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Please review these rules to ensure that you are familiar with the minimal guidelines. Podcasts may be created to teach a topic/area to a student, or to deliver professional development for adults. Questions may be directed to:

Who can apply?


Content Areas

  • Alabama K-12 Teachers
  • Alabama K-12 Students (must have Alabama Teacher Sponsor)
  • Alabama Higher Education Faculty
  • Alabama Higher Education Students (must have Alabama Faculty Member Sponsor)
  • Informal Education Organizations (Museums, Learning Centers, Cultural Organizations)
  • Math
  • Science
  • English/Language Arts
  • Social Sciences
  • Health and Physical Education
  • Career and Technical Education
  • Languages Other Than English
  • The Arts
  • Technology Education
  • Professional Development
  • Other: ______________________________

**Click here to see sample topics and examples of high-quality podcasts that meet the ALEX Criteria.

What is the theme?

The 2015-2016 theme is "Thinking like a..."

This year’s theme allows students to envision their future by approaching today in a critical way. By “Thinking like a..." students can approach challenges, both at home and school, from the perspective of a professional in an engaging career. Looking to buy a new phone? Think like an engineer! Wondering how your city got its name? Think like a historian! Can’t get your favorite app to load? Think like a programmer!

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While entries that follow the theme are encouraged, all submissions will be considered.

What are the submission requirements?

  • All entries will be evaluated using the ALEX Podcast Quality Scoring Guide.
  • All entries must be submitted through the online submission tool and the entry form must be fully completed.
  • All entries are strongly encouraged to associate the podcast with:
  • a.) a corresponding lesson plan, such as those found on ALEX and/or;
    b.) at least one online resource such as those found on ALEX (used in podcast or listed as a reference).

  • All submissions must address at least one Alabama Course of Study standard, and alignment to National Standards is encouraged.
  • All submissions should include a complete transcript or outline in .rtf , .pdf or .doc format.

What are the legal requirements?

By submitting entries to the contest, the submitters/adult sponsors certify that:

  • Appropriate permissions have been secured and are on file for all individuals appearing in the entry, including written parental permission for all individuals under age 18.
  • All text, video, music, lyrics, graphics and art that are included in the submission are original creations and/or free of copyright.  (Teachers should note that “Educational Fair Use” does NOT apply as these entries may be published.  Educational Fair Use applies only for use exclusively in your classroom.)
  • The adult creator/sponsor retains copyright to submissions, subject to the following restrictions:
    --That permission is granted to the Alabama Learning Exchange to post the podcast on its Website and/or the ALEX iTunes U website for such time as it deems appropriate, and to edit the podcast submission if needed, and
    --That this permission is extended to cover all non-commercial use of the podcast, including re-publication via the Internet, as long as proper credit is given to the creator/sponsor and to the Alabama Learning Exchange.

What are the technical requirements?

  • All entries must be in one of the following formats:  . m4v, .mov, .avi, .mp4, .wmv
  • The recommended window size is 640 x 480.
  • Each submission is limited to 400MB in file size.
  • Each submission must be no greater than 7:00 minutes in length. (A series of individual podcasts may be submitted separately, but each must have a beginning, middle, and end.)
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