Two Orange Glen High School students and their teacher won top honors at the 2006 Innovative Video In Education Festival (iVIE), heading back to Escondido with the Grand Recognition Award for their production, "Nevermore."
Orange Glen students Devin Walker and Roy Cornett, and their teacher Robb Coppo, were among the dozens of student and teacher winners honored at the academy awards-style iVIE ceremony, which was hosted by Channel 8 News Anchor Kathleen Bade.
Students, parents, teachers and administrators packed downtown San Diego's historic Spreckels Theatre for the fifth annual iVIE awards. Student video nominees were showcased earlier at the Del Mar Highlands UltraStar Theaters, in categories ranging from math, science and language arts to documentary, broadcast journalism, and special format videos and public service announcements.
"We're very pleased with this year's iVIE Awards," said Bill Simpson, Director of Educational Technology Services at the County Office of Education, and one of the creators of the iVIE Awards. "Students are using video to address the core content areas. It's extremely motivational for them.
"When a young person scripts, writes, storyboards and edits a production," Simpson continued, "it requires them to think more deeply about their subject than they would otherwise. It's a great showcase for the good things our students are doing."
Prior to the awards, professional development workshops were held at the San Diego County Office of Education, where teachers learned how to use the array of video and computer equipment to assist students with their projects.
Festival participation required students to choose a category, determine the audience and purpose of the video, plan, shoot and edit the video and submit it online to the San Diego County Office of Education.
Apple Computers and Sony donated software and a camcorder to schools that placed first in any category. "Our sponsors help the schools grow their programs with those donations," Simpson explained. "We were able to award $50,000 in prizes, thanks to our sponsors.
The grand recognition award winners from Orange Glen were presented with a trophy and digital video camera and the winning school received a digital video-editing bundle (digital video camera, video editing software and/or other peripherals).
According to organizers, iVIE has given students and teachers the opportunity to increase student achievement through visual literacy. The goal of iVIE is to foster the use of advanced and emerging technologies to support teaching and learning, by providing training, resources, and curricular connections, as well as to promote and support amateur creative efforts by students and teachers.
The 2006 iVIE Festival and Awards Ceremony was sponsored by Sony Electronics, Inc., California Technology Assistance Project, Groovy Like A Movie, Adobe, Environmental Services Departments, Pinnacle (A division of Avid), Apple Computers, San Diego Computer Using Educators, Autodesk Media and Entertainment Solutions, Good Earth Plant Company Inc., Denise Wallace Graphic Design, National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Tech4Learning, CBT Systems, San Diego Women Film Foundation, Tech Camps, Digital Media Academy, Harley Ellis Devereaux, San Diego Padres, SeaWorld, Trend Micro, Silke Fleischer, Apricorn, Becky Thurman at CSS Presentation Systems, Brookes Institute, Broadcast Rentals, Diedrich Coffee, Fujifilm, Hash House a Go Go, Hewlett-Packard, Indigo Café and Catering, Parkhouse Eatery, Randi Driscoll, and Terra Restaurant.