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 judging at the STLP State Championship event in the spring.
In partnership with Governor’s School For Entrepreneurs, Pitch Fest is all about growing new and exciting, technology based, start up ideas. Open to all high school groups, Pitch Fest is a two part category that starts with DPOJ and ends with pitching your business idea at State.
Part 1 – DPOJ: create an exciting (short) video introducing your start-up idea. GSE judges will select the top videos and invite those teams to pitch at State
Part 2 – State: teams will take the main stage in Rupp Arena and present their pitch. Winners will receive a scholarship to attend the 2018 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs.
For additional information and to view the GSE Pitch Fest rubric visit: http://www.kentuckygse.com/index.php/entrepreneurs-and-parents/partnerships
STLP Photojournalist is a new DPOJ Service category. Much like service categories at Regionals (Production Company, Scratch Ambassadors) and the STLP Blogger Corps, this category is based on students submitting sample products with hopes of being invited to STLP State to serve on one of our leadership teams.
STLP Photojournalists will document the STLP State event through their lenses. The stories they will tell with their images will be used in promotional materials and on the STLP website. Each candidate will submit sample products as part of the DPOJ event. Up to 10 students will be selected to serve on our inaugural STLP Photojournalist team in Lexington on Marsh 29th, 2018.
Candidates must provide their own equipment, but, as photojournalists, we’ll be looking for more than cell phone photos. High resolution, well framed, and tastefully edited of photos will be accepted.
The STLP Photojournalist Rubric is currently being developed. Check back soon for updates.
Students will utilize their choice of screen capture software to create and narrate a tutorial. Videos will demonstrate a particular set of instructions on (for example) how to use a student selected piece of software, how to write a bit of code, how to troubleshoot a technical issue, etc.
More info about this exciting new category is coming soon!
Blogger Corps: (click for link) – one student posts a story/podcast about Regionals for a position at State. NOTE: student must attend a Regional event in Nov. or Dec. to create their entry for the Blogger Corps team.
Blogger Corps is one of the STLP Service Team categories. Students submit sample products in hopes of being invited to serve at the STLP State Championship on a leadership team. The Blogger Corps will help document and share the STLP State experience through their online journalism. Being names to the State Blogger Corps team is an honor and big responsibility. All Blogger Corps members that attend State will be recognized on stage during the award show.
Book trailers are short multimedia products that capture the essence of a book (without giving away the ending) via a presented styled in the fashion of a Hollywood movie trailer. STLP DPOJ book trailers should be between 90 seconds and 3 minutes in length, be media rich (including audio, images, and narration with fully documented copyright info), and easily viewable online. Developing a book trailer product helps students practice informational, visual, and technical literacies.
Infographics are visually stimulating ways to present data/information in a simplified and understandable manner. When students design and create infographics, they decide which design elements (symbols, images, text, charts, graphs, maps, etc.) will best help present their topic in an attractive and effective way. Infographics have become and engaging method for teaching complex concepts in easy to understand visualizations. Developing an infographic product helps students practice informational, visual, and technical literacies.
Feeling safe at school is a widespread issue across our nation’s and Kentucky’s schools. This year’s Kentucky Safe Schools theme is “Be the HERO; STOP the Bullying.”KATEis working with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to promote their theme across the state and beyond. You will research the theme and produce a digital video that meets the category criteria.
(SAMPLE INFO: Will be updated for 2018 Soon) For this competition, the team of students will be designing a Rube Goldberg device in Minecraft. A team can be one or more students. This can be to any scale that the participants deem manageable. The finished product should follow the general guidelines of a Rube Goldberg Machine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rube_Goldberg_machine ) I.E. create a very complicated chain of processes/mechanisms to eventually accomplish a very easy task. The goal of this year’s competition will be to have firework(s) shoot off at the end of the sequence’s operation. The more complex and varied the process to achieve this, the better the team’s score will be.
Guidelines/Deadlines to consider:
Read the rubric carefully and completely
The time frames for the Minecraft competition are different from previous year…
Specifications about what versions of the game that can be used are spelled out in the rubric.
The registration and deadline process is different from other DPOJ entries… check the rubric for specifics
Although you need to register with the STLP Gaming team before January 13th, your Minecraft product can be worked on until the upload deadline of March 4th.
In recognition of 2017-2018 being the 100th Anniversary of Kentucky High School Basketball, this documentary video category should tell a unique, compelling, exciting or timeless story about high school basketball which is a key part of Kentucky’s culture and dynamic. A high quality, creative and unique production are elements of this category which can feature a historical or current topic.
Examples of themes include: a fascinating story about a famous player(s), a storied gymnasium(s) that no longer exists, school rivalries, state tournament experiences, record setters/breakers, race, gender, towns that existed for basketball, culture, etc. The documentary should be visually compelling and have interviews.
The product can include video footage, some still shots, newspaper clippings and other media. The best products from the 16 basketball regions will be invited to the STLP State Championship as finalists and the team members will come up on stage and receive scholarship money along with a monetary gift to the school’s STLP Program. Judges will be video professionals and members of the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame Committee.
Just like the state basketball tournament, the top four teams will be recognized and awarded larger monetary scholarships with the Centennial State Champion and Runner-Up also receiving trophies. Throughout STLP State Competition, the top four entries will be aired throughout the day at the competition in Rupp Arena.
In July, when the Centennial Basketball Celebration kicks off in grand fashion in Elizabethtown, KY, the location of the KHSBHF Museum, the 16 finalists will be recognized at the Historic State Theater and the top four will have another grand premiere on the big screen.
DPOJ in Action: Feature Video
Video Production Tips
…my students are already creating incredible digital products as part of my class. DPOJ is a chance to take advantage of the work they’re already doing!
When should we start creating our Products? Product creation can begin as early as the beginning of the school year. Be careful not to wait until December to begin — time seems to fly by more quickly around winter break and early January can sometimes be plagued by unexpected weather closings.
How do we Register our Products? When the DPOJ registration window opens (mid-November), each STLP will have until January 13, 2017 to submit your info online. Watch the STLP website for the registration link to open up.
Where do we post our Products online? Each registration form will have fields to enter a URL, or web link, to each individual product and any required process documentation. The registration does not allow for STLP’s to actually upload products, only to enter a web link to those products.
Each STLP should determine their best way to share their links online. DPOJ Judges will receive a list with all the links your STLP supplied to they may score student products. The products must be accessible without a special username or password, accessible from outside your school network, and be in file formats that most devices can open without purchasing additional software.
Some STLP groups utilize shared public folders (like Google Drive, Dropbox, Office 365 One Drive) while other elect to create a simple web page at school to host all DPOJ products. Creating the product sharing website could be a terrific STLP project in an of itself.
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. A single student should not submit two products in the same category.
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.
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.
…take advantage of the digital product students throughout your school are creating for DPOJ. Look outside your STLP group for digital creations made for other classes, other projects, or by students on their free time at home…
TIPS for Posting Products Online
Making Access for DPOJ Easy Is Critical to Success!
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!