The NZTA_Remix Competition - Safer Journeys for Teens
- Winners Announced!
- About the Competition
- Remixable Resources
- Creative Inspiration & Tools
Competition winners announced!
NZTA is delighted to announce the winners of the NZTA_Remix Competition for secondary students.
Rural New Zealand
What is the NZTA_Remix Competition?
The NZTA ran a competition for Year 9 - 13 secondary students with a theme of ‘Safer Journeys for Teens'.
- Download Printable poster for the NZTA_Remix Competition (PDF, 624.5 KB)
- Download Enter the Mix & Mash Competition competition (PDF, 194.4 KB)
The competition was in two parts:
- To create an infographic, mashup, creative remix, or a literature remix (based on the works of Shakespeare) using content and data from NZTA websites and publications. See descriptions below.
- The second part was to present this or engage with students at your school using the entry you have made, and provide evidence of how this was done.
The NZTA_Remix competition is for students in Years 9 - 13 in the following competitions:
- Auckland schools (schools in the Auckland Council area)
- Rural schools (schools defined by the Ministry of Education as being rural)
- All New Zealand schools with year 9 - 13 students (including schools with other year levels)
This gave schools a choice of which competition to enter. However, each entry was entered into only one of these three competitions. Schools were able to enter more than once, using any of the formats i.e. using either Creative Remix, Literary Remix or Mashup.
Descriptions of entry types for the 2012 competition
Entries in the NZTA_Remix competition are creative presentations or content that students make and then use to promote road safety themes in the school community. All entries must include at least one NZTA resource.
Students create a new piece of media by editing (remixing) existing images, video, music or animations which they have permission to reuse and publish. They can add original content too. The entry tells a story about road safety aimed at their generation. Example: remake of the Legend ‘ghost chips’ TV ad by St Thomas Aquinas School. Also read Helen Baxter's creative remix student scenario.
An infographic is a static image that combines text and graphics, based on students sourcing road safety information. Think of it as a visual essay. The end product could be displayed as a poster or web page. Examples: Visual.ly, and read through the NZTA infographic scenario.
Data mashups combine information sources and display the result in a dynamic way online. These may include graphs, and be interactive with ‘clickable’ components. Example: the 2011 Mix and Mash competition winner. Check out a scenario for a student data mashup entry.
This challenges young wordsmiths to take inspiration – and words – from the works of Shakespeare to create a story about road safety and present it. They may mix up characters, settings and dialogue to create concise verse or a mini-play. New dialogue in Shakespearean English is a possibility. Example: Shakespeare Remix on Twitter and the Hip Hop Shakespeare Company. See an example literary scenario for students.
View a Mindmap of the Remix competition which outlines everything you need to know to get started
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If you are tweeting about the competition, use the Twitter hashtag: #nzta_remix
Follow NZTA on Twitter: twitter.com/nztaeducation
- Creative remix - using images / video / music / animation
- Data mashup - an infographic or dynamic data mashup made from NZTA data
- Literary remix - based on the works of Shakespeare
The entries were from groups of four to six students, to be entered by a teacher from the school, and signed off by the Principal of the school. Each entry needed to include at least one piece of content or data from a NZTA website or publication, and evidence of the steps taken to use the material within the school for promoting safe travel for teens.
When creating entries, students were to keep in mind the subject matter and the intended audience, which is other students in your school and members of your local community. Video remixes or animations should be between 30 seconds to 3 minutes.
There were three sets of prizes to be won, one each for Auckland, rural, and all schools:
- $10,000 of vouchers of the school’s choice
- $2000 towards the supervising teacher and some students presenting at the International Conference on Thinking 2013 in Wellington.
- $500 vouchers for 5 students
Each school can enter as many times as they choose with different entries. Schools are encouraged to submit entries in all three creative categories.
What did the judges look for?
The judges scored each entry against the following criteria.
- 20% - how clearly does the entry communicate the message of “safer journeys for teens’
- 15% - how well does the entry encourage viewers to make the responsible choice or planning safer journeys, and inspire other students in their school to make the same responsible choice?
- 15% - creativity and originality and humour in delivering the message, use of original ideas, illustrations and style
- 50% - how has the entry been used within the students school for promoting the message of safe journeys for teens, and what positive outcomes have there been.
Terms and Conditions
Road Safety is a shared responsibility, a responsibility that belongs to the whole community, not just the people using the road at a given moment or road safety professionals.
We want to encourage students to promote positive travel safety messages within their school and local community rather than disaster scenarios.
You need to read and confirm you understand the full NZTA_Remix Competition Terms and Conditions before submitting your entry.
- All entries must have at least one creative, content or data asset taken from official NZTA resources, such as images, video, audio, and data published at various NZTA sites and channels. Entries that do not include at least one NZTA authorised asset will not qualify.
- The competition entry requires the entrants to document or film their presentation and use of the remixed material in their school, and describe the actions taken and outcomes when they do this.
