The DISTCO is part of a series of “Digital Storytelling Contests (DISTCO)” hosted by Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Houston. The 2019-2020 academic year marks the 12th year of the DISTCO project which saw a tremendous increase in popularity and participation since its inception in 2008.
The first contest of the DISTCO series, DISTCO 2008, was initiated in the fall of 2008. The first contest was followed by a contest each year thus making the contest an annual event.
The DISTCO asks participants to submit their digital stories in a certain time frame and manner for the contest. The contest is open to all K-12 students and teachers at both national and international level. Undergraduate students who are majoring in Education (pre-service teachers) are welcome to submit their stories to DISTCO. In addition, DISTCO accepts submissions from undergraduate, graduate and faculty members at the university level.
The competition is held online through www.distco.org. The project has numerous benefits for both students and teachers. It is a way of exposing participants to world of storytelling, scripting, storyboarding, video production and multimedia. The contest challenges students in a competition where they can showcase their skills in , technology, multimedia, research, presentation, writing and creativity.
The DISTCO project is an instructional project with strong research focus. This project contributes to investigation of “Educational uses of digital storytelling in K-12 and beyond. The results of the research are published and shared in conferences annually. You may read more about the research results through our RESEARCH page.