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Published on October 14th, 2014 | by Alison McCandlish


Digital Commonwealth Schools Competition- 5 December deadline

One of the decisions the Digital Commonwealth project team made at the outset was that we would use our equipment budget to hold a competition post-Commonwealth Games so that those schools involved had the opportunity to win vouchers to spend on the equipment most useful to them to continue their digital media work in the future. We are therefore delighted to now be able to announce details of the Digital Commonwealth Schools Awards 2014.

We have developed three distinct categories that we think reflect the overall ethos of the Digital Commonwealth Schools Programme – Community engagement, Sustainability and Creative output. Hopefully these categories allow you all to showcase the excellent work you produced for the Digital Commonwealth project whilst also telling us about how you are continuing to integrate digital media activity in curricular and extra-curricular work.

Beyond the criteria we’ve set out for each category, below, we’re also keen to hear more about how you worked with our guiding themes – Culture, Exchange, Place and People – to create media around the Commonwealth Games. In your applications, share examples of how you worked with these themes, send us links to blogs, videos, audio or tweets that you produced during workshops or edited afterwards. Be as creative as you can be in telling us why you should be the recipient of the equipment vouchers! We have designed an application form that encourages you to provide links to content that will support the case you make under each category.

If you would like any support in terms of getting your Digital Commonwealth content online in order to support your entry (such as creating a Storify or uploading posts/video/audio), please get contact our project team who will be able to assist and advise best method to do so:

*Breaking news- the Big Lottery Fund Scotland will be holding an awards ceremony for the competition, and will also be involved in the judging of entries!*

Community engagement

This award gives recognition for activities that took the project outside the school gates into the wider community – whether sporting or cultural. Examples of community engagement could include interviews with athletes, community members or families or visits to Commonwealth related events and exhibitions.


This award gives recognition for activities that can be considered to have led to sustainable practices in the host school or local authority. Examples of sustainable legacy could include processes for cascading learning to other classes, across a whole school or across the local authority.

Creative output

This award gives recognition for activities that have led to the most creative output, whether in the form of video, audio, blogging, social media. Creative output could also refer to the approach taken to share or network with others in the production of the end products produced, videos etc. Did the engagement lead to a creative output that can be shared?


  • You must have taken part in the Digital Commonwealth project
  • All entries must have the support of the school (s) involved
  • All entries must have full permission from participants featured in audio, video, social media and/or blogging work (i.e. parental/ guardian permission, participant permission, school permission)
  • Submitted work must have taken place during or after your Digital Commonwealth workshops.
  • Local authorities can submit one distinctive entry for each category (no duplicate entries across all three categories will be accepted)

How to apply

To enter please complete the application form, (available for download here, or email us for a copy) providing details of the following by Friday 5th December, 2014:

  • Your school (s) and title of your project
  • The name of a key contact for us to liaise with (this person must be able to receive the voucher prize if successful)
  • The category you are entering under (a separate application form must be submitted for each category entered)
  • Up to 1000 words on how your project meets the criteria for the selected category, how you have shared your work and its relevance to the overall Digital Commonwealth themes.

We will provide first, second and third place voucher prizes for each of the three categories above, to be spent on digital media equipment.

  • First place in each category will receive vouchers to the value of £1000
  • Second place will receive vouchers to the value of £500
  • Third place will receive vouchers to the value of £250

Criteria and Judging

*Breaking news- the Big Lottery Fund Scotland will be holding an awards ceremony for the competition, and will also be involved in the jugging of entries!*

The Digital Commonwealth project steering group will judge the competition and will announce the successful award winners by 18 December.

The judges will consider:

  • Relevance to the award category topic
  • Innovation in the use of digital media
  • Creativity of content and output
  • Good practice in the sharing of work produced
  • Engagement with the overall Digital Commonwealth themes of people, place, culture and/or exchange

Please return your entry to

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