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National History Day in North Dakota

 State Contest

 Judging May 3-6, 2021

The National History Day in North Dakota state contest will be held virtually the first week of May. Student registrations and projects are due Friday, April 16 and Winners will be announced Friday, May 7.

Be sure to download the 2021 rulebook NHDRuleBook2021.pdf which includes rule changes in several catagories. 

Please contact the State History Day Coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at dlstuckle@nd.gov with any questions. 

 

 

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*Users will need to accept emails from zfairs.com in order to receive the system’s automatic and/or admin-generated email messages. If students or teachers are using school email addresses, they may need to check with their IT departments to make sure they can receive outside messages. They may also request that emails coming from the NHD registration system be approved to be received, or “white listed.” If you have questions on this, please contact your contest coordinator.

 

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National History Day in North Dakota State Contest

 

 

Congratulations on advancing to a Virtual National History Day in North Dakota contest. Please read this information carefully to register for the contest. Before you register, your teacher must create their account first.


To register for the National History Day in North Dakota contest, under the "Create Account" heading, enter your name and email address and click “Create Account.”  Follow the instructions to upload your project and complete your registration. 


DEADLINES AND CONTEST TIMELINE

  • Friday, April 16, 10:59 pm: Registration Due. All students need to login to their account and submit any changes to their project. All project catagories are due at the same time this year. There is no fee to register for the state contest this year.

  • Friday, April 16, 10:59 pm: Website Lockout.

  • Friday, May 7: Winners will be announced via the State Historical Society Website and social media feeds.


CATEGORY UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

All entries must comply with the general and category-specific rules explained in the NHD Contest Rule Book as well as the guidelines below. All entries will be submitted online, during registration and must be complete by 10:59 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

EXHIBIT

  • Finish Your Exhibit: You have two options to create a virtual exhibit:
  • Save the Template as a PDF: Once your template or virtual exhibits is complete, you must save it as a PDF before uploading it. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Slides or Draw presentation as a PDF, go to “File, and “Download As” and select the .pdf option.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as one PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Merge your Exhibit and Paperwork: You must submit your exhibit and paperwork as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. Go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your two documents and download the final document as one file. Your exhibit should be placed at the very beginning or very end of the submitted file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. Once you have one PDF that includes your exhibit and written work, you will login to ZFairs. Upload the file under "exhibit upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

DOCUMENTARY

  • Finalize Your Documentary: Using your Documentary software, save your project in a format you can upload. If you are uploading to Google Drive, we recommend saving it as an MP4.
  • Upload Your Documentary: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as one PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and provide your documentary link and upload your paperwork under "documentary upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

PAPER

  • Finalize Your Paper: Finish writing your paper and save it as a PDF file. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and upload your paper under "paper upload" and save. 

PERFORMANCE

  • Record your Performance: Virtual contest guidelines for the performance category vary based on group size.
    • All performances are required to complete the NHD Performance Script Template.docx to supplement their written work.
    • Individual Performances: Individual performances should be recorded continuous single take without editing. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use props and costumes for emphasis.
    • Group Performances: Should be recorded as a “table read” via an online video conferencing system (Zoom, Google Meets, FaceTime, etc.). To maintain social distancing, no group performance should be recorded within the same physical space. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use props and costumes for emphasis. Recordings should be done in a continuous single take.
  • Upload Your Performance: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Companion Worksheet, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and provide your documentary link and upload your paperwork under "performance upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

WEBSITE

You will be locked out of editing your project at 10:59 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. Upload your process paper and bibliography to your website as a PDF before the lockout deadline.

HAVE QUESTIONS? 

Contact National History Day in North Dakota coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at dlstuckle@nd.gov or 701-328-2794.

Welcome to the 2021

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National History Day in North Dakota State Contest


Congratulations on having students advance to the virtual National History Day in North Dakota contest! Please read this information carefully. 

To register for the National History Day in North Dakota contest, under the "Create Account" heading, enter your name and email address and click “Create Account.”  Teachers must register prior to students registering. 


