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Virtual Heritage Fair

2021 Virtual Heritage Fair

Frequently-Asked Questions

Timeline:

  • December (2020)
    • December 1 – Registration Opens (alongside Teacher Registration)
      • Teachers can register their classes for the Virtual Heritage Fair
        • For 2021, the registration process for teachers is the same as in past years
      • Students can register independently at this time also 
      • Registration can be done by a teacher, parent, or student
    • Once a student or class is registered, submissions are open until beginning of April
  • January/February/March
    • Registrations & submissions collected by Heritage Saskatchewan
    • Viewing Gallery will turn over from 2020 to 2021 once new projects have been submitted
  • April
    • April 5 (First Monday of April) – Deadline for Submissions
    • Projects will be uploaded
    • Judging begins (date TBD and will last for at least four weeks)
  • May
    • Judging concludes (date TBD)
    • Winners announced (date TBD)
  • June
    • Students will receive certificates and prizes

Projects will remain viewable online over the summer and into the fall. Photos will be uploaded to Heritage Saskatchewan's Flickr account after the Virtual Heritage Fair has ended.

Procedure from Student’s Perspective:

  1. Students (or their parents/teachers on their behalf) can register at any time between December and the beginning of April. We encourage registering separately from submitting projects, but both can be done at the same time.
    • Benefits of registering early:
      • Heritage Saskatchewan will be on the lookout for a project from the student (or multiple projects from the teacher's class), so it will be less likely the project will get lost due to technical issues
      • Heritage Saskatchewan can plan for specific judging needs (i.e. language)
      • Heritage Saskatchewan will only extend the project submission deadline for students (or their class) who have already registered
  2. Students who are doing a project as part of their class and whose teacher registered them can do their projects as normal for the Heritage Fairs program. Teachers are responsible for registering their students for the Virtual Fair and for ensuring that their students submit their projects. (If teachers register their classes as a whole, they do not have to individually register them as well. The projects have to be submitted individually.)
  3. Students (or their parent/teacher) submit their projects through the online platform similar to 2020. 
  4. Once projects are received, the work of the students is done. In the future, once in-person Heritage Fairs can resume, this would give students the opportunity to concentrate on their school & Regional Fairs.
  5. At the end of May, the winners of the 2021 Virtual Heritage Fair will be announced online.

Virtual Heritage Fair Categories

Due to the wide variety of projects eligible, Heritage Saskatchewan is dividing the projects into five categories so that projects of a similar type will be judged against each other.

The categories for the 2021 Virtual Heritage Fair are:

  1. Photo Presentation
    • Each project submitted in this category must include at least one (1) photo of a project on a Canadian-related heritage topic. Multiple photos are encouraged.
    • The project must be legible in the photos in order to be judged (illegible projects will only be showcased). By legible, Heritage Saskatchewan means that the judges must be able to read all of the writing on the display: titles, information, graphs, etc.
    • PowerPoint presentations that are primarily visual may be entered into this category.
  2. Written Presentation
    • Each project submitted in this category must include a written report on a Canadian-related heritage topic. The report can be in an essay format, a question & answer format, a report format, a script format, or other similar styles. Reports can include written transcript interviews with one or several people.
    • Photos can still be included as part of the report, but only as a means to enhance the writing. Photos can be submitted of the report itself also, including individual pages.
    • PowerPoint presentations that are primarily textual may be entered into this category.
  3. Mixed Presentation (Non-Video)
    • As the name suggests, this is a varied category. Each project submitted in this category must include a non-video, mixed-format presentation on a Canadian-related heritage topic.
    • Types of Non-Video Mixed Presentations:
      1. PowerPoint and other similar types of presentations
      2. A combination of written material and photos of a project
      3. A combination of an audio presentation and photos of a project
      4. A combination of photos and presentation slides
      5. Student-created websites
      6. A combination of any of the above
      7. A combination of any of the above that includes student-created video clips of under one (1) minute
      8. A combination of any of the above that includes videos not created by the student (i.e. Heritage Minutes, documentaries that inspired the student, news clips, etc.) (without any video produced by the student)
  4. Video Presentation
    • Each project submitted in this category must include a video presentation on a Canadian-related heritage topic. If multiple videos are included, one must be designated the main presentation. (Bilingual projects can include two main presentation videos, one in each language.)
    • Video presentations must be between one (1) and ten (10) minutes long. If the video includes a Q&A section or if it is bilingual, it may be up to fifteen (15) minutes, although students are encouraged to edit these into two videos. Videos can include animation and other effects.
    • Students are encouraged to submit additional materials that are included in Category 3 (written material, photos, PowerPoint, etc.), as these will assist the judges. Students can also submit more videos as additional materials.
    • Videos can be embedded in PowerPoint (and other similar software) presentations, or be part of a student-created website, and still be eligible in this category, rather than Category 3.
  5. Creative Project (New)
    • Each project submitted in this category must consist of at least one (1) piece of writing, artwork, or performance created by the student(s) that is based on a Canadian-related heritage topic. This new category is to highlight creativity and imagination as well as research. Students retain copyright on their work.
    • Students can submit projects to this category without having entered a project in any of the other four categories. Students can also submit something that they created for their presentation in another category (such as a work of art) or in addition to their presentation (such as a poem or short story).
    • If students are entering this category in addition to another category, they are encouraged to enter two separate submissions. The submissions will be judged separately.
    • Examples of writing eligible in this category: poetry, a fictional story, a fictional diary, a song, a video-game, etc. All must be original work by the student(s).
    • Examples of artwork eligible in this category: a graphic novel-style story; a cartoon, a painting, a drawing, a sculpture, a digital re-creation of a location, etc. All must be original work by the student(s).
    • Examples of performance eligible in this category: reciting a poem, reading a story, singing a song, performing a dance, dramatizing historical events, creating animation, etc. All performances must be of original work by the student(s). In partnerships or groups, it is not necessary that the writer of the piece and the performer be the same student, but they both need to be part of the project. Maximum video length is ten (10) minutes.
    • Not eligible in this category:
      1. A student including poetry, music, art, etc. that they did not create themselves in their presentation. Inclusion of these in other categories is fine as long as the creator is acknowledged.
      2. A student demonstrating a skill, dance, etc. as part of their presentation. (i.e. a student performing Ukrainian dance as part of their project on Ukrainian dance)

All submitted projects must include a still photo of either a) the project, which could also be a title page or a screenshot; or b) the student with some aspect of their project, such as holding their essay.

Students are strongly encouraged to submit written work as well as a video and/or presentation. Written work in addition to a video will make judging easier and mitigate technical difficulties.

 

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