A line of student filmmakers—from kindergartners to high school seniors—wrapped around the Civic Theatre last night, as the students waited for their turn on the red carpet rolled out for the 13th Annual Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) Student Film Awards. Hundreds of students, parents and teachers attended the event, which honored students and teachers for their achievements in video production.
This year's event featured Oscar-style song and dance numbers and special guest Nathan Fast, a disc jockey at Channel 93.3. Two former countywide Teachers of the Year—Alex Kajitani and Emily Jimenez—hosted the show.
"It's a really good experience for the students, just being able to see all of their hard work pay off in the end," said Lito De los Reyes, a teacher at Sherman Academy in San Diego who has helped students prepare videos for the competition for the past four years. "It's really fun for them to dress up and go down the red carpet and answer questions about their video. It makes them feel more important and adds weight to what they did."
The Innovative Video in Education (iVIE) program is an annual k-12 student video competition that has drawn thousands of participating students from every grade level across San Diego County for more than a decade. Throughout the school year, teachers and students use video as a project-based learning tool in the classroom, ultimately creating videos that ignite imagination and inspire student confidence while integrating state content standards.
“Aside from the obvious issue of creatively teaching to the
standards I feel these videos reach kids with different learning strengths and
styles,” said Kathy Aufsesser, a participating teacher at Benchley/Weinberger
Elementary School in San Diego. “Perhaps the largest benefit to the students is
the tremendous boost in enthusiasm for learning they exhibit.”
Since 2001, iVIE has grown into a major video competition with more than 300 videos submitted this year in categories ranging from math, science and language arts to documentary and public service announcement. Entries are judged by media professionals and educators. Judges select winners in each category at different grade levels, as well as three "Grand Recognition" winners. This year, there was also a "People's Choice" award picked by viewers at the iVIE Festival, where all of the nominees were shown in April.
iVIE is sponsored by the San Diego County Office of Education, San Diego County Credit Union, Sony, Unified Port of San Diego, San Diego Computer-Using Educators, and The City of San Diego's Environmental Services Department.
Grand Recognition: Grades 3-5
"So You Want to Make an iVIE"
Benchley/Weinberger Elementary School
San Diego Unified
Grand Recognition: Grades 6-8
"Regresando a mis Raíces"
Mission Middle School
Escondido Union School District
Grand Recognition: Grades 9-12
"CCA-TV For The Love of Movies"
Canyon Crest Academy
San Dieguito Union High School District
"We All Have the Same Dream"
National School District
Winning videos by category
|Category||Video Name||School (District)|
|K-2 Cross Curricular||Eat, Potty, Play||Reidy Creek Elementary School (Escondido Union School District)|
|3-5 Language Arts-History||Food Fight||Sherman Elementary School (San Diego Unified School District)|
|3-5 PSA||Build a Better House||Juniper Elementary School (Escondido Union School District|
|Cooking with Chemistry||L.R. Green Elementary School (Escondido Union School District)|
|3-8 Global Village||Different but the Same||Meadowbrook Middle School (Poway Unified School District)|
|6-8 Broadcast Journalism||Wounded Warrior||Coronado Middle School (Coronado Unified School District)|
|6-8 History/Social Studies||T.L.O. Vs. New Jersey||Hillsdale Middle School (Cajon Valley Union School District)|
|6-8 Language Arts||The Kingdom of Reptiles||Carmel Valley Middle School (San Dieguito Union High School District)|
|6-8 Math-Science||My Fist Aquarium Ecosystem||El Camino Creek Elementary School (Encinitas Union School District)|
|6-8 Public Service Announcement||Life Rocks||Mission Middle School (Escondido Union School District)|
|9-12 Public Service Announcement||Crossroads||Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)|
|9-12 Broadcast Journalism||Bronco TV February||Rancho Bernanrdo High School (Poway Unified School District)|
|9-12 Fiction||Milquetoast||Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)|
|9-12 Nonfiction||Technology of CCA-TV||Canyon Crest Academy (San Dieguito Union High School District)|