What is DPOJ?

Digital Product Online 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.

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Design. Make. Learn!

Show what you know!

Video Sample – Multimedia Category: 
History of Nail Polish
(Click to open in YouTube) 

by Allie E., Marion Co. HS, Marion County

Highlighting the “A” in STEAM

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.

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Watch the video to learn about the return of this exciting category!

Learn More/View Rubric

DPOJ Rubrics and Product Samples

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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.

(View example from Marion County)

Book Trailer (click for rubric)

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.

Resources to consider:

Digital Art Product (click for link): individual student creates original digital art (View Example from Eminence Independent)

Digital Storytelling Product (click for rubric): individual student creates and tells an original story using digital tools.

(View Example from Bath County)

Documentary Product (click for rubric):  team creates an original documentary video using new footage

(View Example: from Warren County Schools)

ePublishing Product (click for rubric): team creates a published product used by a class/school/community

Resource: 6 secrets of publishing ebooks with iPads 

(View Example from Marion County)

Feature Video Product (click for rubric): team creates a video using new footage

(View Example from Franklin County)

GSE Pitch Fest

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 9,10,11th grade groups (max of 4 members per team), 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://bit.ly/STLPGSE2018

Learn more about GSE: http://www.kentuckygse.com/

Watch the overview/intro video: https://youtu.be/1eu1B_z_rEI

Graphic Design Product (click for rubric): individual student creates a graphic design

(View Example from Owen County)

Infographics Product (click for rubric)

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.

Resources to consider:

Examples of Infographics:

KATE Product: “Be Incredible” (2018-2019 KATE Be Incredible rubric HERE, Instructions HERE):  team follows guidelines to create product


Being incredible is being the best you can possibly be. Every student has incredible super skills and talents that make them unique and strong. We need our students to ban together with school staff and the community to create a “family-like” culture at school. Incredible super powers can be used fighting against bullying, cyberbullying, harassment, conflict, hate and violence while spreading empathy, compassion and respect.  As quoted from the Disney “Incredibles 2” movie “It’s time to make some wrong things right, help us bring Supers back into the sunlight!”  

For more information from The Kentucky Center for School Safety, go to https://kycss.org/ssw.php.  Let’s help others G.R.A.S.P. the meaning of safe schools every day, not just during Safe Schools Week.

For all the instructions on getting started, CLICK HERE.


Manipulated Image Product (click for rubric): individual student takes an original photo, manipulates it into a totally new image

(View Examplefrom Scott County)

Multimedia Content Product: individual student uses three types of original digital media to teach a concept

(View Examplefrom Pike County)

Digital Music Product (click for rubric): individual student creates an original digital music piece

(Hear Example from Shelby County)

Original Photo Product (click for rubric)individual student takes an original image

(View Example from Paintsville Independent)

STLP Photojournalist (click for rubric): 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 STLP Photojournalist team in Lexington at the STLP State Championship.

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.

STLP Photojournalist Rubric 

PSA Product (click for rubric): team creates a PSA video (15, 30 or 60 sec.)

(View Example from Warren County Schools)

Screen Capture Tutorials (click to view)

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.

Resources to consider:

Technical Writing Product (click for rubric)individual student creates a technical piece

(View Example from Warren County)

STLP Gaming: Minecraft (to be updated for 2018-2019)

** New Updated Rubric for 2018-2019 COMING SOON! **

In an effort to provide the most effective version of the competition that reflects the most current status of the Minecraft software and available solutions, the rubric for this category is under development at this time. Watch the STLP social media feeds, website, and LISTSERV for announcements regarding the release of a new, update, STLP Gaming rubric for 2018-2019.  We appreciate your excitement to get started and equally appreciate your patience.  — STLP Gaming Team

For this competition,, the team of students will be creating a guided tour of their community in Minecraft.. This includes points of interest and any community history associated.. Items created should be as accurate to real life counterparts as possible and presented in a “guided tour” fashion.. A team can be one or more students.. This can be to any scale that the participants deem manageable.. Please refer to the scoring rubric at the bottom of this document for specific scoring categories and the finished product section for a description of what should be i ncluded in your completed project .

Guidelines/Deadlines to consider:

  • Read the rubric carefully and completely
  • 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 FEBRUARY 1st
  • All Minecraft questions should be directed to stlpgaming@education.ky.gov
  • Go get busy!

NOTICE: The KSU Cartography category will be moved to become an STLP State Championship Live Performance category.  Watch for an updated rubric to be included in the STLP State Rubrics and STLP State Info pages.

KSU GIS/MAPS/Cartography Product: team creates a digital map or model

(View Example from Marion County)

Option: Share via Google Drive


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…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!

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STLP DPOJ is intended to celebrate the creation of original products by students. If another person’s work is utilized, it must be done so with express permission from the copyright holder or come with a Creative Commons (or other) open use license.  In other words, if your student didn’t make it, they should include copies of permission provided by the copyright holder to prove they are allowed to use the work.

All permissions and attributions should be included, in detail, as part of the Process documentation submitted for the product or within the credits included in the product. Simply citing a source does not permit use of copyrighted materials.  Process documentation can be an MS Word doc, Google doc, or hosted .PDF file shared online with a link for easy, direct, access by judges.

Note that a 0 score from judges for Copyright on any DPOJ rubric immediately disqualifies the product from the competition.  Help your students avoid a heartbreaking situation by helping make sure they use all original work as part of STLP DPOJ.

URL links to entires should point directly to the student product.

While make schools choose to curate all of their DPOJ entries on one webpage or within one shared online folder, links submitted in the registration should be a one-to-one match with the product it represents…not a link to the general page/folder llisting all products for a school. Judges should be given the direct link.

If the link you submit points to a general page/shared folder and the judges are forced to search for the specific product they are attempting to judge, they may elect to not score the product.

Finally, check all links to products before submitting your DPOJ Registration.  Check from home, check from various devices, etc.  All sharing permissions should be set to viewable by the public and no passwords or permissions should need to be requested by judges.  In fact, if they can not access a product, judges have the option to simply not score the product.  Checking your links is vital to the success of your student’s products!


DPOJ Deadline: Register Products



Frequently Asked DPOJ Questions

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, 2019 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 shared Google Drive, Dropbox, Office 365 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.

It’s IMPORTANT that links you submit GO DIRECTLY to the product…not to a general listing, website, or shared folder.  Judges should not have to sort through a page of product links to find the product they have been assigned to judge.  Links should go DIRECTLY to the product and the process.

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…

OPTION: How To Use Google Drive to Share DPOJ Entries

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!

Upcoming Events

  1. Regional: East Kentucky Expo Center

    December 11 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST
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    December 13 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm EST