Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Digital Learning Day

Digital Learning Day has become #DLDay—an online celebration where educators share great ideas, amazing stories, and promising practices through social media and within their own schools and communities. Thousands of local events, interactive activities, and lessons mark the importance of innovation in schools and remind district leaders that every day should be a digital learning day in public school classrooms.

To celebrate Digital Learning Day in Arkansas, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Team Digital are hosting the 4th annual #DLDay student video contest. Please review the full contest rules and guidelines below. The deadline for entries is February 8, 2021.

Video Contest Information


Calling all student heroes:

Are you passionate about online safety? We are, too—and we have just the contest to prove it! The theme for our 2021 contest is "Internet Safety," and we’re looking for videos on the following topics:

  • "Heroes Against Cyberbullying" (Online Etiquette)
  • "Build Your Online Squad" (Developing Healthy Virual Relationships)
  • "Fake News: What's Real, What's Fake" (Vetting Information
  • "The Power of Privacy" (Privacy Protecting)
  • "Forging Your Internet Shield" (Online Dangers)
  • "Getting Back to IRL" (Unplugging)
  • "Build Your Brand" (Establishing an Online Presence)

Contest rules and guidelines:

Purpose: Celebrating and highlighting the use of technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. To learn more about the national Digital Learning Day event, go to https://digitallearningday.org/.

Arkansas Theme: Internet Safety

Rules and Guidelines:

  1. Students will create a short video teaching or demonstrating content related to one of the topics above from a grade-level standard or favorite school program/activity. The overall goal of this event is to allow students to work through the process of creating digital content that can be used to teach other students around the state or around the world.
  2. All work from planning, production, editing, etc. should be student led to the extent possible – teachers are allowed to facilitate and direct the project as needed.
  3. Videos should not exceed 5 minutes in total length.
  4. Content must be considered appropriate for the K-12 educational environment.
  5. Refrain from using any copyrighted materials or resources in the video. Things such as logos, music, art, photographs, etc... must have the owner’s permission to be used. Original music, art, photographs etc.… are acceptable.
  6. Videos should not identify students by First and Last names or by associated school district. Using aliases instead of names is acceptable, as long as they are appropriate for K-12.
  7. Fill out release forms for all students and adults that are in the video. Parents/legal guardians of students that are under 18 years of age must sign their child’s release form. It is the responsibility of the individual school district to ensure that all release forms are correctly assembled and submitted to the Digital Learning Day 2021 Video Contest organizers. Please be sure to identify your school/classroom and include the title of the video with the release forms.
  8. Upload completed video and release forms to the Google shared folder created for you by the Digital Learning Day 2021 Video Contest organizers. This folder will be created and shared after you have completed the sign up form.
  9. Contest is open to Arkansas public schools only.
  10. Deadline for submission is February 8, 2021.

How to enter your video:

Complete this online entry form to officially sign up for the contest. Then the contest organizer will create and share a Google Drive folder for you to upload your completed video and release forms. Release forms can be downloaded from the Related Files section of this page.

Announcing the winners:

Contest winners will be announced on Digital Learning Day (February 25, 2021), promoted on social media, and published on our SMACtalk (Social Media Awareness Campaign) for Students webpage.

For more information, please contact:

Shashank Avvaru, Senior Data Analyst
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary & Secondary Education
Research & Technology
Phone: 870-331-9868
Email: Shashank.Avvaru@arkansas.gov

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