DEADLINES AND CONTEST TIMELINE

  • Friday, April 16, 10:59 pm: Registration Due. All students need to login to their account and submit any changes to their project. All project catagories are due at the same time this year. There is no fee to register for the state contest this year.

  • Friday, April 16, 10:59 pm: Website Lockout.

  • Friday, May 7: Winners will be announced via the State Historical Society Website and social media feeds.


CONTEST NOTES

ACCESSING YOUR STUDENTS INFORMATION

  • Following an automated email from ZFairs, you should use the same login information to view project information about your students.

MULTIPLE TEACHERS

  • The system now allows for multiple teachers from a school to register. Students should enter the name of the teacher designated according to the school (instructing them or a single lead educator). Teachers will be able to view all students that have registered under their name. The system does not currently allow for other registered teachers from the same school to see all of the entries from that school.

EVALUATION FORMS

  • Students will be able to access their evaluation forms directly from their ZFairs profile after the contest. Teachers will be able to view the evaluation forms of students assigned to them in the system.

ENTRY FEES

  • There are no entry feels to participate in the 2021 virtual National History Day in North Dakota contest.

 


FREQUENT TEACHER QUESTIONS

Do I need to register?

  • Yes, teachers should register before their students.

How do I find the MY STUDENTS list?

  • Login to the correct contest, using your username and password
  • Look for My Students button in the top white menu bar

Am I able to edit a student’s profile from my account?

  • After logging in to your teacher account, click My Students in the top toolbar. 
  • This page lists each of your students. Click on a name to bring up a pop-up menu. You can Edit/View Participant profile, Link/Unlink Projects, and Email Participants until the registration deadline. 

CATEGORY UPLOAD INSTRUCTIONS

All entries must comply with the general and category-specific rules explained in the NHD Contest Rule Book as well as the guidelines below. All entries will be submitted online, during registration and must be complete by 10:59 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. 

EXHIBIT

  • Finish Your Exhibit: You have two options to create a virtual exhibit:
  • Save the Template as a PDF: Once your template or virtual exhibits is complete, you must save it as a PDF before uploading it. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Slides or Draw presentation as a PDF, go to “File, and “Download As” and select the .pdf option.
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as one PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option.
  • Merge your Exhibit and Paperwork: You must submit your exhibit and paperwork as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. Go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your two documents and download the final document as one file. Your exhibit should be placed at the very beginning or very end of the submitted file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. Once you have one PDF that includes your exhibit and written work, you will login to ZFairs. Upload the file under "exhibit upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

DOCUMENTARY

  • Finalize Your Documentary: Using your Documentary software, save your project in a format you can upload. If you are uploading to Google Drive, we recommend saving it as an MP4.
  • Upload Your Documentary: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as one PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and provide your documentary link and upload your paperwork under "documentary upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

PAPER

  • Finalize Your Paper: Finish writing your paper and save it as a PDF file. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and upload your paper under "paper upload" and save. 

PERFORMANCE

  • Record your Performance: Virtual contest guidelines for the performance category vary based on group size. 
    • All performances are required to complete the NHD Performance Script Template.docx to supplement their written work.
    • Individual Performances: Individual performances should be recorded continuous single take without editing. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use props and costumes for emphasis.
    • Group Performances: Should be recorded as a “table read” via an online video conferencing system (Zoom, Google Meets, FaceTime, etc.). To maintain social distancing, no group performance should be recorded within the same physical space. Students are encouraged, but not required, to use props and costumes for emphasis. Recordings should be done in a continuous single take.
  • Upload Your Performance: We recommend uploading to a Google Drive folder and updating the sharing permissions to be viewable by anyone with the link - and viewable by someone outside of your school district. YouTube is permissible, but take caution that even unlisted YouTube links are sometimes removed due to copyright. 
  • Save Your Paperwork: Your Title Page, Companion Worksheet, Process Paper, and Annotated Bibliography must be saved as ONE PDF file. No other file type is accepted. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. To save a Google Doc as a PDF go to "File," and "Download As" and select the .pdf option. If you have multiple documents, go to ilovepdf.com and "Merge PDF." You will then upload your documents and download the final document as one file.
  • Submit to ZFairs. You will login to ZFairs and provide your documentary link and upload your paperwork under "performance upload" and save. Group projects only need to be submitted by one member.

