Students, show us your 2013 for a chance to win a tablet

NewsHour Extra, the NewsHour's educational resource site, has partnered with Google and Meograph to offer students the opportunity to create their own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on their lives. The winning entry will receive a Nexus 7 tablet.


What world events affected you this year? NewsHour Extra has partnered with Google and Meograph to ask students to create a video that encapsulates the year for a chance to win a Nexus 7 tablet. Photos by Getty

From the typhoon in the Philippines to Edward Snowden's revelations about the NSA, the events of 2013 have made an indelible mark on the world.

To look back at the triumphs, tragedies and trends, Google creates an annual Zeitgeist, a summary of the biggest events of the year as seen through the site's search engine results. The result is a joyous, inspiring and sometimes tragic diary of what we've accomplished and endured over the last twelve months.

This year, NewsHour Extra, the NewsHour's educational resource site, has partnered with Google and Meograph to offer students the opportunity to create their own Zeitgeist by compiling the events that have made the biggest impact on their lives.

Watch Google's 2012 Zeitgeist.

"Zeitgeist," a German word meaning the "spirit of the times," refers to the events, people and works that encapsulate and define the greater mood of an era. What were the world events this year that affected you and your community?

Students should use the Meograph creator on the NewsHour Extra site to submit a story of what 2013 looked like to them. The students can use clips of news events, voiceovers, maps and photos. If you're a teacher or interested parent, use our education resources to make this activity part of your classroom over the next week.

The best student story will win a Nexus 7 tablet, courtesy of Google, and will be featured on YouTube's education channel and Google's Google+ page. Submissions will be judged on newsworthyness, creativity and execution. The entries will be judged by participants from NewsHour Extra, Google and Meograph.

All submissions must be received by midnight Dec. 14 to be eligible. Teachers must email entries to Katie Gould, NewsHour's teacher resource producer, at kgould@newshour.org.

For more information on the Zeitgeist, how to use Meograph or details about the competition, use this NewsHour Extra guide.

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