Welcome to the National History Day - Virginia District 3 Contest

Important Dates & Times

Welcome to Registration for the Virginia District 3 National History Day Contest!

 

REVISED March 17, 2020

Registration Deadline is Monday, March 30, 2020.

Students participating from Alleghany, Botetourt, Covington, Craig, Danville, Floyd, Franklin, Henry, Martinsville, Montgomery, Patrick, Pittsylvania, Pulaski, Radford, Roanoke City, Roanoke, Salem can advance from their schools to the District 3 contest.

By registering, students are stating their intent to participate in the virtual contest.

Please note that documentaries, papers, recordings of performances, photos of exhibitions, and websites are all due by Friday, April 3, 2020.  See below for specific instructions on how to submit:

Virginia History Day Virtual Project Submission Guidelines


Due to the closure of several sites that are currently scheduled to hold Virginia History Daydistrict contests, we would like to share the following guidelines to virtually submit student projects for each category in the event of a contest cancellation. Please know that the Virginia Museum of History & Culture is working closely with district partners and host sites, and we will work to share any updates as soon as they are available.

Group Projects:

  • Only one student in each group needs to upload the appropriate material.

Papers and Websites:

  • Since Papers and Websites are already submitted virtually, the procedure for submitting these projects will remain the same.

Documentaries:

  • Documentaries should be uploaded to one of two online platforms. The preference is YouTube. If students are younger than 14, parents, teachers, or guardians can create a YouTube account for them.
  • Save the documentary as an .MP4 video file.
  • Go to YouTube.com and sign in with a Google or Gmail account (these can be created for free)
  • Click the “Create a Video or Post” button in the top right menu. Then click “Upload Video.”
  • The title of the video should be the same as the complete project’s title. The description of the video should be the student’s division, category, and student name/s. DO NOT put a school, teacher, or city.
  • Select the “No, it’s not made for kids” option.
  • The video’s access should be set to “Unlisted,” meaning the video is unsearchable and can only be viewed by those who have the URL. The video SHOULD NOT be listed as private, as it will be unviewable unless given special permission.
  • If students cannot upload to YouTube, they may upload their documentary to a Google Drive folder. They must ensure that the folder’s privacy is set to “Anyone with the link may view.”
  • Once the video has been uploaded, check to ensure it plays correctly. If it does not, attempt to fix the problem and try again.
  • Once the video has been uploaded to one of these two options, students will then share the appropriate URL on their profile via the ZFair registration site that they originally used to register for the contest. The URL should be entered into the “Entry Video URL” box, which appears on the right-hand side of the “Basic Info” screen of each student’s profile.
  • Process papers and annotated bibliographies should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the same “Basic Info” screen. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  • Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Performances:

  • Performances should be filmed and uploaded online. Follow the same steps as Documentary uploads above.
  • Performances should be filmed in ONE TAKE and there should be NO evidence of video editing. Additionally, performances should be filmed from the same perspective that judges would have if present in the room, i.e., the camera should be aimed straight on from a sitting/standing position in the first “row” of theoretical audience seats (no panning/zooming)
  • Teachers/parents/guardians may assist students with filming and uploading their performances.
  • Students should check their recording for sound and video clarity. While the quality of the video will not be judged, judges do need to be able to clearly hear and see the performance.
  • Students must upload a copy of their scripts. Scripts will not be judged on spelling, style, etc., but will be used to form a general idea of the performance in case of technical difficultly.
  • Students may want to add blocking notes to their scripts, indicating movement and costume/prop usages. This will help judges envision what the performance would be like in person. But again, students will not penalized if they do not include this.
  • Process papers, annotated bibliographies, and scripts should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and uploaded with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the same “Basic Info” screen. Please make sure all material (process paper, annotated bibliography, and script) is uploaded as one PDF. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  • Remember to click Save before exiting!!

