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ED announces student video contest

To get students invested in their education, President Barack Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan have announced a new video contest, asking students to "inspire" them with their stories. Advocates for educational technology say the contest is a great way to reach the digital generation and help students develop key 21st-century skills.

The contest, called "I Am What I Learn," is accepting entries from middle school, high school, and college students ages 13 and older. Students can submit videos up to two minutes long, and entries must be received by Nov. 2.

Here are the contest rules:

  • - Each video must be submitted by an active student, age 13 or older.

  • Contestants chosen as finalists will be contacted through their YouTube account and must respond within seven business days to confirm eligibility.

  • Finalists under the age of 18 must submit a parental consent form.

  • Videos must be two minutes or less in length.

  • The contest's page on the U.S. Department of Education (ED) web site ( must be featured in the video.

  • The video content must be original.

  • The video must convey the importance of education, as well as the student's individual academic goals.

From Nov. 2-9, video submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges, including Duncan. Judges will choose 10 finalists to promote on ED's official YouTube channel. From Nov. 9-24, the public can view the finalists' videos and vote on their favorites.

Aside from these requirements, there are no restriction on the style of the video, and students are "encouraged to be creative," ED says. Winning videos will be chosen based on their creativity, strength and originality of content, and ability to inspire.

The top three finalists with the most votes each will win a $1,000 prize issued by ED. Winners will be announced the week of Dec. 1.

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