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Enter the 4th Annual MyStudySyncTV Contest!

Posted by Diane Cadogan on November 03, 2016 |

It's time to get started preparing students for the 2017 MyStudySyncTV contest. Students will work collaboratively to produce their own episode for any text or skill in the StudySync library that does not already have a StudySync® TV or SkillsTV episode. Teachers will then submit student-created videos, which mimic StudySync’s proprietary StudySync® TV and SkillsTV episodes by May 3, 2017. Video submissions are then screened by StudySync’s Curriculum and Production team and prizes are awarded to the top Middle and High School submission. Recognition is also given to Best Actor/Actress and Best Direction. 

How it works:

1. Students work in groups to produce a five minute StudySync® TV or SkillsTV episode for any text or skills in the StudySync library that does NOT already have a StudySync® TV or SkillsTV episode.
2. Teachers confirm parent permissions for students to participate and submit password-protected links for all video submissions produced by students to See Contest Rules, below.
3. Video submissions are then screened by StudySync’s Curriculum and Production team.
4. Prizes are awarded to the top Middle School and top High School submission. A $500 Amazon Gift Card for classroom supplies will be awarded to one Middle School teacher and one High School teacher with the winning student submissions!

How to get started:

Teachers should:

  1. Review the MyStudySyncTV Unit and lesson plan found in the StudySync library in the Units tab for ideas and tips.
  2. Have students watch several StudySync® TV and SkillsTV videos in the library for texts and poems to provide students with a framework for the project.
  3. Share the winning MyStudySyncTV videos from last years contest with students to inspire participants.

Students should:

  1. Select a text from the StudySync library that does not have a StudySync® TV episode and form groups.
  2. Write scripts, plan the video production, film, and edit their video.
  3. Share final video with the teacher who, in turn, submits to StudySync.

Note: completion of the MyStudySyncTV Unit or assignments are NOT required by students for the contest.

The MyStudySyncTV Unit engages students in a truly comprehensive activity that addresses reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills. To develop an entry for the MyStudySyncTV Contest, students need to collaboratively script an episode considering how to effectively deliver a lesson to their audience. For inspiration, view the winning MyStudySyncTV episodes from last year to get an idea of what students can accomplish! 

For the first time in the history of the contest, StudySync invited any student that participated in an award-winning 2016 submission or recognized role to submit an audition tape to be considered for a future StudySync® episode. A "must see" is our newly released The Highwayman episode featuring several participants of our 2016 MyStudySyncTV contest! Teacher, Elizabeth Ellison shared, "The students were absolutely thrilled, excited, and impressed to see their own classmates in the video. They can't wait to participate in this year's MyStudySyncTV contest, and neither can I." Truly an inspiration.

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 MyStudySyncTV Contest begins on November 3, 2016 and ends on May 3, 2017 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 MyStudySyncTV submissions. Submissions should be modeled after StudySync® TV and 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 6 minutes in length.

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 (like copyrighted material) in your Entry without obtaining the written permission of the author; (2) that 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, the parents’ 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 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 grade 5-8 and one 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 a $500 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.

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