Know the Story: Pass It On
A Digital Storytelling Contest
Life and Contributions of Collin McKinney

Know the Story: Pass It On is a digital storytelling contest for 3rd grade students in McKinney ISD. This contest is designed to demonstrate the creativity, critical thinking, and digital skills of students. Projects will be an integration of our McKinney ISD ELAR and SS curriculum and showcase Collin McKinney’s life. Each video, story, or poem will highlight his contributions to Texas by signing the Texas Declaration of Independence and Texas Constitution. Entries will also share how he played a vital role in helping bring settlers to North Texas. Join in the fun as we learn Collin McKinney’s story and PASS IT ON in a 21st century way!


Elementary schools may submit up to seven entries per school. Only one entry per team may be submitted. Each team may have up to four members. Each team must work with a teacher or the school library media specialist. Each school may only submit two entries per category.

Prizes and Judging
First, Second, and Third place winners in each category will be honored with their videos, stories, and poems showcased at a ceremony at the McKinney Performing Arts Center in downtown McKinney on October 21, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm. Videos will be judged by a team of community members, teachers, Collin County Historical Commission and Collin County Historic Preservation Group members. Each campus will be responsible for creating a system for choosing the four entries for submission from their campus.
Prizes will be awarded to each member of the four teams submitted by the campus.

Project Length
Movies may have a running time of no more than 4 minutes, excluding title and credits. Books may not exceed 24 pages in length, excluding book cover and title page. Stories and movies that do not adhere to these guidelines will be disqualified. Details of submission requirements are listed on the wiki.

Contest Timeline
October 12, 2012 Contest Deadline: Entries must be posted on the contest wiki no later than 5 p.m. Entries received after this deadline will not be considered. First, second, and third place winners will be notified on October 17, 2012.
Categories/Project Choices1. Poetry2. Slideshow3. Live Action Video4. Animated Video5. Story Creator6. Graphic Novel7. Glogster*See the Digital Storytelling Resources page for more information about video creation and uploading your projects to this wiki.Rubric
Know the Story: Pass it On videos will be scored by the judges with a rubric based on the five categories listed below:
1. Content
2. Creativity
3. Storyboard
4. Videography
5. Self-Reflection
Video, story or poem must be the work of the student team members.
Each project must follow copyright and fair use guidelines.

Student Reflection and Teacher Reflection Forms
The student(s) upon the completion of the project will complete a reflection sheet. These forms represent the students' assessment of their completed project Each student must complete his/her own reflection sheet. Teachers will complete and submit a team reflection sheet and submit the team sheet to Mona Savage at MISD Central Office.

Organization of final project must show evidence that storyboard was used during the planning phase of the project. Storyboards do not have to be submitted.

Guidelines, Rules and Video Showcasing will be linked to the following Wiki:

Contact information:
Mary Carole Strother, Finch Elementary MRS, 469-302-5641 or
Melanie Burford, McGowen Elementary MRS, 469-302-7517 or

Christy Hames, Webb Elementary MRS, 469-302-6014 or
Ramona Savage, Coordinator of Elementary Social Studies, 469-302-4077 or
Lynda Swanner, Coordinator of ELAR,