World Book, Inc. has announced the World Book Fact or Fiction? Student Video Contest (http://videocontest.worldbook.com/) inviting students to create their own original video on what makes an online site a good information source. The contest encourages students to be discerning about the trustworthiness of the information they're finding online when they research topics for school or their own personal interest.
The contest is open to students in elementary school, high school, and college. Students are asked to submit videos of two minutes or less that creatively communicate how to know if a site is reliable, following the ABCs of evaluating Web sites: Are the authors of the information accountable and authoritative? Do the authors lack bias? Is the content current?
To help students along, characters Rhett and Link (http://videocontest.worldbook.com/index.asp?page=RhettAndLinkIntro) offer some insights on how to use the contest topic to create a clever yet interesting video entry – as well as their own sample video on Velcro Farming. Rhett and Link's Hot Tips (http://videocontest.worldbook.com/index.asp?page=AdviceandTools) also provide practical information for novice filmmakers on the "do's and don'ts" of video creation.
World Book Fact or Fiction? Student Video Contest submissions will be accepted from September 1 through November 30, 2007 at http://videocontest.worldbook.com. Students then get to vote for their favorite video December 1, 2007 through January 7, 2008. Winners will be announced in January 2008. The creator of the top vote-getting video will win a MacBook and his or her school will receive a digital video camera. Second and third runner ups win video iPods.
Source: World Book. Inc., www.worldbook.com