJ entries for your school can be confusing and frustrating.  Make reaching your products as easy as possible for the judges.
    • Test your links from home, from your phone, from school, etc. before posting.  Ask friends to check that they work, too.  Judges will be connecting from all over the state — make it as easy for them as you can.
    • No passwords or usernames to access your products. Judges should be able to simply click and go!
    • How your STLP chooses to post your digital products is entirely your decision; however, it is vital that you test all links from both inside and outside the school network before posting in your registration.
    • If a judge can not easy connect and view a product, it is their prerogative to assign a zero score and disqualify the product outright.  Although the judges are encouraged to reach out to coordinators regarding links, please be aware that they are not required to do so.
    • Judges that choose to reach out to Coordinators regarding broken/not working links will give a reasonable timeframe for links to be fixed.  Beyond that time period, judges are welcome to assign a zero score and disqualify the product.
    • TEST. YOUR. LINKS before posting… please!  Don’t let mistakes made by adults negatively affect your students.  Thank you for your efforts on this important piece of the DPOJ event!


    About DPOJ Judges and their role in scoring products?

    NOTICE: Each school will provide at least one volunteer judge to qualify for participation in any DPOJ competitions.  With the explosive growth of the STLP DPOJ competition and the sheer volume of entries, some groups may be required to provide more than one judge:

    • STLP groups submitting between 1 – 8 products must provide (at least) one volunteer judge.
    • STLP groups submitting 9 or more products must provide a second judge, as well.


    What will DPOJ Judges do?
    • Read an email and be reminded by the school to complete the virtual judging in the specified time
    • Open the email with the information about judging
    • Look for the group you have been assigned to judge; each item has a title and a URL location
    • Review Copyright. All work the students do is to be original. All judges must look for copyright issues first. Look at the product. If you see any part of the product that seems familiar in text or graphics, or image, then question it.
    • Open the rubric that matches your assigned category to judge, open the group list of pieces to judge (look for your name)
    • Click the URL location using your web browser and find by name the item in your group list
    • Using the rubric score the item- the purpose is to decide the best piece/score among your group
    • There can be no ties so the best needs to be the highest score among your group
    • Record the scores on the group sheet provide
    • Return scores on group sheet on time via email for your assigned group
    • Pieces will continue to be judged by other judges until the top best pieces are selected

    The best pieces in each product and service category above will be invited to State Championship.  Rubrics are being updated to reflect new final steps in participation at State (some will need to be presented on site, while others will receive final review and scoring without requiring the student to be present (freeing them to sign up for other activities available at the STLP State Championship).

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    STLP Event: State Championship

    STLP16 Registration will open soon!  Check back to sign up to attend the 2016 STLP State Championship.



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    Just over 5700 P-12 students and 1,500 adults were registered to attend and supported the 2015 STLP State Championship in Lexington, Kentucky’s Rupp Area/Lexington Center. Over 360 schools from 94 districts came to show what they know.

    Rupp Arena/Lexington Center officials estimated between 8,000 and 9,000 people attended STLP15.

    The State Championship allows students from across the state to come together and demonstrate for other students, school and community persons what they know and can do with technology.

    All STLP schools are welcome to attend the State Championship to learn and achieve. There are no registration fees. All schools attending must register online- including the number of students attending.

    Hundreds of Volunteer Judges will determine the best technology use by students in Kentucky. At State Championship, judges may receive up to 2 hours of EILA Credit for participating. Check in at the EILA Table in Heritage Hall Pre-Function area for more info.

    Plan to attend the whole day.  If you budget allows or your school has raised the funds, plan on staying overnight.  With an extra day, many schools plan another educational trip in the area (KY Horse Park, Toyota Manufacturing, Lexington’s Explorium, KET Studios, etc.).  Visit Lexington Center’s “Plan your Visit” page to explore the Lexington area and plan your educational opportunities while in the heart of the Bluegrass!