Exhibits:

  • Students should take photos of their exhibit and place them in the PowerPoint/Google Slide template (click here for it: Virginia History Day Virtual Contest Exhibit Template.pptx
  • The template details how many photos are allowed for each part of the board and the order in which to organize them as follows: title slide, 1 image of the overall exhibit, 2 images for the left panel, 2 images for the center panel, 2 images for the right panel, 2 close up images, and 2 images of tabletop items OR multimedia, if needed (11 total).
    • The title slide must include the entry’s title, student(s) name, division category,and project dimensions in inches (width x depth x height),
    • The last slide for tabletop items can be used to show multimedia components of a student’s project. Please include either media clips or links to songs/videos/etc. Please be sure to test any links before attaching.
  • The photo PowerPoint should be converted/downloaded as a PDF. The title of the PDF should be your first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  • Students must also include the text of their exhibit board, including student composed words, quotes, and factual credits.
    • Students should label this document by panel/location (ex. right panel, center panel, left panel). This is to help judges when viewing images of the board in case photos are blurry/can’t be zoomed in.
  • As the ZFair system only allows one document file to be uploaded, the process paper, annotated bibliography, and exhibit board text should be combined into a single document, downloaded as a PDF, and combined with your photo PDF. Free apps to combine PDFs include “Small PDF” and “I Love PDF.”
  • This one file should be uploaded into the ZFair system with the “Entry’s Paper” option on the “Basic Info” screen of the student’s profile. The title of the PDF should be the student’s first and last name (Ex. JohnSmith.pdf).
  • If students cannot merge their photo PDF with their process paper, bibliography and exhibit board text, then the process paper, bibliography, and exhibit board text should be copy and pasted onto the end of the photo PowerPoint. This one document should then be downloaded as a PDF and uploaded as above.
  • Remember to click Save before exiting!!

We will test all video links and PDFs and will contact you if there is a problem with the files.

If you have any questions, please reach out to sflorer@virginiahistory.org or contact Dr. Ann Mary Roberts or Dr. Kristan Morrison
Radford University, Radford, VA 24142
Phone:  (540) 831-7119 or (540) 831-7120
E-mail: aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu

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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit the Virginia History Day website to learn more about the program. 

 

If you have questions, please ask your teacher, or District 3 coordinators Dr. Ann  Mary Roberts aroberts@radford.edu, Dr. Kristan Morrison kmorrison12@radford.edu

 

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Thanks for participating in Virginia History Day! Please visit our website to learn more about the program. 

 

If you have questions, please contact District 3 coordinators Dr. Ann Mary Roberts and Dr. Kristan Morrison at aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu.

 

 

 

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Judge Information

I’ve never judged History Day before.  Is that okay?

Absolutely!  We welcome veteran judges as well as new judges.  Every Contest begins with a training session run by the Virginia Historical Society. Judging teams will consist of a mix of veteran and first-time judges.

What qualifications are needed to be a History Day judge?

No qualifications are required to judge a History Day event. However, judges should possess an interest in history and be comfortable interacting with students.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye, making decisions and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

At both the District and State level, a judging session typically requires a minimum of 6 hours. This includes an orientation followed by examination of student work, interviews with students, and determination of top entries. Judges who review Historical Paper and Website entries have a slightly different schedule with a similar time commitment. As a judge, we’ll invite you to participate or view a few webinars prior to the competition, but they aren’t required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate the students’ entries and provide both the positive and the constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judges begin the day with an orientation where they review the day’s timeline, learn how to use the National History Day scoring sheets, discuss consensus judging, and meet their fellow judges and judge captains.  There will be time for questions and answers.  Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of veteran and novice judges. Judges evaluate the student entries in 10 to 15 minute intervals, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the score sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony.

What kinds of questions should I ask the students?

Questions asked during the judging process should give students the opportunity to talk about what they learned while creating their project.  The Contest is the students' day to shine! The judge should never talk more than the student or make them feel as though they have not done enough research.  Questions about their research process, sources used, inspirations for the topic, and what they liked about the project are all appropriate questions.

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Register" button above and select "Judge." Register as a user and then fill out the short questionnaire. We will do our best to accommodate your preferences. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process.

Have more questions? Contact Dr. Ann Mary Roberts or Dr. Kristan Morrison
Radford University, Radford, VA 24142
Phone:  (540) 831-7119 or (540) 831-7120
E-mail: aroberts@radford.edu and kmorrison12@radford.edu


 

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