Online Student Video Competition Encourages High School Students to Share Their Views on Education

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High School Students Speak Out with "Your School, Your Documentary" Online Video Contest Hosted by Project New School.

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"Your School, Your Documentary," a new high school student video contest on Facebook, gives students a chance to tell the world how technology impacts education at their school.

The high school online video competition kicks off a new digital platform, Project New School, for students to participate in discussions about the future of education. Additionally, "Your School, Your Documentary" provides a creative outlet for students to express their opinions and observations about their high school to Facebook audiences worldwide.

The "Your School, Your Documentary" online student video competition invites high school students to create a mini-documentary, between 30 seconds and three minutes in length, and takes place entirely on Facebook. Students post their short high school videos to the social networking site, where other Facebook users will view and vote for their favorites.

Students are directed to create a film about their high school, their education, their story - something they're passionate about - the more creative, the better. Need more information?

MacBook Pro laptops will be awarded to video competition winners in two categories: Judge's Choice and Viewers' Choice. Nine runners-ups will receive Flip UltraHD video cameras. As an added bonus, an iPod shuffle will go to the first 10 students who submit a film, and a free T-shirt emblazoned with the word "FILMMAKER" will go to the first 400 students who submit a film.

For detailed online video contest rules, visit Prizes & Rules. The contest is open to high school students ages 14 to 18 living in the United States. Video entries must be submitted by Nov. 5, 2009. On November 16, 2009, films will be posted on Facebook for viewing and the Judge's Choice Award nominees will be named. Viewers' Choice Award voting also begins at this time. Voting will take place on Facebook between Nov. 16 and Dec. 11. The winning student videos will be announced on the Project New School Facebook page in January.

Project New School is an exciting, new, interactive venue on Facebook for high school students to share their thoughts and views about the future of education. It's a place for students to share, learn and be heard. Project New School is sponsored by Kaplan Virtual Education, a pioneer in personalized online education.

Kaplan Virtual Education (KVE), a leading provider of online sixth through 12th grade education, offers flexible, individualized, high-quality curriculum and instruction to promote student success. KVE operates public and private schools that provide a wide variety of accredited learning options for middle and high school students, schools and school districts. Kaplan Virtual Education offers public school options in California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Kansas, Arizona, Idaho, Wisconsin and Florida. KVE private schools, which are available to students across the nation, include Kaplan College Preparatory School, Kaplan High School and Kaplan University High School. KVE is accredited by AdvancED.

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