TAGT 2015 Annual Conference Video Contest

The Texas Association for Gifted & Talented (TAGT) is once again sponsoring a student video contest, Raise Your Voice, in support of the 2015 TAGT Annual Conference theme, Leading Conversations. TAGT seeks to showcase the voice of gifted students across the state, as well as encourage creativity and collaboration. The overall goal is to explore what it means for a student(s) to Raise Their Voice about something they are passionate about from the student perspective.

Each video submission should explore how gifted and talented students can stimulate change by leading conversations at home, at school or in broader communities. We hope to identify the best things happening in those areas that allow students to achieve their full potential and completely express their gifts, talents and passions!

Two winning entries will be awarded a $500 prize to be used by the school’s campus to support the gifted program and will be shown during a General Session at the 2015 TAGT Annual Conference in front of 2,000 attendees. Select entries will be shown in the exhibit hall at the 2015 TAGT Annual Conference and will be used in various ways to showcase student perspectives.

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So, are you ready to gather a group of gifted students on your campus and channel their inner Steven Spielberg? To get started, please review the following contest guidelines:

  1. Complete the following form: The submission deadline has passed. 
  2. All entries must be submitted on behalf of the G/T identified student collaborators by a qualified sponsor. A qualified sponsor can be a G/T teacher, coordinator, counselor, or parent of a G/T student.
  3. A limit of one entry per campus or home school group will be accepted. This is to encourage collaboration across grade levels or within a classroom.
  4. Each complete entry should consist of the following elements:
    1. Video (not to exceed 3 minutes)
    2. Complete Web Entry Form (with qualified sponsor)
    3. Student Release Form (one for each person who appears in the video)
  5. Each VIDEO submitted:
    1. Should address the key themes: How are you/can you be a catalyst for change; how are you an active participant in the exchange of ideas; how did you/would you start a conversation in area of your interest using 21st century skills; how did you/would you lead others to action.
    2. Is limited to 3 minutes, including credits.
    3. Must be viewable, clearly heard and uploaded to YouTube in a .mov or .m4v file format.
    4. May not include anything inappropriate or the video will be disqualified. (Examples include: obscenities, nudity, vulgarity, violence, etc.)
  6. To be considered, complete entries must be submitted by midnight on November 11, 2015.
  7. Video entries will be judged using the rubric by a committee of TAGT members.
  8. Two overall winners will be selected – one elementary school (K-5) entry and one secondary school (6-12) entry.
  9. Copyrights must be honored. The use of copyrighted materials (such as popular music, brand names, and images) is NOT PERMITTED. There is a variety of copyright-free music, visuals and other material resources that you may use. Search the internet or talk to your media teacher at school for ideas!
  10. All entries become the property of the Texas Association of Gifted & Talented and may be used in a variety of large media/Internet projects by TAGT.
If you have any further questions, please contact Rose Grandon, TAGT Marketing and Communications Manager, at rgrandon@txgifted.org or 512.499.8248.

2014 TAGT Annual Conference; Gifted 24/7 Student Video Contest Winners


Elementary School Category Winner: St. Laurence Catholic School 


Secondary School Category Winner: Montgomery High School

The goal of the Gifted 24/7 video contest was to showcase the voice of gifted students across the state, as well as encourage creativity and collaboration. TAGT wanted to see what it means to be Gifted 24-7 from a student perspective. Each video submission explored how being a gifted and talented student impacts school, home, friends, and day-to-day life. With over 10 entries it was wonderful to identify the best things happening in those areas that allow students to achieve their full potential and completely express their gifts and talents!