StudentCam - Teaching with StudentCam

Looking to engage students in StudentCam? Below are two options for you to consider:

  • Become a faculty advisor. You can assign this as a class project. This requires planning for class instruction, so you must decide if you will provide the time necessary for students to develop their documentaries in class or if you will provide guidance to students and monitor their progress as they work independently outside of class. If you wish to assign it as a class project, below you will find sample lessons and rubrics that teachers have successfully used. Faculty Advisors for Grand, First, Second or Third Prize, will also receive prize money. Details on cash prizes can be found on our Prizes page.
  • Educators are not required to be faculty advisors. The StudentCam competition can be introduced as a project to be completed outside of class or submitted independent of the classroom.

Incorporating StudentCam In Your Classroom

Below are several examples of how teachers have incorporated StudentCam into their classrooms.

High School:

Provided by:
Tracey Van Dusen
Social Studies teacher
Pioneer High School
Ann Arbor, MI
Middle School:

Provided by:
Joe Karb
Social Studies teacher
Springville-Griffith Middle School
Springville, NY
Middle School:

Provided by:
Lindsay Bowman
Social Studies teacher
Harrisburg Academy
Harrisburg, PA

Former C-SPAN Senior Fellow Tracey Van Dusen of Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, MI discusses how she incorporates the StudentCam documentary competition into her classroom. Tracey includes video testimonials and suggestions from her students.

Video: Teaching StudentCam (.MOV video file)

Common Core State Standards in ELA

The video contest is closely aligned to the new Common Core State Standards in ELA. It meets the following Standards:
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2 Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others. CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.8 Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1 Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and communicative tasks, demonstrating command of formal English when indicated or appropriate.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.6 Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.

ISTE’s National Educational Technology Standards (2007)

(from http://www.iste.org/standards/iste-standards/standards-for-students)

1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Communication and Collaboration
3. Research and Information Fluency
4. Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
5. Digital Citizenship
6. Technology Operations and Concepts