    “It isn’t just about winning – it’s about learning, helping people with projects and having a good time.”
    State Champions Live Events and Rubrics

    Looking for some in-depth info about State Championship?  Looking for the rubrics?  Here you go!  Click the Digital Handbook link to view a complete and up to date listing of the State Championship on-site, live, competitions areas — along with the accompanying rubrics for each.



    Overview of the STLP State Championship

    Click on topic to expand for more information!

    STLP State Championship will be April 22nd, 2016 
    Rupp Arena and the Lexington Center will host us. For more info about the downtown Lexington, KY area and the Center, got to
    Deadline: Registration closes at 11:59 CST March 13, 2016


    The STLP Digital Handbook will always be your source for up to date information about any STLP event, including State Championship Live Competitions and Activities. Follow this link to access the STLP Handbook
    The detailed schedule/matrix will be released via our new STLP app in March, but the general schedule for the day is as follows (subject to adjustment):

    (All times are Eastern Standard Time)
    09:30 AM – doors open for SLTP groups to enter/set up Projects/start Live Competitions
    10:00 AM – Project Judges trained for Level 2 judging / Live Competitions continue
    11:00 AM – Level 2 Project judging begins / Live Competitions continue
    02:00 PM – Announcement of Projects advancing to Level 3 judging / Live Comp. continue
    03:00 PM – Level 3 Project Judging begins / Live Competitions start wrapping-up
    05:00 PM – STLP Awards Show begins (ends approx. 7:30 pm)

    Note: as live competitions complete throughout the day, category finalists will be announced via the Wall of Winners in Rupp Arena and via the STLP app/Twitter/social media.

    STLP groups with qualifying projects or service category candidates were notified after their regional event of their status. Those projects and students will need to register to attend the State Championship (see link under “How do I register my STLP?”
    Because the judging window for Digital Product Online Judging (DPOJ) overlaps the State Championship registration window, STLP groups may wish to wait until DPOJ results are announced in early February before submitting their registration.
    Please submit any additional questions to Jeff Sebulsky, STLP Kentucky Program Manager via email at:
    Student Created.  Student Led.
    Click to watch STLP15 video report produced by the Media Arts team.

    Click to watch STLP15 video report produced by the Media Arts team.


    At State Championship schools have the opportunity to:
    • Talk with other students, teachers, community persons and visitors that support technology
    • Attend student presentations in small rooms
    • Compete in any of the many live performance competitions
    • Visit playground activities provided by supporting partners in Rupp
    • Explore the many outstanding showcase projects in the large hall
    • View best services
    • See the winning products on display and talk to the students that created the product
    • Attend the awards celebration



    3 Ways to Participate at State for ALL STLP


    Any STLP School may attend and observe at the event in order to learn from demonstrating and competing students.  To attend only, please complete the online registration form and select “Attend Only” prior to the March 13th, 2016 deadline.


    Qualifying prior to March 13th, 2016: Engineers, Service teams, Digital Product judging finalists, and Projects from Regional Qualifiers.  Even pre-qualified participants need to complete online prior to deadline to attend.


    Sign up students to participate in any of the “on demand” competitions held during the State Championship event. Students must be preregistered to enter these live judging categories at State.

    Whether your STLP is invited, comes to compete, or just attend the State Championship, an online registration form will need to be submitted prior to the deadline.  

    Kentucky Cinemania at STLP State Event

    (Click to view an example Cinemania video from West Marion Elementary, Marion Co. – 2014 Winner)

    Cinemania  is just one of the awesome activities for students participating in the STLP State Competition each spring.  Cinemania is an, “up all night” video competition where your team has a specific window of time to write, shoot, edit, produce and post a video that includes a number of required props, slogans and fun items. The prompts are released just before STLP State in late March.

