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President Barack Obama has plans to have a film festival in 2014 at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. It was released today on the White House Website that the President is inviting students to make a short film for showing at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media.

There are laptops in nearly every classroom. You can take an online course on Japanese -- and then video chat with a kid from Japan. You can learn about geometry through an app on your iPad. So, what does it all mean?

The President and the White House team is looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

Your film should address at least one of the following themes:

1. How you currently use technology in your classroom or school.

2. The role technology will play in education in the future.

Here are some topics that you may want to consider as idea starters when deciding what your video could be.

How does technology help with the following areas?

• Personalized Learning • Online Learning• Global Collaboration • Student Creativity Making and Tinkering • Project Based Learning • Critical Thinking

Here are some examples for consideration to use in your video but not required:

Consider showing the following in your video.

These are examples only:

• The use of technology as a creation tool

• The use of technology in new and innovative ways

• The use of technology to access high quality online content and resources

Students and their parents/guardians/teachers can go on The White House website and download the rules for the competition for students K-12. The video will be 3 minutes in length video on the topic of technology in schools and the submission date is Jan. 29.

The President, the First Lady and his team have put together an awesome cover page on the White House website to preview this Student Film Festival and a trailer to download. It will be an incredible first in the White House to have its very own film festival to rival the Oscars, The Sundance Film Festival and many other elite film debuts.

The next Spielberg, Sophia Coppola,Spike Lee,Tarantino, Ang Lee, or Kathryn Bigelow is out there waiting to produce and direct the next Meryl Streep or Johnny Depp. Here is the opportunity to introduce yourself to the world!

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