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KC3 winners spread learning and cultural awareness via VTC

- May 11, 2010 - 0 Comments

A few months ago on Break Down the Walls, we discussed the Kids Creating Community Content (KC3) International Contest being conducted by the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) and TANDBERG.

KC3 challenges students to create educational content about their local community to be shared with the educational community across the globe. These interactive programs are designed to share the culture of far-away places and provide an educational experience and window to the world for students who are separated by thousands of miles.

The use of video teleconferencing (VTC) to create and share educational content is one of the most impactful and beneficial utilizations of VTC technology. Not only does it challenge students to research and gain a better understanding of a topic, it results in the creation of content that highlights what they have learned, and shares it with others around the world.

The KC3 contest was an incredible celebration of the power of VTC and student-created content to educate and bring young people together. Although all of the students who took part in the contest were winners, TANDBERG would like to congratulate the following students (and their sponsoring teachers) whose work showed an outstanding level of creativity and knowledge while being both entertaining and engaging.

This year’s winners were:

High school division – first year school:

Buffalo Gap: A Gateway to the Texas Frontier (Jason Hutt, Tuscola, TX)

1st Place – 2010 KC3 Contest, High School Division(First Year)

The “gap” in the Callahan Divide just south of present-day Abilene, TX became a favorite passage for the thousands of buffalo that roamed throughout the Great Plains. Buffalo Gap, as it later became known, soon symbolized life on the frontier as many diverse cultures were drawn to the bountiful hunting lands ultimately putting them on a collision course that helped to define the American West. Through this program, students will be able to relive the rich culture, harrowing danger, and captivating folklore of the Texas frontier.

This program was created by grade 10, 11, 12 students in Tuscola, TX and presented as part of the KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest sponsored by CILC and TANDBERG.

High school division – returning school:

Exploring Hawaii’s Powerful Resources (Lynne Sueoka, Honolulu, HI)

1st Place – 2010 KC3 Contest, High School Division(Returning School)

Everyone is exploring renewable resources and Hawaii is too.  What resources are on the islands and how are they being used?   Solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, ocean thermal and hydropower energy will be included as we explore the future of energy and the benefits for the ‘aina’ (which means “land” in Hawaiian).

This program was created by high students in Honolulu, HI and presented as part of the KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest sponsored by CILC and TANDBERG. 

Middle school division – first year school

Memphis Panda Project (Elizabeth Frank, Memphis, TN)

1st Place ~ KC3 Contest – Middle School Division (New School)

Take a look through the eyes of a Panda living at the Memphis Zoo. Through this exciting program you will learn about the life cycle, eating habits, and living conditions of panda bears in captivity. Witness their impact on the local economy, their atmosphere, and the force of human beings on their survival. Listen to the facts, myths, and misconceptions about pandas, and gain enlightening information on their lives from behind the scenes.

This program was created by middle school students in Memphis, TN and presented as part of the KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest sponsored by CILC and TANDBERG. 

Middle school division – returning school

The Legend of Bass Reeves (Tammy Parks, Howe, OK)

1st Place – 2010 KC3 Contest, Middle School Division(Returning Year)

“No writer could invent a more amazing, Western frontier character than Bass Reeves.”  In honor of the 100th anniversary of his death and his importance to American history, Howe Middle School Broadcast Journalism students invite you to participate in this special program about “one of the bravest men this country has ever known.” Reeves became the first African-American to be inducted into the Great Westerners Hall of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. Explore his amazing life and story.

This program was created by middle school students in Howe, OK and presented as part of the KC3 ~ Kids Creating Community Content Contest sponsored by CILC and TANDBERG. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners, who will be receiving an educational prize package from TANDBERG, including a Tandberg 150 MXP desktop video conference solution. Their contributions are excellent examples of how VTC is breaking down the walls between students and cultures, and empowering a new way of teaching.

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