ArticleDecember 10th, 2013
#MyZeitgeist: 2013 Student Challenge
noun, often capitalized \ˈtsīt-ˌgīst,ˈzīt-\
: the general beliefs, ideas, and spirit of a time and place
From the tsunami in the Philippines to Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA, Malala Yousafzai’s speech to the U.N. to the death of Nelson Mandela, the events of 2013 have made an indelible mark on the world and every person who lives in it.
To look back at every triumph, tragedy and trend, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the eyes of the search engine. This year, NewsHour Extra partnered with Google to offer you, the student, the opportunity to create your own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on your own life using the storytelling tool Meograph.
- Pick the 7-10 biggest news stories of 2013. Google Trends, PBS NewsHour and PBS Learning Media are all great places to do your research and find media for your project.
- Click on the red Get Started button below to begin making your Zeitgeist project on Meograph. You can use the “#MyZeitgeist Example” below as an example.
- Add moments in the Meograph for each of your news stories and then add images, maps, videos, narration and even a soundtrack.
- Have your teacher email your Meograph’s URL to kgould @newshour.org so we can contact them if you win.
- Lesson Plan
- What is Newsworthy?
- Copyright and Fair Use
- Events Outline
- How to Search for News Stories
- Complete How to Use Meograph Instructions
- My ZeitGeist PowerPoint
- How to start a Google + account
To be eligible for prizes, your submission must be turned in by midnight December 14th. First prize will win a Google Nexus 7 tablet.
- The contest is now closed, but check back in with us soon for the 2014 #MyZeitgeist Contest!
Below are the contest’s first, second and third place winners from 2013
First Place – Heneeya Myrick
Second Place – Josh Hejka
Third Place – Nicole Peng
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