Alabama Gifted Children


2017 AAGC Gifted Student Video Contest

Purpose:  To promote the importance of gifted education and the need for funding in Alabama so that ALL gifted students
receive direct gifted services in their school districts.


  1. Students must create a video that is 2 minutes or less that promotes the AAGC Conference theme of "Listening to
    the Voices of Gifted
  2.  Within the video, students must explain in their own words "What does being gifted mean?  Why is gifted education
    important? How has it made a difference in the student's life?"
  3. Only ONE entry per category per school. Therefore, the teacher must hold an In-House School Contest to determine
    each entry per category, such as Individual ONLY 3rd grade, Individual ONLY 4th grade, Individual Only 5th grade, Individual
    6th-8th grades, Individual 9th-12th grades, Whole Class 3rd-5th grades, Whole Class 6th-8th grades, Whole Class 9th - 12
    grades. Therefore, if you have ten students who want to submit a video for the Individual 3rd Grade bracket, you will need
    to hold an In-house School Contest to select only ONE entry of ONE individual student for that bracket.  Also, the Whole
    Class bracket will include the video of the whole class and not small groups.
  4. All videos must be uploaded to YouTube and links included on the application forms.
  5. Categories:  Individual Only or Whole Class Only (NO small groups).
  6. Individual Only brackets:  3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th-8th grades, 9th-12th grades.
  7. Whole Class Only brackets:  3rd-5th grades, 6th-8th grades, 9th-12th grades.
  8. Contest is open to all gifted students grades 3 through 12.
  9. Students must be in the state of Alabama.
  10. Gifted teacher must be a member of AAGC.
  11. All winners will have their products posted on the AAGAC website.
  12. By submitting your video for consideration in the Contest, you grant AAGC a royalty-free and irrevocable right to
    reproduce, publish, display, broadcast, stream or otherwise use your product in whole or part, in any media including the
  13. There are no fees associated with the contest.
  14. The deadline for the completed student video application with the link to the video and scanned copies of the
    consent forms is by 11:59PM on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. Send to Awards/Contests Chairperson Debbie Dumais at with “AAGC Individual Video” or “AAGC Whole Class Video” in the subject line of the email.
  15. The winning recipients will be recognized with prizes presented at the 2017 AAGC Conference in October, 2017.
Please help the students to keep the following guiding questions in mind when the student or whole class are
preparing their video:
  1. In general, what captures your interest in a video?
  2. How will you decide what content/elements are included/excluded in the video?
  3. How will you know when you have a complete contest product?
  4. Who will give you feedback on your progress in completing your video?
  5. What creative aspects will you select to include?
  6. Are there "big ideas" or "concepts" in your video that a viewer can discern?
  7. How is your personality/creativity shown in the video?
  8. If you should win this contest, how do you plan to share your video with other gifted students/adults in Alabama?
    The world?
  9. What is the most interesting thing you learned in competing in the contest?
  10. What advice would you give to anyone who competes in this project next year?

As part of your assignment, turn in the following questions to your teacher:

What did you learn about yourself as a learner by creating this project?

What is something new that you learned how to do while completing this project?

Rubric for Reflection Questions
(to be completed by your teacher)


·         Insightful reflection on the learning of the content through product development is expressed.

·         Insightful reflection on what the student learned about self as a learner is expressed.

Video Format:

  1. The format should be in the form of a video and uploaded to the Internet via YouTube only. Photo videos may be
    made using sites such as but must be uploaded to YouTube.
  2. Be sure to have someone test your video from another computer before submitting your URL for your video.
    You must make the video not private so it can be seen.
  3. All videos will be judged using the AAGC Video Rubric.
  4.  Only videos submitted from a gifted teacher will be accepted. (If a student is homeschooled, and the parent
    is a member of AAGC, they may submit for their child.)

Categories: Individual Only or Whole Class Only

Individual only brackets: 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th – 8th grades, 9th-12th grades

Whole class only brackets: 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades, 9th – 12th grades

Prizes: Teacher (for whole class prizes) Winning whole class will receive a prize.
Students (individual ONLY) Winning individual students will receive a prize.
One overall grand prizewinner will be awarded.

Judging and Selection of Winners:

  1. An impartial panel of judges will review all video applications. The winning videos will be selected by judges
    appointed for the purpose and by the AAGC using the “AAGC Video rubric”. The judges are experts in the field
    of writing, videography, and drama/theater and are NOT AAGC members. Their decisions are final. No further
    correspondence shall be necessary. The Awards/Contests Chairperson’s students are exempt from the contest
     due to the conflict of interest.
  2. The winning video contests will be recognized at the 2017 AAGC Conference in October, 2017.
   Download the video contest application: AAGC Video Contest Registration Form

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