- All entries must be on the theme of Safer journeys for teens, or in the case of schools in Auckland - Safer motorway journeys for teens.
- School may only choose to place each entry in one competition out of the following three competitions, being “Auckland Schools”, “Rural School” or “all NZ schools”.
Students who enter must be on the roll of the school who submits the entry and must be in years 9 -13. The competition is not open to students who are schooled at home.
- All content other than NZTA assets must be produced by the students themselves (by creating original audio, video or images) or by using remixable assets that are in the public domain, openly licensed or with written permission of the originator.
Be careful of logos in your videos such as on clothing, food or drink containers as these may fall under copyright restrictions. You must have permission and/or license to use any copyrighted content or datasets that are not provided by NTZA, and your use must be within the scope of the licensing or permission.
The source of all content must be clearly documented on the entry form and you will be required to list the source of all content and data you use. If you are not sure whether you have permission to use specific content or data, we encourage you to contact the data or content owner and clarify the position with them. You can use the data request feature on data.govt.nz if necessary.
- You can submit multiple entries using a separate entry form for each and we encourage schools to to submit entries in all three creative categories. However all entries will go towards the one prize (for each school type).
- Entries must be from student groups of four to six students. Entries must be entered by a teacher from the school and signed off by the Principal of the school, who will verify that the use of the entry within the school reflects the spirit of the competition. We want to encourage positive safety messages and avoid disaster scenarios.
The organisers reserve the right to verify the validity of entries and reserve the right to disqualify any entry not in accordance with these conditions of entry.
The organisers reserve the right to refuse entries that:
- show disaster scenarios or catastrophe outcomes.
- are or pose a risk of being defamatory or in breach of third party intellectual property rights ( teachers and students please be aware of background music while filming and Logos on t-shirts/ jingles and items such as branded food or stationary etc used in the filming of their animation or scenery).
- contain material that is confidential, commercially sensitive, invasive of personal privacy or which may cause personal distress or loss.
- contain language or imagery that is offensive, obscene or hurtful within the context it is presented and/or are contrary to any law.
- Unless expressly permitted by the competition organisers you must not edit, update or change your submitted entry until the official announcement of winners has been made.
- Prizes: Prizes are not transferable and cannot be redeemed for cash.
- Competition organisers may use photos of the winning students/teachers.They may also publish information about winners’ entries, and may make a request to hold interviews with winners. Accordingly, competition entries are submitted on the basis that the students/teachers submitting the entry consent to use of photos of themselves and information about their entry. The winning school teams will also be announced on Twitter and their entries will be placed on www.education.nzta.govt.nz.
- Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
- If for any reason this competition is not capable of running as planned, including but not limited to any causes beyond the control of NZTA which corrupts or affects the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the competition, NZTA reserves the right in its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the competition.
- NZTA will not be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including but not limited to direct, indirect or consequential loss) or personal injury suffered or sustained with either participation in this competition or in connection with the prizes offered.
Paul Brislen stepped into the role of chief executive of the Telecommunications Users’ Association of NZ in early 2011. Since then he’s battled mobile termination rates, the threat of a 10-year regulatory holiday under UFB, international mobile roaming rates and copyright legislation whilst keeping a watching brief on the UFB and RBI rollout, spectrum auctions, content debates and TUANZ’s ultimate aim – a faster, smarter, more connected New Zealand.
A journalist by trade, past roles include writing for Unlimited Magazine, Idealog and Top Gear NZ among others as well as editing Computerworld New Zealand. After leaving journalism, Paul joined Vodafone New Zealand as external communications manager, before becoming head of corporate communications. Brislen is regularly called on to comment on tech issues on both radio and TV.
Fiona Rigby was the project manager for the recent Mix and Mash competition and is also the Content Manager for DigitalNZ, a National Library initiative that aims to make New Zealand's digital content easier to find, share and use.
She has a background in project management and has also worked on the development of the NZ Parliamentary Library's award-winning 'Infocus' and set up EPIC (Electronic Purchasing in Collaboration), a consortium that licenses packages of electronic resources to be used in NZ libraries.
Esther Casey is a Development Specialist at National Library of New Zealand.
Jane is a Regional Project Manager for Creative Commons in the Asia Pacific, and the Community Manager at DigitalNZ. Her background is in performing arts, literature and publishing.
Anne Coster is Deputy Principal of Wellington Girls College, has been a Senior Adviser in professional leadership and schooling for the Ministry of Education, and e-learning facilitator for the Wellington Loop Project.
Convener of judges
Helen Baxter runs Mohawk Media, a Wellington based creative agency. She sits on the advisory boards of Creative Commons Aotearoa, DigitalNZ, and judges the annual Yahoo! NZ Digital Strategy Awards. Helen also writes The MsBehaviour Files at the Big Idea, and reports on digital tools, life, science and zeitgeist on the g33k show.
