As technology becomes more integrated into today's economy, digital-arts programs in schools around the country are inviting students to express themselves and explore global issues while learning basic 21st-century skills. And with the support of some nonprofit foundations, students are taking video to a whole new level.

In 2006, the Pearson Foundation--the philanthropic branch of educational publisher Pearson Inc.--and cellular provider Nokia Inc. created "Digital Arts Summer Camps" for approximately 500 middle school students from New Orleans to enable them to share their stories about Hurricane Katrina. Using the latest in cell-phone and computer technologies to script, shoot, and edit digital...

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