    Get with your team to discuss ideas, roles, and jobs – all the way from brainstorming, to shooting, to editing, and final production. Make sure everyone in your group has a voice in the process. Be sure to visit for more info on this popular STLP State activity. (Note: one entry per school. each school must register via the STLP State Championship registration portal once the link is activated.  Deadline to register is March 13th, 2016)

    Countdown to #STLP16 State Championship

    STLP Awards Show

    At the conclusion of the STLP State Championship mega-activity-day, we all gather in Rupp Arena to recognize finalists in each of the Live Competition categories, winners from the Digital Project categories (that qualified to compete at State during the DPOJ event in January), and crown the Best in State STLP Projects for K-5, 6-8 and 9-12 Divisions.

    New for 2015, STLP awarded a Best in State Technical Project trophy in memory of the late KDE Office of KIDS innovator and STLP supporter, Dave Sigler.

    Although the Award Show starts at 5PM, we strive to wrap up the event by 7:30 PM.  We recognize that it is a long drive back home for many schools.  Help us keep the Award Show running on time and efficiently so that we can best respect everyone’s safe travels home.

    Teams that make it to Level 3 Project Judging and who are announced as finalists on the Wall of Winners should do their best to attend the entire Award Show.  However, for groups that can not stick around for the fun, we will also live broadcast the Award Show via the KDE Media Portal

    STLP15: Award Show Video

      Video of the STLP15 State Championship Award Show can be found at the KDE Media Portal:



    STLP15 State Champions


    Awarded: District: School: Project Title:
    Best in State: 9-12 Division Champions Corbin Independent Corbin High School Redhound Technology – Chromebook & Ipad Training
    Best in State: 6-8 Division Champions Owen County Maurice Bowling Middle school Flipped Out
    Best in State: K-5 Division Champions Owen County Maurice Bowling Middle school Agriculture Sprouting up with Technology
    Best in State: Technical Division Champions Fayette County Bryan Station High School AgendaBook
    Best in State: Runner Up Ashland Independent Hager Study Buddy
    Best in State: Runner Up Fayette County Beaumont Middle Kokofuku Suru
    Best in State: Runner Up Franklin County Westridge Elementary School The STEAM Team: Building An Outdoor Dream
    Best in State: Runner Up Jessamine County East Jessamine Middle School VOST & STLP Working Together
    Best in State: Runner Up Madison County Madison Middle School College/Career Readiness Portal
    Best in State: Runner Up Warren County Warren Central High School Student2Student





    STLP State Championship 2014

    The eighth annual STLP State Championship was held at the Lexington Convention Center and Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky, Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

    Over 5,000  students and 1,500 adults attended and supported the State Championship of 2014. Over 300 schools came to show what they know. Hundreds of judges determined the best technology user students in Kentucky.

    To view a complete listing of State Championship Awards for 2014, click to open this document: STLP14 State Championship Winners.pdf

    Check out the 2013 Winners: StateChamp2013List.doc


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    About Badges and the Gamification of STLP

    STLP groups can earn badges for a variety of activities throughout the school year.  Level Up badges are fun ways to engage your STLP learners — often they can highlight activities that your STLP may already be participating in.

    STLP Level Up badges provide a framework for a number of STLP related activities that your STLP can build upon throughout the year.


    How to Claim a Badge

    Earning an STLP Level Up badge is simple: complete the activity ascribed to the badge and your STLP can claim it.  Badges are claimed on the honor system; STLP Headquarters does not need to verify your claim.

    Each STLP has significant latitude to determine how a badge is earned.  The variety of specific activities that could be used to claim a badge is wide and open to your interpretation — basically, if your local activity reasonably fits the intention of the badge, then it’s all yours!  STLP badges are

    Once your STLP has earned a badge, click on the image of the badge below to open a larger 800×800 pixel version in a new window.  Then follow the procedures used by your operating system to save the badge (often, “right click” and “Save Image As…” on most computers; tap and hold on many mobile operating systems).

    Badges expire each year on June 30th.  STLP badges reset on July 1.



