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Winter Institute 2014

The Winter Institute 2014 will take place on February 4th from 9a-2p at Tribeca Flashpoint Academy in Chicago. The address is 28 N. Clark Street, Suite 500. Please plan on arriving between 8-9am. Flashpoint is approx. 1/2 mile from the Ogilvie Train Station and .8 miles from Union Station. Parking is nearby and will be discounted to $14 from $30.

To register for the Institute, please . Please register no later than February 1st.

For details regarding the day, please view this handout:

If you are NOT a current CTEC member, there is a $40 fee to attend this Institute. Checks are payable to CTEC and are due either before the Institute or can be turned in when you arrive at Tribeca Flashpoint. Please see the information in the handout (above) regarding payment.

This day will be an opportunity to connect with personnel from local colleges and universities and discuss our students futures beyond high school.

University representatives include: Geoffrey Tarson from Northwestern University, Matthew Irvine from DePaul University, John C.P. Goheen from Loyola University, Columbia College-Chicago, Tribeca Flashpoint Academy

2014 CTEC High School Video Festival

Below is the 2014 Video Festival Packet with information regarding this year’s festival. There are a few changes this year, including an online-payment system and a definition of Broadcast Standards, so please read thru the packet carefully (The biggest changes are highlighted in yellow). Also at the bottom are PDFs of some documents that you may need to access quickly. These documents can be found in the festival packet as well.

Since no other schools volunteered, this year’s festival will once again be held at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville on Friday, April 25, 2014 from 9a-1p. The details regarding the actual festival day still need to be ironed out, but we are looking at the format being similar to last year’s festival (again with no lunch). Also know that each school may be required to help supervise a certain area for a certain amount of time during the festival. The assignments will be determined at a later date, but this may be necessary to make sure that our students stay in the areas they are supposed to be in. If you have a student who will not respect the authority of a staff member from another school, then I would think twice about bringing that student to the festival. Attending the festival should be a privilege.

One-Minute Videos: Like we did last year, we would like to ask each school to produce a 1-minute video that highlights your program. Even if you are not entering any videos into the festival, we would still love to have a video highlighting your program! We will show these videos at some point during the festival day. Please do not go over 1-minute for your highlight video. This video will need to be turned in to Lisa NO LATER THAN Tuesday, April 8th. You may send your video on DVD, or upload it to Vimeo YouTube (and email the link to Lisa). Videos that were produced in previous years can be found on the CTEC website below this post.

As of right now, each school is limited to bringing 25 students and 2 adults to the festival. The possible availability of extra “tickets” will be discussed in a future email. There will be a spot when you submit your schools information where you will be able to request extra tickets, but please do NOT pay for those extra tickets when paying your fees by March 21st, as those extras are not guaranteed. We need to see how many schools request extra tickets and then see if there is space available to accommodate those extra requests. An email will be sent out in March to schools requesting extra tickets letting them know if that request has been approved or not. At that time, we will be asking for payment for those tickets.

I can not stress enough how important it is for you to read thru the packet completely. The answers to many questions I receive are found in the packet. It is also very important that you follow the entry rules we have established. Any deviations from those rules may result in the disqualification of that entry.

If you have any questions that are not answered in the festival packet, please email Lisa at [email protected] .

Below are two helpful “how-to” videos regarding submitting your entries online:

Winter 2013 Show & Tell

Digital Signage: Presented by Jeff Krohn (Lockport):

Clip of the Week: Presented by Breda Murphy (Oswego East):

Community Commercial: Presented by Kent Meister (Mundelein):

Pixar Assignment: Presented by Joe Macchia (Neuqua Valley):

Shot Variety Exercise: Presented by Scott Larson (Batavia): Video

Smartphone Group Project: Presented by Steve Douglass (Lake Forest):

Lyons Township Media Curriculum: Presented by Bill Allan: Video

Authentic Experiences: Presented by Frank Rice (Shepard): Video

Meeting – March 5th

The next CTEC meeting is Tuesday, March 5th at 5:00pm at Glenbrook South High School. To RSVP for this meeting, please go to this link by Thursday, February 28th @

Dinner will be provided at this meeting. Members are encouraged to arrive between 4:30-5p. Please bring all CTEC video festival forms and fees with you to this meeting. There is no fee to attend this meeting.

2013 Winter Institute Day

The 2013 Winter Institute Day is on Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at Metea Valley High School from 9a-2p

To register for the Institute Day, please visit . Registration deadline is 3pm, Thursday, January 31st.

Agenda for the meeting:

If you are NOT a current member of CTEC and are planning on attending the Institute Day, please follow the directions on this document to submit your payment: