Young Minds Digital Times Reaches Across the Globe

December 16, 2009 at 9:44 am 1 comment

The Young Minds Digital Times Student Film Competition has made overseas news recently. Over ten countries have taken an interest in the contest, and Young Minds Digital Times has been highlighted on Teaching News , a site aimed to share the latest news, links and teaching ideas, in order to support teachers around the world.

Teaching News was created this year by merging two existing teacher blogs: Primary Teacher UK, created by Andrew Ross in 2005, and Teaching Blog, originally created in May 2009. Together they share news, best practices, educational issues, lesson ideas and resources, student competitions, and professional development and helpful links for educators worldwide thanks to Mark Warner, the Teacher News director.

Mark has been running websites (mainly Teaching Ideas but a few others too) since 1998, and  these resources receive visitors worldwide. His sites are extremely popular with thousands of free ideas, resources, and activities for teachers.

We are all very excited for this year’s competition and its growing interests abroad. For more information, check out our Register today!


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  • 1. Beth Carls  |  December 16, 2009 at 7:39 pm

    YMDT is such an exciting competition for young filmmakers. And, it’s exciting to see more and more kids from across the globe wanting to learn more about it. In fact, in checking today, we have over 27 countries who have shown interest in the competition.

    Many students are hesitant to enter because they don’t know if they have the talent to even compete. The story of Rainer Herrera is one that epitomizes what the competition is about.

    When Rainer was a 12-year-old boy in Miami, he found a slideshow online and was hooked. In 10th grade, he got his first camera and started making his own videos. In his junior year of high school, he joined a TV production class, where he directed morning news segments.

    But last year, when Herrera heard about the YMDT film competition for students in grades six through 12, he was reluctant at first.

    “I guess I got kind of intimidated,” Herrera said. “It took me probably a week or two to decide. All of a sudden I told myself that I really have nothing to lose.”

    He was right. With his music video entry, “Wake Up,” Herrera won the grand prize in Track Two of the competition, a prize package to attend the South By Southwest Film Festival (SXSW), where he got the chance to mingle with the artists he looks up to.

    Just think, there could be another 6th-12th grade student out there who doesn’t think they have a chance, decides to register and becomes the Grand Prize Winner in the 2009-2010 competition!

    (Rainer’s story comes partly from Converge magazine’s article when the YMDT competition was launched September 28, 2009).


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