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Escondido Youth Media Festival

posted Jun 9, 2014, 2:24 PM by Krystle Miller   [ updated Jun 9, 2014, 2:26 PM ]
The Escondido Education Foundation, in partnership with EUSD’s Technology Services department, hosted the 6th annual Escondido Youth Media Festival on Friday, June 6th at the California Center for the Arts. The festival received 150 submissions from 14 schools in the following K-8 categories: audio, photography, individual video, and class video. Nearly 400 attendees watched anxiously as winners were announced, and came on stage to receive their prizes. The winners took home prizes such as digital cameras, iPods, and video recorders - all funded by festival sponsors. Students were also encouraged to give an acceptance speech if they wanted to.

In addition to recognizing category winners, as determined by a professional judging process, the event also included the announcement of the People’s Choice Awards. The People’s Choice popular voting process allowed anyone to vote, as many times as they want, for their favorite entries. This year, there were over 15,000 votes for student projects.

EUSD twin teachers, Mitchell and Michael de Neve, entertained guests with their silly and fun antics. This year, the introduction of the “Denevinator” was especially memorable. During the show, this humanoid robot learned all about how digital media fits into our daily lives.

The show was followed by a free reception for all guests, featuring healthy snacks sponsored by local companies. Families were able to enjoy a free photo booth and view the large format prints of the photography nominations.

The Escondido Youth Media Festival’s mission is to promote students’ 21st Century work in their home community as well as on a global platform. EUSD assessment data shows how opportunities for student creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration have had a dramatic effect on academic achievement. By creating video, photography, and audio, students develop skills and master educational content in ways that far exceed expectations. This celebration of student learning is made possible with the support of our generous sponsors.

Read the Union Tribune article on the Festival here.
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