    Learn about 5 Types of STLP Level Up Badges

    STLP groups can claim badges for a number of different activities. Various Level Up badges are listed under 5 different categories: Achievement, Collaboration, Contribution, Progression, and Challenges. Here are some examples:

    • ACHIEVEMENT – Earn public recognition for completing events (register a Fall Showcase Project, for example)
    • COLLABORATION  – Work with others to accomplish goals (do a Lync call with another STLP group to peer review a Digital Product, for example)
    • CONTRIBUTION  – Sharing content, news, ideas, feedback as a way to connect STLP with your school, parents, community and peers (submit an idea for a new badge, for example)
    • PROGRESSION  – Level up by achieving cumulative badges (compete in every category of a state level event, for example)
    • CHALLENGES  – Tackle new activity challenges within a limited amount of time (posted randomly throughout the year – for example, Post a Picture of your STLP with your Superintendent)


    Click to Download Description of Achievement Badge
    Badge-Get-Recognized-new GET RECOGNIZED
    By registering your school's STLP with the State (via this online form: Get Recognized! Form ), you automatically earn your first badge. That badge unlocks registration for all other regional or state STLP events (Fall Showcase, Digital Product Online Judging, and State Championship)
    STLP_Badge-Regionals_v2 REGIONAL QUALIFIER
    Submit Projects or candidates for Service Category Interviews at Regionals -- and then attend the competition and participate in scoring/judging. To qualify for this badge, you must have also had a judge representing your STLP participate.
    Create and upload original digital content to participate in the Digital Product Online Judging competition. To qualify for this badge, your STLP must also have provided an online judge to help score student products.
    Badge-State-Championship STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS
    Attend and participate in at least one event at STLP State Championship. Either be invited as a qualifying project or in a service category (Regionals), with a qualifying digital product (DPOJ), or as a registered competitor for on-site/on-demand events at State.
    Badge-STLP-Engineers STLP ENGINEER
    A member of your STLP has been selected to serve as an STLP Engineer. An Engineer provides technical support and leadership at State, KySTE, and ISTE. STLP Engineers embody the best qualities of STLP.
    Badge-local-presentation LOCAL PRESENTATIONS
    Earn this badge by having students present about STLP (STLP Projects, STLP sponsored events, etc.) to local groups. Could be to other students, at a school staff meeting, at a board of education meeting, at a local festival, etc. Presentation skills come with practice; so, providing these opportunities to students prior a regional or statewide events can be crucial to success.
    Badge-School-showcase SCHOOL SHOWCASE
    Statistically, Projects that are presented locally before coming to Regional Qualifying events tend to advance farther in competition. Hold a school wide version of the "Regionals" to get practice presenting -- and maybe even use the event to select the best projects to represent your STLP at Regionals.
    Badge-District-showcase DISTRICT SHOWCASE
    Hold a district wide STLP Showcase. Statistically, districts that invite all school STLP's to a District Showcase (particularly if it's prior to Regionals) tend to have higher success at becoming Best in State projects at the State Championship. District Showcases are also a great opportunity to let district administrators and school board members see the value of STLP to your district and school.
    Badge-KY-ITA-Certified 100% KY ITA Certified
    New for 2015-2016! All members of your STLP have completed one area of the KY ITA coursework and have all earned Microsoft certification in at least one area. NOTE: At this time, this badge is limited to HS STLP groups only. Learn more about the KY IT Academy below...
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    Badge-Scratch-Ambassador SCRATCH AMBASSADOR
    New for 2015-2016! A member of your STLP interviews and is selected to represent STLP as a Scratch Ambassador in the STLP Playground at State Championship.
    New for 2015-2016! STLP is proud to continue our partnership w/ NCWIT and UK to present the Award for Aspirations opportunity for Kentucky's young, high school aged, technical women. Simply submitting a completed application earns the badge.

    Visit to get started.

