Maggie: Alright, guys, I have a question for you. How many times have your parents told you to get off the couch and stop playing video games? Well, now Keith Kocinski is giving you the perfect response. It turns out, playing video games could help you get into college someday. Check this out.

Keith: The definition of college sports is changing…moving from the locker room to the living room!

These e-athletes are playing the fantasy game League of Legends.

Andrew Dicksen: You need a lot of mental focus. I find my heart racing non-stop, especially when you start to engage the other champions in fights.

Keith: The online game has 27 million daily players vying for their team’s victory. And that got the attention of Kurt Melcher, the assistant athletic director at Robert Morris University in Chicago.

Melcher: The further I looked, I found that it’s played competitively at the high school level. It’s played competitively at the collegiate level.

Keith: Thanks to his efforts, Robert Morris is now the first school in the country to offer athletic scholarships to video game players. The scholarships – up to $19,000 a year – could cover half the cost of tuition, room and board.
The gamers will compete against other schools this fall as official varsity athletes.

Melcher: This is the varsity sport right here. You learn how to deal with strategy and deal with your teammates and accomplish a goal, which is very similar to traditional sports.

Keith: Competitive video gaming, known as e-sports, is booming. Almost two out of three Americans are playing. And the top pros can earn as much as $400,000 a year.

Just like traditional college sports, the rights to broadcast or stream the games is big business. On streaming sites like Twitch, 32 million people watched live as players competed in the championships of League of Legends, an event that sold out the Los Angeles Staples Center.

More than 4,000 prospective students inquired about the scholarship from Robert Morris, which will only go to thirty players.

Dicksen: I saw it on the athletic webpage, and I jumped right on board.

Keith: They will compete against some 500 college teams nationwide from top schools like MIT and Harvard.

Melcher: I think the university benefits by having a new segment of student and offering a new opportunity for those students that probably haven’t been served.

Keith: Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.

We often think of a tablet as a device for consuming content. Something that lets you watch a movie, read a book, or play a game. One of the most engaging tasks you can give a student is to become a creator. This might mean that they design an experiment, write a book or even make a movie. All of these tasks require higher order thinking and give you a chance to assess student understanding.

There are lots of ways that teens can create their own videos but a handful of iPad apps make this process manageable for both teachers and students. With these dynamic tools, teens have the power to tell a story. Whether they are recounting historical events, filming a public service announcement, or publishing a video tutorial for solving a math problem, the iPad is a wonderful tool for student learning.


One of the most powerful apps in the iWork suite is iMovie. This creation app is perfect for teens and teachers who want to create their own videos. It gives users the option to work off of templates to drag and drop their own content. Students can place music and audio tracks over pictures and add titles and effects to each clip. iMovie also has the option to create trailers which can be a fun option for students looking to demonstrate their understanding of a topic by using a familiar video format. Although iMovie has plenty of high quality features it won’t be overwhelming for new users who can follow along with the instructions on the screen to create a simple or complex final product.

ChatterPix Kids

This user-friendly iPad app might look a little elementary but it’s a great choice for middle school and high school students. Teens can grab a picture from the Internet and save it to their camera roll or snap a photograph of a primary source document. With ChatterPix Kids, students will slice a mouth on an image of a person and record their voice speaking through them. The video they create with this app can be used by students to explore a historical figure’s perspective or give a voice to a character in a book.

Stop Motion Studio

If you want to give students a few options when completing a research project on a topic, you might want to include Stop Motion Studio on their list.  This app lets teens create stop motion videos and is perfect for storytelling.  Your students can recreate an event from world history or show how two historical figures interacted with one another. This app gives teens the power to demonstrate their understanding of a topic while they move figurines across a tabletop.

The iPad is a wonderful creation tool that can be used throughout the content areas.  Your students can use video apps to show off what they have learned about a topic as opposed to writing traditional reports.  With these engaging apps you’ll transform how students interact with content and how you assess student understanding.

Have you used video creation apps with students?  Share your experiences below!

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher. has lots of resources that can help students with their homework. Have you looked through the Video Library? It is full of videos that teens can use as they tackle after-school assignments. The Video Library organizes clips by “newest first” so it’s easy to find reports on important world events and hot topics. Kids can locate videos on a wide range of topics and access content related to their work in school. It’s also a great place to send students to gather information on a topic or answer questions they have about current events.

Everyday Assignments

The Video Library on can give students an overview of topics so they are better informed and ready to complete their homework. For example, if they have to write about Syria as part of a current events assignment, a quick search of the Video Library will give them a few clips to watch. Students will build their background knowledge on the subject and be ready to answer questions about chemical warfare and the political climate of the country.

Research Projects

For teens working on research projects the Video Library on can help them locate information. Students can type in a keyword in the search function or look through different categories or tags to learn more about a subject. Watching a news program that combines high quality reporting with video is a great way to help students stay informed on a subject. It will keep them interested in the topic while they make sense of the information they’ve gathered from other sources. When assigning a research report to students you can require them to include video clips in their bibliography to show that they were able to use a variety of sources. has a guide for citing video clips like the ones featured on

Flipped Learning

Many teachers are exploring the idea of the flipped classroom and the Video Library at can help educators choose the right clips to assign to students. In the flipped classroom model, teachers assign videos for students to watch at home so when they come to class they are prepared to talk about the subject. These clips can include lectures, tutorials or any media that presents content. Teachers can assign news clips for kids to watch at home or during a free period as part of their homework. If this happens outside of the classroom, teachers can use their face-to-face time with students for whole group discussions, group work and partner activities.

Video Transcripts

Each clip in the Video Library includes a full transcript from that segment. Videos offer a unique way to learn about a subject and the transcript will help teens follow along and learn new vocabulary words by reviewing them in context. The ability to pause a clip to take notes or refer to the transcript included with each video post will help students as they get ready to write and report about a topic.

Have you asked students to watch videos at home? How has the Video Library fit into your student’s afterschool routine? Share your story in the comments section.

Monica Burns is an Education Consultant, EdTech Blogger, and Apple Distinguished Educator. Visit her site for more ideas on how to become a tech-savvy teacher.


From racing avatars to virtual reality playgrounds and chilling water rides, to helping pets find a perfect adoption match, to providing sustainable shoes for kids halfway around the world — this year’s Next Big Things were not only fun, but also made an impact!

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