Adult Support

This is the Escondido Youth Media Festival, but we recognize the support and guidance of adults (teachers, parents, and other significant adults) will be necessary. We also assume that need for extra support will diminish as the grade level goes up. With that as the primary goal, below are some guidelines for proper adult participation:

Your mission is to help students bring to life their creative thoughts and ideas; it is not to help them win a prize. 
  • Assistance with anything that may be dangerous would be appropriate, with the controlling idea being for the student(s) to do as much of the work as is safely possible.
  • Instructing and guidance on technical issues is appropriate for all grade levels so long as the actual creative work is done mainly by the student.
  • Because of the complexity of completing a video project, we are allowing the submission of class video projects (multiple class submissions are OK), but it should be understood that these should be student projects to the greatest extent possible. Individual video projects completed outside of school are OK, too; any parent or adult help should be similar to that provided by a teacher for a class project. 
  • In all cases, allow the students to feel the joy and satisfaction of a job done to the very best of their abilities.
 

With that in mind, consider also these suggestions:

Grades K-2

For K-2 video, photography, and audio storytelling projects, students should be very active in the recording of the project. Editing of those projects by an adult is acceptable so long as the student is actively involved in all of the creative decision making. Finding ways for them to be involved physically in the editing would be a positive goal.




Grades 3-5

For 3-5 video, photography, and audio storytelling projects, students should be the primary recorders of the media, with assistance from an adult in extraordinary situations. Guidance, encouragement, and instruction are perfectly legitimate means of support. Editing of these video projects should be primarily done by the student, with assistance by an adult where necessary, but always keeping in mind that this should be a student production.

Grades 6-8

For 6-8 video, photography, and audio storytelling projects, students should do virtually all work, except in areas where safety is concerned. Physical help should be limited to extraordinary situations. Encouragement, instruction, and guidance would be appropriate, but always keeping in mind that this should be a student production.

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