the judges in a national contest like Korean singer PSY, they're going
to love Little Miami Junior High's submission to the Follett Challenge.
Little Miami Junior High Media Specialist Ellen Mason recently put together an energetic music video that explains the school's use of media to teach and collaborate. If chosen as the winner of the contest, Little Miami Junior High would win $60,000 in resources for the school's media center.
The Follett Challenge asks for video submissions that show how schools are approaching education with unique programs that teach students to become more efficient and effective learners, regardless of the resources available to the district. According to the Follett website, winning entries should illustrate the ways schools are aligning curriculum to teach 21st century learning skills, establishing collaborative programs throughout the school, and preparing students for life-long learning.
Set to pop music's "Gangnam Style," Mason's video features interviews with students and teachers, interspersed with clips of students, teachers, office staff and even Principal Ryan Cherry dancing to the music. Mason highlighted the work she has done in the media center to make books and other resources more accessible to students, including starting on-line book clubs, having students make their own book "movie trailers," and using the secure social media site edmodo to collaborate on projects.
Follett will award two grand prizes of $60,000 each. Three other prizes of $35,000, $25,000 and $15,000 will also be awarded. A special prize of $5,000 will be awarded to the video winner that garners the most online votes. Voting does not begin until Feb. 7, but students and families will be notified when they can vote.