The Alaska Society for Technology in Education presents the 20th Annual iDidaContest.

ASTE recognizes the best photos, movies, documentaries, podcasts, music, books, apps and things through its annual digital media contest.

Entries for Movies, Documentaries, Photos, Podcasts, Drone/FPP Videos, Tunes, Books, Apps and Things can be submitted to by January 31, 2020.

See post card for more categories and rules.

Check out the winners of the 2019 iDidaContest

Previous winning entries can be viewed or heard at:

iDidacontest Photos




iDidacontest Podcasts and Music





iDidacontest Videos





Category Rubrics

Frequently Asked Question

  • I’m not sure if the media I want to use in my project meets your copyright guidelines, what should I do?
    We will refer to Stanford’s fair use and copyright when we have questions.
  • I’m interested in helping judge, but I don’t want to affect my student submissions, what should I do?
    First fill out this form. The iDidaContest Chair will put you in a different contest or age category than your students. We love having many good judges.
  • Do all the photos need to have been taken in Alaska?
    Since this is an Alaskan contest, one would assume they were taken in Alaska. However, since some of our contests have additional categories outside of “Alaska Life” it is conceivable some photos may be taken outside Alaska.
  • Do all the photos need to have been taken within the last year?
    It is our expectation that all photos were take within the last 12 months.
  • Can several photos be made into a composite (into one photo)?
    Only if the photos are entered into the digitally enhanced portion of our contest.
  • Does ASTE give anyone else permission to view my entries?
    Yes. Many winning entries are posted on the iDidaContest website for others to view. In addition, we reserve the right to share them with other educational groups to help promote educational endeavors. ASTE will not sell iDidaContest entries for financial gain.
  • Can an ASTE Member sponsor more than one student?
    Yes, and sponsors do not even have to reside in the same school. Our goal is not to limit a student’s creativity because of membership, but rather give students every opportunity to be a winner.
  • Are rubrics available so we can see how our entries will be judged?
    Rubrics can be find through the iDidaContest website or the link here.
  • I am concerned about how the oldest person on the team sets the age bracket for an entry. What about SPED Students?
    In the upload form is a new field that allows an explanation to ben entered about a student’s work. With the information provided judges to determine if the assistance offered can be allowed.
  • Who will be judging my student’s work?
    Over the past few years ASTE has recruited over 40 teachers in all context areas and grade levels to judge the various contests. We’ve provided judge with training on how to use our system and rubrics to standardize responses. Our goal is to have each entry judged by at least 2 judges. With our online system teachers can do this from the comfort of their own home or classroom. Following this judging, the top scores are brought before a live panel of ASTE board members who validate each winner and make the final determination.
  • Can I register for the iDidaContest and upload my student’s media for them?
    No. However, you can act as a sponsor for your students and assist them with the registration process. By acting as their sponsor you will be notified every time your students upload, edit, or delete on of their entries. You will also receive notice if your student wins and feedback from the judges at the conclusion of the contest.
  • If my students (or myself) can’t make it to the awards night, can we still participate some how?
    Yes. If you know someone attending have them set up a Skype or FaceTime video call to you.
  • When is the contest deadline?
    The contest deadline is January 31st @ 12:00 mid-night for all contests.
  • My membership was good last year but I won’t be able to come to ASTE this year. Can I still be a sponsor?
    Yes. We will allow you to sponsor your students until the end of this year’s contest.
  • How many entries can I enter?
    Students are able to enter three entries in each contest section.
  • Are there actor release forms and/or premissions forms I can download to distribute to my students?
    The iDidaContest upload engine has terms that must be checked and agreed to before media can be uploaded. It is the responsibility of the individual entering our contest to attain permission from a legal guardian (if they are a minor), and that the entry contains only original content (no copyrighted media).
  • Do I have to be present at ASTE to win?
    No, you do not have to be present to win. If you have entered an iDidaContest then we will have your contact information and will be able to send any prize to you through the U.S. postal service insured, with delivery confirmation.