Video Challenge: Tips, tricks and reminders!

Article by Justine BohnEducation Program CoordinatorCanadian Geographic Education

The Video Challenge is a fun and engaging way for students to get creative with technology while creating a public service announcement about ways to save energy. This can be an exciting challenge for your students, so we have come up with some tips, tricks and reminders to help your class get started.

Tips and tricks: 

There are many different free video-making tools, so we are going to share a couple of our favourites. All of the video-making tools that we are suggesting will make it easy for your class to stay within the guidelines of the challenge!

If your students are using a computer to edit their videos, here are some great resources to explore:

  • Powtoon is a free online video-making website. You can sign in using Chrome to make it easy. They have pre-made templates to help your students get started. The software is a little more advanced but fun to use.
  • Kapwing is free and there is no sign up required, just click “Start Editing.” It includes easy drag-and-drop features and is overall easy to use for beginners.
  • WeVideo requires you to sign up, but you can sign up using Chrome to start your 30-day free trial. WeVideo has templates to get your students started, as well as drag-and-drop features. WeVideo offers different saving options: standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD), but make sure to save the video as a small file size.
  • Animaker, unlike the others, is an animation creator. If your students are looking to fully animate their video instead of filming videos, this is a great tool to use. This is a collaborative tool that you can share with the class, so everyone can work on it. It is fun and creative, and there are templates available, or you can choose to create your own. Although it is a little more complex, there are tutorials throughout the whole process, making it as easy as could be. Animaker is available in French, along with seven other languages. 

If your class is interested in filming and creating your video with a tablet or a similar mobile device, we have some suggestions for that as well. 

  • If you have an Apple device such as an iPad, iMovie is a great choice. You can import or create videos using the application. It is easy to use, and you can save in small, medium or high definition (HD). Although it is easy to use, this is an application where it would be helpful to have some background knowledge in making videos.
  • The next application is FilmoraGo, which can be used on Apple or Google devices. This application lets you import or create videos through the application. It is very kid-friendly, with colourful icons, making it easy for your students to take control. You can insert text, stickers, filters, effects and more to make your video unique and exciting. This application is available on Windows and Macbooks as well. 


When creating your video there are some challenge guidelines to keep in mind:

  • Everything should be done by members of your classroom. As a group, students can create a script, film and edit the video. Everyone should be encouraged to participate in a way they can enjoy!
  • Decide as a group which video category you want to submit your video to. Remember, you can only upload one video. The categories to choose from are: Most Student Driven, Best Everyday Energy Savings Tip, or Best Call to Action,
  • All the content in your video should be your students’ own. Your video should not include copyrighted pictures or music! Make sure that all of the content in your video is your own and/or free to the public (i.e., public domain or free to use with attribution).
  • Your video must be no longer than one minute, no larger than 70 MB and be in one of the following formats: .m4v, .avi, .mov or mp4.
  • Visit the Rules and Regulations page for more information on the Video Challenge. 

Sometimes, knowing where to start is the hardest part. These different video-making tools will help you get started. Make sure to go to the Video Challenge page for more resources.

We look forward to seeing your videos!