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Tools and tips

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There are a number of curriculum and cybersecurity resources to guide teachers and support students with their entries.

To help Queenslanders improve their cybersecurity, you will need to do some research. You'll also need to create an award-winning video with your entry. See the great resources below to help you get started.

Cybersecurity websites

Access information on cybersecurity at the links below.

e-Safety kids (Years 3–6)—be a security superhero and learn about cyber-criminals. It's up to you to protect the data and personal information on your phone, tablet or computer.

Online scams and identity theft (Years 5–10)—scammers are people who may try to steal your money or personal information, they are modern day fraudsters. Find out how to protect yourself.

Lost Summer "Shockwave" (Years 5–8)—The Lost Summer is a role-playing video game, designed to be a highly engaging experience for 11–14 year olds while building digital intelligence skills and encouraging online safety.

Keeping your online accounts secure (Years 7–10)—keeping your online accounts secure and your privacy settings up to date might not be high on your list of priorities but it should be.

Schools Cyber Security Challenges (Years 7–10)—the Schools Cyber Security Challenges are designed to provide high school teachers with resources to support the teaching of cyber security concepts, and to inform students of career opportunities in the field. The Challenges are classroom ready, and aligned with both the Australian Curriculum: Digital Technologies and the ICT Capability.

Scamwatch (Years 5–10)—the different ways that scammers may attempt to gain your personal information and statistics.

Video tools and tips

How to make a good video:

  1. Plan your video—use a storyboard to plan out your video and write a script or some dot points to detail what you want to say and when.
  2. Use a quality camera—if you are using a phone camera, film in landscape mode.
  3. Select a suitable location—ensure there is adequate lighting so that your face can be seen. Make sure there is no background noise (wind, traffic, TV in the background).
  4. Choose a good composition—test your camera angle and frame to ensure you have an eye-level shot of your head and shoulders in the frame.
  5. Speak well—practice your script and use as many takes as you need to get your message across clearly.
  6. Smile—deliver your script with passion and purpose as if you are presenting to an actual person.
  7. Edit for clarity—check to make sure that your video makes sense and the message is clear to the viewer. Avoid distracting transitions.
  8. Test your video—show your video to a parent/teacher or a friend for some honest feedback. Is there anything that you could do to improve it? If you decide to redo part of your video, focus on how much better it will be when you are done.

Video resolution

Please ensure that your video:

  • is at least 16:9 widescreen 480p (or 854 x 480 pixels) resolution
  • has clear audio with no environmental interference.

Film production resources

A non-exclusive list of software and tips has been provided as a starting point for students and teachers to create participant video presentations.

Mac computers and iPads

Apple iMovie

Apple Keynote

Adobe Spark Video for iPads

Microsoft PowerPoint

Windows computers

Microsoft Movie Maker

Microsoft Photo Story 3

Lightworks

Microsoft PowerPoint

Video production

8 Beginner Tips for Making Professional-Looking Videos

Videography Basics: Tips for Beginners

Contemporary Storytelling by Anna Cornell

Documentary Teacher Edition

Learning Filmmaking Vocabulary by Making Films


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Last updated 09 March 2020