PBS NewsHour Extra’s #MyZeitgeist Contest Opens for Entries

December 02, 2014
By Educator Innovator

NewsHour Extra, PBS NewsHour’s educational resource site and an Educator Innovator partner, is challenging students with its annual #MyZeitgeist contest to create digital projects about the most important news events of 2014. Inspired by Google’s annual Zeitgeist year-in-review montage, #MyZeitgeist encourages innovation in the classroom, news and media literacy and an understanding of how current events interact with history.

Our mobile partner, Trio, allows students to combine news clips, gifs, Instagram or Vine posts and other media to tell the story of 2014. Students who prefer to use laptops can create on Meograph’s mashup platform.

Last year, winner Heneeya Myrick from St. Paul, Minn., showed us how global news events affected her life.

#MyZeitgeist is open for submissions until Dec. 12, and finalists will be notified on Dec. 15 with further instructions. We will announce the winner on Dec. 31, and they will receive a Nexus tablet from Google.

Classes can participate in a Twitter chat with Educator Innovator partner KQED’s Do Now  from Dec. 5-12 or join the conversation on Twitter at the hashtag #MyZeitgeist to share their take on the news from this year.

By Corinne Segal and Katie Gould
This post originally appeared on PBS NewsHour’s blog, The Rundown.