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Announcing the 6th Annual StudySync Media Contest

Posted by Diane Cadogan on September 28, 2018 |

Tap student creativity and involve your students in our annual contest-- now boasting 3 new media categories! Do you have budding podcast hosts? Designers? Film directors? Then here is an opportunity to channel your students’ talents for a chance to compete with thousands of students and be recognized nationally. 

Here are this year's four categories:

Students collaborate to produce a 5-minute-or-less StudySync® TV or SkillsTV-style episode for any text or skill in the StudySync Library currently without a video. Since the inception of the contest, creating StudySync TV episodes (or SkillsTV) has been the main focus with outstanding results. View last year's winning submissions here.

Students develop and record a podcast about any text in the StudySync library, offering a critical perspective on the theme or pertinent topics. Use only original images, artwork, music, and content. To get their creative juices flowing, have students listen to podcasts embedded in some of our Blasts or have them choose one online. Have students take notes about what makes a good podcast to help them plan and script their own.

Students produce a video mirroring the Preview videos in StudySync's Intro tab of a text, highlighting details about the title’s time period and theme. Select a novel or text in the StudySync Library that does not currently have a Preview video or choose a favorite novel that is not yet in the StudySync Library and develop an audio-visual representation of what is typically found on a book's jacket. Create an introduction that entices fellow students to read the selection. 

Students develop a digital poster image (like the Call of the Wild example above) from an original photo, digital image, or artwork as a backdrop including the author and title of the book, for one of their favorite titles not already in the StudySync Library.

All audio, video, and artwork submissions are screened by StudySync Curriculum, Design, and Production team members. Prizes are awarded to the top submissions for Middle and High School in each category. Submitting teachers will receive an Amazon gift card for classroom materials. Last year's prizes included gift cards, a classroom Skype chat with StudySync's CEO, and Contest Participation Certificates. All submissions should be original work developed by students. Students have until May 1, 2019---the deadline for teachers to send in submissions for a chance for their students to be selected as the top production or creation.


Teachers should:

For audio and video production:

  • Review the MyStudySyncTV Unit* and lesson plan found in the Units tab in the StudySync Library for ideas and tips. The MyStudySyncTV Unit engages students in a truly comprehensive activity addressing reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills that can help with the development of any multimedia assignment.  *Note: completion of the MyStudySyncTV Unit or assignments are NOT required by students for the contest.
  • Have students watch several StudySync® TV, SkillsTV, and Preview videos in the Library to provide students with a framework for the project. Also, using the Blasts Filter feature, locate Podcasts in the Blasts Library be selecting Blasts with 'audio.'
  • Share the winning MyStudySyncTV videos from last year's contest with students for inspiration.
  • Listen to our recent contest tips webinar co-hosted by Beth Ellison, a middle school teacher and multi-year contest award-winner. Or, view this handy tips sheet

For digital image production:

  • Have students generate a list of favorite texts.
  • Search titles in the StudySync Library to ensure they are not already included.
  • Have students develop a plan for photographing, drawing, or designing the poster image. 
  • Generate a digital image and superimpose the book title and author.

For Contest Eligibility and Entry Guidelines, read below. And, good luck to all of our participants!!!

Contest Eligibility and Entry Guidelines (“Contest Rules”)

The StudySync Media Contest begins on October 1, 2018 and ends on May 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. PST.  “Contestants” must be a teacher over the age of 19 years old and the submissions must be original works by students in grades 5 – 12.

To participate, sign into StudySync. All sample and pilot users and subscribers over the age of 19 are welcome to make submissions on behalf of their students. Teachers can enter multiple small group or large group/class collaborations as StudySync Media Contest submissions. Submissions should be modeled after StudySync® TV, or SkillsTV videos and can be developed for any StudySync Library text or skill that does NOT already have a StudySync® TV or SkillsTV episode. Submissions should not exceed 5 minutes in length. Submissions of Preview videos and posters can be developed for titles not already in the StudySync Library. Submissions of Podcasts should be comprised of only original music, audio, content, and images. 

A video Entry must follow these Contest Rules and must be located on a secure password-protected site. Entry should be submitted to as a password protected link with a unique password for each video submitted. Any StudySync subscriber or StudySync sample or pilot participant over 19 years of age is eligible to enter videos created by his/her students. You, the Contestant, by entering the Contest represent and warrant that: (1) your students’ Entry is an original work and you have not included third party content (such as copyrighted material) in your Entry without obtaining the written permission of the copyright owner; (2) the use of the Entry by StudySync does not and will not infringe or violate any rights of any third party or entity, including without limitation, patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, defamation, privacy, publicity, misappropriation, confidentiality, or any contractual or other rights; (3) you have all the rights, licenses, permissions and consents necessary to submit the Entry and to grant all of the rights that you have granted to StudySync under these Contest Rules; (4) anyone who appears in the Entry has given StudySync his or her written consent (or if a minor, his or her parent's or legal guardian's written consent) to submit the Entry without claims for payment and has provided written permission to include his or her name, likeness, image or picture in or with your Entry (or if it is a minor who is not your child, you must have the permission of his or her parent or legal guardian) and you will be asked by StudySync to provide such permission in writing. By submitting an Entry, each teacher, student (and the students’ parent/guardian) assigns all right, title, and interest in and to the Entry to StudySync and warrants that the teacher, student and parent/guardian have the authority to assign such right, title, and interest. Failure to comply with all of the Contest Rules could result in disqualification.  No purchase required to enter the Contest. Shareholders, directors, officers, employees, consultants or representatives of StudySync, and their families, are ineligible to participate.