    Note: The NCWIT Aspirations badge can also be earned by submitting an application for the NCWIT Educator's Award here:

    Badge-DDL-complete 100% DIGITAL DRIVERS LICENSES
    All members of an STLP have earned their Digital Drivers License.

    The Digital Drivers License (DDL) is an internationally utilized online experience that allows students to prove their digital citizenship expertise by participating in a series of cases and learning demonstrations.  The DDL is a valuable tool for teachers and administrators who want to make certain that their students are prepared for the pot holes that can pop up along the digital highway.

    Click here to jump out and visit the Digital Drivers License website.

    Badge-in-the-news STLP IN THE NEWS
    Spreading the word about all that your STLP accomplishes each year is important -- and many times your STLP will be featured on the local news, in the local newspaper, or on an internet based news source. Making it into the news is an important milestone for every STLP. Be sure to share any feature done on your STLP via social media channels, too!
    Badge-STLP-robotics-competition STLP ROBOTICS COMPETITIONS
    Participate in any of the STLP sponsored/connected robotics competitions (RCX, Sumo Bots, etc.)
    Badge-minecrafters STLP MINCRAFTERS

    Does your STLP use Minecraft?

    Badge-1st-Year-STLP FIRST YEAR STLP
    Your STLP is new and active! (NOTE: STLP's are considered "1st Year" if there was no active STLP in the previous school year.)
    Badge-5th-Year-STLP 5 YEARS of STLP
    Your STLP has been active for 5 consecutive years.
    Badge-10th-Year-STLP 10 YEARS of STLP
    Your STLP has been active for 10 consecutive years.
    Badge-15th-Year-STLP 15 YEARS of STLP
    Your STLP has been active for 15 consecutive years.
    Badge-20th-Year-STLP 20 YEARS of STLP
    Your STLP has been active for 20 consecutive years.
    Badge-All-Achievements EARN ALL ACHIEVEMENT BADGES
    Collect every one of the Achievement category badges within one school year to earn the 100% Achievement badge. (NOTE: Only 1 of the "Years in STLP" badges is required to collect the 100% badge. Elementary and Middle Schools are exempt from the 100% KY ITA Certification badge.)
    More Achievement Badges coming soon!

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    Badge-Hour-of-COde HOUR of CODE
    Host an Hour of Code session in your classroom, school, or community. This is a global initiative promoted by with the goal of providing every student in every school the opportunity to learn about coding, programming and computer science. Want to get involved? Visit: or
    Badge-Collab-remote REMOTE COLLABORATION
    Using technology, connect your STLP to another STLP somewhere in KY. Use this connection to peer review a project, work on a collaborative digital product, etc.
    Badge-Collab-Host HOST ANOTHER STLP
    Invite an STLP group from another district or school to visit your STLP. Once together, share ideas, demonstrate how your STLP helps your school/community, etc.
    Badge-Collab-Visit VISIT ANOTHER STLP
    Accept an invitation to visit another STLP in your district, region or in another part of the state. While there, learn about how STLP works in another school and share what you do, too!
    Badge-Collab-Project2 COLLABORATE ON A PROJECT
    Connect virtually or in person with another STLP to collaborate on a project. Could be a project for Regionals or a local project for your school/community.
    Badge-expert ASK AN EXPERT
    Work with an expert in any particular area that can lend their knowledge and skill to strengthen your STLP/STLP project
    Collect every one of the Collaboration category badges within one school year to earn the 100% Collaboration badge.
    Collaboration Badges coming soon!

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    Badge-Share-Ideas SHARE STLP IDEAS
    STLP is a state-wide community. Share activities your STLP does with other STLP groups/coordinators. Utilize social media, KYSTLP Listserv, or present at a conference to earn this badge. Your STLP is doing great stuff...please help everyone get better by sharing the awesomeness!!!
    Badge_Badge_Makers SUGGEST A BADGE
    Part of making this STLP Badge Program fun is that we need as much student and coordinator input as possible. Earn you second badge by submitting your idea for new badges!

