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Putting the “A” in STEAM education!

Digital product creation is part of learning in classrooms across KY. The DPOJ event provides every school the opportunity to share products students are creating — whether it’s part of the daily curriculum or a stand-alone STLP activity.

Design. Make. Learn!

Show what you know!

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History of Nail Polish
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by Allie E., Marion Co. HS, Marion County

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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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DPOJ Rubrics and Product Samples

View DPOJ Rubrics via the STLP Super Sheet

New for 2019-2020, all STLP rubrics, scoring guides, samples from last year’s Champions, etc. can all be accessed in the new STLP Super Sheet. Follow the link to access all of the most recent versions of everything STLP. You can access the STLP Super Sheet at https://bit.ly/stlpsupersheet

NOTE: Some school districts still choose to restrict student access to Google based files that exist outside your school district’s domain. In such cases, your school district has settings in place that will not grant access to the STLP Super Sheet or STLP rubrics to your students.  This is a local issue and likely the result of your districts attempt to keep students as safe as possible while online.  If your students cannot access the STLP Super Sheet because of restrictions implemented by your school district, please consider reaching out to your District Technology leadership to ask them to consider adjusting the Google access rights for students.

This is a link to the new STLP Super Sheet

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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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 (late-November), each STLP will have until January 08, 2020 to submit your info online. Watch the STLP website for the registration link to open up.

New for 2019-2020, all STLP rubrics, scoring guides, samples from last year’s Champions, etc. can all be accessed in the new STLP Super Sheet. Follow the link to access all of the most recent versions of everything STLP. You can access the STLP Super Sheet at https://bit.ly/stlpsupersheet

NOTE: Some school districts still choose to restrict student access to Google based files that exist outside your school district’s domain. In such cases, your school district has settings in place that will not grant access to the STLP Super Sheet or STLP rubrics to your students.  This is a local issue and likely the result of your districts attempt to keep students as safe as possible while online.  If your students cannot access the STLP Super Sheet because of restrictions implemented by your school district, please consider reaching out to your District Technology leadership to ask them to consider adjusting the Google access rights for students.

The best DPOJ samples would be last years STLP Digital Product State Champions.  You can view last years champs via the STLP Super Sheet.  Just look for the link in the DPOJ Resources section.

Just like all STLP competitions, the “price of admission” is for your school to provide someone to act as a judge to help us score all the of digital products that are submitted. For DPOJ, that scoring happens 100% online… so your judge can complete their assignments from virtually anywhere and at any time within the judging window.

Unlike other STLP competitions (Regionals or State), DPOJ may require more than one judge per school.  The number of judges is determined by how many products your STLP submits.  If your school enters 9 or more digital products, then you’ll need to supply the name and contact info for a second judge.

What do judges do?

Each judge is asked to judge just one DPOJ competition category.  Each judge will be contacted after the registration deadline with specific instructions on how to proceed. Each judge will receive access to a spreadsheet, a link to a scoring rubric, and a deadline to review their assigned products.  Judges will open the spreadsheet, find their assigned products, enter scores/comments for each of their assigned products, and email their results back to STLP HQ before the scoring deadline.

Judging can happen from just about anywhere.  And, unlike Regionals or State, it’s very easy for the STLP Coordinator/STLP Coach to enter their own name and be the judge.

Generally, judges will have a window of about 2 weeks to complete their judging assignments. Due to the massive amount of products that are submitted each year, it will take a period of time after the registration deadline to organize and distribute assignments to judges.

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 for students.

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” categories.

Individual products can be submitted by one single student.  Individual products only have room for one student name (and only one name should be submitted).

Teams products were created by one or more students.  Team sizes are not limited.  Team categories will not ask for student names…but should have a Team name, instead (even if it’s only a team of one student).

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!

IMPORTANT: COPYRIGHT & URL LINKS

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!

MAKE ACCESSING YOUR STUDENT PRODUCTS AS EASY ON THE JUDGES AS POSSIBLE!