Judging, Awards, & Notification
Entries of StudySyncTV episodes and SkillsTV videos will be judged by StudySync’s curriculum and production team using the “MyStudySyncTV Video” rubric, which is available in each teacher’s StudySync account. The winning entries (one for grade 5-8 and one for grade 9-12) will be posted on the StudySync blog, if the required written consents are obtained by StudySync. The winning submitting teacher will receive an Amazon gift card to purchase items for the classroom.
Rights Associated with Contest Submission of an Entry constitutes permission for StudySync to use the participants’ names, images, likeness, school name, writing sample and any statements or remarks made about the Contest in advertising and promotion without further compensation or permission, except where prohibited by law. All entries, and any copyrights therein, become the sole property of StudySync upon submission and acceptance by StudySync. By entering the Contest, Contestants agree to abide by the stated Contest Rules, and warrant that their Entry is their students’ original work and does not infringe upon or violate rights of any third party, and grant to StudySync the right to edit, publish, promote, and otherwise use the Entry materials without permission, notice or compensation. No royalties will be paid at this or any time. StudySync also reserves the right to remove any Entry at their discretion.

By submitting an Entry, each Contestant (and the student and students’ parent and/or guardian) agree to be bound by these Contest Rules. Each Contestant (and the student and students’ parent and/or guardian) agrees to release and hold StudySync, and its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, subsidiaries, parent companies, or other affiliated companies harmless from any and all damages, losses, claims and liabilities arising out of participation in the Contest or resulting from acceptance or claiming of any prize hereunder. These Contest Rules are subject to modification by StudySync. StudySync reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to terminate, suspend or otherwise cancel the Contest at any time.

This contest is void where prohibited by applicable law. StudySync is not affiliated with any video housing website including, without limitation, SchoolTube, YouTube, and Vimeo.  StudySync is not responsible for any technical difficulties arising from your ability or inability to submit a video including, without limitation Acts of God, video housing website failure or incompatibility, and/or video formatting. StudySync has no responsibility to inform you that a video Entry was incomplete or ineligible. The views expressed by participants do not reflect the views of StudySync, its shareholders, members, directors, officers, employees or agents. StudySync is not responsible for the exposure to any other content on a video housing website. Parental and/or guardian assistance should be used in uploading any videos to a video housing website. StudySync is not responsible for late or incomplete Entries.

Contestants may capture the video themselves, or Contestants may have another person capture the video. If someone other than the Contestant has captured the video, the Contestant must have written permission from that person to submit the video and Contestant must be able to obtain a signed release from the videographer upon the request of StudySync. If video features a cat, for example, that is not owned by the Contestant, Contestant must have permission from the owner of each such cat to submit the video. Contestant must be able to obtain a signed release from the owner upon request of StudySync. By submitting an Entry, Contestant represents that he/she owns all rights to each element of his/her Entry, including, without limitation, the copyrights in the video. If someone other than the Contestant captured the video, Contestant further represents that he/she has obtained an assignment of rights from the third party that captured the video. StudySync’s determination as to whether the video violates the rights of any third party is final.

Each Contestant irrevocably grants StudySync and its affiliates, legal representatives, assigns, agents and licensees, the unconditional and perpetual right and permission to reproduce, encode, store, copy, transmit, publish, post, broadcast, display, publicly perform, adapt, exhibit and/or otherwise use or reuse (without limitation as to when or to the number of times used), on an exclusive basis, each element of the Contestant's Entry, and use of the Contestant's name, likeness, photograph (collectively, "Likeness"), and/or statements regarding his/her participation in this Contest (with or without using the Contestant's name) in any and all media without limitation as to time or territory, and without additional compensation or approval from the Contestant or any other party. Contestant waives intellectual property rights, privacy/publicity rights or other legal or moral rights that might preclude the StudySync’s use of any element of the Entry, and agrees not to sue or assert any claim against StudySync for the use of any element of the Entry or Contestant's Likeness or statements. Contestant further grants all end users of StudySync’s Web Site (a) the ability to review, comment on and tag the Entry; (b) the ability to send and distribute the Entry via e-mail, instant messenger, and via social media or other electronic means.

Contestant agrees to indemnify and hold StudySync, its owners, directors, officers, managers, employees, agents or other partners, and any of their employees (collectively, the "Indemnitees"), harmless from any and all claims, damages, expenses, costs (including reasonable attorneys' fees) and liabilities (including settlements), brought or asserted by any third party against any of the Indemnitees due to or arising out of the use of any element of Contestant's Entry, or the Contestant's conduct in submitting an Entry or creating a video or otherwise in connection with this Contest, including but not limited to claims for trademark infringement, copyright infringement, violation of an individual's right of publicity or right of privacy, or defamation. Contestant further agrees to release StudySync from any and all claims that any advertising subsequently produced, presented, and/or prepared by or on behalf of StudySync infringes Contestant's rights with regard to any elements or ideas contained in any element of the Entry.