    Scroll to the bottom of this page to the "Suggest a Badge" form where you can upload your ideas for new badges! Every STLP that submits a complete idea will earn the "Badge Maker" badge.

    Ideas should be complete and include an idea for which category (see above) and suggest an image/icon to visually represent the badge.

    STLP_Website_Badge STLP ON THE WEB
    Post a regularly updated STLP webpage and earn this badge. Sharing information about your STLP and the activities your STLP participates in can be a valuable piece of the success puzzle. Letting people know the great things STLP is doing for your school and community is important. Post a regularly updated STLP webpage and earn this badge.
    Badge-STLP-Active-Twitter STLP ON TWITTER
    Post a regularly updated STLP twitter account and earn this badge. Sharing information about your STLP and the activities your STLP participates in can be a valuable piece of the success puzzle. Letting people know the great things STLP is doing for your school and community is important. Post a regularly updated twitter STLP and earn this badge.

    Badge-Tag-STLP TAG STLP
    Tag your STLP activity on social media (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.) with @STLPKentucky or #STLPKentucky at least 5 times to earn this badge.
    Badge-Help-Desk HELP DESK SUPPORT
    Utilize STLP members to support technology implementations and use in your district or school.
    Badge-web-safety-training WEB SAFETY TRAINING
    Everyone in your STLP participates in some version of internet safety training.
    Submit and be selected to present some aspect of your STLP at a KySTE Sponsored event.

    For more information about KySTE visit:

    Present at a state or national conference about your STLP.

    Conferences might include: ISTE, KSBA, KASA, EdCampKY, etc.

    (NOTE: Earn double! Present at a KySTE event and collect this badge AND the "Present at KySTE" badge. 2 for 1!)

    Badge-maker-space CREATE A MAKER SPACE
    Work with your STLP to develop a Maker Space within your classroom or school.
    Badge-train-students TRAINING FOR STUDENTS
    Provide support or training for other students (in your school or another) on the use of technology.
    Badge-train-adults TRAINING FOR ADULTS
    Provide support or training for adults on the utilization of technology tools. Could be a one-time or ongoing training for parents, school faculty, school personnel, district personnel, or other adults in yourcommunity.
    Collect every one of the Contribution category badges within one school year to earn the 100% Contribution badge.
    More Contribution Badges coming soon!

    Click to Download Description of Progression Badges
    Progression Badges coming soon!
    Badge-Qualify-3-projects 3 or more Projects Qualify at Regionals
    TO earn this badge, 3 or more Showcase Projects must qualify at a Regional event to advance to Semifinals at State Championships. (NOTE: those projects must actually attend and compete at State to retain this badge).
    Badge-every-dpoj EVERY DPOJ CATEGORY
    Submit a digital product in every single DPOJ competition category. (NOTE: Whether they advance or not has no impact on earning this badge.)
    Badge-advance5-to-9-dpoj ADVANCE IN 5-9 DPOJ CATEGORIES
    To earn this badge, your STLP must have between 5 and 9 digital products selected to advance from DPOJ to State.
    Badge-advance-10-dpoj ADVANCE IN 10+ DPOJ CATEGORIES
    To earn this badge, your STLP must have 10 or more digital products selected to advance from DPOJ to State.
    Badge-Multiple-Engineers MULTIPLE STLP ENGINEERS
    Have more than one STLP Engineer representing your STLP. The Engineers must be enrolled in your school together within the same school year. STLP Engineer alumni do not count towards this badge.
    Our representatives appreciate learning about innovations, leadership and advancements in educational technology in our schools. To earn this badge, complete at least 2 of the following tasks: (1) Take the time to communicate with a legislator and tell them about STLP, (2) present STLP to a legislator, (3) bring a legislator to a Regional or State STLP event, (4). take an STLP Selfie with a legislator and post it to social media tagged with #STLPKentucky
    To earn this badge, your STLP must complete at least 2 of the following qualifiers: (1) Present an STLP related topic to your Board of Education, (2) Bring at least 1 BOE member to a state sponsored STLP event, (3) have at least 1 BOE member act as a judge at an STLP Regional or State event, (4) take an STLP Selfie with your Board of Education and post the pic with tag #STLPKentucky
    To earn this badge, your STLP must complete at least 2 of the following qualifiers: (1) Present an STLP related topic to your district Superintendent, (2) Bring your Superintendent to a state sponsored STLP event, (3) have your Superintendent act as a judge at an STLP Regional or State event, (4) take an STLP Selfie with your Superintendent and post the pic with tag #STLPKentucky
    Have at least one STLP member earn 1 or more Kentucky IT Academy Microsoft certifications within one school year. (NOTE: Only HS STLP are eligible for this badge)
    Badge-STLP-Pride STLP PRIDE
    Having an identity for your STLP is important. Many STLP groups have super creative designs for STLP t-shirts -- almost like a team jersey -- that they wear proudly during STLP activities. Take a fun pic of your STLP shirt and send it out via social media with the hashtag: #STLPpride
    Collect every one of the Progression category badges within one school year to earn the 100% Progression badge. (NOTE: Elementary and Middle School STLP's are exempt from the Multiple KY ITA badge requirement.)

