NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A-List Services LLC, a leading education company that specializes in college readiness and innovative learning solutions, has joined nationally recognized nonprofit organizations Harlem Children’s Zone, Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Urban Word, and Year Up and education partners Zinch.com, Knewton, Cerebellum, and Perfect800 to present The Vocab Film Festival. The goal of the contest is to engage students in learning vocabulary and building literacy.
Since February, the Festival has challenged students and filmmakers nationwide to create their own vocabulary videos and photos—short videos or images that illustrate the meaning of words frequently tested in high school classrooms and on the SAT; some teachers have even used the Festival as an engaging class project. Festival monthly and grand prize winners, in both student and filmmaker categories, are chosen by online voters and a panel of judges. As participants and fans across the country vote for their favorite entries, they are also prompted to vote for the nonprofit they would like to see receive special prizes and donations at the close of the Festival.
Participants are competing for more than $20,000 in scholarships, cash, and prizes with specialized filmmaker awards including Avid video software and a $1,000 production contract with A-List’s VocabVideos.com, the groundbreaking online vocabulary platform developed by educators frustrated with the lack of high-quality, affordable vocabulary resources available. The site features hilarious short videos—professionally-produced parodies of popular TV shows like Lost, The Office, and 24—illustrating the meanings of critical words, which are reinforced by an extensive suite of digital study tools including a multimedia flashcard maker, quizzes, worksheets and crossword puzzles. Additionally, the system’s educator assessment and tracking tools allow teachers to monitor individual student and class progress.
The Vocab Film Festival is in its final month and grand prize and nonprofit winners will be decided in June. Everyone is encouraged to get involved by submitting their own work or voting for favorite entries, as all participants have the opportunity to give back and win big.
Visit www.VocabFilmFestival.com for official rules and contest details.
About Vocab Videos
Vocab Videos is a highly effective and entertaining learning system that brings vocabulary to life. Leveraging humor, pop culture and engaging characters, Vocab Videos helps increase student understanding and retention of vocabulary words through verbal, auditory and visual cues. The online platform, being used by thousands of teachers and students across the country, features 500 frequently tested words found in high school-level English classes and on college admissions tests such as the SAT and ACT, as well as an extensive suite of digital study resources. In January 2011, A-List presented Vocab Videos at the Aspen Institute’s Education Innovation Forum & Expo in Washington, D.C. after being selected as one of eighteen U.S. companies to participate.