WEBSITE

You will be locked out of editing your project at 10:59 pm on Friday, April 16, 2021. Upload your process paper and bibliography to your website as a PDF before the lockout deadline.

HAVE QUESTIONS? 

Contact National History Day in North Dakota coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at dlstuckle@nd.gov or 701-328-2794.

 

 

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 Virtual State History Day 2021: Judging

Judging for National History Day in North Dakota is a rewarding experience. By volunteering your time, you are creating an opportunity for students to showcase their efforts. In a virtual contest, many of the expectations of judging are the same as in-person. 
 

Judge Information

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

Absolutely!  You'll be added to a team of judges. Judging teams consist of a mix of new and experienced judges. Team leads generally are veteran judges who have done this before.

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 in grades 6-12.  Judging involves evaluating projects with a critical eye and offering students constructive feedback on their work.

How much time do I have to commit?

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. Judges are invited to participate or view an orientation webinar prior to the competition, but it isn't required.

What do judges do during History Day?

The basic task of judges is to evaluate students entries and provide both positive and constructive feedback that is essential to the learning process. Judging teams will consist of two or three members, with a mixture of experienced and new judges. Judges evaluate the student entries, with time to interview the student(s) about their project.  Judges fill out the evaluation sheets and come to consensus on the winning entries. You are welcome, but not required, to stay for the Awards Ceremony. For more information about what judges do, and what kinds of questions to ask students, download the Judge and Volunteer Handbook, and the new Rule Book--with updates for the 2021 contest. There are also new evaluation forms, preview samples here. Watch the videos below for more information. 

How do I register to be a judge?

Click on the "Create Account" 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; however, the number of student entries in each catagory ultimately dictates judging assignments. You should receive a confirmation email once you have completed the process. Returning Judges: Please note that the NHD registration system is cleared after the National Contest each year. In order to sign-up for this year's contests you will need to create an account again. Teachers: If you are a teacher who would also like to judge, you will need two separate login credentials (one for your teacher account and one for your judge account). Please use two different emails or use two distinct names (e.g., Jane Doe Teacher and Jane Doe Judge). 

Have more questions? 

Contact National History Day in North Dakota coordinator, Dani Stuckle, at dlstuckle@nd.gov or 701-328-2794.

Virtual State History Day Judging Timeline

  • April 23 - May 3: All Categories

Virtual Judging Technology Requirements

  • Need access to laptop, desktop, or tablet technology to view videos, websites, and PDFs.

  • Need access to internet and a National History Day ZFairs account to access materials and meet with judges.

How to Access the Online Judging Portal

The 2021 Virtual Contest will be using the ZFairs online judging portal. After you have successfully created your judging account in the state contest, you will access the portal using the LOGIN button in the upper right corner of this website.  

  1. Login with your judging username and password in the upper right menu bar. 
  2. In menu bar at the top of the page, click on Judging  >> Judge Portal.
  3. The Portal will have to be opened by an administrator before you see anything. You will recieve an email notification from the state coordinator closer to the contest date to access this portal after judging teams have been assigned.

 

Judges, please remember this past year has been hard on our students and teachers. They often felt very alone and discouraged. We have a wonderful opportunity here to help remind them why the National History Day program can be both rigorous and fun. Please remember all of the challenges they faced to get here and be encouraging!

 

Here is a great video from our friends in North Carolina about what NHD Judges do:

 

 

Watch the New Evaluation Forms Video:

 

 

 

Watch the the New Catagory Rules Video:

 

 

Watch the 2021 Theme Video: Communication in History:

 

              

 

Are there other volunteer opportnities?

I don’t feel comfortable judging, but want to help. Are there other roles I can help with?

  • Yes, there are other opportunities to help out with the National History Day in North Dakota program. Click on the "Create Account" button above and select "Volunteer" or contact state coordiator, Dani Stuckle, at dlstuckle@nd.gov or 701-328-2794 to find out about other ways you can assist with the NHDinND program.

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