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The White House presents the first student film festival to rival the Oscars

Last December The White House website announced the first ever student film festival for grades K-12 to produce a video on the theme of technology and how it is utilized by a student.

The President and the White House team were looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools through creating a 3 minute video to answer the question:

Why is technology so important in the classroom -- and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future?

Examples set forth to the students to use as a guide were: how technology is used as a creation tool, display the new and innovative ways to use technology and how can technology provide access to high quality online content and resources. The students were empowered to create vision and statements through this film competition.

The deadline was set for Jan. 29 and nearly 3000 student submitted videos. Today at the White House President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama greeted the student winners.

The President had congratulatory words to the students:

‘In my official capacity as President, let me just say these movies are awesome. Like all great movies, yours do something special -- they tell a story. They help us understand, in this case, the amazing things that are going on in classrooms and how technology is empowering our students and broadening their imaginations and challenging them to dream bigger and reach further.’

The President made an announcement to the students and spoke briefly about his ConnectED initiative, which has a goal to connect 99 percent of America’s students to next-generation, high-speed Internet over the next five years. Adobe and Prezi have committed $400 million in free software to be made available to teachers and students, helping a creative learning environment for America’s students.

Earlier in February the President announced private-sector leaders have pledged to invest more than $1 billion in America’s students, the future for America. This is an added pledge in addition to $750 million already bespoke.

The nothing less than brilliant videos of winners and honorable mentions can be found at The White House website. Red carpet interviews with the students as they enter the White House are also on the website. Bill Nye, the science guy, interviews the students and catches a 'selfie' with President Obama and astrophysicist/author/all around genius Neil deGrasse Tyson, also on hand for the event.

If you would like to see more about the announcement of this first ever event and other technology related news, please, see the list below in Author’s suggestions and the video atop this article showing the students with President today at the White House.

I am on twitter Victoria Wagner@Victoriaross888