There are many resources available at the NZTA education website and other related sites for remix. Topics include applying a whole school approach, safe school travel plans, being Bike Wise, making safe choices when travelling to and from school by bus, choosing a safer car, supporting learner drivers, the NZ roadcode for drivers and cyclists, and being a safe teen driver.
For further guidance, read Helen Baxter's weekly column:
You can also visit the following sites:
Latest content: a set of brief video shots of motorways, great for Auckland students making creative remixes about safe motorway travel.
- NZTA advertising campaigns. Find posters and videos.
- Info Sheets. These printable posters have safety tips for walking, riding, rail and being a passenger.
You can find the following statistical information and more for creating data mashups and infographics at:
- Ministry of Transport Research
- State Highway Traffic Volumes 1975 - 2010
- Used Car Safety Ratings
- Road Safety Survey Series
- NZ Government Datasets
Other New Zealand Content
Students are not limited to remixing NZTA content and data only. They are also welcome to use other content and data so long as it is appropriately licensed or permission is granted by the copyright owner.
There is lots of amazing, remixable content on DigitalNZ:
A quick search for "car" images which can be modified yields over 2,000 results!
Watch a Prezi presentation created by the National Library for NZTA:
The National Library has a gallery of content focussing on New Zealand Roads and Road Safety through history:
Creative Commons Resources
Creative Commons provides a range of copyright licences, freely available to the public, which allow those creating intellectual property – including authors, artists, educators and scientists – to mark their work with the freedoms they want it to carry. Creative Commons allows content creators to give explicit permission for use and reuse of their work.
There are a number of sites that allow you to search Creative Commons licensed content. Here are a few you can use to look for CC images, video and music.
- Flickr - http://www.flickr.com/creativecommons
- Google images - http://images.google.com/advanced_image_search
- YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/editor (select the CC tab)
- FedFlix - http://www.archive.org/details/FedFlix
Creative Inspiration & Tools
You don’t need to have access to expensive software to remix digital media. Here are some free online tools that you can use for mixing up images, video, audio or to create your own animations.
Get more ideas on what tools to use, from Helen Baxter's regular column:
Free remix tools
- Visual.ly - http://visual.ly
There is also an excellent list of free and open software in use at Albany High School:
How to Guides
Free to Mix: An educator's guide to reusing digital content:
Beginner's guide to data mashups:
Have a look at some good examples of creative remixes, data mashups and infographics for creative inspiration.
- Stop A Mate From Biking Without A Helmet - Legend
- Mix and Mash - Supreme Creative Remix 2011
- Remixing Shakespeare
- The anatomy of an infographic
- Traffic Jam infographic
- Infographic of vehicles involved in fatal crashes
- Smart Transport
FAQs from the 2012 competition
Can any school enter the competition?
Yes, all schools (including schools in Auckland) with Years 9 - 13 students are able to enter the NZ school competition. There is three separate prize pools for Auckland schools, Rural schools and all New Zealand schools with Year 9 - 13 students. Auckland schools with year 9 -13 students entering the Auckland competition will need to focus on a theme of Safe Motorway Travel.
Where can I find content to remix, and what tools can I use?
There is a list of remixable resources, as well as free tools, guides and creative inspiration at this website.
Who is judging the competition?
The NZTA Remix Competition judges are Paul Brislen (TUANZ), Esther Casey ( National Library Services for Schools) Fiona Rigby (Digital NZ/Mix and Mash), Jane Hornibrook (Creative Commons Aoteaora) and Anne Coster (Wellington Girls College). The judging panel will be convened by Helen Baxter (Mohawk Media).
When do competition entries open and close?
The competition entries closed at 9 pm on October 31st 2012.
How can schools enter?
Schools will be able to enter through an online form and rural schools can enter via a postal form. These forms will be available by August 2012 and the entries must be entered by a teacher from the school and signed off by the Principal of the school.
Each entry must include at least one piece of content or data from a NZTA website or publication, and evidence of the steps taken to use the material within the school for promoting safe travel for teens.
How many students need to be in a group?
A group should contain four to six students for entry.
Will there be any further opportunities for the winners?
Yes. The supervising teacher and some students from the winning team will be given $2,000 towards presenting at the International Conference on Thinking 2013 in Wellington. Entries may also be used to contribute in some way to the United Nation’ Decade of Road Safety programme.
What is a remix?
A remix is a new creative work created out of more than one existing creative asset. Creative assets can be words, data, images, sounds, music, video or animation mixed together to make a new piece of work.
What is an data mashup / infographic?
A data mashup is the use of more than one data set to create a new way of seeing data, which may be presented online, as a mobile application or as an infographic which is a graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge.
Can the Shakespeare literary remix be created for use in the Sheila Winn competition as well?
Yes, we encourage student groups to create Shakespeare literary remix based around the theme of Safer journeys for teens to enter into both competitions.
Who owns the copyright of entries?
Copyright remains the property of the school that enters.
How can I contact the organisers?
If you would like to contact the NZTA's education team with any further questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org