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Tools and tips

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

To help Queenslanders prepare for their digital future, 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.

coding@homeTV

View the EDTV coding@homeTV segment via the department’s YouTube channel, as an introduction to coding@homeTV. This suite of videos will show you how to create an entry for the 2022 Premier’s Coding Challenge. Although the theme explained is cybersecurity, the process of planning a digital solution for a specific audience, writing an algorithm, turning the algorithm into visual block code using Scratch or text-based code using Python, all the way through to supporting you to self-evaluate your prototype and film a video explanation of your design, coding@homeTV is an ideal resource for using in class or at home. You can even see how the process is used in the real-world with examples and career tips from coding industry experts and education professionals.

Digital futures websites

Access information on aspects of digital futures at the links below.

Top 10 emerging jobs for the future (2020–​2030) (YouTube, Codeforskills)—suitable for Years 7–10

What is the future of work? (YouTube, jobactive)—suitable for Years 5–10

5 futuristic technologies that will exist by 2030​ (YouTube, Zip HD)—suitable for Years 5–10

Imagine the future world –​​ educational video for kids​ (YouTube, English Singsing)— suitable for Years 3–4

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.​

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

eSafety Young People (Years 7–10)—provides resources relating to cyberbullying, digital reputation, gaming, mental health, online abuse and time online.

eSafety kids (Years 3–6)—includes resources on online gaming, things to be aware of when using the internet and being safe online.

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 20 June 2022