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Eighth-grader's video earns recognition

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Ryan Cochran, an eighth-grader at Hilliard Heritage Middle School, recently produced a video that placed second in the Ohio Digital Learning Day Competition.

An eighth-grade student at Hilliard Heritage Middle School was among four finalists in a statewide competition sponsored by the Ohio Board of Regents.

Ryan Cochran produced a 2 1/2-minute video for the Ohio Digital Learning Day Competition.

Ryan finished second in online voting, which concluded Jan. 31.

"It was a great experience and I enjoyed seeing the videos the other students made, too," he said.

Ryan's video can be viewed at ohiohighered.org by searching for "Ryan Cochran."

"I suggested Ryan enter the contest because of how well he does at making videos in my class," said Billy Martin, Ryan's teacher.

Ryan is enrolled in Martin's media exploration class and uses iMac applications to make videos and virtual photo albums.

Students also learn how to produce stop-action animation.

Ryan said he enjoys the creativity in Miller's class and the use of technology in furthering his education.

The Ohio Digital Learning Day Competition required students to produce videos illustrating how students use technology in the classroom for learning and educational purposes.

Ryan said he and Miller shot about 60 minutes of interviews and spent about 10 hours making the video.

"After shooting, we spent about 45 minutes to an hour every day one week (editing)," Ryan said. "It was a lot of fun to make the video."

"I think it was a great experience for him and a wonderful competition for Ohio (educators) to want to know the students' perspective of digital learning," said Debbie Cochran, Ryan's mother.