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 iVIE to Feature Financial Wellness Videos

Just in time for holiday spending and New Year’s resolutions, students have an opportunity to make a video focused on financial wellness as part of the upcoming Innovative Video in Education competition.

The category is just one of 11 at the competition, which is better known as iVIE and organized by the San Diego County Office of Education. It’s the first year that financial wellness has its own category, which is sponsored by San Diego County Credit Union. Awards will be given in the category for three different grade levels: students in kindergarten through 5th grade, those in grades 6 through 8, and those in high school.

Students are encouraged to create a video that encourages financial responsibility. Topics could include wants versus needs, budgeting, spending versus saving, and general information about money.

The iVIE program is a powerful way for teachers to incorporate standards-based hands-on experiences into their lessons. The competition provides a chance for students to take ownership of their learning in a collaborative and rigorous environment.

“It’s an opportunity for student voice and creativity,” said Leigh Murrell, who’s organizing the event. “With the Common Core State Standards, the ability to take that learning and apply it to real-world situations encourages the deeper thinking that students need to be successful.”

The competition has drawn thousands of participating students from throughout the county over the last 14 years in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The submission period for next year's competition began Nov. 1 and will remain open until March 6, 2015. The film festival and awards will be held in April.

Videos are judged by media professionals and educators. Awards will be given in categories including math, science, language arts, documentary, and public service announcement.

This year’s iVIE competition presented by the San Diego County Credit Union and will feature a new website, new categories, and a judging rubric that aligns more closely with learning objectives and standards.