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    Badge-Digital-Citizenship-Week (EXPIRED)DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP WEEK.

    To earn the Digital Citizenship Week badge, post, Tweet, or email a description of how your STLP has exercised and/or promoted Digital Citizenship. Hosted by Common Sense Media, Digital Citizenship Week dates are established annually. The 2016 dates have not yet been announced.

    Be sure to include the #STLPKentucky hashtag (or @STLPKentucky) and #DigCitWeek in your post or tweet. And, be sure to shoot Jeff and email to let him know where everyone can view your Digital Citizenship story! (

    Check out some Digital Citizenship Week activity ideas at

    Badge-Digital-Learning-Day (AVAILABLE UNTIL FEBRUARY 18th, 2016) DIGITAL LEARNING DAY

    Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools. (from Digital Learning Day website).

    To earn the Digital Learning Day Challenge Badge, visit for ideas on ways your STLP can join in. Then send a post, Tweet, or email a description of how your STLP participated in this year's Digital Learning Day.

    Be sure to include the #STLPKentucky hashtag (or @STLPKentucky) and #DLDay in your post or tweet. And, be sure to shoot Jeff and email to let him know where everyone can view your DLD story! (

    Badge-Hour-Of-Code-Week-Challenge (EXPIRED) HOUR OF CODE WEEK

    The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. The 2015 Hour of Code Week is Dec. 7th - 13th.

    The STLP Hour of Code Week Challenge badge is offered to compliment (as an add-on) the STLP Hour of Code badge available for groups that host an hour of code activity any time of the year. Since Hour of Code activities can be held anytime, this badge rewards STLP groups that held their Hour of Code activity specifically during the official Hour of Code week.

    More Challenge Badges coming soon!



    Just Getting Started!

    The badge program, like STLP as a whole, is in a process of continuous improvement. As we develop more and more badges, detail the paths of each badge category, and release details on how earning badges will be part of the Silver, Gold, Platinum Levels of STLP Recognition.

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    • Achievement - Earn public recognition for completing events (register a Fall Showcase Project, for example)
    • Collaboration - Work with other to accomplish goals (ex. Doing a Lync call with another STLP to peer review a project
    • Contribution - Submit content, ideas, feedback as requested (submit an idea for a new badge, for example)
    • Progression - Level up by achieving cumulative badges (compete in every category of a state level event, for example)
    • Challenges - Tackle new activity challenges within a limited amount of time (posted randomly throughout the year - for example, Post a Picture of your STLP with your Superintendent)