How it works
Middle and high school students will complete the “IWitness Video Challenge”
on the IWitness website. The Activity challenges them to increase their understanding
of digital and media literacy, deepen their critical thinking, and promote positive
social change in their community and in the world. Teachers will also find that
the activity works in a wide variety of classes and addresses the following standards:
Common Core and ISTE NETS.
Teachers, together with their students, will select a winning video from each class.
These winning videos will be sent to a regional judging panel. The winning video
from each region will then move on to the national judging panel.
To learn more about signing up for the Challenge and setting up your IWitness group
or class, go to Getting Started.
Last day to submit your class winning entry is December 2, 2013.
Regional judging will be completed and winners announced on January 31, 2014.
National judging will be completed and the national winner announced on February
How to get involved
Sign Up/Notification of Intent to Participate
- Let us know that you plan to participate in the Challenge with you class, by
filling out this brief SIGN UP form.
- Educators may enter more than one class in more than one semester or term, but a
single student may only submit one entry in any term.
Completion of the Challenge
- Educators enter their students in the Challenge by having them complete the IWitness
Video Challenge Activity.
- The completion period runs from February 27 through December 2, 2013. Students
can complete the Activity during that time, but final submissions of the winning
class entry must be made no later than December 2, 2013.
- Students can only enter through an IWitness group/class established by an Educator.
- Each IWitness group/class established by an Educator must include multiple students.
Submission and Judging
- Educators will identify the winning video from their classroom or group and submit
that for judging at the regional level before December 2, 2013.
- Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet provided in the activity
should use that when making their decision).
- Regional winners will be notified by IWitness and forwarded to the national judging
Judging will be done according to the Judging Score Sheet that is included in the
Educators are encouraged to use the same format to identify the winning entry in
- Student entries will be collated by the following regions:
- Region I: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
- Region II: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
- Region III: Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia
- Region IV: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South
- Region V: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin
- Region VI: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
- Region VII: Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska
- Region VIII: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, Wyoming
- Region IX: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada
- Region X: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington
- Region XI: Canada
- A winner from each region will be chosen by a Regional Judging Panel.
- Regional winners will be adjudicated by the National Judging Panel.
- A national panel will select one national winner.
The award ceremony
One national Winner will receive an all-expense-paid trip with one parent or
guardian, and his/her teacher, to screen their video as part of the USC Shoah
Foundation's 20th anniversary activities in Los Angeles, as well as attend the
2014 Annual USC Shoah Foundation Gala as invited guests. If the winning entry
is from a team video project, one student representative will need to be
selected by the teacher to represent the team in Los Angeles.